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Review: Contraband

True to its name, this standard heist thriller is a composite of knock-offs, but when Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America is among the sources ripped off, the quality is pretty high.
A high-quality composite of knock-offs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012

Mastering a Latin classic

As I was picking my daughter up from school, my ears perked up to a woman telling a child it was time to go.
Learning a basic, but complex, Panamanian dish
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 03, 2011

Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2010

After Eden

One of the heroines of Stick Fly , a post-doctoral student of etymology, likes to smear honey on the table and then scrutinize the flies that get stuck in it.
Stick Fly at the Huntington; Paradise Lost at the ART; boom at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 12, 2010

Crossword: ''The Future Is Now''

... And they got it wrong.
... And they got it wrong
By MATT JONES  |  March 05, 2010

Crossword: ''That bowls''

Football overload!
Football overload!
By MATT JONES  |  January 22, 2010


Main man of Mattapan

Ask any group of teens on Blue Hill Ave how many of them rap and you'll get more affirmatives than you would surveying kids at Mass and Boylston for slap-bass skills. Allston might be a crab bucket of indie-rockers, and one in three JP residents is an a
From the curb to the club with Singapore Kane
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009

Various Artists | Panama! 3

If you purchase a copy of Soundway’s wonderful Panama! 3 — and you should — you get two things for the price of one. First, this is a carefully curated CD of “Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Típica on the Isthmus 1960-75” that will keep you
Soundway (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 27, 2009

Crossword: ''Remember the date''

We'll make it three times as easy for you.
We'll make it three times as easy for you.
By MATT JONES  |  September 25, 2009

Interview: James Carroll

The Phoenix 's Adam Reilly recently spoke with Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin), and his critical but durable relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full transcript of the Phoenix's conversation with the author
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008


Not so great

Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 02, 2008

Tiger by the tail

The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 18, 2008

Life lessons

At 42, the pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is everywhere.
Danilo Pérez gets into the moment
By JON GARELICK  |  September 08, 2008

Crossword: ''Game theory''

I think I see a little pattern
By MATT JONES  |  May 14, 2008

Suffrage net city

Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: July 6, 2007

It is not easy being a US citizen with a conscience.
Washington is contagious

Bush's secret army

The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007

Warring parties

Regarding your editorial on George W. Bush’s rejiggered Iraq policy, let us see what our cowardly congressional representatives do: will they simply hold a few hearings in an attempt to pacify the masses? Or will they take action against an administratio
Letters to the Boston editor: January 26, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 24, 2007

Cuba si, Cuban cinema no

This article originally appeared in the September 28, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Judging from this festival at least
By DAVID DENBY  |  November 14, 2006

Dead ringers

The Doublemint Twins in The Parent Trap would not be out of place on Berkshires stages this week.
Ring Round the Moon at Barrington Stage; Double Double at Williamstown
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 22, 2006


Graham Greene’s last interview

This article originally appeared in the June 28, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
A great writer condemns US interventionism
By JOHN R. MACARTHUR  |  June 28, 2006

Flashbacks: June 30, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Whitney Kimball and Hannah Van-Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 28, 2006

Numbing carnage - side

By  |  March 15, 2006

The rise of reggaeton

That beat you’ve been hearing — the steady boom-ch-boom-chick  rattling the trunks of passing cars and moving masses in the club — isn’t just another fleeting hip-hop trend.
From Daddy Yankee to Tego Calderón, and beyond
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  January 19, 2006