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Review: Ne Change Rien

The shadowy, low-key lighting is Wellesian, the fetishist close-ups are Sternbergian.
Jeanne Balibar is a formidable talent
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 05, 2010
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The good old days

As if it weren’t enough that the venerable Paramount Theatre on Washington Street was open for the first time since 1976, the Celebrity Series of Boston brought in as the initial act to play the new 600-seat mainstage Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, live at the Paramount Theatre, March 6, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010

EXCERPT: King Creole


 Gerald Perry writes on King Creole' s neverending B list movie status.
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 30, 2008
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The Big Hurt: More bad news in brief

Police pulled over Snoop Dogg’s tour bus and — gasp! — smelled marijuana!
DMX spits, Lou spills, Kelly leaks, Keane sucks
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 12, 2008
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Good Evening

All those Oscar prognosticators, all those Best Picture wagers, and nobody has mentioned, or even noticed, Andrew Wagner’s Starting Out in the Evening .
And Forever holds its peace
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 12, 2007

The benefits of stage fright

Like Tanton’s opposing halves, Tulsa’s music is marked by a sort of push-pull between melody and dissonance, concision and unhinged sonic exploration.
Tulsa find their inner noise
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 18, 2007


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La Môme|La Vie en Rose

As Piaf, Marion Cotillard is a lioness in the guise of a bird, with large, luminescent eyes that serve as windows into the singer’s troubled soul.
A wonder of a bio-pic in lush, matted reds
By TOM MEEK  |  June 13, 2007
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Smoking hot

In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007
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Pit bulls

They’re called “festival films,” movies that resonate with the serious, eager-minded who attend fests but have little chance in the Darwinian world of theatrical release.
And the Brattle’s WW2 flicks
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 28, 2007
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Future past

Why not sing the past as if it were the future and not the past?
Ute Lemper, Berklee Performance Center, March 10, 2007
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  March 12, 2007
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Major and minor Billy

Billy Wilder’s expansive career began in Germany at the end of the ’20s, continued briefly in Paris when he fled Hitler in 1933, and picked up in Hollywood the following year.
The HFA celebrates Wilder’s centennial
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  December 07, 2006


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Dis-Respect

Toward the end of Respect: A Musical Journey, a revue bringing together some four dozen female-associated pop oldies, comes the big moment that’s supposed to represent American womanhood shaking off its shackles and stepping bravely into the future.
Dorothy Marcic’s musical journey
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 08, 2006
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Queer superheroes challenge the far right

It’s official: Batwoman is coming back — as a lesbian.
Comic Culture  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 28, 2006