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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
| September 23, 2011
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
| May 28, 2010
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
| January 22, 2010
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
| November 06, 2009
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
| October 23, 2009
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
| December 08, 2008
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.
| July 30, 2008
Classic musicals make substantial enterprises —this is now the best thing the Pops does.
The Pops aces Sondheim
| June 24, 2008
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.
| January 16, 2008
The Ingmar imbroglio
There hasn’t been such a stir among film critics for years.
Plus the Manhattan Short Film Fest
| September 26, 2007
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
| August 08, 2007
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.
| July 31, 2007
Slavoj Zizek, the fuzzy-bearded Slovenian philosopher, seems a fun guy.
Slavoj Zizek at Harvard, Bergman on Fårö
| April 03, 2007
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
| March 20, 2007
This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
An essay on the older
| November 16, 2006
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
| September 20, 2006
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
| June 13, 2006
Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
| April 28, 2006
Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
| March 21, 2006
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
| 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
| January 18, 2006
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