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The Master — P.T. Anderson's controversial tour de force
Although Paul Thomas Anderson insists that all similarities are coincidental, his astounding new film The Master has riled up Scientologists.
| September 21, 2012
Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never
| October 21, 2011
Review: The Ides of March
Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
| October 07, 2011
Jonah Hill straightens up
The Superbad star has embraced his inner math geek for his role in Moneyball, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turned the baseball world on its head in 2002 when he cast aside his sc
| September 23, 2011
Review: Jack Goes Boating
Always a meticulous, quirky, and sometimes revelatory actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman in his directorial debut nurtures his splendid cast into similar performances.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's in ship-shape
| September 24, 2010
Review: Pirate Radio
A rusty, red-painted trawler bobs in the waves of the North Atlantic. Inside is a claustrophobic warren of rooms: tiny, brine-smelling bunks, a well-stocked bar, and, crucially, a broadcast booth, its shelves crammed with the latest 45s and LPs, its turn
Richard Curtis’s boat rocks
| November 13, 2009
If you were an ordinary Catholic boy in parochial school, giving nuns as hard a time as you were getting, you probably ended up with the usual stories of ruler-rapped knuckles. If you grew up to be talented playwright John Patrick Shanley, you ended up w
Doubt explores the quicksand of certainty
| September 18, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
| January 13, 2009
Crossword: ''The worst of 2008''
Hey, at least I avoided talking about the economy
| January 07, 2009
John Patrick Shanley's Doubt on screen
| December 09, 2008
The end of the world has always appealed to movie audiences, no more so than now that the prospect is looking more and more likely.
Doomsday is just a state of mind in Synecdoche, New York
| November 04, 2008
Interview: Charlie Kaufman
People either love or hate Charlie Kaufman.
| November 04, 2008
The famously adventurous American Repertory Theatre is soon to be taken over by a woman who spent her summer directing . . . the vintage Broadway hits Kiss Me, Kate and Hair ?
ART and the Huntington (and Boston theater) get a youth transfusion
| September 10, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
Crossword: ''A little bit of everything''
More random words in a mesh
| July 09, 2008
The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll
It’s true, the Boston Phoenix has never won an Oscar.
Our first-ever round-up of the past year’s best movies, with a little help from our friends
| February 13, 2008
Are we grading on a curve?
It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
| January 23, 2008
The Oscars go to Hell
Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
| January 18, 2008
Charlie Wilson's War
The supporting players are splendid.
Waged by amiable actors
| December 19, 2007
I’m glad to see the return of director Tamara Jenkins, idle since her wonderful Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).
Fear and self-laceration
| December 18, 2007
Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
| November 07, 2007
Paler than thou
Comic-book-style superheroes have been a staple of TV since George Reeves put on Superman’s red cape and blue tights in 1951.
Jim Gaffigan’s off-white superheroes
| September 19, 2007
Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
Telluride’s new American wave?
| September 12, 2007
Betting your brain
It's no surprise that it feels good to win money.
You just think you’re going to win
| April 25, 2007
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 20-11
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
| April 12, 2007
Worst in breed: Movies
Who are the unsexiest movies men of 2007?
The Unsexiest men 2007
| April 12, 2007
Comparisons are invidious but also inevitable, especially in this camp follower to last year’s lauded Capote . Watch the trailer for Infamous (QUickTime)
Where's the story?
| October 11, 2006
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
| September 13, 2006
Strangers With Candy
Upon reading the cast of supporting players in this prequel to the short-lived Comedy Central series starring Amy Sedaris (David’s sister) as recovering crack whore Jerri Blank, I couldn’t help but get excited. Watch the trailer for Strangers With Can
A lot of famous people like it; we're not sure why
| July 05, 2006
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