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Review: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

A pixie-haired girl (Erica Linz) catches the eye of a strapping young aerialist (Igor Zaripov) in a traveling circus, and the two are transported to a dimension that's made up of set pieces from every Cirque du Soleil show under the, well, soleil.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 21, 2012

Shrek the Musical charms at PPAC

Talk about your franchises.
'Toon time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 06, 2012
Puss in Boots

Review: Puss in Boots 3-D

A mad scientist in The Skin I Live In and a talking cat in Puss in Boots : is there anything Antonio Banderas can't do?
More from the best character of the  Shrek franchise
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011

Marc Ribot | Silent Movies

This exceptional, eccentric guitarist has traced a slow evolution from screamer to dreamer.
Pi (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 05, 2010

Review: William Steig's gentle genius

Is anything more delicious than being naughty? That might be the moral of William Steig's 1990 kids' picture book Shrek! — if Shrek! were the kind of story that has a moral.
Sweet curmudgeon
By GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2010

Photos: ConnectiCon 2010

ConnectiCon, a multi-genre convention, took place at the Connecticut Convention Center on July 9-11, 2010.
  ConnectiCon at the Connecticut Convention Center | July 9-11, 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 16, 2010

Tugboats and bugboats

As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2010

Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010

Review: Shrek Forever After

For his fourth outing, Shrek has entered a midlife crisis.
Far, Far Away meets It’s a Wonderful Life .
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2010

Crossword: ''Bank job''

You're getting colder
You're getting colder
By MATT JONES  |  December 04, 2009

Crossword: ''You sound like L''

And so do these entries
And so do these entries
By MATT JONES  |  September 04, 2009

Crossword: ''A sustainable puzzle''

And I even recycled a few clues.
And I even recycled a few clues.
By MATT JONES  |  April 10, 2009

The Love Guru

Guru Pitka is a self-help mogul with origins in Mike Myers’s now tired vision of the groovy ’60s.
Derivative, crass, and boring
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  June 25, 2008

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

Humor, melody, and weirdness rule in this NYC avant guitarist’s sonic universe.
Party Intellectuals | Pi
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 24, 2008

Duplicate Prince

“Things never happen the same way twice,” says the messianic lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) near the end of Prince Caspian .
Caspian   walks the lion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2008

The Art of William Steig by Claudia Nahson, et al.

Yale University Press | 208 pages | $40
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2007



Wicked (cartoon) witch sends adorable fairy-tale princess down a rabbit hole and she’s deposited, suddenly human, in present-day Times Square.
Better than generic holiday fare
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  November 20, 2007

Dance Monkey: Lewis Black

I’d like to be known as the King of Hope. That can be a city somewhere, or the king of actual hope.
A visiting comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 25, 2007

For a few dollars less

Like a $20 hooker, college expenses can really suck you dry.
A gender-specific guide to cheap dating
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 04, 2007

Maneaters: A history

Sometimes the most ferocious maneater looks like an ordinary rabbit… and sometimes it looks just like you covered in a flesh-gobbling pus!
A list of the beasts -- real and imagined -- that feast on human flesh
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 02, 2007

America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007


Bon appétit

Family. We spend lifetimes breaking away from them, forging our own path, only to discover it leads back to the same place.
Brad Bird cooks up a masterpiece
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 27, 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

Swamp gas

Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general.
Shrek the Third   gets bloated
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2007

Happily N’ever After

The hook to Paul J. Bolger’s alluring animated Neverland is its dicy deconstruction of cherished childhood fairy tales. Watch the trailer for Happily N’ever After  (QuickTime)
Coulda-been enchantment
By TOM MEEK  |  January 10, 2007

Oil and water?

In  his annual round-up , Jeffrey Gantz repeats the comment he made in his original review of the Royal Ballet’s Manon: “With its art prostituted to [the choreographer] MacMillan’s politics.”
Letters to the Boston editor: January 5, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 03, 2007


The Wild

The animation war between Disney and DreamWorks ( A Bugs Life versus Antz ; Monsters, Inc. versus Shrek ) continues with Disney’s response to Madagascar (though it’s said Disney had this one in works for some time).
By TOM MEEK  |  April 19, 2006


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

Rants of the Right

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 01, 1900