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Be forewarned: sleep won't come easily the night you see Alien .
Oh, The Horror! The creature-feature enters a new realm
| June 08, 2012
In Ancient Greece a stonemason is plucked from obscurity to battle evil while a posse of beautiful gods look on from their fabulous Olympian penthouse, before plunging earthwards to kick mortal butt.
Tarsem Singh's "visionary" directing
| November 11, 2011
Review: 44 Inch Chest
What to do with a kidnapped cuckolder?
Suffocated by chewy, self-congratulatory dialogue
| February 05, 2010
Review: New York, I Love You
The multi-episode portmanteau movie is usually less than the sum of its parts.
A collection of acting and screenwriting exercises
| October 16, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
Taking care of business
Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
| September 18, 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
One can only imagine writer/director Howard McCain on vacation at a Norwegian fjord and gazing up into the starry night and hatching this brilliant idea: Beowulf from Outer Space.
It's the viewer who's in real danger
| January 20, 2009
The richness of Guillermo del Toro's vision as a filmmaker is even more visible in Hellboy II: The Golden Army than it was in 2004’s Hellboy , the last movie he made before Pan's Labyrinth .
Hellboy II is even better
| July 08, 2008
You can’t say they don’t warn you.
Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
| May 20, 2008
Open mic night
There are few terms in musical parlance that are as loaded as “open mic.”
Music seen at Dogfish Bar + Grill, December 5, 2007
| December 12, 2007
Beyond the Gates
As the end credits roll on Michael Caton-Jones’s film, the latest to deal with the Rwandan genocide, it’s hard not to tear up.
It's weepy on the other side of the fence
| March 29, 2007
It’s spring, and Hollywood has to get the kinks out of its system before it can focus on the business at hand: the sequels of summer.
Working out the kinks
| March 12, 2007
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
How to distill the essence of Tom (Lola rennt) Tykwer’s handsome rendition of Patrick Süskind’s morbidly satirical 1985 novel about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an unloved serial murderer/parfumier possessed of a preternatural olfactory sense, without bei
Distilling Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
| January 03, 2007
It’s proof that Smither’s artistry, energy, and outlook remain vital nearly 40 years into his career.
Leave the Light On | Signature Sounds
| January 02, 2007
Out to Lynch
The three decade nightmare on film
| December 07, 2006
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
The Outback might be rough and wild, but it’s the architecture that takes a real beating in The Proposition .
Nick Cave’s loaded Proposition
| May 26, 2006
Getting to ‘no’
Nick Cave wrote the script for The Proposition in three weeks.
Nick Cave on film
| May 23, 2006
Nick Cave Q&A
| May 23, 2006
Try as they might to be independent, filmmakers are still bound by family ties, the same as everyone else.
Family ties at the Independent Film Festival of Boston
| April 19, 2006
Maybe all oppression runs pretty much the same course, but Alan Moore & David Lloyd’s 1981 graphic novel V for Vendetta sure seems prescient today.
V for vacillation
| March 16, 2006
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