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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
Dumbed down
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: Horrible Bosses

After two comedies, it's clear Seth Gordon is good at making . . . documentaries.
Overplayed quirks
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 15, 2011
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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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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.

By TOM MEEK  |  January 07, 2011

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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....
By Carrie Battan  |  May 07, 2010
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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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009


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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2009
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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
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Review: Shrink

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2009
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Smack downer

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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 24, 2009
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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
By BEN MEZRICH  |  July 24, 2009


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Review: Moon

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 19, 2009
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Towelhead

Towelhead is the type of tripe that poses as enlightenment in “important” Oscar winners like Crash and American Beauty .
A grosteque and unbelievable adaptation
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 17, 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
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Double down and Hollywood up

Sometimes Hollywood gets it right; sometimes Hollywood . . . ah, elaborates .
Playing the facts against the fiction of 21
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2008
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21

An Asian leading man is, it seems, too big a gamble for Hollywood’s myopic big players.
A novel transformation
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2008


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Spring brakes

Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 2008
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Fred Claus

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
By ALICIA POTTER  |  November 08, 2007
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War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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Dough

One of the most fantastic views of the Beantown skyline is from East Boston’s Maverick Square waterfront.
Maverick Square rises
By PHIL AMARA  |  May 18, 2007
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Triumphant Returns

Does the world need Superman? Super vision: Bryan Singer on casting the Man of Steel .  By Peter Keough  
Bryan Singer’s Superman soars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007


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Super vision

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2006
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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
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2006
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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
By MIKE COTTON  |  June 14, 2006
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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
By MIKE COTTON  |  June 14, 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


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The ultimate SALESMAN movie

Ruthless sharks, dumpy schlubs, or a combination of the two: Hollywood loves its pitchmen.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 13, 2006