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The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 02, 2010

Mostly noir

The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptatio
And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts from June 2-13.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010

Review: Leap Year

Why, Amy Adams, why?
Needs to take a long leap off a short cliff
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 15, 2010

Review: Broken Embraces [Los Abrazos Rotos]

No filmmaker generates narrative like Pedro Almodóvar. Five minutes into Broken Embraces and he's got half a dozen potential storylines spinning.
Broken promises: Pedro Almodóvar's open Embraces
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009

White-knuckle thrill rites

Kathryn Bigelow's art-packed action movies
Bigelow puts the art into action
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009

Review: Tetro

Francis Ford Coppola made one perfect picture, The Conversation , in 1974.
Francis Ford Coppola: still lost in a cinematic jungle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 19, 2009


Does not compute

Though he’s infamous for his aversion to computers, McCain is actually no Luddite.
Will our next president be a geek hero or a guy who doesn’t e-mail?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 29, 2008


In Kings , which is getting six screenings at the MFA, it’s 1977, and six spry Irish lads are sailing toward London, buoyed by grand expectations.
Kings  in Gaelic, plus Brattle Staff Picks
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 31, 2007

Postmodern cabaret

The Spiegeltent at Bard College fits into two big trucks and can be raised in a couple of days by a crew of workers.
Susan Marshall and Doug Varone at Bard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 10, 2007

Film among the ruins

Helmut Käutner, as an eloquent narrative stylist, is the peer of his contemporaries William Wyler, Frank Borzage, Michael Powell, and Vincente Minnelli.
Helmut Käutner at the HFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 21, 2007

Flashbacks: June 16, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Hannah Van-Susteren, Doug Fleischer and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966 .
By EDITORIAL  |  June 14, 2006