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Review: Jack Reacher

"Who is Jack Reacher?"

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2012
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Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
Soft mock
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
Short Takes: Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol

Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) returns to the screen in dramatic fashion as new teammate Jane (Paula Patton) and the returning Benji (Simon Pegg) break him out of a Russian prison.
Worthy of an IMAX screen
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2011
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MIT Kinects with the Future

Here in the future, we don't just have park lights that run on dog poop; we're so advanced that cutting-edge technology occasionally shows up in the toy aisle at Wal-Mart.
Philip K. Dicking Around
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 17, 2010

9 Boston scenes to look out for in "Knight and Day"


Crazy car-flip stunt scene caught on security camera. (Read our "Knight & Day" review here)Who's going to be running out to see Knight & Day...
By Andrew Cominelli  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Knight and Day

With a mischievous grin, Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) gazes into the distrusting eyes of June Havens (Cameron Diaz), who’s spent the last 18 hours drugged unconscious, and explains why she’s not wearing her clothes.
Cruise's creepiness only  adds to the role
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 25, 2010


Sunglasses: Rating the Shades

Summer used to be simple: fun in the sun.
The brands Boston shops are pushing this summer
By LAMAR B. GRAHAM  |  June 11, 2010
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Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010
PODCAST: Seth Grahame-Smith on "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" [MP3]

PODCAST: Seth Grahame-Smith on "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" [MP3]


Seth Grahame-Smith speaks at the Brattle Theatre Ever wonder why Honest Abe always wore that tall stovepipe hat? All the better to conceal his wooden...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  March 25, 2010
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Interview: Eddie Izzard

"I don't mind that mainstream people go, 'What the hell is this guy on about?' I'd rather be at this end of town."
Dressing as he pleases
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 08, 2010
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Pop music for picky people

Lincoln-based quartet Stalemate host their CD release party at the Blackstone on December 23 in honor of their sophomore effort, We Will Carry You Out to Sea .
Stalemate’s eclectic ways
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2009


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Review: Red Cliff

Hong Kong auteur John Woo hit commercial and artistic pay dirt in the US with Face/Off , his loopy Nicolas Cage/John Travolta neo-noir, but once he’d directed Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II , was there anywhere left to go?
John Woo returns east
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 27, 2009
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Review: 2012

Doomsday is good therapy. What does it matter that billions die if that brings a family together in one big hug?
Doom and doomer: the bullshit hits the fans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 13, 2009
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Totally clips of the heart

Nick Prueher and fellow video crate digger Joe Pickett sift through untold hours of lunatic cable-access shows, home movies, and dubious self-help videos to pluck out breathtakingly bad gems for their touring Found Footage Festival.
Foraging with the Found Footage Festival’s Nick Prueher
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 06, 2009
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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009
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Review: Star Trek

The original Star Trek , after all, didn't even complete its five-year mission. Four spinoff TV series, 10 theatrical releases, and millions of dollars of merchandise later, the Enterprise goes back into space with the original cast, if not the origina
Going boldly and well
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009


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One hundred years of rackin' 'em up on Smith Street

When Gustavo Costanzo purchased pool and liquor licenses from the city of Providence in 1909, first-class stamps sold for two cents and 46 stars adorned the US flag.
City history
By PHILIP EIL  |  March 11, 2009

Battle stars

Has the Phoenix lost its collective mind?
  January 23, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 21, 2009
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Review: Defiance

Edward Zwick directs the true-ish tale of the Bielskis.
Perfectly coiffed actors in the unforgiving woodland setting is a poor choice
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009
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Review: Valkyrie


You know the bad guys win, so what's the point?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2008
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Blount's blunts

Let’s just say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a pound-worthy entry to the annals of pot busts, as we did this week.
Sports blotter: "Gone to pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 17, 2008


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Shattered Plax


Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008
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Surprising

You do a thing often enough, you tend to get good at that thing.
Sports blotter: "Absolutely fell out of my chair" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 03, 2008
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Bad idea jeans


Sports blotter: "You’re looking at some years, son" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 25, 2008
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Magnum farce


Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2008
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He choked big time


Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 12, 2008


Choosing my religion

There’s nothing that strikes me as heroic or important about Gregg Housh’s farcical jihad against Scientology.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 24, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 22, 2008
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Battling Scientology

In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2008
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Tropic Thunder

Despite a few soft spots along the way, Thunder combines the dark absurdity of Stiller’s underrated Cable Guy with the unrestrained dumbness of his Zoolander .
Tropic Thunder is stupid-funny
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008
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The 16 greatest stoner movies

We’re picking the best 16 stoner films of all time — one for every easily weighable segment of an ounce.
Our favorite marijuana movies
By LANCE GOULD  |  August 11, 2008