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Review: Love Crime

Love Crime deconstructs the genre by showing how to put together a mystery in order to deceive and manipulate those who would try to take it apart.
A deconstruction of the mystery genre
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011

The Executioner comes to Providence

Manny Perez, who wrote and stars in the new crime thriller La Soga, spent a part of his adolescence in Providence. He still visits family here. And Lord knows he could have found plenty of material in the city’s storied history of gangsterism.
Film Dept.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 24, 2010

2009: The year in jazz

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and concerts I wrote about in 2009.
In and out
By JON GARELICK  |  December 25, 2009

Mixed media

Film noir has been a running theme in composer/pianist Ran Blake's work since the beginning of his career — his very first album, The Newest Sound Around (RCA, 1962), with singer Jeanne Lee, began with David Raskin's theme to Otto Preminger's Laura .
Ran Blake's Pawnbroker, Sofia Koutsovitis's pan-American roots
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009

Play by play: October 16, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
This week's theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2009

Play by play: October 9, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2009

The End of the Yellow Brick Road

The Wiz wanders off course
The Wiz wanders off course
By STEVEN SCHIFF  |  July 03, 2009

The Wiz arrives in Boston

"If you believe in yourself, you will have brains, heart and courage to last your whole life through. . ."
 Not truly spectacular, but significant
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009

Review: 12

Never known for his restraint, Mikhalkov takes kitschy liberties with the stark drama about a jury deliberating the fate of a minority youth who's being tried for murder.
Feel free to replace "Angry Men" with "Hammy Actors"
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009


Ran Blake | Driftwoods

You probably don't think about an acoustic jazz pianist's use of the sustain pedal except when you're listening to Ran Blake.
Tompkins Square (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2009

William Friedkin at the Harvard Film Archive

However we may still praise, and therefore bury, the American New Wave, we do still run the genuine risk of slipping down the wormhole slicked by present-moment techno obsessions and amnesiac entertainment-media narcissism.
William Friedkin, the New Hollywood’s most daring pulp-realist provocateur.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 10, 2009

The medium is the movie

In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

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

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


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

Silver linings on a dark screen

The best films of 2007 hold their own when it comes to despair, evil, and treachery.
Film: 2007 in review
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007

Family plots

Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007

Life and death

When the author is David Lindsay-Abaire, what you expect from a play called Rabbit Hole is Alice, not astrophysics.
Rabbit Hole   from the Huntington; Twelve Angry Men at the Colonial
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 13, 2006

Life after Cheers

I saw Twelve Angry Men , the black-and-white 1957 film, in high school in the 1990s.
George Wendt gets jury duty
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 31, 2006


Inside Man

The kind of intelligent entertainment that has not been Hollywood’s specialty for the past 40 years makes a comeback in the directorial hands of Spike Lee.
Lee's heist film neither formulaic nor cynical
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  March 28, 2006

Find Me Guilty

Incorporating way too much real testimony, this tedious drama presents the ho-hum courtroom antics of Jackie DiNorscio (Vin Diesel), a wise guy intent on proving his loyalty to the Lucchese crime family.
Diesel proves his versatility, but does it mean anything?
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 14, 2006

Theater of war

Saving Private Ryan reprised the glory days of GI Joes fighting nobly at Normandy, but it certainly didn’t spawn a comeback of World War II combat flicks.
The HFA brings back the good old days of combat movies
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 02, 2006

The lastest days of the Littlest Bar

The Littlest Bar sits slightly below ground at 47 Province Street, near the Granary Burying Ground and Old City Hall.
Four hundred square feet of history, camaraderie, and booze marches to its end
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 29, 2006