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Review: Happy, Happy

First time filmmaker Anne Sewitsky finds a compassionate way to tell a familiar tale of adultery, and she's helped immeasurably by a first-rate acting ensemble, especially the two superlative actresses, whom you could imagine cast in films of the late I
A familiar tale of adultery
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 23, 2011
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Stockholm syndrome

With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2010
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The rules of his game

Given that every theater season seems to bring a new production of a Chekhov play, it's surprising that so few movies have been made of his dramas, or of his short stories. Or maybe not so surprising: Chekhov is perilously difficult for filmmakers.
'Celebrating Chekhov' at the Museum of Fine Arts
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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Review: Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America

Tony Stone’s “love letter to the Vikings’ discovery of the New World, pagan iconography, brute manliness, and simpler times” is set in the simpler (?) time of 1007 AD.
Imagine if Ingmar Bergman had made The Blair Witch Project
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009
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Annie in Wonderland

There wasn't much to know about St. Vincent when I first happened upon her in concert, in the middle of July 2007.
St. Vincent gives an otherworldly performance on Actor
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 23, 2009
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Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008


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RI International Film Fest marks 25 years

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this time around, from August 5-10, the Rhode Island International Film Festival started out in 1983 as Flickers, a Newport film club.
Reel life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Night music

Classic musicals make substantial enterprises —this is now the best thing the Pops does.
The Pops aces Sondheim
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 24, 2008
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The Summer with Monika

Harriet Andersson is the title character in this 1953 film, a teenager who combines a scruffy working-class sensuality with a slightly preposterous romanticism derived from Hollywood movies.
Sensual rebellion
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 16, 2008
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The Ingmar imbroglio

There hasn’t been such a stir among film critics for years.
Plus the Manhattan Short Film Fest
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 26, 2007
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Michelangelo Antonioni

It seems inherently wrong to be writing an obituary for Michelangelo Antonioni, who died July 30 in Rome, just a day after we lost Ingmar Bergman.
1912 – 2007
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 08, 2007


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Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, who died Sunday, was one of the last of the great world filmmakers who came to fame around the mid century and changed the face of movies.
1918–2007
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  July 31, 2007
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Perversion, introversion

Slavoj Zizek, the fuzzy-bearded Slovenian philosopher, seems a fun guy.
Slavoj Zizek at Harvard, Bergman on Fårö
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 03, 2007
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What? Institutional? Us?

George Maciunas was the sort of artist who composed musical scores that called for hammering nails into all the keys of a piano.
Fluxus gets the Harvard treatment
By GREG COOK  |  March 20, 2007

The Stones

This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
An essay on the older
By CAMILLE PAGLIA  |  November 16, 2006
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Aging warnings

Each night smiles three times, the aged and jaded Madame Armfelt (Maggie Mark) tells her young granddaughter Fredrika (Hannah Forsley): first for the young, who know nothing; second for the fools, who know too little; and finally for the old, who know to
It's not just you who's getting old
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 20, 2006


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Libbing it up

The gay-rights movement has hit a brick wall.
The future of gay politics can be found in its past — with a few tweaks
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  June 13, 2006
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Seven heaven

Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 28, 2006
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No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006
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A fresh look

No one would argue that Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was not one of the most influential artist in the second half of the 20th century, if not the most.
"Another View of Joseph Beuys" at Brown  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2006

New to DVD for the week of January 13, 2006

The Constant Gardener, Red Eye, Saraband , and Transporter 2
Capsule Reviews of The Constant Gardener, Red Eye, Saraband , and Transporter 2
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