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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.
| September 28, 2012
Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Nearly 15 years after Don McKellar ended it all in Last Night (1998), the world endures, and so does the question: how will doomsday affect one's love life?
| June 22, 2012
The 2011 "Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Actor: the winner
After an informal poll of my fellow Boston Society of Film Critics members, the winner of the 2011 "Where's Whitey? Award for Best Animal Actor"...
| January 03, 2012
Review: A Dangerous Method(1)
Perhaps the three characters in David Cronenberg's handsome, eloquent dramatization of the birth and near demise of psychoanalysis represent the parts of the psyche that the movement would eventually hypothesize.
Cronenberg's dramatization of the rise of psychoanalysis
| December 23, 2011
Difficult women; Oscar gold
I just came from a screening of David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," in which Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein kicks and screams and laughs hysterically...
| December 01, 2011
Review: Never Let Me Go
Logan sure was on to something when he made his run in Michael Anderson's kitschy 1976 sci-fi classic.
Knightley, Mulligan, Garfield fight the clone wars
| September 24, 2010
Review: The Soloist
A small, real-life drama about a homeless musical genius set in the urban present.
Troubled reporter meets homeless musical genius
| April 24, 2009
Review: The Edge of Love
John Maybury evoked the genius of Francis Bacon in Love Is the Devil , but he goes off the deep end with this ludicrous soap opera about Dylan Thomas.
A soap opera about Dylan Thomas
| April 01, 2009
When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
Breaking new ground with old tools
| March 31, 2009
When last year the BBC interrupted its broadcast of Little Dorrit — which hinges on the downfall of a Bernie Madoff–like figure — for a tawdry true-crime documentary, thousands of viewers complained: don't leave us hanging!
Life and debt in Dickens's Little Dorrit
| March 24, 2009
Any film/TV adaptation of Hardy is in fact rare.
Hardy, for once, gets his due
| December 29, 2008
There’s nothing like a movie about 18th-century England to make 21st-century Americans feel all smug and morally superior.
A sea of vapidity
| September 23, 2008
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
| September 08, 2008
The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll
It’s true, the Boston Phoenix has never won an Oscar.
Our first-ever round-up of the past year’s best movies, with a little help from our friends
| February 13, 2008
Masterpieces and mysteries
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
| January 14, 2008
The Austen adaptations
| January 09, 2008
Do the write thing
Writers grow tiresome when they (a) write about writers, (b) write about writing, or (c) write about the difference between “fiction” and “reality.”
The redemption of fictional reality in Atonement
| December 05, 2007
Four years ago, Scottish actor James McAvoy starred in an adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic Children of Dune for the Sci-Fi channel.
James McAvoy and Atonement
| December 05, 2007
Green is the new black
Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide each year.
How to be socially responsible in a $240 pair of pants
| November 08, 2007
Going on sale: August 17, 2007
The Good Life, Mr. Lif, Steven Wright, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| August 14, 2007
No sooner had I finished last week’s review than Shannon Hale’s Austenland turned up on my desk.
The further adventures of Austen wanna-bes
| May 29, 2007
Hell is other sequels
At first, At World’s End doesn’t seem to differ much from the world outside.
Pirates 3 offers buried treasures
| May 23, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 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
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
A Disney “franchise” that began as an Oscar-nominated showcase for Johnny Depp seems to have walked the plank, but has it jumped the shark? Watch the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (QuickTime)
Clearly the first half of a five-hour movie
| February 20, 2007
Apocalypse now and then
With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
| May 03, 2006
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
| March 07, 2006
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