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A missed opportunity; Call of maturity; a peek inside the Santa suit

The recent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend should serve as a teachable moment for the media and boneheaded sports fans. And I'm not talking about a rehash of the "Guns don't kill people; people kill pe
A teachable moment
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 07, 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
ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
Infinite possiblities
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012
Short Takes: Bernie

Review: Bernie

So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
Everybody loves Bernie
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012

Review: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

In Nuri Bilge Ceylan's minimalist "Eastern," the Leone-esque title seems ironic, as a team of bumbling investigators spend hours driving through the Anatolian wasteland searching for the grave of a murder victim.
Driving through the wasteland
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012

Who killed Daddy Black?

On September 28, 1932, thousands of mourners crowded the streets of Providence to say goodbye to Arthur "Daddy" Black, the legendary Number King of Rhode Island.


Short take - One for the Money

Review: One for the Money

TV director Julie Anne Robinson's insipid adaptation of this first volume in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series has more in common with Young Adult than with the average gumshoe yarn.
Julie Anne Robinson's insipid adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: The Devil Inside

William Brent Bell's film opens with a disclaimer that "the Vatican does not endorse this movie." No kidding — the Catholic Church isn't exactly known for its sense of humor.
William Brent Bell's limp mockumentary
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 13, 2012
Outrage: Review

Review: Outrage

When it comes to ruthlessness, the yakuzas in Takeshi Kitano's slick bloodbath make the Corleones look like the Brady Bunch.
Ruthless yakuzas
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011
Weekend: Review

Review: Weekend

Among the world's masterpieces of misanthropy, Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus follows a loathsome, greedy, sexually perverse bourgeois married couple on a weekend jaunt into the French countryside during which they plan to murder the wife's dying father,
Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 09, 2011
Burke & Hare: Review

Review: Burke & Hare

Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are only faintly humorous as the titular team of assassins, Burke and Hare .
Mediocre black comedy
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011

Short Take: Into the Abyss

Review: Into the Abyss

From the abyss of time in Cave of Forgotten Dreams , Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment in today's America.
Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2011
Amanda Knox murder novelist weighs in on Amanda Knox real-life acquittal

Amanda Knox murder novelist weighs in on Amanda Knox real-life acquittal

The long-time punk rocker, producer, and music--industry executive BOB PFEIFER's postmodern narrative UNIVERSITY OF STRANGERS is many things: it wraps bits of oral history, appropriated...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 04, 2011

John Malkovich freaks out at ArtsEmerson

In the flesh, the thing itself was about as odd and amusing as it had appeared on paper: John Malkovich delivering the "confessions" of convicted Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger while accompanied onstage by a Baroque orchestra and a couple of sopr
You don't know Jack
By JON GARELICK  |  September 30, 2011
Killer Elite short take

Review: Killer Elite

First Point Blank and now Killer Elite — isn't there a copyright law about stealing the titles of a better movie? Gary McEndry's espionage thriller isn't bad, but it isn't Peckinpah; all the two films have in common are the title and lots of shootin
Narrative confusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011

Uncovering the sins of Joe McGinniss

Joe McFinniss's 1983 bestseller Fatal Vision offered up Jeffrey MacDonald as a modern exemplar of evil: a narcissistic, remorseless monster who beat to death his wife and five-year-old daughter in a diet-pill-fueled frenzy, then coolly killed the only
Don't quote me: Vision quest
By DAN KENNEDY  |  September 23, 2011

Colombiana 5

Review: Colombiana

Women have saved action movies. Who'd go see one if not for Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft or Salt , or Milla Jovovich in anything, or even Helen Mirren in Red ?
Balancing absurdity with conviction  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011
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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel aft
Illuminated manuscript
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 02, 2011
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For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea

On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their free
Prosecutorial discretion
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 26, 2011
point blank movie review

Review: Point Blank

Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a student nurse, gets sucked into a quagmire of murder and corruption when a thug kidnaps his pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), to blackmail him into springing Hugo (Roschdy Zem), a wounded prisoner held by the police at the
Diminishing returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
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Busy Monsters

STUNNED BY LOVE and some would say stupid from too much sex, I decided I had to drive down South to kill a man.
Chapter 1, excerpted from the novel by William Giraldi
By WILLIAM GIRALDI  |  July 22, 2011

Peter Falk 1927-2011

Peter Falk 1927-2011

Every age gets the gumshoe it deserves, and for some reason we were fortunate to have one-eyed Peter Falk's Lt. Frank Columbo, disheveled, negligible, passive...
By Peter Keough  |  June 24, 2011

Review: L.A. Noire

When a game comes saddled with as much hype as L.A. Noire , one is tempted to judge it by an unattainable standard.
Cold case
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 27, 2011

Review: I Saw the Devil

Kim Jee-woon, whose previous film was the Sergio Leone spoof The Good, the Bad, the Weird, doesn't so much parody genres as he beats them senseless with a stick - much the way his hero, special agent Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), does to those who piss
Gruesome repetition is a big part of serial killing and this Korean horror film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011

Burzum | Fallen

Illegible as they are ubiquitous (anywhere a patch meets denim or a bored headbanger's head meets a study-hall desk), metal logos are the ultimate example of form over function.
Byelobog Productions (2011)
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  March 11, 2011
Wesley Stace

Wesley's Stace's sublime puzzle book

Early morning, June 23, 1923, a gunshot wakes the neighbors. The resulting discovery -- two persons poisoned, one shot in an apparent murder suicide -- shakes not only quiet Kensington but also the musical world.
Ah, sweet music
By CLEA SIMON  |  March 04, 2011


Strange world

Bob Pfeifer's debut novel, University of Strangers (published by Power City Press, the print arm of the punk label Smog Veil Records), is a fictionalized retelling of a sensational, true-life murder case, as related in the voices of real people.
In his stream-of-consciousness thriller University Of Strangers , former punk rocker, label head, and convict Bob Pfeifer turns real life into something really weird
By BOB PFEIFER  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Maniac (1980)

Frank Zito's mom fucked him up. She fucked him up real good. Now he's a serial killer, and William Lustig's Maniac (re-released for its 30th anniversary by Grindhouse) takes a harrowing, stomach-churning journey into his psyche.
Psychopath takes out Mommy Issues on unsuspecting women in chilling 1980 re-release
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 18, 2011

Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector

"If it weren't for us, there wouldn't be no Phil Spector." So spoke the Crystals' La La Brooks at Johnny D's last fall.
Suitably weird
By BRET MILANO  |  January 21, 2011

Photos: Michele McPhee hosts book signing party for A Date With Death

Michele McPhee meets fans and signs copies of her book about the Craigslist killer, A Date With Death , at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill on January 3, 2011.
Michele McPhee signs  A Date With Death | Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill | January 3, 2011
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  January 14, 2011