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Reel-to-reel: A long-lost Malcolm X speech recovered

I was born just two years before Spike Lee's 1992 biopic about Malcolm X and starting in kindergarten, I have faced the question in an almost endless loop: are you named after him?
History Dept.
By MALCOLM BURNLEY  |  February 10, 2012
Spike Lee Gives BU Students the Only Commencement Speech They'll Ever Need

Spike Lee Gives BU Students the Only Commencement Speech They'll Ever Need


I'm not sure who spoke at my Boston University graduation five years ago. Though I can't remember why I skipped the ceremony, my guess is...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 07, 2010
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Amazing grace

The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
By JON GARELICK  |  May 07, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Year in Film: Risky business

Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008
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Space cowboy

Ronald Mallett wanted to build a time machine.
For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008


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The Express

Ernie Davis may be the greatest running back never to play in the NFL.  
Football bio-pic offers a reflection on our not-so-proud past
By TOM MEEK  |  October 09, 2008
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Miracle at St. Anna

What is the Miracle at St. Anna? Maybe that a filmmaker capable of the eloquence of When the Levees Broke could make such an incoherent movie.  
Has Spike Lee lost his way?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 01, 2008
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Trouble in the Water

The direct, artless footage conjures a real-world Cloverfield , except with people who are resourceful and worth caring about.
A raw and emotional look at Hurricane Katrina
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 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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Leggo my ego!

If Barack Obama loses the presidency this November, it won’t be because of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or “Bitter-gate,” or sundry other vulnerabilities.
The GOP is smearing Obama as a narcissist. So why is the press playing along?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 30, 2008


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The ultimate balancing act

About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008
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Golden anniversary

Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
The SF Film Fest turns 50
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 16, 2007
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Cooling it, Japanese-style

You don’t have to be in Fort Myers or Fenway to know that Japan is big business.
Fun Fair
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 28, 2007
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Dam shame

In a few weeks, the country will remember one of the greatest disasters in its history.
Spike Lee won’t let New Orleans go away
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2006

Flashbacks: August 11, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2006


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Talent pool

Lady in the Water  is a fairy tale, so everything about it requires suspension of disbelief. Story ville: M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady . By Gary Susman
Lady in the Water makes a splash
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 19, 2006
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EXTRAS! EXTRAS!

As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 25, 2006
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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
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Seasonal adjustment

After weeks of tormenting audiences with gems like Failure To Launch and The Shaggy Dog , Hollywood seems ready to shake off the Oscar doldrums and unveil its spring collection.
Hollywood springs back
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006
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CSA: The Confederate States of America

Those who found Spike Lee’s Bamboozled too subtle won’t have that problem with Kevin Willmott’s satire.
Mockumentary recasts results of "The War of Northern Aggression."
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2006


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Politics as usual?

Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006