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Review: The City Of Your Final Destination

Watching a James Ivory film is like entering a room aglow with plush furniture and exuding tasteful music and promising comfort and a brush with sensuality.
A lazy, lush adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010

Miss perfect

I know what you're thinking: " Another Emma ? Didn't we just have a bushel of Jane Austen adaptations for TV?" Well, WGBH did give us four new Austens, but that was all the way back in 2008, a Jane-ite eternity.
The new BBC/WGBH Emma gets a 10
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 15, 2010

Bigfoot coming to Congress Street

Mainer Loren Coleman loves sharing his wealth -- the treasures collected during a 50-year career in the field of cryptozoology, which is the study of mysterious creatures (think Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the chupacabra).
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 25, 2009

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

The relationship between fathers and daughters is complicated enough without being further strained by Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  
A slight but sometimes affecting trifle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008

Making us stronger

I’m back from the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, where the unexpected hit among discerning critics was a Boston-made crime melodrama.
Boston’s What Doesn’t Kill You scores at Toronto
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 17, 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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 13, 2008


Are we grading on a curve?

It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 23, 2008

The Oscars go to Hell

Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008

The Savages

I’m glad to see the return of director Tamara Jenkins, idle since her wonderful Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).
Fear and self-laceration
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007

Yankee know-how

Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
Telluride’s new American wave?
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 12, 2007

The Hottest State

Maybe this effort is just an awkward patch in a filmmaker’s development.
A bad break-up movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 05, 2007


The Nanny Diaries

The rich may be different from you and me, but they’re probably not much like the grotesque stereotypes in this adaptation of the glib bestseller.
A shrill disappointment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


If you’ve seen Short Cuts , you’ll recall the fishing-trip segment in which Huey Lewis pisses into a stream.
Raymond Carver's human tragedy in near perfect form
By TOM MEEK  |  May 17, 2007

Why spy

Remember those moody espionage thrillers of the ’60s?
Chris Cooper’s grasp exceeds his Breach
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 14, 2007

Driving Lessons

Unlike Hollywood, British filmmakers see the value of putting older actresses to work. Watch the trailer for Driving Lessons  (QuickTime)
Teaching the rules of the road
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2006

Man of the Year

“The free world will be led by a comedian,” intones pundit Chris Matthews in Barry ( Wag the Dog ) Levinson’s latest fusion of humor and politics. Watch the trailer for Man of the Year  (QuickTime)
Not the movie of the year
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 11, 2006


Patty Larceny

When I started off on the "summer of schlubs," I made a couple of rules.
The career of Patricia Clarkson
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 06, 2006