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Review: The Paperboy

A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a

By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 12, 2012

Review: The Lucky One

Who knew that PTSD is the secret to an ideal boyfriend?
Scott Hicks's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Regrettably, this team loses a lot of Seuss's quirkiness, though not the message about corporate greed and slash-and-burn imperialism.
3D animated spectacular
By TOM MEEK  |  March 02, 2012
Review: New Year's Eve

Review: New Year's Eve

Lately Garry Marshall has shown a certain genius for turning miserable holidays into terrible movies.
Feast of forced fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011

Review: Charlie St. Cloud

Zac Efron should consider a new agent.
Efron, Steers go overboard
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 06, 2010

Review: Me and Orson Welles

With Orson Welles, it's all in the voice — which over the course of four decades could sell anything from a Martian invasion to Paul Masson wine.
Richard Linklater casts a spell
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 11, 2009


Review: 17 Again

Burr Steers, who showed promise with Igby Goes Down , appears to be slumming it for the paycheck.
The Efron-to-Perry link is hard to swallow
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009

2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Although Senior Year makes the most of its big-screen debut by increasing the body counts in its group-choreography numbers, it’s a smaller movie than its chart-topping, direct-to-cable predecessors.  
Little more than an infomercial for the soundtracks
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  October 28, 2008

Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008

Smart women, tough choices

Welcome back to the director’s chair, Tina Packer.
All’s Well in Lenox, Going to St. Ives via Gloucester
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2008


Marketing magic

When you dial the Disney Channel headquarters in Burbank and ask to be transferred, the operator will cheerily instruct you to have a “magical day.”
Building the new Disney empire, one tween at a time
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 15, 2007

Recycled Waters

John Waters’s Hairspray , which marked his descent into an undistinguished gentility, is not even 20 years old.
Third time around, Hairspray still flows fresh
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  July 18, 2007

Send in the clowns

They might as easily have titled it Half and Half by Sondheim .
Side by Side by Sondheim; Disney High School Musical
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 12, 2007

Tuned out

Disney’s tweenpop smash is now the fastest selling TV movie on DVD, ever. Here’s five reasons not to hate the most disgusting show on television.
A guide to surviving High School Musical
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 02, 2006