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Review: To Rome With Love

Woody Allen's European vacation winds down with four tales that indulge his usual preoccupations: hookers, sell-outs, fame, mortality, and hot bi chicks.
Woody Allen's slight stories
By ANN LEWINSON  |  July 06, 2012

The Addams Family get altogether ooky at PPAC

Musical comedies can sometimes be cartoonish, but rarely are they drawn from actual cartoons.
A ghoulish love story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 23, 2012
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Review: The Names of Love

Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011
30 minutes or less backtalk

Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work

Following his star turn as a ruthless, if socially awkward, billionaire in David Fincher's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the screen as a downtrodden pizza delivery boy-man in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less. Nick Swardson plays Eis
Teen dreams
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: Midnight in Paris

Yet this tartly ironic tour of the Modernist playground of '20s Paris is his funniest movie since Deconstructing Harry (1997), the last time he indulged in such a playful conceit.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 27, 2011
Lisa Nesselson: Cannes report

Lisa Nesselson: Cannes report

The Cannes Film Festival started yesterday, and our crack correspondent Lisa Nesselson is on the scene. Here's her first dispatch: There are people who don't...
By Peter Keough  |  May 12, 2011


Review: My Name Is Asher Lev at the Lyric

As the late Chaim Potok might have said, "Oy!"
By ED SIEGEL  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Mad Horse's Dark Night series returns

For three years now, on the midweek evenings when their main stage show is off and the theater is normally "dark," Mad Horse has staged a whole second batch of theatrical diversions.
A pleasing menu
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 15, 2010

Review: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Can films be mellow and bitter at the same time?
Woody or won't he? Allen's films get darker and stranger
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 01, 2010

Make yourself uncomfortable

In the past month, Sandra Bullock’s husband betrayed her by screwing a white supremacist with a face tattoo, a Georgia teenager was granted the right to take his boyfriend to prom, and Ricky Martin declared himself a “fortunate homosexual man.”
Xiu Xiu bloom on Dear God
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 09, 2010

Review: Greenberg

Why does she put up with him? Why, for that matter, should anyone in the audience?
A spurious man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010


The quest for the ultimate female orgasm

Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
How far will women go for an orgasm?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010

Prince of darkness

Gordon Willis, the master cinematographer to whom the Harvard Film Archive pays tribute in a seven-film retrospective beginning this Friday,
Gordon Willis at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 20, 2009

Review: (Untitled)

Woody Allen might have passed on making this film 35 years ago because it was too dated and middlebrow.
Jonathan Parker's a little too comfortably bourgeois
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 13, 2009

Review: New York, I Love You

The multi-episode portmanteau movie is usually less than the sum of its parts.
A collection of acting and screenwriting exercises
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2009

The Pythons' Gonzo Gosepl

The scene is familiar: the vast blue sky, the expanses of sand, and, atop a distant hill, Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount to a rapt throng. But on the fringes of the crowd, His listeners behave like rowdies at a rock concert, yelling at one anot
Jesus never had a chance
By STEPHEN SCHIFF  |  October 02, 2009


Review: Cold Souls

What if human souls were as interchangeable as hearts, kidneys, movie concepts, and auto parts? Writer/director Sophie Barthes's feature debut toys with the notion, but instead of breaking new ground, Cold Souls settles for rehashing elements from oth
Paul Giamatti can't heat up Cold Souls
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2009

Review: Whatever Works

It happens to everyone: getting old means getting more annoying. Those endearing little quirks degenerate into insufferable pathologies, the funny stories become less funny with repetition, and in general the same old self-depreciating ironies and obses
Look on Works and despair
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 26, 2009

Festival atmosphere

Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009

Soundtrack of her life

"I think that I secretly wish I was a filmmaker." Annie Clark may consider this some real hush-hush info, but even a cursory listen to Actor , her latest album (as St. Vincent), makes clear her cinematic aspirations.
St. Vincent recasts the movies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 15, 2009
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Life lessons

There are schoolyard bullies and there are schoolyard bullies. Likewise, some stories about them rise above the predictable. The title character of The Education of Charlie Banks  isn't even given a noogie — confrontation is not his route to coming o
Coming of age in Education of Charlie Banks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2009


Review: Shall We Kiss?

Writer/director Emmanuel Mouret fancies himself Éric Rohmer, Woody Allen, or maybe both in this talky romantic trifle.
Is a kiss ever without consequence?
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 17, 2009

Chazz Palminteri tells the tale

You may not recognize actor/writer Chazz Palminteri by name, but you definitely know his face.
The Bronx is up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009

Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2009

Martyr complex

This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009


Chilly scenes in winter

The drama of the holidays (and I don’t mean A Christmas Carol) may be behind us, but there’s plenty more drama — and comedy and musicals — ahead to light up long winter nights.  
The year ahead on Boston stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 27, 2008

Kino pravda

Because Mosfilm, the subject of the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Envisioning Russia” retrospective, was the Soviet state production studio, any cross-section of its history lays out the entirety of Soviet film history.
‘Envisioning Russia’ at the MFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  August 26, 2008

Cheese Danish

Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

No Spain, no gain

Many are hailing Woody Allen’s new film, claiming it to be a “return to form.” I agree: he’s returned to the earliest form of his career, the monologue.
Woody takes a siesta in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2008