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Two young Japanese tourists, brother and sister Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
A benighted slice of Americana
| April 29, 2011
Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses
Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
| June 12, 2010
The Big Hurt: The decade ahead
As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
| January 15, 2010
Crossword: ''You want fries with that?''
Some people do
Some people do
| November 20, 2009
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
| June 12, 2009
Interview: Roberto Benigni
"Dante is talking to everybody, not just in the Middle Ages."
TuttoDante, Benigni's one-man show
| June 05, 2009
Like many of his films, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control will test the limits of its audience's patience.
Jim Jarmusch's arbitrary Limits
| May 08, 2009
The unlikely hits of Twisted Village
I have fond memories of my first visits to the basement abode of Twisted Village.
Name that tune
| February 03, 2009
Review: Wendy and Lucy
It's a dog's life in Wendy and Lucy
It's a dog's life
| January 20, 2009
Lamar’s voice both ravages and exults in the past 10 years of the Pained Male Pop Singer.
Shoney Lamar proves there’s life after Florida
| October 08, 2008
Rebirth of a prince
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
| August 19, 2008
Lately it’s seemed like Old Home Days for Toneburst, the influential artcore junglist collective that was a locus of Boston’s underground dance scene in the mid ’90s.
. . . and other singular beats
| April 08, 2008
Too legit to quit
The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
| December 31, 2007
Trane, Joyce Dee Dee, Sco, and more
The official kickoff to the season begins with the week of activities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert.
A jam-packed season of jazz
| September 12, 2007
In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
| June 01, 2007
For kids of all ages
In this spineless age of ours, what more rueful sight than a child maneuvering his/her cowed parents to some insulting CGI movie?
Ty Burr, plus Jean-Claude Brisseau
| March 14, 2007
The RZA Presents: Afro Amurai —The Soundtrack
Even as the Wu-Tang continue to flirt with the idea of reuniting, the RZA has already started a new life as a film composer.
The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai — The Soundtrack | Koch
| February 13, 2007
Over the river
Though it’s called the New Hampshire Film Expo, four of the 67 films being screened in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, this weekend have stronger ties to Maine than the Granite State.
NH festival features four Maine-made films
| October 11, 2006
Stealing someone’s screenplay is serious stuff.
Did Jim Jarmusch steal the screenplay?
| July 12, 2006
Gore a bore?
I was off to Silver Spring, Maryland, and the Fourth Silverdocs Documentary Festival earlier this month.
And other insights at the Silverdocs Film Festival
| June 28, 2006
Flashbacks, May 12, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| May 11, 2006
Gray cowboy movie
Wim Wenders can drive me nuts.
Don’t Come Knocking needs less talking
| March 22, 2006
At its best, Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble is an exercise in banality.
Rating: 2 stars
| January 28, 2006
French filmmaker Claire Denis has acknowledged that a host of sources inspired L’intrus|The Intruder (January 25–February 9 at the MFA), the tale of a sickly, reclusive Frenchman, Louis Trebor (Michel Subor), who after paying hard cash and buying
Claire Denis’s L’intrus
| January 19, 2006
New to DVD for the week of January 3, 2006
Broken Flowers , The Cave , The Gospel , Hustle & Flow , and Wedding Crashers
| January 13, 2006
Broken Flowers, Wedding Crashers, The Gospel, Hustle & Flow , and The Cave.
New to DVD for the week of January 6, 2006
| January 07, 2006
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