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Review: Fifty Dead Men Walking
In the 1980s in Northern Ireland, a petty hustler named Martin McGartland (Jim Sturgess) went from street-corner obscurity to playing a major role in the war in Belfast between Catholics and Protestants, as he swore allegiance to the militant branch of
Fast-paced but uninvolving
| August 21, 2009
Most films about the Irish Troubles don't get how Catholic it all is.
Steve McQueen cuts to the truth
| March 24, 2009
Party like it's 1999
Just because you puked a lung on New Year's Eve doesn't mean you can't plan another five-alarm rager this month.
How to throw a wicked pisser goodbye Bush/HellObama bash
| December 30, 2008
The spectacle of terror
Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
| December 03, 2008
Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
| November 04, 2008
Making us stronger
I’m back from the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, where the unexpected hit among discerning critics was a Boston-made crime melodrama.
Boston’s What Doesn’t Kill You scores at Toronto
| September 17, 2008
I’ll never shake the sense memory of that numbed shiver.
Why is our worst national nightmare so misunderstood?
| December 31, 2007
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
The Palme d’Or winner at Cannes 2006, Ken Loach’s drama explores the tensions within an IRA guerrilla unit during the rebellion of 1920-’21.
Shakes class lines
| March 15, 2007
Hunger strike at Maine's Supermax Prison
Inmates at the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement Supermax unit in Warren have been on a hunger strike since Saturday night. Death in the Supermax. By Lance Tapley
Suicide attempts reported
| October 18, 2006
Pedro, Borat, and a castrato
As usual, dedicated film critics were too occupied seeing four or five movies a day to note the swarm of A-list celebrities at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival.
The 31st Toronto International Film Festival
| September 20, 2006
The Phoenix decided to ask ten people prominent in a range of fields a question.
Eleven thinkers reflect on how their ideas have changed since September 11
| September 11, 2006
Never mind the Citgo
For all the complaints that Boston is losing its character, there’s still a lot to this old, weird city. It’s just a matter of taking a closer look.
Beyond the clichés and picture postcards, Boston hangs on to its character
| July 05, 2006
Brass balls and cold steel
John “Red” Shea’s close-cut hair — the hair that gave him that standard-issue Irish nickname — isn’t quite as fiery as it was when he was a young fighter coming up hard from G Street in South Boston.
Whitey Bulger soldiers John “Red” Shea and Patrick Nee tell their side of the story
| April 05, 2006
Broadway is strewn with the banana peel of Arthurian legend.
Monty Python’s Spamalot , Súgán’s Talking to Terrorists
| March 21, 2006
You could trace a history of American anxiety through the bad guys Harrison Ford has had to fight to protect his on-screen family: industrialization in The Mosquito Coast (1987), the IRA in Patriot Games (1992), Russian terrorists in Air Force One (1
| February 09, 2006
Casualties of war
The end of the Cold War didn’t bring peace, only a proliferation of conflict.
The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival heads to the front
| January 19, 2006
From Belfast to Boston
“You look at the Bosstones," says one veteran punk frontman, "you look at Dropkick Murphys, you look at the Bruisers, the Ducky Boys, and you hear SLF in all those bands."
The explosive impact of Stiff Little Fingers
| January 17, 2006
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