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Review: Marvel's The Avengers

Even for a hard-ass like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the ultra-secret S.H.I.E.L.D agency, getting a billionaire genius in a metal suit, a scientist with a bad temper, a cryogenically preserved WWII warrior, a Norse god, and two secret agents
Awkward first steps
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 04, 2012

On racelifting

Of all the groups of people from among the wide array of demographics to choose from, I never expected the world of nerd-dom to generate my eleventh-hour inspiration for a column topic, much less one about ingrained racism in society.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 27, 2012

Russian protesters can use your help

Back on February 21, Pussy Riot, a group of Russian artist-activists, staged a "punk prayer" to the Virgin Mary, dancing, singing, and chanting at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in an effort to promote human rights in Russia, which
Eastern movement
By CHRIS STIEGLER  |  April 27, 2012
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Review: Iron Man 2

Maybe I’m just relieved that it wasn’t in 3-D, or maybe actor Justin Theroux (frequent David Lynch collaborator and co-scripter of Tropic Thunder ) is just a better writer than the law firm of scribes that pasted together the original, but Jon Favreau’s
Stark alternatives
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010

Ask a Black Woman: Harry Reid edition

Just in time for Black History Month, another installment of "Ask a Black Woman," thanks to JT in Portland who in early January asked me: What's your take on the Harry Reid thing?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 05, 2010
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Review: The Soloist

A small, real-life drama about a homeless musical genius set in the urban present.
Troubled reporter meets homeless musical genius
By TOM MEEK  |  April 24, 2009


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Review: Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai , which is based on the anime of the same title, follows Afro on his quest to find the Number Two headband.
Beautiful bloodbath
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 17, 2009
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The pile-up

No longer is there an off-season or even a chance to catch our breath after the fall deluge.
A blizzard of new games
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 29, 2008
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Soul Men

Mac especially is a joy to watch, and a counterpoint to the humor elsewhere, as he breaks out Temptations-style moves with just the right mix of sly fun and respect for the music.
Plot and crass jokes aside, it's a feel-good film
By MARK BAZER  |  November 05, 2008
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Lakeview Terrace

LaBute tries to engage issues of race, class, and gender in this potboiler, but his usual vitriol gives way to blood in the swimming pool.
Full of entrapping clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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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Jumper

Life and this movie are too short to have to put up with the little shit.
An 88-minute flop
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 13, 2008
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Resurrecting the Champ

The maudlin turns near the final bell mute Champ’s resonance.
Gritty enough
By TOM MEEK  |  August 22, 2007
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1408

If you know your Stephen King, then you know haunted hotels have killer pasts.
The Shining gets squeezed
By TOM MEEK  |  June 27, 2007
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Black Snake Moan

Craig Brewer seems to harbor a need to exorcise his white burden through films centered on black music.
Bluesmen and nymphomaniacs
By TOM MEEK  |  February 28, 2007
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Fractured fairy tales

Times are tough when the Dream Factory has a better grip on what’s going on than the people in Washington.
Fantasy and reality compete for the box office in 2007
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006


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Livin' large

Boston club king DJ Ricky Fatts is a busy man. Termanology, "Watch How It Go Down" (mp3)
DJ Ricky Fatts six nights a week; Claude Von Stroke
By DAVID DAY  |  September 26, 2006

Crossword: 'Field day'


Pretty damn corny
By MATT JONES  |  September 20, 2006
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Snakes on a Plane

I don’t know who had more fun at this Frankenfilm’s first showing: a fellow critic (who was frequently stomping his feet), the audience (who were frequently on their feet), or myself (my feet planted firmly in my mouth for ever doubting this film would f
The Internet generation's own Rocky Horror
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 25, 2006
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On the racks: August 15, 2006

. . . plus mothafuckin' snakes
Christina Aguilera, Panic Channel, Skycycle . . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 17, 2006
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Iran’s blogosfear

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is blogging!
Ahmadinejad-mania  
By ADAM REILLY & BILL JENSEN  |  August 17, 2006


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Bono does Samuel L.

First came the homemade movie posters, then the T-shirts, the fan fiction, and the board game.
Snakes on a Plane fan brilliance, part 24  
By BILL JENSEN  |  July 05, 2006
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Dots and dashes

Just about any list of the greatest character actors working today would include David Morse. And with good cause.
The career of David Morse
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2006
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Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006
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Wild and Crispy

When Johnny Damon took a $52 million deal in December to join the New York Yankees, it cut through Red Sox Nation like a rusty knife.
Yes, Damon’s departure changes the Sox, but they won’t be wanting for charisma
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 11, 2006
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Freedomland

A practiced hand in frivolity, director Joe Roth here moves on to something more serious: distilling Richard Price’s 700-page crime drama into a two-hour seesaw.
When a missing white boy, an alleged black carjacker, and mounting racial tensions collide
By TOM MEEK  |  February 14, 2006


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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

New to DVD on January 17, 2006

With the possible exception of the days of Soviet Social Realism, people have gone to the movies to escape the daily grind, not relive it.
Junebug , Enron , Lord of War , Two for the Money , and more.
By  |  January 19, 2006