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Review: The Last Reef 3D: Cities Beneath The Sea
The Last Reef , like Cameron's environmental epic, is the vehicle for a message, a call for cutting carbon emissions that are destroying the Earth's coral reefs — home to wondrous life forms, including crocodile fish, giant sea worms, and Finding Nemo
| February 15, 2013
Aliens is a horror-film spectacular, a dark and exhilarating epic that keeps building.
Loving the Aliens
| June 08, 2012
Review: The Divide
Many a teleplay for The Twilight Zone threatened atomic Armageddon, and though Frontier(s) director Xavier Gens nukes New York in the opening shots of his latest thriller, he finds more inspiration in the horrors of human nature as seen in the old T
The horrors of human nature
| January 13, 2012
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As the helicopter cleared the jungle canopy for the first awe-inspiring, 3D look at the stony maw of the Esa-ala cave system in New Guinea, I thought: sanctum? It's more like a rectum.
Poorly scripted adventure is more rectum than Sanctum
| February 11, 2011
The Elder Ones get older: Happy birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!
The Real Ghostbusters: "The Collect Call of Cthulhu Pt. 2"Hey it's H.P. Lovecraft's birthday! So, to honor the late, legendary composer of creepy chronicles, we...
| August 20, 2010
Avatar vs. Inception: Two very different takes on the power of escapism
Avatar/Inception trailer mashupAt first glance, Avatar and Inception might seem entirely unrelated; the former is a CGI theme-park-ride with a boilerplate going-native plot, the latter...
| August 10, 2010
Pointing fingers in the Gulf
Now that we have enlisted the aid of James Cameron, Kevin Costner, Betty White, and the Olneyville New York System Oil, Olestra, and Anal Leakage Institute to help plug the BP underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, let’s take a look at what is really b
The disaster was waiting to happen; kudos for Grover; and gangsta talk
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| June 11, 2010
Is genius immortal?
No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
| April 30, 2010
The annual “Unsexiest Men” survey (April 2) panders to and cultivates negative, cheap-shot male bashing.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 9, 2010
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 09, 2010
Review: How To Train Your Dragon
Animation directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders have fashioned a family entertainment that functions as a copy of James Cameron’s most successful film of all time.
Also better than Avatar
| March 26, 2010
Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock
Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
| March 05, 2010
Admit it, fellow scribblers. You'd sell your soul to come up with an opening sentence like "Of the things we fashioned for them that they may be comforted, dawn is the one that works."
John Banville's playful universe
| February 19, 2010
Oscar predictions 2010
After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
| January 29, 2010
Today's Top Stories: Scott Brown Mall Wars, Avatar Blues, and Breaking Cape Wind
Today's Boston Metro syndicates a CNN story titled "Movie audiences are experiencing the 'Avatar' blues." Apparently, people can't stand returning to their strip-mall realities after...
| January 12, 2010
Hope and energy
As we launch into the next decade with a collapsing economy and apocalyptic themes bleeding into every facet of culture, it's particularly hard to be optimistic about the arts, as yes, they are often the first to go.
Looking ahead to Maine's art scene in 2010
| January 01, 2010
Sure, some bands take the easy route and have album releases through the summer, enticing you to shows with back-patio barbecues and all-night rooftop after-parties. In January? Not so much.
Local rockers drop it like it's cold
| January 01, 2010
For someone who's determined to reduce all experience to mechanical reproduction, James Cameron sure hates machines.
Machine dreams: James Cameron plays games
| December 18, 2009
POLL: Will you go see Avatar?
After a number of conflicting reviews being posted on Rotten Tomatoes, we all began to wonder, what do you all think about the new James...
| December 17, 2009
The plots thicken
Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
| September 11, 2009
First look at James Cameron's Avatar
James Cameron captained the biggest box-office smash of all time, his Titanic having grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. But that was 12 years ago, long before the recession appeared on anyone's radar.
| August 28, 2009
The future has not been kind to the Terminator franchise.
Terminator Salvation is beyond salvage
| May 22, 2009
A few weeks ago, Summerduck — a new band led by Farhad Ebrahimi (bassist for the sadly defunct Night Rally) — walked in and turned the place into a cathedral.
The slow, brute force of Summerduck
| February 02, 2009
Let there be lite
Jesus’s grave or Al Capone’s long-lost vault?
What would Geraldo do?
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| February 28, 2007
The future of an illusion
When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
| November 15, 2006
Small state, big stage
When some of his childhood friends in Cranston were starting to party, Steven Feinberg remained transfixed by the movies -- to the point where he envisioned one day serving as Rhode Island’s celluloid king.
Steven Feinberg reveals how Rhode Island wound up on the Hollywood map
| August 02, 2006
Moviegoers seeking release from the increasingly unavoidable escapism of superhero movies will find much to enjoy in the 11th Boston French Film Festival.
The 11th Boston French Film Festival
| July 05, 2006
Ballin' and stealin'
The time has come to take a jurisprudential look at the upcoming NBA draft.
Sports blotter: special NBA draft edition
| June 28, 2006
It’s a boy's world
The third season finds the Entourage entourage continuing their pursuit of sex and toys.
Entourage ’s Hollywood playpen
| June 06, 2006
As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
| April 25, 2006
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