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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
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 21, 2009
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Review: Hunger

Most films about the Irish Troubles don't get how Catholic it all is.
Steve McQueen cuts to the truth
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 24, 2009
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008
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The spectacle of terror

Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2008
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Rough justice

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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2008
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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
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 17, 2008


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Know nukes

I’ll never shake the sense memory of that numbed shiver.
Why is our worst national nightmare so misunderstood?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 31, 2007
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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
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 18, 2006
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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
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 20, 2006
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Rethinking 9/11

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
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  September 11, 2006


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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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 05, 2006
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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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 05, 2006
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Crusaders

Broadway is strewn with the banana peel of Arthurian legend.
Monty Python’s Spamalot , Súgán’s Talking to Terrorists
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 21, 2006
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Firewall

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
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 09, 2006
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 19, 2006


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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
By ANDREW MARCUS  |  January 17, 2006