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Blu Christmas . . . without DVD

Ah, yes: the most wonderful time of the year, tinged with muddy snow and the creeping darkness of our most recent Depression.
Kick your films into hi-def this season with those other shiny silver discs
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2009

Two turtle doves

Like a mug of hot cocoa after an afternoon of sledding, sometimes a good Christmas gift isn't quite complete without a second one that enhances the pleasures of the first.
Sometimes the best gifts come in pairs
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 11, 2009

Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008

Ashes of Time Redux

Ashes ’ sumptuous tapestry depicts intersecting tales in a mediæval China teeming with 20th-century angst.  
Sumptuous, angsty swordplay drama
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 21, 2008

As Tears Go By

Deliriously good-looking Hong Kong actors posture as iconic Hollywood movie stars, with the most gorgeously lustrous lighting and imaginatively off-kilter editing on the planet.
Violence and moony romance
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 13, 2008

Shaw business

The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008


My Blueberry Nights

Three years after 2046 , Wong Kar-wai is not in love any more — and I for one am happy for him. Perfectionism can be exhausting for all involved.
Sexy but emotionally failing
By ROB NELSON  |  April 16, 2008

Ang time

“Yeah, it’s very hard,” says Ang Lee — with no apparent double entendre in mind — about shooting the sex scenes in his NC-17-rated Lust, Caution .
Lee approaches Lust with Caution
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007

In the mood for Lust

During one of the sex scenes that have earned Ang Lee’s adaptation of Eileen Chang’s short story its notoriety, I had to ask myself: how did that foot get there?
Ang Lee goes NC-17
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007

Hong Kong rhapsody

Ann Hui came to the Hong Kong film industry after working in television, where she made both episodic dramas and documentaries.
Ann Hui at the HFA
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 14, 2007
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Thai-ing one on

Pom’s Thai, a lovely new place tucked away in a little strip mall on Western Avenue in South Portland, is worth the trip on its own merits.
Pom expands her Taste
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 28, 2006


Seven heaven

Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 28, 2006

No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006

New to DVD for the week of December 27, 2005

New DVD releases for the week of December 27, 2005
By  |  January 17, 2006