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From the Phoenix, with love: Clip-and-share Valentines

Valentines for the craft-impaired: print, clip, and spread the love.

By MANY TALENTED ARTISTS  |  February 08, 2013
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Review: Amour

The master of bleakness, depravity, and bitter irony Michael Haneke has at last made an unabashedly romantic love story, and his most upbeat movie to date.
Amour is less
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2013
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Review: 10 Years

No one has had a better year than Channing Tatum.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  September 28, 2012
Review: Step Up Revolution

Review: Step Up Revolution

The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
Abstractly beautiful
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: Take This Waltz

Margot (Michelle Williams), who makes ends meet grinding out PR pamphlets, wants to be happy with her husband Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. However, like many Seth Rogen characters, Lou's more a grab-assing buddy than a lover.
People, not clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012
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Coward's 'Private Lives' roars again

It wouldn't be a stretch to call Noël Coward's 1930 Private Lives the funniest play of the 20th century.
Charmed
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 08, 2012


Short Take: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior.
Not the old clichés
By  |  June 02, 2012
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Trinity’s Boeing-Boeing

Oh, what a tangled web they weave.
Come fly with me . . . and me and me
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 27, 2012
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Review: The Lucky One

Who knew that PTSD is the secret to an ideal boyfriend?
Scott Hicks's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: Friends with Kids

There are only so many baggy vagina jokes one can take. And writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film about how parenthood changes a Manhattan circle of friends has its share.
Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film
By ALICIA POTTER  |  March 09, 2012
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Mad Horse’s Becky Shaw peers behind the love curtain

Three months after her father's death, the two people closest to thirty-something Suzanna (Elizabeth Chambers) don't have a lot of patience for her grief, which has her reduced to a weeping mess watching bad TV under a blanket.
The one who knew too much
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 10, 2012


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Review: Young Goethe in Love

In Philipp Stölzl's fanciful portrait of the artist as a young scamp, the future genius (Alexander Fehling) introduces himself as "Goethe with an 'oe'," earning a reputation as a pratfalling screw-up.
Philipp Stölzl's portrait of the artist as a young scamp
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Love Crime

Love Crime deconstructs the genre by showing how to put together a mystery in order to deceive and manipulate those who would try to take it apart.
A deconstruction of the mystery genre
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
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All's Well on Boston Common

I think of Measure for Measure , with its fanatically chaste heroine, and All's Well That Ends Well , with its lovely lass in pursuit of a lout, as Shakespeare's "Smart Women, Foolish Choices" plays.
Love sick
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Much Ado in World War 2

Men return from war, and attentions turn to love: It's a timeless order, and so it is with the witty Sicilians of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing .
Monmouth shifts centuries, to powerful effect
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Wilfred

It's hard to say what's more surprising about Wilfred , FX's new comedy — adapted from an Australian series — about a depressed ex-lawyer (Elijah Wood) and his friend Wilfred, who he thinks is a man in a dog suit but who is, in actuality, a dog. Is it
Good dog
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 01, 2011


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Review: Bride Flight

Sombogaart contrives to place the would-be couple in front of a mirror on the plane, her in a wedding gown, him standing behind her, reflecting a life that cannot be.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2011
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Review: Last Night

In recent films like Blue Valentine and Monogamy, indie directors have moved on from quirky adolescents coming of age to disillusioned thirtysomethings in fragmenting relationships.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Bridesmaids

A scene in which a couple screw their hearts out might not raise an eyebrow in a European art film, but as the opening of a romantic comedy from a Hollywood studio, it gets your attention.
Wedding crasher
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Just Go With It

Has Jennifer Aniston's career gone so far off track that she needs to slum in this year's Dennis Dugan–directed Adam Sandler vehicle?
Alert social services: this movie is an exercise in abuse
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 18, 2011
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Recipe for disaster: Valentine's Day horror stories from Boston restaurant insiders

These restauranteurs have seen more than a few funny valentines.
Recipe for disaster: Valentine's Day horror stories from Boston restaurant insiders
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  February 11, 2011


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Phoenix Mad (In Love) Libs presents: The Trashy Date

We met at the romantic intersection of [blank] and desire ...
The ____ Boston Date Ever!
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2011
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Valentine's rhymes

Roses are rose ...
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  February 11, 2011

Workplace weirdness

Some of my co-workers and I have a little problem at out office. One of the people we work with, who has always regarded himself as a real swinging guy, has finally struck gold ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 24, 2010
Craigslist Researchers Drop Some Knowledge on the Secret of Boston’s Lustiest T-Stops

Craigslist Researchers Drop Some Knowledge on the Secret of Boston’s Lustiest T-Stops


Public transportation is a dirty endeavour. Convenience and positive environmental impact aside, once that bell sounds and the subway doors slide shut, you and your...
By Micah Hauser  |  November 01, 2010
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Review: Summer Blink

If autumn and your imminent mid-30s are starting make you feel too sluggish, static, or reasonable, you might consider viewing Summer Blink , a new Seacoast-area movie that limns volatility and sexual curiosity circa age 18.
Lovemaking, confrontations, and unanswered calls
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 22, 2010


Not a class act

I think the asshole label is apropos ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions 
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 28, 2010

What is rude?

My mother got ___faced at a family event and started a fight with me ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 21, 2010

Bell ringers and brown nosers

It was a number of months ago when I first observed a guy who was working as a barista at the coffee place I favor in the morning ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 14, 2010

Dick in a box

It was my birthday last month and when I received my gift from the guy I’ve been going out with for the past (almost) three months, I was shocked and embarrassed ...  
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 07, 2010