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Review: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Ledger-demain: Gilliam leaves nothing to the Imaginarium
Few filmmakers have suffered from the life-imitates-art phenomenon as has Terry Gilliam.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 11, 2010

Lite at the end of the tunnel?

Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 04, 2010

2009: Year in video games

Swimming the mainstream
At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 22, 2009

Deal with It

Revisiting the nightmares of a four-hour, made-for-TV Stephen King miniseries
When I was seven, I had a winter coat with flashes of neon so bright they glowed in the dark.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 28, 2009

Review: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Joker's wild
Although Heath Ledger fully deserved the Oscar he won (posthumously) for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight , a less heralded actor had staked a claim to the character years before. On Batman: The Animated Series , Mark Hamill brought a fearsome edge to the role that outstripped any previous dramatic effort.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 01, 2009

Cannes job

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

Keough sweeps Oscars

Way better than average
Is our Phoenix film editor good, or what? This past week, Peter Keough predicted six major Oscar categories and earlier went out on a limb and called the two short-subject winners.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 25, 2009

Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 18, 2009

2009 Oscar predictions

Martyr complex
This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2009

Year in pictures

Imagery 2008
Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 28, 2010

The Year of the Nerd

Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 24, 2008

Punisher: War Zone

Punishment level high
As former commando turned Cosa Nostra terminator Frank Castle, Ray Stevenson is pretty much what you'd expect — all business.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 11, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Steve Hofstetter

We put a visiting comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
Do you think we as a nation will ever be prepared to grant Dave Coulier immunity for his involvement with Alanis?
By MARC HIRSH  |  August 27, 2008

Darkness falls in the Dark Knight

Scars run deep in Christopher Nolan’s Götterdämmerung
“The night is darkest just before the dawn,” says District Attorney Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight .
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 12, 2009

Holy multiplicity, Batman!

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

Our superheroes, ourselves

What the current crop of comic-book action movies tells us about America's identity crisis
Is there a breed of person more tenderly optimistic, more winsomely hopeful for the best, more loyal to the possibility of good, than the American summer moviegoer?
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 09, 2008

Two great tastes

Coralcola at Great Scott; Damian at Elements
In March of this year, a series of MP3s by an unknown techno producer named Coralcola began circulating among a few DJs and bloggers around town and beyond.
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  June 04, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Gary Petersen

We put a comic on the hot seat
I’m predicting I’ll die as the villain in the remake of Wild Hogs .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 29, 2008

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The unnamable

Todd Haynes’s not-Dylan movie
If Bob Dylan were a real movie director, I’m Not There is probably the movie he’d make about his own life
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2007

War zones

Fall films face terror at home and abroad
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

America Blows

Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007


Not so tasty
When the first of three segments in a film about drug addicts is titled “Heaven,” you have a pretty good idea where it’s headed. Watch the trailer for Candy  (QuickTime)
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 29, 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

Where is the love?

Brokeback Mountain perfectly captures our ambivalence about marriage — gay and straight
Within a couple months of its release, Brokeback Mountain went from being simply a well-made, serious film to a widely recognized, highly satirized cultural artifact.
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  March 06, 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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