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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
| December 21, 2012
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
| December 23, 2011
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
| November 18, 2011
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.
| October 07, 2011
For all the death and panic, this is a relatively quiet film.
The Traffic of viral outbreak movies
| September 16, 2011
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
| July 15, 2011
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
| March 04, 2011
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
| December 24, 2010
Forget Dirty Harry — this might be Clint Eastwood's most controversial and divisive film ever.
We all got it coming
| October 16, 2010
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.
| April 23, 2010
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.
| April 09, 2010
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
| March 19, 2010
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.
| January 29, 2010
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
| January 01, 2010
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
| December 11, 2009
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
| October 23, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
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
| August 14, 2009
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
| December 02, 2008
Welcome to the PalinDome
One-stop shopping for humor mavericks
| October 14, 2008
In the popular imagination, the spy is always cool, sophisticated, elegant — in other words, European.
Burn Notice ’s honest con job
| August 26, 2008
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
| June 10, 2008
Life and this movie are too short to have to put up with the little shit.
An 88-minute flop
| February 13, 2008
“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
| January 15, 2008
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
| December 18, 2007
Dance, Monkey: Charlie Murphy
Who is it? Matt Damon? It’s not Flavor Flav?
A comic in the hot seat
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| November 19, 2007
Bad will hunting
Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
Ben is back with Gone Baby Gone
| October 18, 2007
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
| August 07, 2007
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
| July 31, 2007
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
| June 20, 2007
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