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Solveig Says Hello: The French DJ/producer finally hits Boston

Third time's the charm for Martin Solveig.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  March 18, 2013

Examining ‘Seneca, Selma, and Stonewall’

Making History
It will be recalled as the most famous line from President Barack Obama's second inaugural address delivered January 21.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 06, 2013

Review: War of the Buttons

Based upon Louis Pergaud's beloved and much adapted 1912 novel, this retread by Christophe Barratier ( Paris 36 ) is flawed but has its charms.
By PEG ALOI  |  October 24, 2012

Review: Step Up to the Plate

Paul Lacoste's French documentary
It's a corny American title for Paul Lacoste's French documentary, Entre les Bras , about the father-and-son chefs, Michel and Sébastien Bras, behind a Michelin three-star restaurant in the L'Aubrac region of France.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2012

Review: 2 Days In New York

Rowdy follow-up to 2 Days In Paris
Her angelic appearance notwithstanding, Julie Delpy is one raunchy woman.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 17, 2012
Review: The Well-Digger's Daughter

Review: The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol
Daniel Auteuil ( Manon of the Spring ) directs and stars in this melodrama set in Provence during World War I.
By PEG ALOI  |  July 24, 2012
Cannes: Rust and Bone

Cannes turns 65 and shows no signs of retiring

Socialist security
Sixty-five is the age at which people think of retiring. Arguably the world's greatest film festival, Cannes — whose 65th edition began the day after beaming Socialist François Hollande was sworn in as President of France — has no such plans. This year it overflows with riches.
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 25, 2012

A cautionary tale from 18th-century France

Honoring the masses
Though there's no hard evidence that Marie Antoinette actually uttered "Let them eat cake," she remains a larger-than-life symbol of ruling-class decadence and a culture of gaping wealth disparity.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 16, 2012
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Review: Free Men

Solidarity and mistrust in war-time Paris
In a little known footnote to the Holocaust, the head of the Paris mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, helped many Jews escape the Nazis.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 22, 2012
Justice music

Justice blaze new trails for dance music

For all
Most musicians, at a certain point, discover a paradox at the center of the whole act of musical creation: that seemingly complex music can be simple, and that making simple music is often a complex process. After all, what do you expect in a medium where mathematics and pure emotion are intertwined?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 14, 2012

Review: The Conquest

Xavier Durringer's recreation of the rise of Sarkozy
Xavier Durringer's dramatized recreation of the rise of France's Nicolas Sarkozy to the presidency is generally fair-minded and ambiguous.
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 13, 2011
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Review: The Women on the 6th Floor

A kind of European version of The Help
Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Parisian upstairs/downstairs, a kind of European version of The Help , has all the ingredients necessary for US consumption: political correctness, platitudes, saucy comedy; and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois reactionary and a life-affirming, left-leaning babe 30 years his junior.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 11, 2011

Review: Thames Street Kitchen

Getting more than the food right
There's a new restaurant in Newport that may very well give the expression "tsk-tsk" new, enthusiastic meaning.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 20, 2011
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Review: The Names of Love

Softcore sex and politics
Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 16, 2011

Review: Petite Jacqueline

French treasures
On a crowded night at Petite Jacqueline it is hard to hear your companion over the din.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 13, 2011

Review: L'Artisan Café & Bakery

More like a bistro than a bakery
Enough already. I got tired of a good foodie friend of mine badgering me about this bakery and gourmet food place he was in love with and wanted me to review.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 24, 2011

Review: The Dancing Pig

A great place for pigging out
The laid-back tone of the place is established by its name and accompanying cartoon logo of a smiling pig in a top hat. Inside, tasseled valances against burgundy walls suggest a bustling gray-haired granny in the kitchen.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 04, 2011

Review: East Ender

France meets New England
Those French know how to cook. But here in America, French cuisine too often comes with a demi-glace of pedantry and a side of self-congratulation.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 13, 2011

Review: Potiche

Screwball comedy meets political boilerplate
The eclectic François Ozon often combines the offbeat and the generic to the benefit of both.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2011

Review: Le Central

Cherchez la lunch
Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the spot.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2011

Unmitigated Gaul

Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 05, 2010

Kings of Queens

Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 26, 2010

Save the pool

Plans to alter the magnificent reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center should not be allowed
Noble architecture makes Boston a living work of art. Visitors flock to view Bulfinch's State House, Richardson's Trinity Church, and McKim's Copley Square Library, to name just the obvious.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 23, 2010

As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra

World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 16, 2010

Stark reality

Your indispensable World Cup update
Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capital.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 14, 2010

Review: Micmacs

Witty prologue spirals downward into clumsy plot
If he were judged solely by the first five minutes of his films, Jean-Pierre Jeunet would rank among the world’s top filmmakers. Unfortunately, the remaining 100 minutes or so place him among the most overrated.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2010

Minimalism and mementos

Jamey Morrill's sculptures and 'souvenirs' at Craftland
After 5 Traverse gallery closed in February, crackerjack curator Maya Allison, who was co-director there, lined up a handful of small independent projects and seemed like she might be on her way to starting her own operation before she landed a gig as curator at Brown University's Bell Gallery, which she began this week.
By GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2010

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The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2010

Balls of fire

Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.

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