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October lite

The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 2009

High-tech high jinx

Anybody can give electronics that do something useful, it takes imagination to air-condition a dog
Like being visited by the Grinch instead of Santa, it looks as if Barack Obama is going to have to give up his beloved BlackBerry not long after this holiday season draws to a close.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2008

Light Reading

The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008

Holy multiplicity, Batman!

A Caped-Crusader scorecard
A Caped-Crusader scorecard
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 16, 2008

Boston music news: April 25, 2008

Notes on Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and the Unseen
“As far as I know,” says saxophonist Ken Field, “ Forked Tongue is the only CD ever released to include songs by both Ornette Coleman and Billy Idol.”
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 22, 2008


A plucky play that takes its eyes off the ball
Behind the camera and in front of it, George Clooney has glorified screwjobs (Chuck Barris) and romanticized bygone eras.
By TOM MEEK  |  April 09, 2008

Spring brakes

Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 2008

Country for gold men

And Blood will out at the Oscars  
All kinds of voting has been taking place lately — for presidential candidates, for union contracts, for Oscar nominees.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2008

The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll

Our first-ever round-up of the past year’s best movies, with a little help from our friends
It’s true, the Boston Phoenix has never won an Oscar.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 13, 2008

Are we grading on a curve?

Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 23, 2008

The Oscars go to Hell

The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008

Ten new careers for Bill Gates

Here are some jobs Mr. Gates could pursue.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 09, 2008

Darfur Now

A call to action
Theodore Braun’s probing documentary about the genocide crisis in Darfur takes a hopeful approach.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 05, 2007

Hell on earth

The Devil and Darfur
How does the Devil get his work done? With the greatest of ease, seems to be the answer.
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 27, 2007

Bumpy roads

Dr. Lovemonkey
I’m afraid that this will go badly if I tell him about the divorce.
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 14, 2007

And justice for one . . .

Clooney cleans up as Michael Clayton
“I’m not a miracle worker, I’m a janitor.”
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 03, 2007


Opening night at the 23rd Boston Film Festival
George Clooney’s Hub stopover this past Saturday night  was designed to draw attention to the 23-year-old Boston Film Festival.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2007

23 skidoo?

The Boston Film Festival: work in progress
As of press time, the 23rd Boston Film Festival was still shaping up.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 14, 2007

Robbing a bank ain’t what it used to be

High-stakes crime has moved online, but a desperate few still seek bundles of cash
Bank robbers have long encapsulated the American penchant for high-stakes gambling, fast getaways, and a go-your-own-way ethos of living.
By TE-PING CHEN  |  August 22, 2007

Maggots ate my flesh!

As antibiotics increasingly lose their potency, medical professionals are turning to (yecch!) fly larvae to take a bite out of wound recovery
If you met Dana — attractive, athletic, and tan, somewhere in her 30s — you’d never guess her secret.
By AUDREY SCHULMAN  |  July 16, 2007

The Good German

Packs in the movie stars
Steven Soderbergh merges his mainstream aptitude with his proclivity for experimentation, making a conventional post-WW2 proto-espionage noir packed with movie stars, but daring to make it in the black-and-white style of period classics like The Third Man, Notorious , and The Lady from Shanghai . Watch the trailer for The Good German  (QuickTime)
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 20, 2006

Fall back

This season, Hollywood lives in the past
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Drawing conclusions

Picking the brain of Scott McCloud, the world's reigning comics genius
“We face the audience more in American comics than characters do in Japanese and European comics,” says McCloud. “Here in America characters tend to block you at the door.”
By IAN A. MAISEL  |  June 22, 2006

Listing forward

Sometimes a media critic just wants to herd a few cats
Like anyone who works a specific beat — sportswriters and political writers come to mind — media critics acquire lots of impressions, opinions, and stray observations that never actually make it into print, and yet they are worth musing over.
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  May 03, 2006
pma list photo 4/21/06

Selective strife

“In Our Time” at the PMA
Portland Museum of Art’s “In Our Time: The World as Seen By Magnum Photographers,” is quite literally a catalogue of the most virtuosic photojournalistic photographs in the last half-century.
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  April 19, 2006

The ultimate BROADCAST JOURNALIST movies

Movies . . . one profession at a time
Judging from the handful of movies made on the subject, filmmakers have little apparent use for the television business.
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 10, 2006

Brokeback breakdown

Mountain ’s Oscar hopes come down with a Crash
The most politically loaded Oscar race since Gandhi versus E.T. in 1982 seems to have come down to a contest between the gay-cowboy movie that isn’t really a gay-cowboy movie and the drama about racial conflict that’s really a glib exercise in screenwriting.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006

Quotes + numbers, February 17, 2006

Just the facts on Wal-Mart, the Olympics, Barack at the Grammys, and more
Twelve: Number of US Olympians vying for spots in the sixth season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice .
By EDITORIAL  |  February 16, 2006

Hollywood gives Bush the finger

Why lefty films look good for Oscar
Except for a few agitators like Sean Penn and Barbra Streisand, people in Hollywood prefer to play down their liberal bent.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006

Hollywood gives Bush the finger - side

Our film editor's predictions
Our film editor's predictions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 25, 2006

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