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Review: The Wrath of the Titans

The folks who gave us the bombastic 3D remake of Clash of the Titans unleash Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath , and it's sensational — if you like being stuffed into a trash can and rolled down a hill.
Sword & sandal frenzy
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: Coriolanus

In a line of fascist-style stagings of the Bard from Orson Welles's 1937 black-shirted Julius Caesar to Richard Loncraine's brown-shirted Richard III (1998), Ralph Fiennes sets his lean and hungry take on Shakespeare's tragedy in a mo dern-day war zone,
Filming the Bard
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2012
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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

When a movie begins with the Warner Bros. logo crumbling in decay and ends with a defiled grave, you know you've experienced an evening of magic.
Bleak magic: Deathly Hallows lives up to its name
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 19, 2010
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Review: Clash of the Titans

It takes a lot of movie magic to reduce some 3000 years of mythology to piffle. After watching this farrago produced by state-of-the-art 3-D and CGI, I’m all for the return of the oral tradition.
Divine badness reigns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2010
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Silly season

Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
Spring pimps for summer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010


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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
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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

For teenagers, everything seems like the end of the world: popularity, school, love, family, treacherous conspiracies, the war between good and evil wizards.
Half-Blood isn't half bad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009
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Review: The Hurt Locker

Now that the troops are pulling out and the war no longer haunts the headlines, maybe people will want to see a film about Iraq — especially since it's one of the best war movies ever made.
Kathryn Bigelow makes her masterpiece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009
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Review: The Reader

It's Christmas, and our thoughts turn toward the Third Reich.
Tiresome and callow
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2008
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Of myth and men

There is more pageantry than either Stalinism or Stoker in The Communist Dracula Pageant , Anne Washburn’s ambitious jumble of a Romanian-history play now in its world premiere from the American Repertory Theatre.  
The ART’s Communist Dracula Pageant ; the Publick’s Faith Healer
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 28, 2008


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The Duchess

There’s nothing like a movie about 18th-century England to make 21st-century Americans feel all smug and morally superior.
A sea of vapidity
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 23, 2008
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Autumn peeves

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008
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Mediæval morality play

It’s location, location, location for Martin McDonagh.
In Bruges   is a good place to be
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 06, 2008

The landmark Herodotus: The Histories edited by Robert B. Strassler, translated by Andrea L. Purvis

What do the late Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski and the fictional archeologist Count László de Almásy (played by Ralph Fiennes in the cinematic adaptation of The English Patient ) have in common?
Pantheon | 1024 pages | $45
By PETER KADZIS  |  December 03, 2007
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Hairy Potter

Whatever else it may be, the Harry Potter Edda is surely the most popular narrative about the dawning of pubertal awareness ever created.
Hormones submit to dreary Order
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  July 10, 2007


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Politics as usual?

Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006

The White Countess

Bob Fosse’s idea that life is a cabaret is taken up by James Ivory’s film, though with little of Fosse’s verve and genius.
 
By BY PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2006

New to DVD for the week of January 13, 2006

The Constant Gardener, Red Eye, Saraband , and Transporter 2
Capsule Reviews of The Constant Gardener, Red Eye, Saraband , and Transporter 2
By  |  January 18, 2006