bestnom1000x50

Love

Latest Articles

VALENTINES_DangerousCupid_l

From the Phoenix, with love: Clip-and-share Valentines

Valentines for the craft-impaired: print, clip, and spread the love.

By MANY TALENTED ARTISTS  |  February 08, 2013
FILM_Amour_list

Review: Amour

The master of bleakness, depravity, and bitter irony Michael Haneke has at last made an unabashedly romantic love story, and his most upbeat movie to date.
Amour is less
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2013
ART_HamraAbbas_LessonsOnLove2_list

Hamra Abbas's war and peace pieces

Hamra Abbas resists pinning down what her art is about, but her primary subjects are love and war and the relationship between the West and her native Pakistan — in history, in the colonial era, and since September 11.
Studio visit
By GREG COOK  |  November 30, 2012
2012_Palestine_FilmFest

Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
ShortTakes:TakeThisWaltz

Review: Take This Waltz

Margot (Michelle Williams), who makes ends meet grinding out PR pamphlets, wants to be happy with her husband Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. However, like many Seth Rogen characters, Lou's more a grab-assing buddy than a lover.
People, not clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012
books1_shipstead_list

Seating Arrangements tackles propriety, love, and whales

Winn Van Meter, the patriarch of the WASP-y New England family portrayed in Maggie Shipstead's debut novel Seating Arrangements, likes things just so.
Island adventure
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012


Review_TheMatchmaker

Review: The Matchmaker

Arik (Tuval Shafir), a restless Israeli teenager, struggles against the cultural limits of Haifa in 1968 — it's a provincial prism untouched by rock music or the sexual revolution.
Cultural limits
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
ShortTakes:The Hunter

Review: The Hunter

Apparently extinct since the 1930s, the Tasmanian Tiger resembled an uncanny assortment of mismatched parts from other animals. Daniel Nettheim's film is equally weird and motley.
Weird and motley
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012
Short Takes: Bernie

Review: Bernie

So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
Everybody loves Bernie
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012
wanderlust review

Review: Wanderlust

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
Goofy gags
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 02, 2012
theater_beckyshaw_list

Mad Horse’s Becky Shaw peers behind the love curtain

Three months after her father's death, the two people closest to thirty-something Suzanna (Elizabeth Chambers) don't have a lot of patience for her grief, which has her reduced to a weeping mess watching bad TV under a blanket.
The one who knew too much
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 10, 2012


Treadwell_list

‘Valentined’ showcases geek love at Craftland

These missives don't have the swooning, steamy, bodice-ripping passion of romance novel covers.
Heart-felt
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2012
theater1_NextFall_list

Good Theater wrestles with love and sin

There's only one major problem in the love between Adam (Rob Cameron), a sarcastic would-be teacher working in retail, and Luke (Joe Bearor), an aspiring young actor.
Heartplay
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 03, 2012
Review - the Look

Review: Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Rampling's physical gifts, unimpeded by plastic surgery in their march through time, are matched by a keen mind and an unapologetic approach to life and work.
Angelina Maccarone's portrait of the actress
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 03, 2012
Review: New Year's Eve

Review: New Year's Eve

Lately Garry Marshall has shown a certain genius for turning miserable holidays into terrible movies.
Feast of forced fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011
Faire in Love

Review: All's Faire In Love

It seems that before actually performing in a Renaissance Faire, actors first have to appear in a movie about one.
Scott Marshall's Renn Faire stinker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011


list_margaret_66

Review: Margaret

Kenneth Lonergan offers no resolutions in this complex and moving parable, unless it's the observation that the only resolutions in life are in art.
Unexpected situations
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
love crime 3

Review: Love Crime

Love Crime deconstructs the genre by showing how to put together a mystery in order to deceive and manipulate those who would try to take it apart.
A deconstruction of the mystery genre
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
short take Machine Gun Preacher

Review: Machine Gun Preacher

Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
White-savior storyline
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 30, 2011
short take Girlfriend

Review: Girlfriend

One night Evan's mother (Amanda Plummer) asks him to make a wish. He says he wants a girlfriend, and his wish comes true, but at a cost.
Concerned only with the truth
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011
TJI_Hood,Ann_66

Their cheating hearts

When Kristina Newman-Scott took over as director of programs for the Boston Center for the Arts in January, she was surprised at its lack of literary offerings.
Literary Lites
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011


A hug beats a nod

Maine may be the whitest state in the country, but it certainly isn't the straightest.
Diverse-city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 16, 2011
bucky larson 3

Review: Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star

Of course there are copious gags about penis size and bodily fluids, but Bucky Larson could also have been a decent spoof of the porn industry, especially after Don Johnson enters the picture.
Swardson just doesn't rise to the occasion
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 16, 2011
circumstance 4

Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011
one day 3

Review: One Day

Following her stunning coming-of-age tale, An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig returns to London for this adaptation of the bestselling novel about a love that spans 20 years.
A love that spans 20 years
By PEG ALOI  |  August 19, 2011
names of love 3

Review: The Names of Love

Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011


30 minutes or less backtalk

Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work

Following his star turn as a ruthless, if socially awkward, billionaire in David Fincher's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the screen as a downtrodden pizza delivery boy-man in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less. Nick Swardson plays Eis
Teen dreams
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011
man who fell bowie

Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Star Wars came out the year after Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film (re-released now in an uncut version), and after that no studio was likely to make anything similar again, nor would many audiences have the patience to watch it.
Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
review of Love, etc

Review: Love, etc.

Jill Andresevic's simply photographed documentary springs from an equally simple premise: shoot a varied bunch of New Yorkers, young to aging, who are thinking hard about love or are involved in relationships, and see what happens to them over a few mon
Jill Andresevic documents a collection of real relationships
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 29, 2011
company one does 1001

Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001

Grote uses the same framing device as the original One Thousand and One Nights , which begins with Shahriyar (Nael Nacer) discovering his wife's infidelity and deciding that the only way to prevent his future wives from cheating is to marry virgins, de
American Nights
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 29, 2011