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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010

Documentary Man

If you think the polemic salvos Michael Moore churns out define the modern documentary, you've either succumbed to Moore's manipulative shenanigans or are unfamiliar with the works of Frederick Wiseman. No disrespect to the Roger & Me director, he
An interview with Frederick Wiseman
By TOM MEEK  |  December 11, 2009

Missing Persons singer Dale Bozzio jailed

Missing Persons singer Dale Bozzio is sitting in an Ossipee, New Hampshire, jail after dropping her appeal of a March animal-cruelty conviction.
Swinging a Dead Cat Dept.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 20, 2009

Surf bored

Paranoia isn't what it used to be — not for Thomas Pynchon, at any rate.
Little virtue in Pynchon's Inherent Vice
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2009

Review: Crips and Bloods: Made in America

The war at home
The war at home
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 24, 2009

Sports blotter: Steamrolled again

Brian Bosworth gets a DUI; Marshawn Lynch pleads guilty to a gun charge
Brian Bosworth gets leveled by John Law, and Marshawn Lynch hops on the Chris Henry express
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 11, 2009

Is black the new black?

Was new Portland police chief picked because he is black?
Was new Portland police chief picked because he is black?
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 04, 2009

Mother courage

How many ways can Angelina Jolie cry?  
Angelina Jolie goes on a tear in Changeling
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2008

Lakeview Terrace

LaBute tries to engage issues of race, class, and gender in this potboiler, but his usual vitriol gives way to blood in the swimming pool.
Full of entrapping clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2008

Murder in six degrees

You’ve probably never heard of Peter Ivers.
Peter Ivers — pals with john Belushi to the Circle Jerks — was killed in 1983. A new book recalls his fascinating life — and mysterious death.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 10, 2008

Sounding off

Chicago artist Nick Cave (no, not the musician) remembers the Rodney King beating as a turning point in his artwork.
Nick Cave’s wearable mash-ups
By GREG COOK  |  October 03, 2007


Retro rocket

Andrew Fleming’s Nancy Drew kicks off with a mystery that eluded even our supersleuth.
Nancy Drew lifts off on screen
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 13, 2007

Counting Sheep

Lyrical, contemplative, with a clear disdain for mainstream Hollywood, the African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett has cobbled out an unorthodox career.
Charles Burnett at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 05, 2007

The pro

During dinner parties nowadays, everyone, writers included, talks about movies. Rarely does a “serious” novel dominate conversation, but crime novels sometimes have a moment.
Robert Crais’s winning formula
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  February 27, 2007

Body dabble

At times Brian De Palma shows signs of the genius some attribute to him. Watch the trailer for The Black Dahlia (QuickTime)
Brian De Palma makes a mess of The Black Dahlia
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

New to DVD: December, 20 2006

Plus the Black Dahlia and The Last Kiss .
  The Descent, Factotum, Jackass: Number Two
By NEW TO DVD  |  December 19, 2006


Dead flowers

James Ellroy talks the way he writes, the way his doomed characters tell the stories of their lives: monotoned, terse, poetic, brutal. Peter Keough interviews James Ellroy (mp3)
James Ellroy on the movie and the obsession
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Hollywood holidaze

Punk rock had jetpacked the Minutemen into a synæsthetic sound world where ideas had the same value as chords, where Reagan’s policy in Central America could be related directly to the setting of your amp.
The Minutemen and the LA they endured
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2006

Menino: Get help!

Tom: take a deep breath. Count to ten. Think serene thoughts.
Why you must get Boston a top cop from the outside world
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  May 17, 2006

New to DVD on January 17, 2006

With the possible exception of the days of Soviet Social Realism, people have gone to the movies to escape the daily grind, not relive it.
Junebug , Enron , Lord of War , Two for the Money , and more.
By  |  January 19, 2006