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Ten can't-miss plays for this fall

Princess Diana died in 1997, so that's when Taylor Mac began contemplating The Lily's Revenge, in which, complete with petals and pot, he portrays the titular blossom.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 21, 2012
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Boston’s actors prepare for their roles in the fall theater season

Most of us have been spending our summers scarfing down lobster claws and luxuriating by overcrowded pools. But for a select sect of Boston performers, seasonal hedonism has taken a backseat to script readings, makeup consultations, and stage rehearsal
Three characters in search of an opening night
By MILES HOWARD & LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

One of the most assured debuts in years, Benh Zeitlin's folk tale is a portrait of the wonder and heartbreak that comes with being too young to understand what you experience.
Benh Zeitlin's folk tale
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: That's My Boy

Director Sean Anders does nothing to mop up this gross-out comedy mess about a middle-school boy who gets molested by his teacher and ends up raising their love child — with disastrous results.
'90s pop culture
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  June 22, 2012
Short Take: Nobody Else But You

Review: Nobody Else But You

A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
Nothing special
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior.
Not the old clichés
By  |  June 02, 2012


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Review: The Wrath of the Titans

The folks who gave us the bombastic 3D remake of Clash of the Titans unleash Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath , and it's sensational — if you like being stuffed into a trash can and rolled down a hill.
Sword & sandal frenzy
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

The Fullmetal Alchemist series has expanded impressively, from the 2001 graphic novel, to the 2003 anime series and film to the 2009 reboot of the anime, and now Kazuya Murata's film, which picks up from the middle of the second anime reboot.
Animated alchemical battles
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 20, 2012
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The Oscars look back in languor in 2011

This year, perhaps in hopes of diverting audiences with a different format, the Motion Picture Academy has again changed the number of Best Picture nominees.
Golden oldies
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
Short Takes: The Artist

Review: The Artist(1)

The advent of talking pictures sends a screen idol into both a career nosedive and an identity crisis in Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to Hollywood's transitional period of the late '20s.
Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to '20s-era Hollywood
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 23, 2011
Short Take: The Adventures of Tintin

Review: The Adventures of Tintin(1)

I don't know how fans of the title hero are going to take this adaptation, since I'm not familiar with the classic Hergé comic strip on which it's based, but followers of Steven Spielberg might regard it as a second-rate, animated Indiana Jones.
Spielberg's second-rate animated Indiana Jones
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011


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Interview: Gary Oldman not spooked by Guinness's Smiley

In Swedish director Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 Cold War espionage thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Gary Oldman plays the iconic spy George Smiley.
Spy vs. spy
By PATRICK MCGAVIN  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: Anonymous

For most folks, if Shakespeare didn't write those plays, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Nor does it seem a likely topic for Roland Emmerich, whose films usually are about the end of the world.
Absurd entertainment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: The Debt

Based on the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, the story weaves present and past together, with most of the action surrounding the fateful mission and the perilous web of duty, passion, and betrayal that still haunts the agents.
John Madden's smart, icy thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  September 02, 2011

Don't sweat your major — you'll probably change your mind anyway

Chances are that two of you have no friggin' idea what you want to do with your lives, and the one of you who does will change his or her mind by age 25.
Throwing it all away
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011
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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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In Bridesmaids, Kristen's women act like women

Diehard fans of Saturday Night Live took heart when Kristen Wiig appeared in the cast in 2005.  
Wiig-ed out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2011
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Jodie Foster sticks up for Mel

This week sees the premiere of The Beaver, Jodie Foster's third directorial effort and Mel Gibson's first role since we were all apprised of his peculiar phone demeanor. I spoke with Foster about the film at the Ritz Carlton.
A friend in need
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 06, 2011
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Eli Wallach talks on acting and actors

From the archives: Bill O'Reilly interviews Eli Wallach
From the archives: Bill O'Reilly interviews Eli Wallach
By BILL O'REILLY  |  February 05, 1974