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Oscar predictions 2010
After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
| January 29, 2010
Review: Broken Embraces [Los Abrazos Rotos]
No filmmaker generates narrative like Pedro Almodóvar. Five minutes into Broken Embraces and he's got half a dozen potential storylines spinning.
Broken promises: Pedro Almodóvar's open Embraces
| December 25, 2009
Cruz, who bares all in her finest performance since her days as Pedro Almodóvar’s muse.
Sex and power dominate in this Roth adaptation
| August 20, 2008
Almost Famous: Micah Salkind
"You can’t throw a stone here without hitting an artist."
Providence Black Repertory Company
| June 04, 2008
Volver may be a rich and moving film that celebrates the triumph of the feminine spirit, but it’s already best known as the movie in which writer/director Pedro Almodóvar fitted willowy leading lady Penélope Cruz with an ample prosthetic ass. Watch t
Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver
| February 20, 2007
It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
| January 17, 2007
This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
| December 21, 2006
Manuel Gómez Pereira’s ensemble comedy about five mothers and their sons the day before the young men are set to be married as part of Spain’s first legal gay marriage ceremony sends out whispers of Pedro Almodóvar. Watch the trailer for Queens (Quic
Women of a certain age
| September 20, 2006
Pedro, Borat, and a castrato
As usual, dedicated film critics were too occupied seeing four or five movies a day to note the swarm of A-list celebrities at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival.
The 31st Toronto International Film Festival
| September 20, 2006
To rev up art-house habitués for the US release of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest, Volver , Sony Pictures Classics has packaged an eight-film retrospective of the Spanish director’s work.
Almodóvar on the verge of a brilliant movie
| August 31, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Natural Born Killers is Oliver Stone's comic debut
| August 10, 2006
Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
| April 28, 2006
2005 Boston Restaurant Awards
Once again we reach year’s end, and I pass out some awards to summarize the year in restaurant reviews.
The best of this year's dining
| January 07, 2006
Spanish charm and savory tapas to warm a Boston winter
| November 14, 2005
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