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Review: Seven Psychopaths
As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.
| October 12, 2012
Review: The Hunger Games
More powerful than fear in subduing a society, says President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in this overstuffed adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins's trilogy, is hope.
Jennifer Lawrence is the big winner here
| March 23, 2012
The rotten cop flick has become a mini-genre of sorts, a subset of noir, going back at least to Orson Welles's Touch of Evil .
Oren Moverman's portrait of a rotten cop
| February 17, 2012
Interview: Woody Harrelson cops a plea for Rampart
Woody Harrelson knows bad guys; Natural Born Killers and No Country for Old Men set the bar for charismatic villains.
| February 17, 2012
When traders equal traitors
It is about time someone pointed out that the vile crooks of Wall Street aren’t just greedy, thieving bastards. They are, in fact, traitors to this country and its citizens.
Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| April 30, 2010
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.
| January 29, 2010
Review: The Messenger
The Iraq War hits suburbia
The Iraq War hits suburbia
| November 20, 2009
Doomsday is good therapy. What does it matter that billions die if that brings a family together in one big hug?
Doom and doomer: the bullshit hits the fans
| November 13, 2009
Interview: Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson
Vampires may have taken a bite out of the popular zeitgeist in the past couple of years, but the nearly $25 million in ticket sales that greeted the opening of Zombieland, as it shuffled into theaters this past weekend, just goes to prove that while fles
Picking the brains of Zombieland 's stars
| October 09, 2009
Does it mean anything that Jesse Eisenberg's follow-up to Adventureland is Zombieland and that it also includes a theme park?
Young actors need to make a living too.
| October 02, 2009
Burrito, Phantom, Grandma, Zombieland and WTF
Info Burrito, Phantom Phood Phest, What's In Grandma's Fridge, the stars of Zombieland and WTF Line Pts. 1 & 2 are all in today's Sandbox...
| September 28, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
With a tip of the name badge to Norman Bates, a mama's boy of a motel manager hooks up with an emotionally stunted executive for a romance that's stiffer than a Radisson bedspread.
Logic checks out
| May 15, 2009
The end times do indeed commence on December 21, 2012. On that date, this fragile blue orb of ours will suddenly cease to be a very fun place to live.
The end is nigh! Or not.
| March 25, 2009
The payoff might be superficial, but the suspense and the intrigue compel.
A sleekly crafted Hitchcockian thriller
| August 13, 2008
Having followed this band of winners and losers as they sort out their cards and their problems, you may just find yourself caring who wins in the final showdown.
Painfully funny poker fanatics
| April 02, 2008
This Will Ferrell send-up attempts to do for bush-league basketball what Bull Durham did for baseball and Slap Shot for hockey.
A grand idea
| February 27, 2008
At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
The Coens step back in No Country for Old Men
| November 06, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
Art of darkness
If the New Testament were rewritten for modern times in language that included four-letter words and psychotic outbursts against the inscrutable will of God, the Good Book might read something like John Kolvenbach’s on an average day .
on an average day is well above
| August 22, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Natural Born Killers is Oliver Stone's comic debut
| August 10, 2006
In 1977, in his novel A Scanner Darkly , Philip K. Dick invented the perfect drug — at least from society’s point of view. True Dick?: Looking for fidelity to the cyber-punk master. By James Parker
Richard Linklater animates Philip K. Dick’s Darkly
| July 06, 2006
I never listened to more than a few minutes of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion .
Altman spins Keillor’s Companion piece
| June 07, 2006
Politics as usual?
Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
| January 26, 2006
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