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Review: The Bullet Vanishes

Piracy has never been more rampant in China.
Lo Chi-leung's mystery actioner
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 31, 2012

Review: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

The latest action epic from Hong Kong new wave director Tsui Hark ( Once Upon a Time in China ) is a fact-based historical drama set in 689 AD, a period when "all hell was about to break loose," according to the dense narration that opens the film.
Exhilarating action
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 23, 2011
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Get me remix

The Brothers Grimm generally managed to live up to their name.
Company One's Grimm; The Hound of the Baskervilles in Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 30, 2010
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Tired sleuth

Has Walter Mosley gone off crime fiction? With the creation of Easy Rawlins in 1990, Mosley perfected the African-American side of the genre — along with a poetic and insightful take on post-war LA up through the 1960s — in 11 consistently solid books, t
Can Walter Mosley kick the crime-novel habit?
By CLEA SIMON  |  March 19, 2010
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Steampunk and Lima Beans

The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2010
Cocaine, corpse desecration, and mysterious spoon deaths: Why Sherlock Holmes still excites

Cocaine, corpse desecration, and mysterious spoon deaths: Why Sherlock Holmes still excites


Guy Ritchie’s awesome movie gave me a vital realization: we don’t spend enough time thinking about Sherlock Holmes. Everybody knows that he was a detective,...
By webteam  |  December 27, 2009


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Review: Sherlock Holmes

In its own way an ideal holiday blockbuster for the moderately educated, the new light-footed overhaul of Sherlock Holmes is three parts self-satisfied mixer to one part hard storytelling, and if anything, the film's popular trailers should have deterred
Boys will be boys
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 25, 2009

Change? What change?

Nice to see Goldman Sachs employee Barack "President" Obama get rolled by Gen. Stanley McChrystal so we can send more troops to Afghanistan on a hopeless mission.
Operation Afghan Tragedy. Plus, getting steamed over global warming and men in tights.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 18, 2009
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Interview: Ulrich Boser

As we reach the 19th anniversary of the theft of 13 priceless art objects from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there's been a renewed effort to identify the thieves and retrieve the Gardner treasures.
Going after the Gardner thieves
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 24, 2009
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Interview: Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky

Long-time friends Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky didn't set out to write Blindspot, a novel complete with murder, scandal, slave stealing, and some very hot sex.
Two historians pen a bodice ripper
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 02, 2008
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Please shut up!

How can we miss you if you won’t go away?
Our salute to a few of the most obnoxious people of the week
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 16, 2008


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Gumshoes and golems

Michael Chabon has boundary issues.
Michael Chabon’s Alaskan-Yiddish noir
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 05, 2007
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Tales of the times

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best fiction and poetry books the Phoenix wrote about in 2006.
A year in fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 20, 2006
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Major and minor Billy

Billy Wilder’s expansive career began in Germany at the end of the ’20s, continued briefly in Paris when he fled Hitler in 1933, and picked up in Hollywood the following year.
The HFA celebrates Wilder’s centennial
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  December 07, 2006
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Just checking — on you

We must have missed it when Alberto Gonzales was named honorary chief of our staties.
The RI state police seek a scary level of intrusion
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 13, 2006
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Hello to all that

In a time of tenuous allegiances and deep culture clashes, Julian Barnes’s new novel asks, "What does it mean to be included, to be excluded?”
Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George
By DANA KLETTER  |  January 25, 2006


Hoodwinked

In stretching Little Red Riding Hood into a (short) feature-length film, writers/directors Cory and Todd Edwards have created a mystery that retains little of the original’s elemental appeal.
 
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 11, 2006