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Review: Julia

When the once-æthereal muse of the late Derek Jarman wiped sweat from her armpits in Michael Clayton , a new persona was born.
Tilda Swinton goes crusty
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 04, 2009
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Review: The Road

John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road For those who found the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men too lighthearted, John Hillcoat's relentlessly faithful version of the author's post-apocalyptic Puli
No country for all men: John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Review: Sunshine Cleaning

What lifts this tasty little dramedy above Sundance mediocrity is a pathos that overcomes all the "quirky" dysfunctional contrivance.
Not “completely pie free,” but close
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 18, 2009
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Review: Duplicity

Like Steven Soderbergh in his Oceans series, Tony Gilroy seems to have decided to take a break from making serious movies like 2007's Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton .
Let's just say that Gilroy is no Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to sophisticated, saucy effervescence. Or a Hitchcock, either.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009
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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

As always with Porter, you can expect intelligence in the writing and insights into the bio subject.
A darker-than-usual take on the author
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 09, 2008
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Company man

In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
War, Inc.  cuts its losses
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008


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My Blueberry Nights

Three years after 2046 , Wong Kar-wai is not in love any more — and I for one am happy for him. Perfectionism can be exhausting for all involved.
Sexy but emotionally failing
By ROB NELSON  |  April 16, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Jammin’ with Nordstrom

“I am stoked to collaborate with Nordstrom,” said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz in a recent press release.
Living guy sells out; dead guy sells out; living guys die
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2008
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Country for gold men

All kinds of voting has been taking place lately — for presidential candidates, for union contracts, for Oscar nominees.
And Blood will out at the Oscars  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2008
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The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll

It’s true, the Boston Phoenix has never won an Oscar.
Our first-ever round-up of the past year’s best movies, with a little help from our friends
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 13, 2008
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Are we grading on a curve?

It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 23, 2008


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The Oscars go to Hell

Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008
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Bodysong

From more than 400 sources, he’s created an operatic narrative of a single human life.
The perfect fusion of sound and vision
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 31, 2007
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Charlie Wilson's War

The supporting players are splendid.
Waged by amiable actors
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 19, 2007
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The Savages

I’m glad to see the return of director Tamara Jenkins, idle since her wonderful Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).
Fear and self-laceration
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007
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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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Bell jarring

So far this year, the efforts to adapt books deemed unfilmable have proved just that.
Schnabel’s Butterfly is the year’s best
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007
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Auteur land?

Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
‘Film Culture’ in 2007
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2007
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Last man standing

In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007
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Legend of the last

They all start the same way.
It all comes down to Will power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007
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Do the write thing

Writers grow tiresome when they (a) write about writers, (b) write about writing, or (c) write about the difference between “fiction” and “reality.”
The redemption of fictional reality in Atonement
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 05, 2007


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Born again

Four years ago, Scottish actor James McAvoy starred in an adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic Children of Dune for the Sci-Fi channel.
James McAvoy and Atonement
By COLE HADDON  |  December 05, 2007
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The wasted land

Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
By ROB NELSON  |  November 16, 2007
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Love in the Time of Cholera

Granted, this is hardly the first Hollywood film to feature Latinos practicing ESL in their own land, but with lines like “Her smell is in my noh-streels,” it’s among the dumbest.
Film in the Time of Oprah
By ROB NELSON  |  November 14, 2007
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Kiss him deadly

Bostonians flummoxed by the great whatsits of Richard Kelly’s vaguely Spillanean Southland Tales stand an outside chance of querying the puzzler himself.
Richard Kelly on The Box , the Jag, and the critics at Cannes
By ROB NELSON  |  November 14, 2007
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Selling points

Jay-Z’s new album shares its title with the new Ridley Scott film about Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
Jay-Z ties his fortunes to American Gangster
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 14, 2007


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Family plots

Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007
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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
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Interview: Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007
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Quiet men

At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
The Coens step back in No Country for Old Men  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007