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Short take: Drunkboat

Review: Drunkboat(1)

Despite a title taken from Rimbaud's poem, Bob Meyer's debut has less in common with the wunderkind symbolist than with David Mamet and the Coen Brothers.
Hamming it up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: The Three Musketeers

Despite an inspired climax, it's all for fun, but not fun for all.
Paul W.S. Anderson's gimcracky adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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John Malkovich freaks out at ArtsEmerson

In the flesh, the thing itself was about as odd and amusing as it had appeared on paper: John Malkovich delivering the "confessions" of convicted Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger while accompanied onstage by a Baroque orchestra and a couple of sopr
You don't know Jack
By JON GARELICK  |  September 30, 2011
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Fall Theater Preview: Fall on Boston boards

Fall came early to Boston boards this year, bringing with it "Summertime."
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: Red (2010)

If the late Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red had been a comedy action thriller about retired CIA agents, it would probably be nothing like this adaptation of the DC graphic novel.
Grandfather claws: Willis and crew aren't the retiring types
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2010

Review: Secretariat

Secretariat keeps it sweet and simple
Horse sense? Lane, Malkovich keep it sweet and simple
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 08, 2010


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Review: Saturday Night

Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
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Rainbow Nation

After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010
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Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009
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Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: Disgrace

Australian filmmaker Steve Jacobs's adaptation of South African writer J.M. Coetzee's 1999 novel doesn't add much clarity to the debate on race in America, but it's plenty disturbing.
Jacobs's adaptation of Coetzee's novel plenty disturbing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 25, 2009


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Review: Cold Souls

What if human souls were as interchangeable as hearts, kidneys, movie concepts, and auto parts? Writer/director Sophie Barthes's feature debut toys with the notion, but instead of breaking new ground, Cold Souls settles for rehashing elements from oth
Paul Giamatti can't heat up Cold Souls
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2009
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Review: The Great Buck Howard

The Great Buck Howard, a "mentalist" whose "effects" include guessing numbers and putting people to sleep, played The Tonight Show , but these days he's lucky if he gets a gig in Bakersfield.
Forgoes ambiguities in favor of schmaltz
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009
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Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
Gift books for every (perverse) taste
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 02, 2008
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Word play

The end of the world has always appealed to movie audiences, no more so than now that the prospect is looking more and more likely.
Doomsday is just a state of mind in Synecdoche, New York
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2008
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Interview: Charlie Kaufman

People either love or hate Charlie Kaufman.
Straight poop
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2008


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Mother courage

How many ways can Angelina Jolie cry?  
Angelina Jolie goes on a tear in Changeling
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2008
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Light Reading

Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008
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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
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Portuguese man of war

Manoel de Oliveira occupies a unique seat on the global film culture’s board of directors.
Manoel de Oliveira at the HFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 12, 2008
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Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place

Ferrini and Riaf present the complex American literary figure Charles Olson in a clear way by focusing not on the facts of his life but on the facts of his work.
The best film about an American poet ever made
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  September 12, 2007


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War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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Not about heroes

Guns and cocoa butter are the subjects of George Bernard Shaw’s 1894 Arms and the Man , the first of the great Irish contrarian’s “Plays Pleasant.”
Lyric Stage’s Arms and the Man ; Gold Dust Orphans’ The Milkman Always Comes Twice
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 10, 2007
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Color Me Kubrick

In the 1990s, British grifter Alan Conway posed as director Stanley Kubrick and bilked the ignorant out of small change or sex acts in sordid scams.
Alan Conway gets krunked
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 21, 2007
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Eragon

“Into the sky to win or die,” proclaims an elfin-faced boy as he mounts a dragon to do battle against the forces of a tyrannical king. Watch the trailer for Eragon  (QuickTime)
Lord of the Rings wanna-be
By TOM MEEK  |  December 20, 2006
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006


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Greatest hits

So that’s how World War II started.
Hits and misses
By PETER KEOUGH AND PAUL BABIN  |  September 22, 2006
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Art of darkness

Was Terry Zwigoff the Great Weird Hope of American cinema?
Confidentially speaking, School sucks  
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 17, 2006
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Crossword: 'A life of Es'


Those other vowels are so overrated
By MATT JONES  |  April 19, 2006
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Streep daze

Hollywood came to Boston last week.
The actress gets toasted (and roasted) and the Coolidge
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 14, 2006