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Review: The Bullet Vanishes
Piracy has never been more rampant in China.
Lo Chi-leung's mystery actioner
| August 31, 2012
Review: Searching for Sugar Man
An obscure, forgotten singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez was first discovered in a Detroit bar by celebrated producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore in the late '60s.
The freshman film from Malik Bendjelloul
| August 10, 2012
Delving into WU LYF’s world of mystery
Contemporary plugged-in life is a monument to excess.
| April 27, 2012
Portland Stage goes noir
Dead guys, mysterious dames, mobsters, dirty cops, and a handsome array of handguns are all in a night's work for Philip Marlowe, novelist Raymond Chandler's quintessential LA private eye.
| February 17, 2012
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
| January 20, 2012
Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
A new game is afoot in director Guy Ritchie's return to the world of Sherlock Holmes, but Robert Downey Jr.'s first outing as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed sleuth puts Shadows in the shade.
Guy Ritchie's return to the world of Sherlock Holmes
| December 16, 2011
If Rod Lurie's errant remake of Straw Dogs didn't tickle your morbid fear of home invasion, then perhaps the latest from Joel Schumacher ( Falling Down ) might do the job.
| October 14, 2011
Review: Love Crime
Love Crime deconstructs the genre by showing how to put together a mystery in order to deceive and manipulate those who would try to take it apart.
A deconstruction of the mystery genre
| October 07, 2011
Review: World On a Wire
Rainer Werner Fassbinder made so many great movies in his 37 years that he was able to slip in a three-and-a-half hour made-for-TV masterpiece with hardly anyone noticing.
A philosophical mystery thriller
| September 09, 2011
Review: The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan
An investigative doc brimming with cultural resonance and historical savvy, Henry Corra's film has ahold of a pungent story — that of the titular black Texan fella who vanished in Vietnam 40 years ago.
Rich in mysteries
| September 02, 2011
Long after such an insight might do any good, Viorel, the mopey, truculent antihero of this second film in Cristi Puiu's "Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest" observes that the justice system does not comprehend the complexity of his relationshi
Deepening the mystery
| August 26, 2011
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
| July 22, 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.
| May 27, 2011
Masters of Suspense: Tales from the Crime Scene
Johnny Martorano. Whitey Bulger. The Boston Strangler. The Craigslist Killer. What do they have in common? All are the subjects of true-crime books from...
| April 08, 2011
Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston
America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
| March 18, 2011
The MFA's Turkish Film Festival opens with Zeki Demirkubuz's stark and deliberate meditation on the title vice. Who envies who, however, becomes clear only gradually, and the reason for the malignancy remains, as in the case of Iago, inexplicable.
Who envies who? You'll want to stick around to find out
| March 18, 2011
Review: The Lincoln Lawyer
As nondescript as its title, Brad Furman's slick legal mystery, adapted from a Michael Connelly novel, plays like an above-average TV pilot until it gets greedy and runs 20 minutes too long, with a few too many endings.
Slick legal mystery plays like an above-average TV crime show pilot
| March 18, 2011
Review: Gorey at the Athenæum, animation at MassArt
In Edward Gorey's old-timey illustrated books, parents leave on an excursion and never return, friends enter a tunnel and never come out, a mother falls ill and dies, a man driving around searching for his lost daughter runs over her with his car, a pec
| February 18, 2011
Review: Mirth and murder in Clue: The Musical
The board game Clue has been entertaining families since the end of World War II, when people were especially eager for distractions.
Games people play
| February 18, 2011
Review: The Murder Trial of John Gordon at the Park Theatre
Who knew? Everybody knows about that frisky, independent start by Roger Williams, and the first bloodshed of the American Revolution with the burning of the Gaspee , but who knows about the dispute between the lowly immigrant Gordon family and the pres
Trial from another era
| January 21, 2011
Tana French gets her characters where they live
Frank Mackey's life changed when he was 19. The year was 1985, and he and his girlfriend Rosie Daly were about to run away together.
Faithful Place proves a rich mystery
| July 09, 2010
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