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Review: District 9

You have never seen anything like District 9 — or so went the early buzz for Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut. The concept is the stuff nerdgasms are made of: a vérité sci-fi thriller set in an alternate-reality South Africa where 2.5
Apartheid gets the sci-fi treatment
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 14, 2009

Dramatic Success

The little black box theater that is West Kingston's Center Stage, with little room for scenery, has to be ingenious with its space.
Arts thrive at the Courthouse Center
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2009
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Loud and clear

Things certainly changed dramatically at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston when Russ Maitland signed on last December as executive director.
Center Stage Productions is branching out in South County
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008
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Body of Lies

For a film dealing with Intelligence, Body of Lies has little enough of its own.  
Another forgettable thriller
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 16, 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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Close shave

If it weren’t for his beloved turn as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Johnny Depp would best be known as the cinematic alter ego of Tim Burton.
Tim Burton’s latest is bloody good
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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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After the fall

The evil is boiled down in the revival of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and that makes for a stew far tastier than Mrs. Lovett’s human-hamburger pies.
Sweeney Todd ; Macbeth ; A House with No Walls
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 30, 2007
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Sound bites

In space, so the tag line for Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien goes, nobody can hear you scream.
Sunshine sheds little light on the sci-fi genre
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 18, 2007
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Civic Duty

Falling Down takes a post-9/11 turn in this psychological thriller from Canadian filmmaker Jeff Renfroe.
Stylishly silly stuff
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 02, 2007
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The Messengers

Twin directors Danny Pang and Oxide Pang Chun explored the supernatural downside of cornea transplants in The Eye ; in their first non–Hong Kong horror movie, they unearth ghosts of the Northern Plains with stylish but unfrightening results. Watch the
Imagine Oklahoma! done as an tuneless pastoral spook show
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  February 07, 2007
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Haven

Orlando Bloom executive-produced this crime thriller set in the Grand Caymans back in 2004; it got a look at the Toronto Film Festival that year and has been sitting on the shelf ever since — with good reason. Watch the trailer for Haven   (QuickTime
A lot of fuss without any payoff  
By TOM MEEK  |  September 20, 2006