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Review: The Paperboy

A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a

By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 12, 2012

More reverend than most reverends; an Abel challenger; hail, Olivia

Those unfamiliar with Phillipe and Jorge's childhoods are often surprised to learn that in our Wonder Years, your superior correspondents were quite the choirboys.
Holy too too
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 08, 2012
Trespass 3

Review: Trespass

If Rod Lurie's errant remake of Straw Dogs didn't tickle your morbid fear of home invasion, then perhaps the latest from Joel Schumacher ( Falling Down ) might do the job.
Home invasion
By TOM MEEK  |  October 14, 2011
short take - another earth

Review: Another Earth

Apparently it's getting harder to meet compatible partners these days in independent movies.
Twisted psychology
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 29, 2011

Review: Just Go With It

Has Jennifer Aniston's career gone so far off track that she needs to slum in this year's Dennis Dugan–directed Adam Sandler vehicle?
Alert social services: this movie is an exercise in abuse
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole takes its title from a graphic novel about alternate realities written by one of the film's characters.
In a parallel universe this might be a much better movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010


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

Review: Australia

Baz Luhrmann's incontinent Australia
Baz Luhrmann's Oz and ends
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2008

Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008

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

Auteur land?

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


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

Untrue north

Just as there are many universes in the world of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (published in Great Britain as Northern Lights ), so there are many movies in this New Line adaptation.
This Compass doesn't point to Pullman
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 05, 2007

Bride and prejudice

Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale marked him as the reigning bard of disaffected 16-year-olds from privileged, culturally elite, miserably broken families.
Margot  has snob appeal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2007

Noah’s arc

William Faulkner conceived The Sound and the Fury from a mental picture of a pair of women’s underpants dangling on a clothesline.
Baumbach from Squid to Margot
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 20, 2007

War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007


The Invasion

This latest incarnation from Oliver Hirschbiegel also has a lot of anxiety to work with.
Another soulless copy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Happy Feet

Taking up where March of the Penguins left off, George Miller’s animated film imagines penguins who find love based on their heart songs — songs from the soul that speak to the penguin they’re meant to be with. Watch the trailer for Happy Feet  (Q
Equals sappy feet
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 20, 2007

God Grew Tired of Us

Back in the ’80s, long before Darfur became a word linked with genocide in the Western media, the Islamic north waged a bloody campaign against the Christian farmers. Before there was darfur: Around the world. By Tom Meek.  
A devastating and uplifting documentary
By TOM MEEK  |  January 17, 2007

Fractured fairy tales

Times are tough when the Dream Factory has a better grip on what’s going on than the people in Washington.
Fantasy and reality compete for the box office in 2007
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006


We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!

Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma?
Gawking and stalking
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 01, 2006


When the first of three segments in a film about drug addicts is titled “Heaven,” you have a pretty good idea where it’s headed. Watch the trailer for Candy  (QuickTime)
Not so tasty
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 29, 2006

Keith Urban

Australia-born Keith Urban is modern country music’s only real rock star.
Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing | Capitol
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 20, 2006

Fake Fur

It had to happen, sooner or later: a bio-pic of Diane Arbus, photographer goddess of the alternate America, doyenne of the somber freakout, selfless voyager into the unorthodox. Watch the trailer for Fur (QuickTime)
Steven Shainberg makes over Diane Arbus
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 15, 2006

Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006


Where it was

As a wee lad, Jeff Coveney went down to the sea on Martha’s Vineyard in search of where Steven Spielberg and crew shot bits of Jaws . “Where’s the beach?” he remembers shouting out.
Boston Movie Tours gets wheels
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 02, 2006


Teenage girls are ripe for exploitation, especially by films that decry exploitation.
Clichés and platitudes, with a little Lolita factor thrown in
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 10, 2006

The ultimate BROADCAST JOURNALIST movies

Judging from the handful of movies made on the subject, filmmakers have little apparent use for the television business.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 10, 2006

Best left alone

Wshould offer a tax break to a group described by an authoritative source as “generally more intelligent, better looking, imaginative, and multi-talented” than the majority of the population: Left-handed people.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 22, 2006