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Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 14, 2011

Welles + Olivier spar, commiserate at Players’ Ring

How does a star negotiate a changing age?
Aging dreams
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 30, 2011

Review: Best Worst Movie (2010)

I've been strong-arming acquaintances about this deliriously entertaining documentary ever since I saw it at South by Southwest last year. The response to my fevered pitch for Best Worst Movie has been polite nodding, eyes glazed over.
Best Worst Movie is the best
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 06, 2010

Mostly noir

The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptatio
And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts from June 2-13.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010

Interview and photos: Gerard Malanga

In Walt Whitman’s notebook for the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass , he writes, “Every soul has its own individual voice.” That notion rang true for photographer/poet/filmmaker Gerard Malanga as he put together “Souls,” an exhibit of 100 portraits span
A gathering of souls
By KRISTEN GOODFRIEND  |  April 02, 2010

The faded Follies

As regular readers of the Cool, Cool World well know, one of the social highlights of the year at Casa Diablo is the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies.
The thrill is gone at the ProJo shindig; there’s something about Cumberland; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 05, 2010


Review: Me and Orson Welles

With Orson Welles, it's all in the voice — which over the course of four decades could sell anything from a Martian invasion to Paul Masson wine.
Richard Linklater casts a spell
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 11, 2009

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009

Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009
shrew list

Snapping towels

Through the rest of June, a classic battle of the sexes will be waged at the wading pool of Deering Oaks Park. The Fenix Theatre Co., Portland's premier purveyor of outdoor Shakespeare for the summer, stages a smart, wet, and aggressive Taming of the
Fenix's Taming of the Shrew gets wet
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 19, 2009


Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009

Timeline: Reggae in Boston

A timeline of reggae milestones in Boston
1968 - 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009

Reggae revival

The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009

A star is porn

"As Steven was saying the other night at the screening, at the end of the day we're all selling something, and we all want something, whether it's monetary or not."
Adult-film star Sasha Grey makes her mainstream debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 15, 2009

Everything is illuminated

A solemn pigeon, a rolling thunderstorm, flecks of dust: nearly everything speaks in The Invention of Everything Else , Samantha Hunt's second novel.
Samantha Hunt weaves historical fiction from Nikola Tesla's biography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 11, 2009


Review: The International

In lieu of action, character development, or plot, The International offers architecture.
Bank failure
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 10, 2009

All's well that is Welles

Some of the best of the last Orson Welles flicks at the HFA
Some of the best of the last at the HFA
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  November 24, 2008

Making us stronger

I’m back from the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, where the unexpected hit among discerning critics was a Boston-made crime melodrama.
Boston’s What Doesn’t Kill You scores at Toronto
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 17, 2008

Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008


There’s still time to spend some of your summer with Julie Hecht.
Julie Hecht’s self-help
By JON GARELICK  |  July 22, 2008


Local culler

For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arr
Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2008

An Italian feast

A group of performers — especially one unified by gender and culture — is an unconventional focus for a film series.
‘Signore + Signore’ isn’t just about the ladies
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  August 07, 2007

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, who died Sunday, was one of the last of the great world filmmakers who came to fame around the mid century and changed the face of movies.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  July 31, 2007

Jaglom dreams on

For his shaky, pretentious first film, A Safe Place , Henry Jaglom conned Orson Welles into playing a magician.
And psychiatry gets The Treatment
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 22, 2007


Oliver Twist gets the Brecht treatment in Neil Bartlett’s new adaptation at American Repertory Theatre.
ART’s Oliver Twist , the New Rep’s Orson’s Shadow
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  March 01, 2007


The Russians are coming

With one exception, the eight movies in the nifty “Cold War Cinema” series at the Harvard Film Archive are popular entertainments that treat the politics and sociology of the era in a variety of ways.
Cold War cinema at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 30, 2007

El dopo?

Some who despise Salvador Dalí have found a distasteful double in cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
But Alejandro Jodorowsky is still a lot of fun
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 26, 2007

No plain Jane

Every generation leaves its fingerprints on Jane Eyre .
PBS's hot Bronte
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  January 17, 2007

A winter’s tale

Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
The season ahead on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006