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Review: Contagion

The Traffic of viral outbreak movies
For all the death and panic, this is a relatively quiet film.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 13, 2011

Country Strong | Soundtrack

Sony (2011)
This steaming pile of songs is emblematic of the state of mainstream country music — all artifice, no heart, calculated anthems written to formula and meant, like the film itself, to do no more than capitalize on the genre's current success and rob its undiscriminating fans.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 11, 2011

Review: Country Strong

Pretty weak
Too-soon-out-of-rehab country star Kelly Canter (a bronzed Gwyneth Paltrow) attempts to twang her way back from a drunken stage dive in Dallas that resulted in a miscarriage.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 24, 2011

Review: Iron Man 2

Stark alternatives
Maybe I’m just relieved that it wasn’t in 3-D, or maybe actor Justin Theroux (frequent David Lynch collaborator and co-scripter of Tropic Thunder ) is just a better writer than the law firm of scribes that pasted together the original, but Jon Favreau’s sequel to his creaky adaptation of the rusty Marvel standby Iron Man restores my lack of faith in superheroes.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011

Silly season

Spring pimps for summer
Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2010

Miss perfect

The new BBC/WGBH Emma gets a 10
I know what you're thinking: " Another Emma ? Didn't we just have a bushel of Jane Austen adaptations for TV?" Well, WGBH did give us four new Austens, but that was all the way back in 2008, a Jane-ite eternity.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 12, 2010

Crossword: ''Pig out''

External appearances count.
External appearances count.
By MATT JONES  |  May 13, 2009

78. Chris Martin

We can’t imagine anything lamer than being a colorless vegetarian musician who pokes a frigid aristocratic phony like Gwyneth Paltrow. Wait — yes we can — the life of anyone who listens to Coldplay’s soulless pedestrian garbage rock.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Review: Two Lovers

Joaquin Phoenix's reported last film not interesting enough or deep enough
In what's bruited to be his last screen appearance, Joaquin Phoenix goes Marlon Brando mumbly.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 25, 2009

Easy to love

According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008

Fools rush in

WGBH remakes A Room with a View
If you think Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, and Judi Dench are all hopelessly overrated, then WGBH/ITV has your TV movie.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2008

Brave new world

Germaine Greer’s Shakespeares
Regardless of what’s in her name, biographies of Ms. Hathaway are scarcer than hens’ teeth, and no wonder: we know even less about her than we do about her husband.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008

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

Masterpieces and mysteries

‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

The Austen adaptations

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008

Bogus Bess

Elizabeth: The Golden Age is leaden
“History,” Winston Churchill told us, “is written by the victors.”
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 10, 2007

Anna Wintour's hair tells all

Why an editor’s locks are more revealing than her covers
By the time you read this, the frenzied seven days that are New York Fashion Week will be drawing to a close.
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 06, 2007

Blown dry

The Hills  have hair
When Lauren Conrad is blow-drying her hair before her camera crews arrive, does she ever consider giving up and allowing her tresses to frizz into a rat’s nest?
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 21, 2007

Smoking hot

Cigarettes on the silver screen
In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007

A critical day for future fashion

Couture du jour
Providence recently played host to some of New York’s hottest fashion designers at the RISD Auditorium.
By STACY HUGGINS  |  May 18, 2007

Running with Scissors

It's no Royal Tannenbaums
Here’s a new genre: abused gay youth with crazy mother seeks redemption by telling us all about it. Watch the trailer for Running with Scissors  (QuickTime)
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 01, 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

Just a gigolo

Sweet Bird of Youth ; The Merry Wives of Windsor ; The Price
Two guys on Berkshire stages are trying to parlay sexual prowess into deep pockets this week.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 25, 2006

Eternal questions

The Beard of Avon at the Publick; Happy Days at Gloucester
Bard or beard — that is the question.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 11, 2006

On the Racks: May 9, 2006

Art Brut’s Bang Bang and Matmos’s brutish art
Plus new albums by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grandaddy, and Snow Patrol.
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 09, 2006

Sweet tooth

  Boston Lyric Opera imports The Little Prince , the BSO premieres Yehudi Wyner’s piano concerto, and Renée Fleming
I hope the estate of Leonard Bernstein is collecting royalties for The Little Prince . Rachel Portman’s unremittingly sweet and relentlessly lilting score for this children’s opera based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous story borrows heavily from Bernstein’s Candide and West Side Story .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 19, 2006

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