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review of movie Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Review: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

There's something destabilizing about seeing Conan O'Brien — whose image has been familiarized in the collective consciousness wearing a neatly tailored suit in front of a Manhattan backdrop — suddenly laid bare by a jittery handheld camera in the comfo

By CARSON LUND  |  June 24, 2011
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Review: The Last Mountain

As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 24, 2011
Buck - movie review

Review: Buck

Ostensibly, Cindy Meehl's documentary may focus on the exploits of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, but it also relates a tale of perseverance.

By TOM MEEK  |  June 24, 2011
boston movies, review of The First Beautiful Thing

Review: The First Beautiful Thing

As a child in the Tuscany port town of Livorno, Bruno was understandably anxious and unsettled as he and his sister scooted after their hot mamma (Micaela Ramazzotti) because all three had been bounced from their home by a jealous father.

By GERALD PEARY  |  June 10, 2011
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Review: City of Life and Death

Shot in opulent black and white, the atrocities never cease.

By TOM MEEK  |  June 03, 2011
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Review: L'amour Fou

Pierre Thoretton's lugubrious portrait of the late Yves Saint Laurent (he died in 2008) begins with a 2002 press conference in which the iconic designer announced his retirement from the world of fashion.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 27, 2011

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Review: Midnight in Paris

Yet this tartly ironic tour of the Modernist playground of '20s Paris is his funniest movie since Deconstructing Harry (1997), the last time he indulged in such a playful conceit.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 27, 2011
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Review: Sons of Perdition

If Jonestown's Jimmy Jones ran North Korea, it would be like the cultist, fascist, ignorant, sexually craven society that exists in Columbia City, Colorado, under the thumb of self-proclaimed prophet Warren Jeffs.

By GERALD PEARY  |  May 27, 2011

Review: Hobo Without A Shotgun

Like Machete, Jason Eisener's danse macabre started as a two-minute faux trailer in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 27, 2011
Blank City movie review by Boston Phoenix movie critic

Review: Blank City

When you romanticize, everything awful is awesome and inspiring. And so it is with the nostalgic, now-middle-aged, indie filmmakers interviewed in Céline Danhier's Blank City, reflecting on the late '70s and early '80s on New York's Lower East Side.
A new documentary looks at the downtown NYC No Wave film scene
By BYGERALD PEARY  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: Forks Over Knives

If Food Inc. didn't scare you off red meat, Forks over Knives just might do the trick.

By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2011

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Review: Everything Must Go

Gordon Lish, Raymond Carver's editor, ruthlessly cut down the late short-story writer's prose, helping him perfect his trademark spare style.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Queen to Play

A hotel maid, Hélène (Sandrine Bonnaire), in a French resort sees a glamorous foreigner (Jennifer Beals) playing chess one day, and she's determined to learn to play herself.
 Determined to learn
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

So far, I think it's safe to say that nothing is better in 3D, except maybe Avatar and House of Wax.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: 13 Assassins

A prolific director of extreme films, Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer) sets his latest in the waning days of feudal Japan's samurai era.
 The latest from prolific director of extreme films, Takeshi Miike.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 06, 2011

Review: I Am

Tom Shadyac found a perfect nest for his low-watt-lightbulb sensibility in today's Hollywood, where he helmed a series of blockbuster comedies that ranged in quality from the passably silly ( Ace Ventura: Pet Detective ) to the unforgivably execrable (
The "new" Shadyac is still a Hollywood hack
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 01, 2011

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Review: Certified Copy

With films like Taste of Cherry, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has matched primal themes with self-conscious, self-reflective artifice to make some of the greatest movies of recent years.
Precious rather than profound, sententious rather than wise
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2011
Jane Eyre

Plain Jane

And all the better for it
And all the better for it
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2011

More buried treasures from Boston Underground Film Festival

Audiences have grown jaded as the thrills have gotten cheap, generic, and superficial. But the Boston Underground Film Festival, now in its 13th year, remains a reliable source for the kind of jolts to the system the medium was meant to provide.
Deep thrills
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011
Ice, ice baby

Ice, ice baby

After trudging through the sludge of this New England winter, Iceland isn't exactly tops on our list of fantasy vacation destinations. But here's something we...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 07, 2011

Lee Chang-dong's oblique, affecting film

Mija (Yun Jung-hee) is 60ish but still a looker, a quality she's aware of. She dresses elegantly even when she's going about her chores as a cleaning woman — which include bathing Mr. Kang (Kim Hi-ra), the elderly, paralyzed patriarch of the family who'v
Poetic justice
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2011

DregNog Video Advent Calendar, Day #13: I Saw Daddy Hunting Santa Claus

I've seen a lot of Christmas horror films in the last six thousand years, but there are only a handful of holiday fright flicks that...
By Infinite Santa 8000  |  December 22, 2010
Just What the Doctor Ordered

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Television and film often glamorize the work of doctors. But how many surgeons do you really think you'd find rushing through the halls of the...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 31, 2010
Back to the Grind

Back to the Grind

Picture it: your living room, Saturday night, 4 a.m. You've ditched a night on the town in favor of takeout pizza and TV, and though...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 22, 2010
Boston Underground Film Festival 2010

Boston Underground Film Festival 2010

The Boston Underground Film Festival turns the Kendall Square Cinema into an unholy temple of depravity as it discharges its twisted opening-night film, Love Exposure...
By Ian Sands  |  March 10, 2010
Boston Jewish Film Festival 2009

Boston Jewish Film Festival 2009

One of this town's oldest and most respected cinema traditions, the Boston Jewish Film Festival, opens tonight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre with Israeli director...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 27, 2009

"Humpday" at Kendall Square

"Humpday" at Kendall Square

Humpday could've been You, Me and Dupree plus homophobia, but instead, indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton's largely improvised story of two hetero male friends (played by...
By Rob Turbovsky  |  July 28, 2009
Virtual vacations on the small screen

Virtual vacations on the small screen

Tight budgets mean you’re probably not jetting off to Europe anytime soon, but you can still indulge your world-travel aspirations with these upcoming films.

Who knows wanderlust better than carnies? In the Boston Turkish Film Festival’s A Fairground Attraction, two star-crossed lovers — a bewitching carnival performer and a construction worker — try to make romance bloom amid the popcorn-strewn dust of the midway. Other festival highlights include the taut thriller Three Monkeys and the historical drama LIsten to the Ney. The fest runs from March 27 to April 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 17.267.9300); get tickets and a full lineup at 617.369.3907 or
Shaula Clark  |  March 20, 2009


Stranded: I’ve Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

The story has been told already, and vividly, in Piers Paul Read's Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors .
A redundant, overlong documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 11, 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
A stirring glimpse at Europe's darkest hour
By PEG ALOI  |  November 11, 2008