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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
| 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
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| June 08, 2012
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.
| October 14, 2011
Review: Another Earth
Apparently it's getting harder to meet compatible partners these days in independent movies.
| 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
| 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
| December 24, 2010
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
| September 18, 2009
Baz Luhrmann's incontinent Australia
Baz Luhrmann's Oz and ends
| November 25, 2008
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
| 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
| February 13, 2008
Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
‘Film Culture’ in 2007
| 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?
| December 12, 2007
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
| 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
| November 20, 2007
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
| November 20, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
This latest incarnation from Oliver Hirschbiegel also has a lot of anxiety to work with.
Another soulless copy
| August 22, 2007
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
| June 29, 2007
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| November 29, 2006
Australia-born Keith Urban is modern country music’s only real rock star.
Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing | Capitol
| November 20, 2006
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
| November 15, 2006
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| February 22, 2006
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