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Review: To Rome With Love
Woody Allen's slight stories
Woody Allen's European vacation winds down with four tales that indulge his usual preoccupations: hookers, sell-outs, fame, mortality, and hot bi chicks.
| July 05, 2012
The Addams Family get altogether ooky at PPAC
A ghoulish love story
Musical comedies can sometimes be cartoonish, but rarely are they drawn from actual cartoons.
| March 21, 2012
Review: The Names of Love
Softcore sex and politics
Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
| August 16, 2011
Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work
Following his star turn as a ruthless, if socially awkward, billionaire in David Fincher's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the screen as a downtrodden pizza delivery boy-man in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less. Nick Swardson plays Eisenberg's tormentor.
| August 12, 2011
Review: Midnight in Paris
The Modernist playground of '20s Paris
Yet this tartly ironic tour of the Modernist playground of '20s Paris is his funniest movie since Deconstructing Harry (1997), the last time he indulged in such a playful conceit.
| May 26, 2011
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Review: My Name Is Asher Lev at the Lyric
As the late Chaim Potok might have said, "Oy!"
| February 16, 2011
Review: Mad Horse's Dark Night series returns
A pleasing menu
For three years now, on the midweek evenings when their main stage show is off and the theater is normally "dark," Mad Horse has staged a whole second batch of theatrical diversions.
| October 13, 2010
Review: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Woody or won't he? Allen's films get darker and stranger
Can films be mellow and bitter at the same time?
| September 28, 2010
Make yourself uncomfortable
Xiu Xiu bloom on Dear God
In the past month, Sandra Bullock’s husband betrayed her by screwing a white supremacist with a face tattoo, a Georgia teenager was granted the right to take his boyfriend to prom, and Ricky Martin declared himself a “fortunate homosexual man.”
| April 06, 2010
A spurious man
Why does she put up with him? Why, for that matter, should anyone in the audience?
| March 24, 2010
The quest for the ultimate female orgasm
How far will women go for an orgasm?
Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
| March 22, 2010
Prince of darkness
Gordon Willis at the Harvard Film Archive
Gordon Willis, the master cinematographer to whom the Harvard Film Archive pays tribute in a seven-film retrospective beginning this Friday,
| November 18, 2009
Jonathan Parker's a little too comfortably bourgeois
Woody Allen might have passed on making this film 35 years ago because it was too dated and middlebrow.
| November 11, 2009
Review: New York, I Love You
A collection of acting and screenwriting exercises
The multi-episode portmanteau movie is usually less than the sum of its parts.
| October 14, 2009
The Pythons' Gonzo Gospel
Jesus never had a chance
The scene is familiar: the vast blue sky, the expanses of sand, and, atop a distant hill, Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount to a rapt throng. But on the fringes of the crowd, His listeners behave like rowdies at a rock concert, yelling at one another and brawling until no one can hear the Savior's words. What's that He said? Blessed are the cheesemakers?
| October 05, 2009
Review: Cold Souls
Paul Giamatti can't heat up Cold Souls
What if human souls were as interchangeable as hearts, kidneys, movie concepts, and auto parts? Writer/director Sophie Barthes's feature debut toys with the notion, but instead of breaking new ground, Cold Souls settles for rehashing elements from other films.
| August 17, 2009
Review: Whatever Works
Look on Works and despair
It happens to everyone: getting old means getting more annoying. Those endearing little quirks degenerate into insufferable pathologies, the funny stories become less funny with repetition, and in general the same old self-depreciating ironies and obsessive-compulsive hedges against mortality stop working.
| June 23, 2009
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
| June 09, 2009
Soundtrack of her life
St. Vincent's latest album, Actor , goes deep
"I think that I secretly wish I was a filmmaker." Annie Clark may consider this some real hush-hush info, but even a cursory listen to Actor , her latest album (as St. Vincent), makes clear her cinematic aspirations.
| May 13, 2009
Coming of age in Education of Charlie Banks
There are schoolyard bullies and there are schoolyard bullies. Likewise, some stories about them rise above the predictable. The title character of The Education of Charlie Banks isn't even given a noogie — confrontation is not his route to coming of age.
| May 06, 2009
Review: Shall We Kiss?
Is a kiss ever without consequence?
Writer/director Emmanuel Mouret fancies himself Éric Rohmer, Woody Allen, or maybe both in this talky romantic trifle.
| April 15, 2009
Chazz Palminteri tells the tale
The Bronx is up
You may not recognize actor/writer Chazz Palminteri by name, but you definitely know his face.
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| March 26, 2009
Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
| February 18, 2009
What kind of Trosexual are you?
33 newly discovered sexual sub-species uncovered by the truly exhausted Phoenix staff
| January 26, 2009
2009 Oscar predictions
This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
| February 11, 2009
Chilly scenes in winter
The year ahead on Boston stages
The drama of the holidays (and I don’t mean A Christmas Carol) may be behind us, but there’s plenty more drama — and comedy and musicals — ahead to light up long winter nights.
| October 27, 2008
‘Envisioning Russia’ at the MFA
Because Mosfilm, the subject of the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Envisioning Russia” retrospective, was the Soviet state production studio, any cross-section of its history lays out the entirety of Soviet film history.
| August 26, 2008
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
| August 19, 2008
No Spain, no gain
Woody takes a siesta in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Many are hailing Woody Allen’s new film, claiming it to be a “return to form.” I agree: he’s returned to the earliest form of his career, the monologue.
| August 14, 2008
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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