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Peter Keough


Peter Keough has been Film Editor at the Boston Phoenix since 1989 and has become a familiar figure at the office for his endearing habit of coming to work in pajamas and pestering people for soup. He describes his position as “the best deal a guy like me could get, being a tick on the butt of the entertainment industry.” He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and The National Society of Film Critics and both organizations regret including him because of his tendency to stuff his pockets with free food from the lunch table during meetings and using his credentials in a vain attempt to pick up women. In his long tenure at The Phoenix he has reviewed thousands of movies, though he admittedly often confuses them with X-rated features he snuck into in the late 60s. Despite his busy schedule he found time to edit the book Flesh and Blood: The National Society of Film Critics on Sex, Violence and Censorship, published by Mercury House Press in 1995. Critics raved, declaring it “a book with a long title” and “full of amusing typos, factual errors and misspellings.” It sold over seventeen copies, most to now estranged family members and friends.

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Review: The Women On the Sixth Floor

A comforting charmer
Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Gallic Upstairs/Downstairs has all the requisite elements: easygoing political correctness, staid platitudes, saucy comedy, and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois and a life-affirming babe 30 years his junior.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

3D adds an illusion of depth
Maybe 3D does have a purpose; it makes Michael Bay's third Transformers movie worth watching.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: The Last Mountain

As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2011

PTown IFF 2011

The 13th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival

Cape Crusaders
Henry Thoreau said of the song of the wood thrush: "Whenever a man hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut. . . . " For some reason, Provincetown is full of these birds — appropriately so, given the avowed intent of the Provincetown International Film Festival to present liberated "filmmaking on the edge."
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2011

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Review: Submarine

Here the eloquent misfit is Oliver Tate, a cynical wise guy whose inept horniness competes with his existential anxiety. .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2011

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Review: The Trip

In his brilliant "adaptation" of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy , Michael Winterbottom created a self-reflexive parodic movie of the quintessential self-reflexive parodic novel .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2011

movies list

This summer's movies are all about kicking ass

We can be heroes
On the screen this summer, everyone is a superhero.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011

mills list

Mike Mills on Beginners' lessons

Pet sounds
It's not like talking pets never appear in the movies, but when it happens twice in the same year, it seems suspicious.  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2011

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The film festivals of New England are no last resorts

Sun screens
Not only does our region offer some of the country's best vacation spots, but it also hosts some of the most innovative, manageable, illuminating, and entertaining cinephilic celebrations around.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011

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Review: Beginners

Anna Hall
Beginners adds a dash of New Wave style and a dose of genuine pathos to a decidedly Allenish romp.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2011

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Review: Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

This is a film that needs Ritalin
The mood never dips below the high end of mania in John Schultz's punishing adaptation of Megan McDonald's children's book series.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2011

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Review: Nostalgia for the Light

The Atacama desert in Chile offers natural wonders — as well as horrors
The driest place on earth is the Atacama desert in Chile. Ten thousand feet above sea level, it allows astronomers the clearest skies in the world for observing the universe; they gaze as far back as the Big Bang and the origins of the cosmos.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2011

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Review: X-Men: First Class

"Mutant and proud!" indeed
"Mutant and proud!" indeed
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2011

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Essential Skolimowski

The controversial Killing is featured in his HFA retrospective
Vincent Gallo plays an apparent Taliban fighter who escapes from Allied custody and bumps off numerous dumb-ass American troops in his flight to freedom.  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2011

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Review: Tree of Life

It's a wonderful Life
The story is primal, but the details are elusive.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2011

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Review: L'amour Fou

Thoretton's portrait of the late Saint Laurent
Pierre Thoretton's lugubrious portrait of the late Yves Saint Laurent (he died in 2008) begins with a 2002 press conference in which the iconic designer announced his retirement from the world of fashion.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2011

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Review: Midnight in Paris

The Modernist playground of '20s Paris
Yet this tartly ironic tour of the Modernist playground of '20s Paris is his funniest movie since Deconstructing Harry (1997), the last time he indulged in such a playful conceit.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2011


Review: Hobo With A Shotgun

Gut-wrenching rhythms
Like Machete , Jason Eisener's danse macabre started as a two-minute faux trailer in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2011

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Review: The Hangover Part II

Darker and more desperate
Amnesia might be the key to enjoying Todd Phillips's reprise of his 2009 hit comedy, since it follows by rote the formula set up in the original.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2011

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Review: Legends of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

A pastiche of genres
Fight sequences and jingoism propel Andrew Lau's period martial-arts melodrama, a formula that can be irresistible despite one's better judgment.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 19, 2011
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