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Review:HopeSprings

Review: Hope Springs(1)

Elderly couples in the movies are so cute, but when did Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep slip into that category?
Separate worlds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep's two films with Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia and this silly biopic, demonstrate that even when the world's greatest actress is at the peak of her powers — whether dramatic, comic, or musical — it's not enough.
Streep's not enough to save this one
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
Difficult women; Oscar gold

Difficult women; Oscar gold


 I just came from a screening of  David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," in which Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein kicks and screams and laughs hysterically...
By Peter Keough  |  December 01, 2011
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Music for the love of it

Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 07, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Hanging with The Hurt Locker

Whatever happens at that other film awards gala in Hollywood next month, The Hurt Locker solidified its hold on indie-minded critics this past weekend when it dominated the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) third annual awards dinner. That film's
Oscars East
By TOM MEEK  |  February 12, 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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Review: It's Complicated

It's complicated, and so are my feelings about Nancy Meyer's predictable and overlong boomer-bait rom-com.
Indeed it is
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009
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2009: The year in movies

As I looked over my list of the best movies of 2009, it suddenly struck me: where are all the women on screen?
Men behaving badly
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009
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Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Welcome to the Dahl-house
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Revisiting the greatest Harvard-Yale game

It takes some doing to make Harvard look like an underdog in anything. But Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29 — Kevin Rafferty's 2008 movie (out now on DVD) and new book (released this past month) about the famous football rivalry — does just that.
Crimson Bowl Over Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 20, 2009


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Review: An Education

Let’s get this right out of the way: Carey Mulligan is the real thing.
Carey Mulligan graduates with honors
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 16, 2009

Unfettered farce

Farce is designed for more than pleasant laughter and fingertips-to-palm applause. In celebration of that, an all-stops-out production of Molière’s Tartuffe is being staged at Brown University Theatre (through October 4), and it gets the audience to pu
 Brown’s Tartuffe puts the roar in uproarious
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2009

Face off

If you were an ordinary Catholic boy in parochial school, giving nuns as hard a time as you were getting, you probably ended up with the usual stories of ruler-rapped knuckles. If you grew up to be talented playwright John Patrick Shanley, you ended up w
Doubt explores the quicksand of certainty
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009
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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Child's play

Here's something I never thought I'd write: Nora Ephron has made one of the best movies of the year.
Ephron and Streep cook up a feast
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2009


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Coolidge compliments Quays

If you don't know the films of the Quay Brothers, you don't know animation.
Puppet Masters
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2009
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Review: Theater of War

John Walter had been immersed in Brecht for two decades, and he wanted to make a film about the great German poet/playwright.
Worth watching for Meryl Streep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009
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Keough sweeps Oscars

Is our Phoenix film editor good, or what? This past week, Peter Keough predicted six major Oscar categories and earlier went out on a limb and called the two short-subject winners.
Way better than average
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 25, 2009
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Martyr complex

This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009
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Review: Marley & Me

Will Jennifer Aniston ever get a good film role?
Banal entertainment
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2008


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Review: Doubt

John Patrick Shanley's Doubt on screen
Nun story
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 09, 2008
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Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008
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Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Kevin Rafferty's 40th-anniversary documentary about the fabled Game of 1968 — when both teams were unbeaten and Harvard, after being completely outplayed by the 16th-ranked Elis, scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to "win" — has no designs on bein
Scores in nearly every department
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 19, 2008
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Still crazy after all these years

Since Dorothy Parker died, in 1967, Carrie Fisher is probably the most hilarious screwed-up person alive.  
The Force is with Carrie Fisher in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 15, 2008

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Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008


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Mamma Mia!

The Abba musical, helmed by stage director Phyllida Lloyd, sails to a real Greek island with its fairy-tale aura intact.
Passable, frothy fun
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 16, 2008
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Vocation or vacation?

This past Wednesday, the fifth Coolidge Award, honoring a “film artist whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging filmmaking,” was bestowed on Jeremy Thomas.
Honoring independent cinema’s ‘tour guide’
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 01, 2008
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Dark matter

This first film by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng and American screenwriter Billy Shebar is an intelligent, well-acted TV-level movie.
An astonishingly unpredictable ending
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008
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Lions for Lambs

Just because the debate over Iraq isn’t taking place anywhere else doesn’t mean you should put it in a movie.
Indoctrination over drama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007