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Review: The Paperboy

A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a

By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

With a title like this, don't expect a PBS documentary.
Bekmambetov's adaptation of the goofy bestseller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: The Raven

If only Poe could find the solution to the mystery in his own texts! Or if the filmmakers made any use of them.
John Cusack as Poe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 27, 2012

Review: Hot Tub Time Machine

Steve Pink has a big chubby for the ’80s.
Plays out like a mullet in the new millennium
By TOM MEEK  |  March 26, 2010

Donwill | Don Cusack In High Fidelity

It's hardly extraordinary that Donwill should cry a disc inspired by the Nick Hornby book and subsequent John Cusack film.
Interdependent (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

Silly season

Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
Spring pimps for summer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010


Review: 2012

Doomsday is good therapy. What does it matter that billions die if that brings a family together in one big hug?
Doom and doomer: the bullshit hits the fans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 13, 2009

October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009


Nothing like walking out of a theater with your kid asking, “Daddy, what is suicide?”
Hard to gauge which children this film is for — if any
By MARK BAZER  |  September 16, 2008

Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008

Company man

In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
War, Inc.  cuts its losses
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008


Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.

Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
Say everything
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2008

Grace Is Gone

It’s strange that a film whose young characters are told to question the media should rely on its score to dictate how you’ll feel.
No catharsis here, just soft piano keys
By NICK MCCARTHY  |  January 23, 2008

Martian Child

John Cusack has held up well for a man in his third decade of Hollywood hustling.
Get out your hankies
By ROB NELSON  |  October 31, 2007


George Clooney’s Hub stopover this past Saturday night  was designed to draw attention to the 23-year-old Boston Film Festival.
Opening night at the 23rd Boston Film Festival
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2007


The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
The Aliens and Mystery Jets
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 19, 2007



If you know your Stephen King, then you know haunted hotels have killer pasts.
The Shining gets squeezed
By TOM MEEK  |  June 27, 2007

Past perfect

Just five years ago, James Murphy jump-started the dance-punk movement with his DFA label.
LCD Soundsytem mine the best of the ’80s
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  April 09, 2007

The tao of Estevez

The ‘80s took a lot of flack over the years, mostly during the ‘90s -- but not from the Bouncing Souls. The Bouncing Souls, “The Gold Song”  (mp3) The Bouncing Souls, “The Ballad of Johnny X (Live)”  (mp3)
The Bouncing Souls on their favorite ’80s movies  
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  October 13, 2006

Rock and droll

High Fidelity tries to sell itself as kick-ass rock right from the curtain speech: you are to turn off your fucking cell phones, and if you don’t like that language you can “grab your husband and get the hell out.”
High Fidelity ; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 11, 2006

Crossword: 'Thirty Thoughts'

My time has just come, too
By MATT JONES  |  March 27, 2006


The ultimate SALESMAN movie

Ruthless sharks, dumpy schlubs, or a combination of the two: Hollywood loves its pitchmen.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 13, 2006