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The Hobbit: Ringing it dry?

These were questions raised at the press conference for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An UnexpectedJourney.
Are 13 dwarves too many? Is one book not enough?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2012
Harlan Jacobson's Sundance Diary, part one

Harlan Jacobson's Sundance Diary, part one

 "Boston Phoenix" stalwart correspondent Harlan Jacobson is busy watching movies and breathing thin air at the Sundance Film Festival. Here's the first of his dispatches...
By Peter Keough  |  January 21, 2012

Post-Apocalyptic Update: Apes Have Now Conquered Hollywood

Well, it turns out that the Monkey Issue was a good idea after all; Rise of the Planet of the Apes actually opened to rave...
By James Fitzpatrick  |  August 08, 2011

Review: Billy's

Prominent in Billy's is the sort of plaque and menu notation you expect to see in a tavern that has "Ye Olde" in front of its name, only this one declares "Est. 2009." Optimistic. In a business that has the mortality rate of migrating salmon, it's appro
Philanthropy for foodies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 03, 2010

Interview: Naomi Novik on her Temeraire series

With her sixth Temeraire fantasy, Tongues of Serpents , out this week, New York Times bestseller Naomi Novik takes on dragons, Peter Jackson, and the beginning of the end of a beloved series.
From Neverwinter Nights to the Napoleonic War — with dragons
By CLEA SIMON  |  July 16, 2010
Guillermo del Toro abandons "The Hobbit"; Anyone looking for a job?

Guillermo del Toro abandons "The Hobbit"; Anyone looking for a job?

If you're a fan of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, you may want to brace yourself. This past weekend worst-case-scenario news erupted when...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  June 01, 2010


Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010

Review: The Lovely Bones

When it comes to immortality and the afterlife, movies tend to get sticky.
This Salmon won't spawn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 15, 2010

Review: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Few filmmakers have suffered from the life-imitates-art phenomenon as has Terry Gilliam.
Ledger-demain: Gilliam leaves nothing to the Imaginarium
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010

New Borderlands DLC + Halo film rumors quashed

Phoenix video-game reviewer Mitch Krpata writes on his blog about the new Borderlands DLC, "Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot." Personally, I'm more excited about the other...
By Maddy Myers  |  January 05, 2010

Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010


It's hip to be icosahedral

Be they beer geeks, comic-book geeks, or music geeks, nowadays people flout their geekdom proudly, even wearing it like a badge.
In a new book, Ethan Gilsdorf  tracks his global quest to visit the holiest nerd-world sites
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 02, 2009

Review: District 9

You have never seen anything like District 9 — or so went the early buzz for Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut. The concept is the stuff nerdgasms are made of: a vérité sci-fi thriller set in an alternate-reality South Africa where 2.5
Apartheid gets the sci-fi treatment
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 14, 2009

Review: Lord of the Rings: Conquest

First, panic — "This can't possibly be this awful, can it?" — and then the sinking realization that, yes, Conquest really is that bad.
Lord of the bo rings is more like it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 20, 2009

Review: Australia

Baz Luhrmann's incontinent Australia
Baz Luhrmann's Oz and ends
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2008

Fiend footage festival

We’ve got a formidable line-up here: Banana Zombie and Housewife Zombie are joined Bike Courier Zombie, and a mangled-shirt-and-tails zombie Cannibal dubs “Dr. Teeth.”  
“Feast Of Flesh VII” at the Coolidge
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 2008


Interview: Simon Pegg

Thirty-eight-year-old British actor Simon Pegg’s US star has been on the rise since his zombie-movie parody Shaun of the Dead shuffled into multiplexes back in 2004.  
Shaun of the Dead star on losing friends, alienating people, and wanking off to Gillian Anderson
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 01, 2008

Life after The Sopranos

If you’re a Sopranos fan, you remember the demise of Christopher Moltisanti in an overturned SUV.
Christuhfuh rocks
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008

Ten new careers for Bill Gates

Here are some jobs Mr. Gates could pursue.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 09, 2008

America Blows

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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Cinema of Shadows

It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is  every film is about the war?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007


Zombie sheep?

After a top-notch first two days, the Fifth  Independent Film Festival of Boston weathers some ups and downs through the remainder of its schedule.
Plus Donkey Kong, the Super Amigos, and ‘the greatest film of all time’ at the IFFB
By PHOENIX FILM STAFF  |  April 29, 2007

Hot Fuzz

Picture Agatha Christie buggered by Michael Bay, with (old-school) Peter Jackson administering lube.
Laughs and piles of bodies
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 18, 2007

Hollywood Square

First Al Gore, now Rick Santorum.
Dept. of Old Ideas
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 28, 2007

Breaking into the business

Here’s an idea: what if the Internet’s vast new web of easy multimedia capabilities were used to spread the word not just about B-movie wannabes like Snakes on a Plane , but about good films?
Film studies
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 06, 2006

Staging Strider

Frodo sings! And for that matter, so do Aragorn, Arwen Evenstar, the pitiful Gollem, and some 55 inhabitants of Middle-earth in the world premiere of the musical The Lord of the Rings .
The Lord of the Rings in Toronto
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 30, 2006



As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 25, 2006

Russian rot

Night Watch is a completely synthetic yet thoroughly original movie.
Timur Bekmambetov’s dark victory
By GARY SUSMAN  |  February 23, 2006