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Review: For A Good Time, Call ...

Other than Kevin Smith, is there anyone more toxic to a film than Nia Vardalos?
The usual opposites-attract sludge
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 31, 2012
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Love might be awarded at this year's Sundance Festival, but anger holds sway

When you step back from Sundance 2011 and its 110 films that hit the dozen screens over the 10 days ending January 30, what you come away with is the year of Angry Men.
Hope and fury
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 04, 2011
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SPACE to screen video banned from Smithsonian

A video banned from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last week in the wake of threats from conservative politicians will be on view in the front window of SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) this week and next, as part of a nationwide s
Fighting censorship
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 17, 2010
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Interview: Kevin Smith

Motherfucking Kevin Smith, who comes to the House of Blues next Thursday, can tell a story as if it were his motherfucking job. Which it basically is.
Meh on you!
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 20, 2010
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TIPPING THE SCALE
Tipping the scale
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 05, 2010
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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010


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There was a film fest from Nantucket . . . and P'town

One look at the line-up at the local multiplex and you might ask yourself, "How far away can I get from Marmaduke and still remain in the state of Massachusetts?" Turns out that summer-movie relief is just a ferry ride away.
Escapist Cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2010
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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: Cop Out

Directing has never been Kevin Smith's strong suit ...
More like strike out
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 05, 2010
Darth Maul, MRTPQ, Kevin Smith and WTF

Darth Maul, MRTPQ, Kevin Smith and WTF


  Ray Park, Maura, MRTPQ, Kevin Smith and the WTF Line are all in today's podcast! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
By Charlie  |  October 01, 2009
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Granite grind

Much of New England joined the march toward marriage equality this year, but in the comparably conservative Granite State, its legalization has heated up a partisan battle for control of the governorship in 2010, promising that this political war isn't
Same-sex marriage ignites partisan battle in New Hampshire
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 07, 2009


Jason Mewes, Cares or Who Cares and WTF

Jason Mewes, Cares or Who Cares and WTF


Jason Mews of Kevin Smith movie fame phones in, we hear from the panel of experts (and Lance) in Cares or Who Cares and we...
By Charlie  |  October 31, 2008
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Kevin Smith’s ear for raunch is as piquant as ever, but he’s moved beyond his usual unconvincing leads to Judd Apatow regulars Rogen and Craig Robinson.  
Full of raunch and snappy dialogue
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 28, 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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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008

Boston music news: February 29, 2008

The family who play together stay together.
Notes on Joe Perry and his sons.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 27, 2008


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Salty dogs

Reflect on a band like Victory at Sea and the ocean metaphors roll in.
The wide wake of Victory at Sea
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 03, 2008
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The wasted land

Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
By ROB NELSON  |  November 16, 2007
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Live Free or Die Hard

The Die Hard series was about as animated as Rocky’s face until director Len Wiseman restored it to its kinetic essence.
The franchise proves aptly named
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 27, 2007
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Catch and Release

Of all the characters in Susannah Grant’s punishing romantic comedy, Grady, the former fiancé of Gray (Jennifer Garner), has the least to complain about: he’s dead. Watch the trailer for Catch and Release (QuickTime)
Excruciating
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 24, 2007
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Dave Holland

Once a certified member of the avant-garde, bassist Dave Holland is now mainstream.
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By JON GARELICK  |  October 17, 2006


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For their eyes only

In 1990, the MPAA started giving out NC-17 ratings. Here are the lucky films to earn the honor.
The forbidden list of NC-17 rated films
By PAUL BABIN  |  September 14, 2006

Flashbacks: August 25, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
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By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  August 23, 2006
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Saint Smith

Indie-film icon Kevin Smith is, above all else, a religious man. WFNX's Keith Dakin interviews Kevin Smith (mp3) Back from rehab: Clerks II is just another sequel.   By Brett Michel
Getting laid and laying back
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 25, 2006
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Back from rehab

Even if his writing is more focused than it’s been in his last few outings, Smith’s return to the “counter-culture” remains, like most sequels, an imitation and a knockoff. Watch the trailer for Clerks II (QuickTime) Saint Smith: Getting laid and l
Clerks II is just another sequel
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 21, 2006
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006


Portland scene report, March 17, 2006

Now Transmissioin, Hi-Fivin' White Guys, Radiation Year, and Seekonk poised to issue new releases; plus, JD's Medicine Hat forms
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 15, 2006
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ID Check: Stu Sherman

Whalom Park isn’t much like Kosovo, but visiting the rusted remains of America’s 10th-oldest amusement park is one hell of way to spend a drizzly Saturday afternoon.
One-man picture
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  February 15, 2006