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Review: Public Enemies

Michael Mann's reheated crime waive
The gangster movie ruled Depression-era cinema — and that might be cause for concern about our present economic difficulties should the genre make a comeback.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2009

What John did and saw

Dillinger and Manhattan Melodrama
In anticipation of the July 1 release of Michael Mann's Public Enemies with Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, and as part of its week-long "Classic Gangsters" series, the Brattle is screening two rarely seen films this Sunday: John Milius's 1973 Dillinger and W.S. Van Dyke's Manhattan Melodrama.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 16, 2009

Play by Play: June 12, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston theater this week
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2009

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Plays A to Z
Boston's theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 02, 2009

Cannes job

Five films to watch for
Five goodies coming out of Cannes
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2009

Booty call!

The Huntington plunders Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance
"Ladies and gentlemen," a cheerful female voice informs the Huntington Theatre audience, "the Caribbean Light Opera Society is proud to present Pirates! (Or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd)." The governor, she continues, wants to assure us that there is almost no danger of a pirate attack during the performance.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 27, 2009

Art for art's sake

The creative economy
Apparently, I'm one of those artist-types. Except it's not called "artist" anymore. That term is too, well ... artsy-fartsy. It doesn't adequately convey my critical importance to society.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 29, 2009

Crossword: ''Court case''

Time to mix and match
Time to mix and match
By MATT JONES  |  November 19, 2008

Shirts off their backs

How To Dress Like a Rock Star
How To Dress Like a Rock Star
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 20, 2008

Smoke screens

Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2008

Crossword: ''Out with the old''

You know the rest
You know the rest
By MATT JONES  |  May 28, 2008

Paradis found

The chanteuse is loose
Must we still make the case for French pop?
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 15, 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

No escape

In and out of the classroom, teaching overseas is a learning experience, not a paid vacation
Like most of my colleagues in China, my journey here began online.
By JULIA THROOP  |  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

Close shave

Tim Burton’s latest is bloody good
If it weren’t for his beloved turn as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Johnny Depp would best be known as the cinematic alter ego of Tim Burton.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 18, 2007


25 fantasy films that lock horns, swords, and wands with Harry Potter
No reading required.

Tour de force

Gypsy Caravan, You Kill Me
Two movies push at each other within Jasmine Dellal’s Gyspy Caravan, which opens this Friday, July 6, at the Kendall Square.
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 03, 2007

Hell is other sequels

Pirates  3 offers buried treasures
At first, At World’s End doesn’t seem to differ much from the world outside.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 23, 2007

The girls of summer

The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007

Spring loaded

Working out the kinks
It’s spring, and Hollywood has to get the kinks out of its system before it can focus on the business at hand: the sequels of summer.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Clearly the first half of a five-hour movie
A Disney “franchise” that began as an Oscar-nominated showcase for Johnny Depp seems to have walked the plank, but has it jumped the shark? Watch the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (QuickTime)
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2007

Background chatter

Ricky Gervais’s hilarious Extras
Thanks, Ricky Gervais, for getting the dread “A” word into the open: ATHEIST!
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 06, 2007

Epic Movie

No remorse
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the brain warp behind the Scary Movie franchise and Date Movie , again take their tired and not-so-true formula and spoof a list of semi-recent theater fillers).
By TOM MEEK  |  January 31, 2007


A movie guide to undercover cops
Kindergarten Cop to Reservoir Dogs.
By PAUL BABIN  |  October 05, 2006

Teen screams

Five more shows that pushed the envelope
Five more shows that pushed the envelope
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 03, 2006

'Casting the Buddy movie

Local wags pick their dream casts for the upcoming film of The Prince of Providence
From Derek Jeter to Johnny Depp.
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Face painting

Local artist, national finalist
When the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery reopens July 1, its collection will include a painting by South Portland artist Brett Bigbee.
By KIRSTEN TERRY  |  June 28, 2006

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