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Review: Margin Call
The financial crisis of 2008 awaits its Social Network; until then we have Margin Call, which zaps its credibility from the get-go when a downsized risk analyst (Stanley Tucci) openly passes a flash drive to an underling (Zachary Quinto) as he's escorte
| October 21, 2011
Review: Horrible Bosses
After two comedies, it's clear Seth Gordon is good at making . . . documentaries.
| July 15, 2011
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
| February 04, 2011
Review: Casino Jack
Not to be confused with the insightful documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money by the prolific Alex Gibney, this docudrama is nonetheless a fitting bookend.
| January 07, 2011
Jon Ronson, Investigator of the Unsettling, at Tommy Doyle's [Sunday]
Jon Ronson, on "The Men Who Stare At Goats"The U.S. military has employed some pretty ridiculous tactics in its long and expensive War on Terror....
| May 07, 2010
Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust
Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
| December 11, 2009
Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats
Here’s a subject that really could have used a Stanley Kubrick or a John Frankenheimer or a Robert Altman. But are there any great cinematic satirists left, auteurs with the knack for black comedy and cold-blooded irony?
Bleating hearts tame Goats
| November 06, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
Dr. Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey), the psychiatrist-to-the-stars of the title, has written a bestselling book on how to be happy. But — go figure — he isn't happy himself.
A pastiche of derivative movie pitches devoid of human feeling
| July 31, 2009
I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
| July 24, 2009
The Accidental Billionaires
In this nonfiction account of the Harvard origins of the social-networking phenomenon, the author boils down the essence of why Facebook — orginially called thefacebook — was created and the root of its power: nerds obsessing over sex. In this excerpt,
The founding of Facebook: A tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal
| July 24, 2009
Duncan Jones begins his first feature with an infomercial for "Lunar Industries, Ltd" that celebrates Lunar's solution to global warming: strip-mining the surface of the moon for "Helium 3," an isotope that can provide a limitless source of non-pollutin
Duncan Jones's debut is more alienation than Alien
| June 19, 2009
Towelhead is the type of tripe that poses as enlightenment in “important” Oscar winners like Crash and American Beauty .
A grosteque and unbelievable adaptation
| September 17, 2008
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?
| August 13, 2008
Double down and Hollywood up
Sometimes Hollywood gets it right; sometimes Hollywood . . . ah, elaborates .
Playing the facts against the fiction of 21
| March 26, 2008
An Asian leading man is, it seems, too big a gamble for Hollywood’s myopic big players.
A novel transformation
| March 25, 2008
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
| March 10, 2008
As for infusing the ol’ ho-ho-ho, the most Christmasy moments for this reviewer arose whenever a nearby critic groaned, “Oh Christ!”
Bad Santa ripoff
| November 08, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
One of the most fantastic views of the Beantown skyline is from East Boston’s Maverick Square waterfront.
Maverick Square rises
| May 18, 2007
Does the world need Superman? Super vision: Bryan Singer on casting the Man of Steel . By Peter Keough
Bryan Singer’s Superman soars
| February 20, 2007
For director Bryan Singer, the eyes were always the key to Superman. Triumphant Returns : Bryan Singer's Superman soars. By Peter Keough Lex marks the spot: Kevin Spacey sets his sight on Superman Returns. By Mike Cotton Reinventing th
Bryan Singer on casting the Man of Steel
| June 28, 2006
Dots and dashes
Just about any list of the greatest character actors working today would include David Morse. And with good cause.
The career of David Morse
| June 22, 2006
Lex marks the spot
What makes Lex Luthor tick? ThePhoenix.com interviews Superman’s newest enemy. Reinventing the steel: A behind-the-scenes report from Superman Returns. By Mike Cotton
Kevin Spacey sets his sight on Superman Returns
| June 14, 2006
Reinventing the steel
Lex Luthor, dressed like a pimp, is chasing Superman around in a golf cart — and they aren’t even on the set yet. Lex marks the spot: Kevin Spacey sets his sight on Superman Returns. By Mike Cotton
A behind-the-scenes report from Superman Returns
| June 14, 2006
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 ultimate SALESMAN movie
Ruthless sharks, dumpy schlubs, or a combination of the two: Hollywood loves its pitchmen.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
| March 13, 2006
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