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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
Movies: We Bought A Zoo

Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)

Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2011

Review: Wretches and Jabberers

Imagine having as much inside you — thoughts, feelings, desires, needs — as you really do, but being unable to express them.
Documentary searches for the heart of autism
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011

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
Podcast: Scarlett Johansson Drives Thru

Podcast: Scarlett Johansson Drives Thru

Scarlett Johansson is a modern day renaissance woman.  She acts, she sings, and is also a fast food connoisseur... oddly.  From time to time we...
By Fletcher  |  January 15, 2010

Review: He's Just Not That Into You

And why isn't he? Could it be because you're needy, nagging, and possibly psychotic?
Reduces both men and women to shrill stereotypes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 04, 2009


Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2008

Review: The Spirit

Awful on every level
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2008

Cheese Danish

Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

No Spain, no gain

Many are hailing Woody Allen’s new film, claiming it to be a “return to form.” I agree: he’s returned to the earliest form of his career, the monologue.
Woody takes a siesta in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2008
Scarlett Johansson – Falling Down [VIDEO]

Scarlett Johansson – Falling Down [VIDEO]

Scarlett Johansson – Falling Down (Tom Waits Cover)
By Paul Driscoll  |  April 30, 2008


The Other Boleyn Girl

Though both lead actresses give admirable performances, they’re held captive (and kept clothed) by Peter Morgan’s flat script.
A neutered affair
By PETER HYMAN  |  February 27, 2008


  David Bowie has spoken about his work on Scarlett Johansson's debut album, a collection of covers of Tom Waits songs. The rock legend added...
By Paul Driscoll  |  February 25, 2008

The big hurt: Hello, goodbye

I should probably explain that this is not the same David Thorpe who recently resigned from a different local newspaper where he wrote a beloved weekly column very, very much like this one.
And a warm hello to STP, Britney, and Lily Allen
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 20, 2008

Primary concerns

The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
2008 releases offer campaign reform
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2007

The Nanny Diaries

The rich may be different from you and me, but they’re probably not much like the grotesque stereotypes in this adaptation of the glib bestseller.
A shrill disappointment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


Smoking hot

In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007

Taking their lumps

Across the underwater plains of Alaska’s Bering Sea go movable cities of red king crab, silently marching sideways.
Red-king-crabbing, pitbull smacking, and more bull riding
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 01, 2007

The Stool also rises

Dave Portnoy had described himself as the most average-looking guy imaginable, and he was right.
Parsing the lowbrow genius of Barstool Sports
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 10, 2007

Body dabble

At times Brian De Palma shows signs of the genius some attribute to him. Watch the trailer for The Black Dahlia (QuickTime)
Brian De Palma makes a mess of The Black Dahlia
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Scarlett's web

  Photos: Hasty ladies plant piggie, Pudding Pot on 2007 Woman of the Year Scarlett Johansson
By CAITLIN CURRAN  |  February 15, 2007



When Justin Timberlake says he’s in love with you, what is there to do but believe him? Slideshow: Justin Timberlake with special guest Pink at TD BankNorth Garden, February 6, 2007
Justin Timberlake, TD BankNorth Garden, February 6, 2007
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 07, 2007

One more time . . .

The editors of Time and Spin made the executive decision that You were Person and Artist, respectively, of the year 2006.
Spears throwing
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 11, 2007

Fall back

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Schoolhouse sex: It rocks

Dorm-room digs are not conducive to sex, any sort of sex at all — even with your roommate.
Ten places — and then some — to tryst where your roommate can’t bother you
By ELLEE DEAN  |  August 30, 2006

The Phoenix’s first annual sex-survey results

Back in May, staff writer Camille Dodero reported on the state of sex in Boston through interviews with straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people (“ Sex (Circa 2006). ”) Topics ranged from one-night stands to monogamous relationships, from
You people really like oral, don’t hide your porn, and want to do the deed in Fenway
By THEPHOENIX.COM  |  August 09, 2006


Scots Wha Hae

Scottish actor Brian Cox is an ace at playing villains.
The career of Brian Cox
By RYAN STEWART  |  August 03, 2006

Very civilized

Woody Allen has said that Scarlett Johansson, like Diane Keaton, was “just hit with a talent stick and has it all.” No scoop: just another entertaining Woody Allen film. By Gary Susman
The director everyone loves to act for
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 31, 2006

No scoop

Prolific as he is, Woody Allen doesn’t really make new movies anymore, he just recombines parts of his previous brainchildren. Watch the trailer for Scoop (QuickTime) Very civilized: The director everyone loves to act for. By Gary Susman
Just another entertaining Woody Allen film
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 28, 2006

Crossword: 'Etouqpets'

Sending a crossword gimmick the wrong way
By MATT JONES  |  July 26, 2006