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Love letter

Gerald Peary's ode to the film critic
Rock critics rarely cut gold records. Likewise, few football reporters go on to quarterback Super Bowl winners.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2009

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Interview: Greil Marcus

Rock's critic-in-chief talks rock and roll photography
Greil Marcus on rock-and-roll photography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

Sweet smell of skill

Alexander Mackendrick at the HFA
Alexander Mackendrick, who's the subject of a tribute at the Harvard Film Archive this weekend, is a somewhat mysterious figure in movie history.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 06, 2009

Review: Prince of Persia

Run, jump, die, repeat
Pauline Kael titled one of her review compilations Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , saying that those four words (from a Japanese movie poster) captured the basic appeal of movies.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 06, 2009

Tiger by the tail

The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 18, 2008

Paul Newman (1925-2008)

Remembering a movie star who turned himself into a great actor
Paul Newman, who died last weekend at the age of 83, was that rarest of creatures, a movie star who turned himself into a great actor.  
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 01, 2008

Defending the universally loathed

The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008

Kael? Sarris?

The critics convene at the Coolidge
“Kael was a presence, a factor in how many of us do our jobs,” argued ’s Stephanie Zacharek.
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 31, 2007


Slips toward mediocrity
A cute and exceptional little boy, a lovable old geezer — you don’t have to be Pauline Kael to realize this formula is a winner.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2007

Devine DVDs

Film-smart gifts for people who think they’ve seen everything
Sure, we all know Get Smart! is out on DVD in time for the holidays, and the Superman films (all of them, going back to 1948), and Mission Impossible: The Ultimate Missions Collection , sure, sure, as if you could miss the bleating sirens of studio publicity.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 07, 2006

Out to Lynch

The three decade nightmare on film
The three decade nightmare on film
By PAUL BABIN  |  December 07, 2006

Greatest hits

Hits and misses
So that’s how World War II started.
By PETER KEOUGH AND PAUL BABIN  |  September 22, 2006

Better than good

George Pelecanos’s sweet Night
A couple of weeks back, in a small bar in Brooklyn, I witnessed an unlikely and wonderful collaboration. George Pelecanos reads an excerpt from The Night Gardener
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 22, 2006

A dying art?

Phillip Lopate collects America’s best film criticism
We can’t compete with buccaneers of the Caribbean, but film reviewers lately have been getting a smidgen of respect, thanks to the keen attention paid American Movie Critics: An Anthology from the Silents Until Now .
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 26, 2006

After Pauline

Where are the women film critics?
“Why Aren’t There More Women Film Critics?” was the subject of a January 31 forum at the Boston Public Library, and nobody on our panel came up with much of an answer.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 09, 2006

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