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For most folks, if Shakespeare didn't write those plays, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Nor does it seem a likely topic for Roland Emmerich, whose films usually are about the end of the world.
Absurd entertainment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011

Gone but not forgotten

Yes, True Blood has resumed, and Futurama and Weeds wait in the wings. But let's take a moment to hail The Tudors , which bows out this Sunday night at 9 after four seasons on Showtime.
Henry VIII and The Tudors bid adieu
By JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010

Review: Letters To Juliet

After tugging at our heartstrings in Dear John , Amanda Seyfried once again takes on the role of a do-gooder infatuated with letter writing.
'Tis torture, and not mercy
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 14, 2010

Female trouble

At some point while watching the features in the Harvard Film Archive's "Le Film Maudit" ("cursed films") series — perhaps during the "Circle of Shit" chapter in Pier Paolo Pasolini's SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM — you might ask yourself, which is mor
"Le Film Maudit" at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009

Joan Didion on stage, Spalding Gray on the page

The 90-minute theater piece differs from the memoir in ways other than its relative slimness. It's more of a linear journey.
Grief watch
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 07, 2009

How About You

TV movie
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 11, 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

Do the write thing

Writers grow tiresome when they (a) write about writers, (b) write about writing, or (c) write about the difference between “fiction” and “reality.”
The redemption of fictional reality in Atonement
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 05, 2007


Critic Harold Bloom compares Cleopatra, more in her infinite vitality than in her “infinite variety,” to that Shakespearean life force Sir John Falstaff.
Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at S+C
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 15, 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni

It seems inherently wrong to be writing an obituary for Michelangelo Antonioni, who died July 30 in Rome, just a day after we lost Ingmar Bergman.
1912 – 2007
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 08, 2007


Some of the best actresses working in movies today pack the cast of Evening , and all I can say is, was this the best thing available?
 Platitudes and mediocrity
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2007


Fact and fiction . . .

Of the 16 narrative films on deck this year at the Newport International Film Festival, several could be termed “coming-of-age.”
The whole wide world is on screen at the 10th Annual Newport International Film Festival
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 30, 2007

The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007


Randy Hien was a sun around which thousands of people orbited.
He opened the doors to the Living Room, with enthusiasm and encouragement
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 27, 2006

Glower power

It’s a mysterious career. To Whitehead’s credit, it’s not a career in the normal sense at all.
The films of Peter Whitehead at the HFA
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  September 06, 2006


Of the three operas recently competing with one another, Opera Boston’s presentation of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia was in some ways the most fun.
Opera Boston’s Lucrezia Borgia , the BSO’s Oedipus Rex  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 09, 2006