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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
| May 07, 2010
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
| 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).
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| January 18, 2008
I’m glad to see the return of director Tamara Jenkins, idle since her wonderful Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).
Fear and self-laceration
| December 18, 2007
Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
Telluride’s new American wave?
| September 12, 2007
The Hottest State
Maybe this effort is just an awkward patch in a filmmaker’s development.
A bad break-up movie
| 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
| 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
| May 17, 2007
Remember those moody espionage thrillers of the ’60s?
Chris Cooper’s grasp exceeds his Breach
| February 14, 2007
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
| 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
| October 11, 2006
When I started off on the "summer of schlubs," I made a couple of rules.
The career of Patricia Clarkson
| July 06, 2006
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