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Review: The Descendants

For Clooney, it's all Payne, all gain
George Clooney puts in what may be his best performance as Matt King, scion of a wealthy Hawaiian family that can trace its pedigree back to the 19th century Princess Margaret Ke'alohilani, descendant of King Kamehameha, and bride of Matt's great, great, etc., grandfather, the haole lawyer Edward King.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2011



By  |  January 01, 0001
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Review: The Ides of March

George Clooney's new directorial effort
Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2011



By  |  January 01, 0001
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Review: The American

Gun for hire: Clooney's aim is true
Why so many movies this year about aging secret agents? Probably to accommodate all the aging lead actors.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 03, 2010
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With plans for a downtown mural, Shepard Fairey returns to Providence

Obey
It is a rather unremarkable collection of bricks at the moment: an exterior wall at the back of Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Chafee Performance Center in downtown Providence.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 16, 2010
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Stockholm syndrome

Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2010



By  |  January 01, 0001
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Oscar predictions 2010

With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Review: Up In the Air

Flight pattern: Reitman takes a familiar turn
No director pulls off the bait-and-switch as craftily as Jason Reitman. He gets you thinking that you're watching a hip, caustic comedy subverting the status quo, but by the end, he's vindicated all the platitudes he seemed to scorn.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 02, 2009
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Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Welcome to the Dahl-house
In The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Wes Anderson excelled at telling adult stories with childlike whimsy. Telling children’s stories with adult whimsy is another matter.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2009
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Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats

Bleating hearts tame Goats
Here’s a subject that really could have used a Stanley Kubrick or a John Frankenheimer or a Robert Altman. But are there any great cinematic satirists left, auteurs with the knack for black comedy and cold-blooded irony?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2009
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Leatherheads

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ten new careers for Bill Gates

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



By  |  January 01, 0001
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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
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Non-starter

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

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