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Review: Stars in Shorts

There are big names galore in this amalgam of short films — Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, etc. — and the celebs are having a holiday good time, even when the stories aren't particularly distinguished.

By GERALD PEARY  |  September 28, 2012
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Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Filled with Indian (and British) clichés, it is nonetheless a pleasant diversion that doesn't involve special effects or 3D glasses.
A pleasant diversion
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 04, 2012
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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

Play by play: July 31, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 31, 2009

Play by play: July 24, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 24, 2009

Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009


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Quantum mechanic

Little Solace for Bond fans
Little Solace for Bond fans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2008
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Oscar winner?

The Lyric offers some sly, Wildean touches in a discreetly pruned, generally creditable production.
The Lyric’s Importance of Being Earnest
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 13, 2008
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Fools rush in

If you think Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, and Judi Dench are all hopelessly overrated, then WGBH/ITV has your TV movie.
WGBH remakes A Room with a View
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2008
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Bogus Bess

“History,” Winston Churchill told us, “is written by the victors.”
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is leaden
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 10, 2007
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Scotch on the rocks

Billy Connolly regularly has sex with farm animals.
Billy Connolly perseveres with his ad-libbed life
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 31, 2007


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Macbeth

Roman Polanski in his 1971 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play opts for grim, sodden, literal realism.
Where were Ian McKellan and Judi Dench?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 03, 2007

Crossword: 'Don't be shocked'


This is the current situation
By MATT JONES  |  February 21, 2007
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Notes on a Scandal

Patrick Marber adapts Zoë Heller’s dark, satirical novel for the screen, and the film directed by Richard Eyre, with a juicy Brit Pack cast. Watch the trailer for Notes on a Scandal  (QuickTime)
A perfect fit for the British
By PEG ALOI  |  February 20, 2007

Babel rousers

It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 17, 2007
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Passion by proxy

Via Dolorosa, British playwright David Hare’s eloquently reported account of his 1997 fact-finding mission to Israel and the Palestinian territories, is not up to the minute. But that’s hardly the point.
Via Dolorosa ; Calvin Berger
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 05, 2006


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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

In lieu of plot development in this little tea cozy of a movie, director Dan Ireland knocks his elderly characters down.
Schmaltzy film falls down for the count
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 31, 2006
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Brokeback breakdown

The most politically loaded Oscar race since Gandhi versus E.T. in 1982 seems to have come down to a contest between the gay-cowboy movie that isn’t really a gay-cowboy movie and the drama about racial conflict that’s really a glib exercise in screenwrit
Mountain ’s Oscar hopes come down with a Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006
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Doogal

Too often those behind the slick 3-D animation spectacles aimed at children imbue them with too much adult humor.
Slick dog tale borrows a little too much adult humor
By TOM MEEK  |  March 01, 2006
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Hollywood gives Bush the finger

Except for a few agitators like Sean Penn and Barbra Streisand, people in Hollywood prefer to play down their liberal bent.
Why lefty films look good for Oscar
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006
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Our film editor's predictions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 25, 2006


Mrs. Henderson Presents

For ages the entertainment industry has been trying to figure out how to get away with gratuitous T&A by pretending it’s art.
 
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2006