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ShortTakes: Headhunters

Review: Headhunters

Roger (Aksel Hennie) is an Oslo yuppie with a gorgeous, blonde wife, a top-drawer job as a corporate headhunter, and a lucrative side employment stealing fancy paintings.
Slick entertainment
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 11, 2012
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Review: Happy, Happy

First time filmmaker Anne Sewitsky finds a compassionate way to tell a familiar tale of adultery, and she's helped immeasurably by a first-rate acting ensemble, especially the two superlative actresses, whom you could imagine cast in films of the late I
A familiar tale of adultery
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 23, 2011
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Holding on

Of all the details to emerge from the Norway atrocities last Friday, one of the most harrowing was the thought of those frightened, bewildered youngsters leaping from the shores of Utøya, dragging their limbs through the gloppy water as if in some kind
Death’s confluence: Amy Winehouse and the Norwegian terror victims
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  July 29, 2011
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Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010
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Review: The Good Heart

Lucas (Paul Dano), an angel-faced homeless man who sings a lullaby to a stray kitten, might be too kind-hearted to live. Jacques (Brian Cox), an apoplectic prick who owns a Bowery bar, is too mean to die.
Misanthropy and meticulous espresso brewing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010
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Review: Until The Light Takes Us (2008)

Corpse paint, odes to the underworld, music that summons the brutal, cut-to-the-bone Arctic chill of Scandinavia — this is Norwegian black metal.
Darkness with a capital 'D'
By SHAULA CLARK  |  February 12, 2010


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Wolf man

A lone wolf lopes across a border, searching for food.
Henning Mankell stalks globalization
By CLEA SIMON  |  February 12, 2010
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Review: Until the Light Takes Us

Norwegian black metal in Until the Light Takes Us
Metal, terrorism, and gossip
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 22, 2010
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Beach House | Teen Dream

Before I talk about Beach House's third album — the top dreampop album of 2010 until further notice — I should reveal that I had the big gay whirlwind romance of my life under the influence of a steady stream of Beach House Mania at SxSW three years ag
Sub Pop (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010
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Boston rat rampage

Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar wou
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009
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Pixel revolt

Anders Østergaard's Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country is paced and edited with the keen, polished urgency of a thriller — there are frantic, confused phone conversations, along with gloomy music and a healthy amount of ominous foreshadowing —
Burma VJ's heroic dissident journalists
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 19, 2009


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Review: O'Horten

In Bent Hamer's sub-Arctic shaggy-dog story (with a real, non-shaggy dog), the vehicle for soon-to-be-retired Odd Horten, engineer for the Bergen-to-Oslo run, is not a flying house but a bullet train.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009
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Boston's Best in City Life 2009

There’s so much to love about Boston, it’s hard sometimes to know where to start. Traffic? Obnoxious Sox fans? Irritating students? Norway rats? Inflated rents? An inferiority complex unlike any on the Eastern seaboard?
Rocking in the cradle of eccentricity
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2009

James Hetfield

It's not easy to earn the label as the biggest dipshit in Metallica. But now that Lars Ulrich's lease on the title has expired, Hetfield lived up to the challenge by getting caught shopping at Armani while on vacation in Norway.
ENTER SALESMAN
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Rogue wave

These days, younger, wiser bands simply don't bat their eyelashes at the majors like they used to.
The allure of the music industry may be long gone, but SXSW can still attract the underground to its edges
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 25, 2009
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The Low Frequency in Stereo | Futuro

Unlike some of my fearless reviewers, I suffer from spells of apprehension when confronted by a Rune Grammofon release.
Rune Grammofon (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 03, 2009


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Kicking the habits

Anyone familiar with Wagner's œuvre with the Raveonettes (who come to the Paradise next Thursday) should be surprised by the idea that, having created something awesome, he's ready to move on to something different.
The Raveonettes change (for a change)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 06, 2009
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Educational election

An overview of those stepping up to serve Portland's schools
Only a few step up to serve Portland’s schools
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008
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Ragnarök and roll

Amon Amarth are but the latest assault of the Viking æsthetic on our pop culture’s collective psyche.  
Great moments in culturally appropriated Viking history
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 15, 2008

Whole new ball game

John Frary is a politician in the same sense that I’m the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 01, 2008
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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008


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Festival casualties ’08!

A young man died of meningitis, which doctors believe he contracted by sharing joints with contagious hippies at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
A grim reminder that rock can still maim you
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 21, 2008
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World War III

Devastating news: Boy George has been denied entry to the United States!
The Big Hurt: Boy George vs. America; Coldplay vs. some dude; 50 Cent vs. chalupas
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 30, 2008

Twin killing

The General Assembly mulling a flat-broke state and a gambling joint gone bust. Now there’s a Biggest Little match made in heaven.
Halitosis Hall offered chance to play high-stakes shell game
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 18, 2008

A child of Hitler

This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)


By ALFONS HECK  |  January 30, 2008
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Got wood?

Last year, almost 100 volunteers roamed the city with Palm Pilots to record the species, location, and dimensions of every street tree in Providence.
Providence gets some surprising info in tree survey
By MEGAN HALL  |  December 26, 2007


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Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration

This year, California’s Concord label took ownership of Memphis’s greatest musical treasure chest, the Stax Records catalogue.
Stax
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 17, 2007
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Amy Winehouse

Let’s hope it wasn’t Amy Winehouse’s last great show.
I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London | Republic
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 27, 2007
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The Final Season

Sean Astin’s latest starring role finds him aiming to hit the emotional high he achieved in 1993’s Rudy .
Unintentional sports comedy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 17, 2007
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Mark Olson

The album shimmers with the sort of musical detail that keeps woe-is-me songwriting from sounding (entirely) like a pity party.
The Salvation Blues | HackTone
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 28, 2007