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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Hanging with The Hurt Locker

Whatever happens at that other film awards gala in Hollywood next month, The Hurt Locker solidified its hold on indie-minded critics this past weekend when it dominated the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) third annual awards dinner. That film's
Oscars East
By TOM MEEK  |  February 12, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Interview: Kathryn Bigelow

Although everyone makes a point of Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckin
The Hurt Locker director breaks out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009
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Review: The Hurt Locker

Now that the troops are pulling out and the war no longer haunts the headlines, maybe people will want to see a film about Iraq — especially since it's one of the best war movies ever made.
Kathryn Bigelow makes her masterpiece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009
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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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Cock and bull?

Americans will finally know who Steve Coogan is.
Interview: Not if it’s British actor Steve Coogan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 11, 2008
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Company man

In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
War, Inc.  cuts its losses
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008
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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
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Redacted

The Iraq War movies are starting to resemble the war itself: miscalculated, mishandled, unpopular, and with no end in sight. Scialfa
The camera war
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 14, 2007
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Heavy casualties

In 1989, filmmaker Brian De Palma directed the potent Hollywood feature Casualties of War , taking his audience back in time to a vile true-life incident from Vietnam.
History repeats in De Palma’s Redacted
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 13, 2007


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In the Valley of Elah

Few will deny that the war dehumanizes, but Haggis’s suggestion that everybody who comes back is a sociopath won’t win many friends.
A 90-minute Oscar wanna-be
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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The Last Legion

The battle scenes look ho-hum in the wake of 300 , as director Doug Lefler sticks stolidly to the old school.
A load of poppycock
By TOM MEEK  |  August 22, 2007
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Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007
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Cinema of Shadows

It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is  every film is about the war?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007
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Sex, Iraq, and pop culture

How many times a day do you think about sex? How many times a day do you think about the war in Iraq?
The war for our attention
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 11, 2007


Master of war

This article originally appeared in the June 26, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Kubrick brings it all home
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  November 14, 2006
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Ground zero

This article originally ran in the January 13, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Platoon gets down to too little
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  August 10, 2006
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Oliver's army

While he refers to himself as a “dramatist” rather than a historian, Stone has positioned himself as Hollywood’s gatekeeper to America’s post-war past. Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot of JFK to the Republican se
History gets Stoned
By PAUL BABIN  |  August 09, 2006
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Playing war

“I don’t think there’s a soul who likes that place,” Dan Cook tells me about 29 Palms when I walk over to his Dorchester apartment. Slideshow: “An-My Le: Small Wars” at the Rhode Island School of Design
An-My Lê’s fake combat  
By GREG COOK  |  August 09, 2006
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Where are the movies on the war in Iraq?

Oscar Wilde might have called 9/11 “the day we dare not speak its name.” He would have been correct, at least, that we dared not speak its name to make a buck — until now.
Taboo Topics  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 26, 2006


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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
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Hollywood gives Bush the finger

Except for a few agitators like Sean Penn and Barbra Streisand, people in Hollywood prefer to play down their liberal bent.
Why lefty films look good for Oscar
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006
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Stuck in the shallows

The New World begins and ends with water, imagery that makes it clear where director Terrence Malick, in his much-anticipated follow-up to 1998’s The Thin Red Line , is coming from.
Terrence Malick’s The New World
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 19, 2006