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Review: House of Lies
In a television landscape dominated by protagonists who are murderers, drug kingpins, serial philanderers, and other assorted life-ruiners, Showtime may have finally gone too far.
House of Lies and Shameless's heroes could be less anti-
| January 06, 2012
Review: The Lincoln Lawyer
As nondescript as its title, Brad Furman's slick legal mystery, adapted from a Michael Connelly novel, plays like an above-average TV pilot until it gets greedy and runs 20 minutes too long, with a few too many endings.
Slick legal mystery plays like an above-average TV crime show pilot
| March 18, 2011
Ends of the earth
Now in its 20th incarnation, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost the oldest three-ring circus of its kind (San Francisco’s annual program got there first by nine years), and in that span we’ve seen the elusive idea of “Jewish film” become an instit
The 20th Boston Jewish Film Festival reaches deep and far
| November 04, 2008
Four suburban males in the throes of midlife crisis decide the remedy is to don leather, saddle a Harley, and cruise across the county — with no rules.
Running on empty
| February 28, 2007
This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
| December 21, 2006
The Camelot mythography lives on in writer/director Emilio Estevez’s earnest bid for significance, a cliché’d collage portrait of LA’s Ambassador Hotel on June 4, 1968. Watch the trailer for Bobby (QuickTime)
...and everyone else
| November 21, 2006
If the notion of Stuart Gordon, who made the cult hit Re-Animator , directing David Mamet material sounds odd, bear in mind that Gordon cut his teeth with Mamet in the Chicago theater. Watch the trailer for Edmond (QuickTime)
Gordon serves up both kitsch and gore
| August 30, 2006
How to hype a film about the comic exploits of a chief Big Tobacco spokesman that avoids taking sides?
Jason Reitman starts smoking
| March 22, 2006
The ultimate SALESMAN movie
Ruthless sharks, dumpy schlubs, or a combination of the two: Hollywood loves its pitchmen.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
| March 13, 2006
Too often those behind the slick 3-D animation spectacles aimed at children imbue them with too much adult humor.
Slick dog tale borrows a little too much adult humor
| March 01, 2006
As nasty as they wanna be
Anyone who thinks Massachusetts politics has gone soft should take note of the race to become Democratic nominee for secretary of the Commonwealth.
Galvin versus Bonifaz could set the standard for electoral acrimony
| January 26, 2006
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