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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
| 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
| March 23, 2012
Review: The Names of Love
Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
| August 19, 2011
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
| August 12, 2011
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.
| May 27, 2011
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...
| May 12, 2011
Review: My Name Is Asher Lev at the Lyric
As the late Chaim Potok might have said, "Oy!"
| 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
| 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
| 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
| April 09, 2010
Why does she put up with him? Why, for that matter, should anyone in the audience?
A spurious man
| 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?
| 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
| November 20, 2009
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| June 26, 2009
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
| 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
| May 15, 2009
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
| 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?
| 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
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
| February 17, 2009
Other newly discovered sexual sub-species uncovered by the truly exhausted Phoenix staff
| January 21, 2009
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
| 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
| October 27, 2008
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
| August 26, 2008
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
| 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
| August 14, 2008
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