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2011 Film Preview: 25 Films Mike Leigh Didn't Direct (plus one that he did)new

The movies chill out to start the year.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  01-05-2011  |  Reviews

The Duplass Brothersnew

The Cyrus writer-directors keep it simple.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  06-22-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Voodoo Economicsnew

What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  05-21-2010  |  Commentary

In Memorium: Karen Schmeer, 1970-2010new

Karen Schmeer, the brilliant local film editor whose work on Errol Morris's documentary The Fog of War helped win it the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004, died January 29 in a tragic accident, struck by a getaway car as she was crossing a street in Manhattan. She would have turned 40 on February 20.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  02-02-2010  |  Commentary

With 10 Best Picture Noms, is Oscar Up In the Air?new

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets. Why not expand the slate from five to 10, allowing voters to give lip service to the artsy-fartsy fare while also nominating the big box-office potboilers that they and everybody except for film critics really wanted to see?
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  01-27-2010  |  Movies

The Controversial 'Antichrist' Is 'Saw VI' As Told By Carl Dreyernew

I'm torn between dismissing the film as gross-out juvenilia and regarding it as raw religious mythmaking. Either way, you won't find a livelier time at the movies these days, if only because of the outraged groans and dumfounded gasps from the audience.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  10-23-2009  |  Reviews

Conspiracy is in the Air ... No Wonder Hollywood is Embracing Paranoianew

With 9/11 Truthers, Birthers, Tea Partyers, and even Obama school-speech muckrakers dominating news cycles, conspiracy is clearly in the air. Hollywood has noticed -- that's why theaters are suddenly awash in paranoia.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  09-10-2009  |  Movies

Has Kathryn Bigelow Made the 'Apocalypse Now' of Iraq?new

Although everyone makes a point of director Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone. With her latest, The Hurt Locker, maybe she'll start getting the recognition she deserves.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  07-09-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Up': Raising the Art to a Higher Levelnew

The future of movies? No, it's not 3-D — it’s Up's limpid storytelling, thrilling visuals, endearing characters, and respect for the audience.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  05-29-2009  |  Reviews

A Star Is Porn: Adult-Film Star Sasha Grey Makes Her Mainstream Debutnew

Sasha Grey is barely 21, but already she has 150 feature films to her credit. True, her films have titles like Cum Fart Cocktails 5, Gang Bang My Face, and Grand Theft Anal 11, but she doesn't believe that diminishes her accomplishments.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  05-14-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Our Worst President's On-Screen Legacynew

The War on Terror might not have brought about the end of irony, but it sure put a damper on parody. So except for sporadic bits, Bush got a free pass not only from the news media but also from the world of entertainment.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  10-16-2008  |  Movies

'W.' Gets a Bnew

Maybe it's because Sarah Palin has put the bar so low, but Oliver Stone's Bush seems to have credibility, and he evokes sympathy.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  10-16-2008  |  Reviews

Autumn Peeves: Fall Films Have Full Agendasnew

This is an election year, after all, and those trying to escape the issues are just going to have to stay home and watch all the campaign ads on TV.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  09-11-2008  |  Movies

Does the Recent Surge of Stoner Movies Mean America is Going to Pot?new

Marijuana movies are a hot genre right now -- Knocked Up, Harold & Kumar (both Go to White Castle and Escape from Guantanamo Bay), and Superbad have made piles of green at the box office. Just this past week, Pineapple Express topped the box office at $12.5 million, a record for a Wednesday opening in August. And those are just the obvious offenders.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  08-14-2008  |  Movies

Tricky (Philip K.) Dicknew

Published last spring, the first Philip K. Dick volume in the Library of America series caught this wave at its peak. This second offering might not be so fortunate.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  07-31-2008  |  Fiction

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