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Review: Ponyo

Visually stunning, but leaves you shaking your head
In a film like Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki takes flight and creates his own seductive animated universe. When tied to a Disney fable about the environment and true love, he lurches from cliché to myth to things that just leave you shaking your head.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2009

Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

Gift books for every (perverse) taste
We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 05, 2008

Welcome to the PalinDome

One-stop shopping for humor mavericks
One-stop shopping for humor mavericks
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2008

Scout's honor

Burn Notice ’s honest con job
In the popular imagination, the spy is always cool, sophisticated, elegant — in other words, European.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 26, 2008

Bourne to lose

Action, but no thrills, in this Conspiracy
The Bourne Conspiracy is a video game not directly based on the Bourne films starring Matt Damon — a fact its makers have taken great pains to obscure.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 10, 2008


An 88-minute flop
Life and this movie are too short to have to put up with the little shit.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 13, 2008

History rocks

Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008

Silver linings on a dark screen

Film: 2007 in review
The best films of 2007 hold their own when it comes to despair, evil, and treachery.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007

Dance, Monkey: Charlie Murphy

A comic in the hot seat
Who is it? Matt Damon? It’s not Flavor Flav?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 19, 2007

Bad will hunting

Ben is back with Gone Baby Gone
Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2007

Covert action

The Bourne Ultimatum possesses central intelligence
Some talented filmmakers try to play a Hollywood game, churning out a big-budget commercial product in exchange for a smaller, more personal and artistic venture.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2007

Heroes of our time

From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2007

Keeping It Real

Sticking to the facts in a post-9/111 world, Michael Winterbottom and Paul Greengrass lead a new breed of filmmaker
We’ll get used to it, I suppose, this new category of moviegoing distress. Sooner or later, we get used to everything.
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 20, 2007

Flotsam and jetsam

The tars are adrift in Ocean’s Thirteen
Steven Soderbergh’s third “Ocean” film is a pastry of a movie, airy, insubstantial, and meant to fill in the gaps between heartier meals.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 05, 2007

The girls of summer

The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007

Home for dinner

Dorchester’s ‘tough guy’ grows up
Before I even get my tape recorder turned on, Mark Wahlberg stands to greet me. Shooter: Republicans get gunned down. By Brett Michel
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 21, 2007

The Good Shepherd

A blue-blooded Godfather
The CIA and the Mafia have been in bed together at least since the Bay of Pigs in 1961, so why shouldn’t Robert De Niro turn the former’s history into a blue-blood version of The Godfather ? Watch the trailer for The Good Shepherd  (QuickTime)
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Fateful Departed

Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown
No wonder the cops and the feds can’t catch Whitey Bulger: they’re too busy beating the shit out of each other. Watch the trailer for The Departed (QuickTime) Whitey wash: Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed. By Brett Michel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!

Gawking and stalking
Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma?
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 01, 2006

Off with their heads

Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006

Whitey wash

Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed
One of the first questions at a Manhattan press conference for Martin Scorsese’s Boston-set mob thriller is addressed to “Matt and Ben.” Fateful Departed: Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown. By Peter Keough
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 04, 2006


Less than fulfilling  
How can 15 minutes of fame last more than 90? Watch the trailer for Feast  (QuickTime)
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  September 20, 2006

Fall back

This season, Hollywood lives in the past
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Where it was

Boston Movie Tours gets wheels
As a wee lad, Jeff Coveney went down to the sea on Martha’s Vineyard in search of where Steven Spielberg and crew shot bits of Jaws . “Where’s the beach?” he remembers shouting out.
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 02, 2006

Saint Smith

Getting laid and laying back
Indie-film icon Kevin Smith is, above all else, a religious man. WFNX's Keith Dakin interviews Kevin Smith (mp3) Back from rehab: Clerks II is just another sequel.   By Brett Michel
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 25, 2006

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