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Review: True Grit (2010)

Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
The Coen brothers are True to Grit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Drink like Don

If Mad Men has taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't go to a 1960s advertising executive for health advice.
Whiskey drinks for people who don’t like whiskey. Yet.
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Nathan Drake walks like a man. Not so much in a macho, John Wayne kind of way — though there is plenty of that in him — but as if he were a real person occupying physical space.
A real treasure
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 23, 2009
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Michael Ryan: 1951-2009

Every proper obit should begin with something long-winded and amusing. In this case, that's easy.
A celebration of the good old days by someone who knew him when
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 28, 2009


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Bad times for the good earth

You could say that the plight of the Massachusetts farmer began during the Great Ice Age, when the Laurentide Ice Sheet scraped over New England leaving poor soil and, as one farmer put it, "rocks, rocks, rocks."
How are we going to keep them down on the farm?
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 14, 2009
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The long good-byes

Some time in the late 90s, Trent Reznor holed himself up in a house near the ocean. Ostensibly, he was there to write some music. And while he did use that time to begin piecing together some of the songs that would become Nine Inch Nails's 1999 double-a
Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction, live at the Comcast Center, June 3, 2009
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 05, 2009
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Frank's way

Musical revues can be like videos of old golf tournaments — endless, amiable tedium interspersed with opportunities to wake up and smile nostalgically. Not so with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra , at least not with this terrific production
Simply Sinatra at Theatre by the Sea
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2009
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Two days, a theme, and a prop

If you see a bunch of people running around town this weekend singing and dancing, John Wayne style, you can bet they drew “Musical or Western” as their 48 Hour Film Project genre.
Overnight developing
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 13, 2008
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Mongol

A beautifully filmed spectacle of questionable historical accuracy, where motivations are as shallow as battles are large.
An idealized portrait of Genghis Khan
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 18, 2008


The man who wasn’t there

Imagine you’re a Republican candidate for Congress in Maine’s 1st District whose name isn’t Charlie Summers.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2007
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Son of a beach

The beach at Casa Diablo is closed.
Leave it to state minions to spoil a perfect summer day
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 11, 2007
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China not so fair

Feeling self-righteous about having recycled your dinosaur computer?
Plus Judith Scott and Vietnam
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 19, 2007
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Cinema of Shadows

It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is  every film is about the war?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007
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The late show

Boston lives after 2 am. It’s just a different city, more of a landscape than a community. Audio Slideshow: Allston, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Cambridge, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Downtown Boston, 2 to 6 am
Boston, from   2 am to 6 am
By CAMILLE DODERO, MIKE MILIARD, AND WILL SPITZ  |  January 31, 2007


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Devine DVDs

Sure, we all know Get Smart! is out on DVD in time for the holidays, and the Superman films (all of them, going back to 1948), and Mission Impossible: The Ultimate Missions Collection , sure, sure, as if you could miss the bleating sirens of studio pu
Film-smart gifts for people who think they’ve seen everything
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 07, 2006

Master of war

This article originally appeared in the June 26, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Kubrick brings it all home
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  November 14, 2006
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The Cambridge Castle of Comedy

“I have a summer castle out on the Cape,” says Harvard senior Kyle Berkman. “But for most of us, this is our only castle.”
Inside The Harvard Lampoon , where getting in could be your ticket to Hollywood — or not
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 02, 2006
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Apologetic masterpiece

Recently, on WBUR’s On Point , I heard Harvard conservative Harvey Mansfield plug a book he’s written in praise of “manliness,” a trait he finds embodied today in Donald Rumsfeld.
Reality is nice in Mutual Appreciation
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  September 13, 2006

Flashbacks: September 1, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands and Paul Babin.
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By BOSTON PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  August 30, 2006


Flashbacks: June 2, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Jessica Coughlin and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 31, 2006
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Pure pleasure

John Wayne's recently-opened King of the Roll on Congress Street in Portland's West End is a great addition to the sushi scene in town.
Sushi rolling with the King  
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 24, 2006
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Once were films

The riveting young Barbara Stanwyck is an embodiment of that blessedly uncorseted but sadly brief era just before Hollywood was battened down by the self-censoring Hays (Production) Code in 1934.
Barbara Stanwyck before the Hays Code
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 04, 2006
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Running Scared

A week after Paul Walker’s beloved sled dogs began their heartwarming fight for survival in Disney’s Eight Below , it’s Walker who needs saving — his new film is for the dogs.
The director of The Cooler returns with this Paul Walker vehicle. It was a fluke.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 01, 2006