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Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Peter Lord, animator behind claymation staples Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run , directs this very British, very dry romp on the high seas during the time when Britannia did indeed rule the waves.
Dry romp on the high seas
By TOM MEEK  |  April 27, 2012
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Eugenides's updated Austen

For his long-awaited third novel, Jeffrey Eugenides goes back to look at love in the '80s — and apparently decides that it's a lot like love in the early 19th century.
Jeffrey does Jane
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 14, 2011
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Jane Eyre redux

Jane Austen has been a movie and television icon for some time now, and yet the Jane that both big and small screens just can't get enough of is the "poor, obscure, plain, little" heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.  
Cary Fukunaga and Mia Wasikowska hold forth
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2011
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Review: Theater Project's Pride and Prejudice stays authentically powerful

Jane Austen's classic 19th-century novel of manners and morals, Pride and Prejudice , has undergone a truly weird range of reinterpretations. But the classics also deserve a little unalloyed love.
Classical strength
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 04, 2011
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PODCAST: Seth Grahame-Smith on "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" [MP3]


Seth Grahame-Smith speaks at the Brattle Theatre Ever wonder why Honest Abe always wore that tall stovepipe hat? All the better to conceal his wooden...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  March 25, 2010
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Review: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton's hare-brained Alice in Wonderland
Rabbit stew
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010


Jane Austen + Grinder Girl

Occasionally, my editor would remind me that I have written about balls and pucks, but never monster trucks.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 29, 2010
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Miss perfect

I know what you're thinking: " Another Emma ? Didn't we just have a bushel of Jane Austen adaptations for TV?" Well, WGBH did give us four new Austens, but that was all the way back in 2008, a Jane-ite eternity.
The new BBC/WGBH Emma gets a 10
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 15, 2010
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2009: The year in books

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best books the Phoenix reviewed in 2009.
True stories - fact and fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 25, 2009

Paging Queequeg

Like Captain Ahab with Moby-Dick, it appears Providence Bishop Tommy Tobin has his own obsession with Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
Patrick and the Bishop go another round. Plus, farewell to Mary and Art.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 27, 2009
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Review: Bright Star

"Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art." That's the first line of a sonnet that John Keats did or did not write for Fanny Brawne, who was in either case the love of his brief life.
Jane Campion does Keats — sort of
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009


Fletcher, Forsberg, Zombies, Barros, Charlie and WTF?

Fletcher, Forsberg, Zombies, Barros, Charlie and WTF?


  Fletcher reviews the '80's film "Vision Quest", we talk to Chris Forsberg about Bost...
By Charlie  |  May 20, 2009
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Marion Maerz | Burt Bacharach Songbook

Marion was a minor German pop star in the 1960s, one of a crowd of yé-yé girls who sprang up all over Europe as the ingénue counterparts to macho belters.
Bureau B (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 10, 2009

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: A little too late

This may seem a little bit picky, as it is merely a matter of etiquette, but I'm curious about what you think.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 21, 2009
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The Duchess

There’s nothing like a movie about 18th-century England to make 21st-century Americans feel all smug and morally superior.
A sea of vapidity
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 23, 2008
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Fools rush in

If you think Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, and Judi Dench are all hopelessly overrated, then WGBH/ITV has your TV movie.
WGBH remakes A Room with a View
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2008


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Sweet fallout

Philip Whalen (1923–2002) is a great American poet.
Philip Whalen’s word bombs
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  January 14, 2008
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Masterpieces and mysteries

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

The Austen adaptations



By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008

Crossword: ''Two by two''


Dissecting a fearsome foursome
By MATT JONES  |  December 12, 2007
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The Jane Austen Book Club

Robin Swicord’s film posits a book club of six Californians meeting once a month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels.
Jane would find another movie
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 19, 2007


Mrs.

Reader, I married Cowboy.
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  September 05, 2007
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Bewitched

Critic Harold Bloom compares Cleopatra, more in her infinite vitality than in her “infinite variety,” to that Shakespearean life force Sir John Falstaff.
Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at S+C
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 15, 2007
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Dead white females

Can you remember the last time you curled up under the covers with Marcel Proust’s I n Search of Lost Time ?
From Fall Out Boy to One Night in Paris , modern pop culture is what it is today thanks to 10 long-expired ladies
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 08, 2007
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Becoming Jane

Anne Hathaway is game enough as Jane, though she has to spend an awful lot of time on the verge of tears.
Reinventing Austen's bio
By GARY SUSMAN  |  August 01, 2007
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Jane II

No sooner had I finished last week’s review than Shannon Hale’s Austenland turned up on my desk.
The further adventures of Austen wanna-bes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2007


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What would Jane do?

You’ll learn how to dress, how to pay a morning call, how to behave at a dinner party.
A guide to Miss Austen's world
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2007
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The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007

Beyond face value

Appearances can be deceptive amidst worthy country gentry and arrogant London aristocrats.
URI’s masterful Pride and Prejudice
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 24, 2007
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A boy’s life

Adaptations of the character-packed novels of Charles Dickens should be all the rage in post-MTV theater.
A dizzying run through David Copperfield
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 21, 2006