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Review: This Must Be the Place

Did the business-savvy Weinstein Brothers plan this project as a tax write-off? How else to explain the greenlighting of this soggy, monumentally morose excuse for a movie?

By GERALD PEARY  |  November 09, 2012

End of the world movies we will miss because of the end of the world


 It's a shame that the world is ending May 21 because that means we'll miss some interesting end of the world movies. Not necessarily films...
By Peter Keough  |  May 18, 2011
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Thomas McCarthy's game plan for Win Win

As an actor, he usually plays the colorful minor character. Which might explain why when he's a director, Thomas McCarthy's movies feature leading roles that would be bit parts in any Hollywood picture.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2011
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Marwencol and Jafar Panahi star at Boston Society of Film Critics awards

From Boston to Oscar.
Critical Acclaim Dept.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2011
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Review: Fair Game

Naomi Watts and Sean Penn tell the real Valerie Plame story
Naomi Watts and Sean Penn tell the real Valerie Plame story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 30, 2010

Curbing your enthusiasm


Fair GameAs we near the midterm election and you feel an enthusiasm gap growing might I recommend seeing "Inside Job," or at least looking at...
By Peter Keough  |  October 14, 2010


Four to watch for

These Cannes-debuting films will soon be appearing in your local neighborhood googleplex.
From Cannes to the multiplex
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010
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Interview: Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning may be just 16 years old, but already she’s built a body of work that shames some starlets twice her age.
Runaway talent
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2010
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Letter Rip

Hollywood celebrities who fancy themselves pols and pundits don’t just bring impassioned everyman views to the legislative banquet.
The Phoenix discovers secret messages in Hollywood-connected political correspondence
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009
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Flaherty's fix for the BRA

Your recent article regarding the upcoming preliminary election for mayor of Boston, inaccurately portrays my proposal for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the city’s planning and development agency.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 21, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 21, 2009
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Review: Pedro

There's no other reason to see the film.
An inspiring life reduced to sound bites, clichés, and hugs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009


Sean Penn & Hugo Chavez

Sean Penn can kick back with this Caracasshole all he wants, but he needs to stop writing for The Nation; his December dud should have been titled “I'm Cool Enough to Hang with Hugo Chavez.” We stopped taking him seriously when he married Madonna.
HARVEY LECHE
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Keough sweeps Oscars

Is our Phoenix film editor good, or what? This past week, Peter Keough predicted six major Oscar categories and earlier went out on a limb and called the two short-subject winners.
Way better than average
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 25, 2009
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Live Blogging the Oscars 2009

The Boston Phoenix's Chris Faraone and Sara Faith Alterman go blow-for-blow -- and shot for shot -- as the 2009 Academy Awards unfold live. Plus, follow real-time feedback from fellow viewers on our live #Oscars Twitter feed!  
Follow the Academy Awards in real time with our #Oscars Twitter feed and talk back live!
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2009
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Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2009

OSCAR PREVIEW VIDEO: Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn -- and Mickey's Dog -- thank Boston


Three Amigos: Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, and Mickey's dog Although the Boston Society of Film Criti...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 17, 2009


Media kills hero pilot

US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who pulled off the "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing, was found beaten to death by the national media.
Herd-mentality pack lacks sufficient imagination to find another story
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2009
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Martyr complex

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009
Non-journalists: you know them when you see them

Non-journalists: you know them when you see them


 Coming up with a satisfactory definition of who's a journalist is tricky. But as the New York...
By Adam Reilly  |  December 17, 2008
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Review: Milk

Van Sant's Milk of human kindness
Van Sant's gay of reckoning
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2008
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What Just Happened

“There isn’t a film there,” Ben tells the screenwriter. Sounds like What Just Happened .  
Half-baked insider parody
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008


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Wasilla rock city

The Republican National Convention hardly attracted as many glitterati as its Democratic counterpart did a week earlier.
Alaskan indie rockers on Palin: WTF?!
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 08, 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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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008
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J.P. to the rescue!

This Tuesday, June 24, the musical mayor of JP, Rick Berlin, hosts a benefit for the victims of the earthquake in China.
The Milky Way reaches out to China
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 17, 2008
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Unauthorized!

I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008


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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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 13, 2008
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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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 23, 2008
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008
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Auteur land?

Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
‘Film Culture’ in 2007
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2007