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Review: Django Unchained

Tarantino reconfigures that classic American genre, the Western, setting his new film in the Deep South, creating what he terms a "Southern," while infusing it with the spaghetti sensibilities of Sergio Leone (director of Tarantino's favorite film, The
Spaghetti southern style
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 21, 2012
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Oscar nomination post mortem


 With the announcement of the Oscar  nominations this morning, the Academy once again has unleashed a stinging slap to my pretensions to prognostication. In short,...
By Peter Keough  |  January 24, 2012
Short Take: J. Edgar

Review: J. Edgar

Filmmaker Clint Eastwood, famously Republican, portrays right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover, the late FBI head, as a self-aggrandizing, conniving bully and mama's boy who broke the law whenever he wanted to bring anyone down.
DiCaprio as right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 11, 2011

Avatar vs. Inception: Two very different takes on the power of escapism


Avatar/Inception trailer mashupAt first glance, Avatar and Inception might seem entirely unrelated; the former is a CGI theme-park-ride with a boilerplate going-native plot, the latter...
By Dave Barker  |  August 10, 2010
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Review: Inception

A haggard agent, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is plagued by hallucinations of his wife and children while searching for the truth about a hospital for the criminally insane. . . . I'm sorry, that's Shutter Island . Where was I?
Set the snooze alarm
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 16, 2010
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Review: Shutter Island

I read Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island , a 336-page throat-grabbing mystery thriller, in two nearly sleepless nights.
Brain drain: few shudders
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 19, 2010


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Photos: Boston Harbor's Long Island

Images taken on Long Island, the Boston Harbor island that inspired Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island.
Long Island, the real-life Shutter Island
By CHRISTOPHER KLEIN  |  February 19, 2010
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Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010
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Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
The Mad Men mystique
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 14, 2009
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Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
The Mad Men mystique
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 14, 2009
Golden Globes preview: Richard Yates at the BPL in 1978 [mp3]

Golden Globes preview: Richard Yates at the BPL in 1978 [mp3]


The best Revolutionary Road adaptation of 2008, hands down, was season 2 of Mad Men. If Sam Mendes's Revolutionary Road takes home any of the...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 10, 2009


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Dead end

It's a masterful, devastating portrait of a marriage crumbling and a merciless critique of the torpor and predictability of 1950's suburbia.
Sam Mendes's not so Revolutionary Road
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  December 29, 2008
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Body of Lies

For a film dealing with Intelligence, Body of Lies has little enough of its own.  
Another forgettable thriller
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 16, 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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Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008
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Lipstick bungle

It’s impossible to discuss Lipstick   Jungle  without making comparisons to Sex and the City.
The Candace Bushnell-based series is no better than a cheap knock-off
By ELLEE DEAN  |  February 11, 2008


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Excellent Italian interview

Steve Albini is a pretty nerdy guy.
Steve Albini speaks
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2007
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The 11th Hour

Remember the “myth” of global warming?
Global warming made boring
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 22, 2007
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Blood Diamond

After centuries of raping Africa for its resources, now we exploit its misery for our amusement. Watch the trailer for Blood Diamond  (QuickTime)
Raping Africa for ratings
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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Fateful Departed

No wonder the cops and the feds can’t catch Whitey Bulger: they’re too busy beating the shit out of each other. Watch the trailer for The Departed (QuickTime) Whitey wash: Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed. By Brett Michel
Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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Bloodless diamonds

If the Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle Blood Diamond gets remembered for anything, it would be for the attention it’s drawn to the injustice that has risen alongside globalization in Africa.
Non-violence and rationality reign in the MFA’s ‘African Cinema’
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 14, 2007


Babel rousers

It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 17, 2007
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The future of an illusion

When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006
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Off with their heads

The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006
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Whitey wash

One of the first questions at a Manhattan press conference for Martin Scorsese’s Boston-set mob thriller is addressed to “Matt and Ben.” Fateful Departed: Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown. By Peter Keough
Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 04, 2006
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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006


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Catch him if you can

Another first: the coach of an obscure Southern collegiate lacrosse team has been fired after one of his players smashed the window of a security vehicle using a . . . slingshot.
This is what happens when you watch too may Steven Spielberg movies
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 03, 2006