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Review: Promised Land

In the tradition of Arbitrage and Thank You for Smoking , where the people who contribute to making life miserable are seen as just regular guys, Gus Van Sant, along with screenwriters Matt Damon and John Krasinski, collaborate in this ambiguous homi

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2012
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Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)

Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Happy Feet Two

 Lovely to look at despite the 3D, and sometimes bordering on the psychedelic, this crack-brained morality tale blends the sublimely weird and the cloyingly awful as it preaches once again the paradox that you should be true to yourself as long as you a
Crack-brained morality tale
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
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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
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Review: Contagion

For all the death and panic, this is a relatively quiet film.
The Traffic of viral outbreak movies
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 16, 2011
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Fun with Matt & Ben at Central Square

A couple of young women, Brenda Withers and Mindy Kaling (the latter born in Cambridge before graduating to the role of Kelly Kapoor in The Office ), decided to have some fun with the idea that two seemingly unformed guys — one kind of loutish — could s
Bosom buddies
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2011


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Review: The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon doesn't shy from roles that address the questions that can really bother a guy - like identity (the Bourne movies), death (Hereafter), and now the meaning of it all.
Blunt and Damon try to rise above ponderous mystifications
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2011
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Review: True Grit (2010)

Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
The Coen brothers are True to Grit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: Hereafter

Forget Dirty Harry — this might be Clint Eastwood's most controversial and divisive film ever.
We all got it coming
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2010
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Interview: Sarah Silverman

Recently, “Sarah” — the character played by Sarah Silverman on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program — was upset because in today’s world it just wasn’t safe anymore for children to get into strangers’ vans.
Staying dry
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2010
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Box-office guru comes to Boston

The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently rejected attempts to cap the tax breaks offered to filmmakers in the commonwealth, which is good for Hollywood studios and for the local economy.
Film school
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010


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Review: Green Zone

Paul Greengrass's Green Zone takes us on a frenetic trip down memory lane — back to the beginning of the Iraq War.
Follow the yellowcake road to the Emerald City
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 19, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 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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Review: Invictus

Poetry, muses Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) in a reflective moment in Invictus , consists only of words, yet it can inspire perseverance and greatness beyond our own expectations of ourselves. Sport, similarly, consists of oversized, overpaid athlet
Clint shows team spirit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 11, 2009
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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009


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Review: The Informant!

The Informant! opens with a segment that sounds as if it had been culled from Food, Inc.
Soderbergh's state of cornfusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: Ponyo

In a film like Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki takes flight and creates his own seductive animated universe. When tied to a Disney fable about the environment and true love, he lurches from cliché to myth to things that just leave you shaking yo
Visually stunning, but leaves you shaking your head
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2009
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Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
Gift books for every (perverse) taste
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 02, 2008
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Welcome to the PalinDome


One-stop shopping for humor mavericks
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2008
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Scout's honor

In the popular imagination, the spy is always cool, sophisticated, elegant — in other words, European.
Burn Notice ’s honest con job
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 26, 2008


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Bourne to lose

The Bourne Conspiracy is a video game not directly based on the Bourne films starring Matt Damon — a fact its makers have taken great pains to obscure.
Action, but no thrills, in this Conspiracy
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 10, 2008
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Jumper

Life and this movie are too short to have to put up with the little shit.
An 88-minute flop
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 13, 2008
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History rocks

“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008
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Silver linings on a dark screen

The best films of 2007 hold their own when it comes to despair, evil, and treachery.
Film: 2007 in review
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007
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Dance, Monkey: Charlie Murphy

Who is it? Matt Damon? It’s not Flavor Flav?
A comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 19, 2007


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Bad will hunting

Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2007
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Covert action

Some talented filmmakers try to play a Hollywood game, churning out a big-budget commercial product in exchange for a smaller, more personal and artistic venture.
The Bourne Ultimatum possesses central intelligence
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2007
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Heroes of our time

In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2007
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Keeping It Real

We’ll get used to it, I suppose, this new category of moviegoing distress. Sooner or later, we get used to everything.
Sticking to the facts in a post-9/111 world, Michael Winterbottom and Paul Greengrass lead a new breed of filmmaker
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 20, 2007