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Iron Man 2
Robert Downey Jr.
Samuel L. Jackson
The Traffic of viral outbreak movies
For all the death and panic, this is a relatively quiet film.
| September 13, 2011
Country Strong | Soundtrack
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.
| January 11, 2011
Review: Country Strong
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.
| February 24, 2011
Review: Iron Man 2
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.
| February 24, 2011
Spring pimps for summer
Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
| March 09, 2010
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.
| January 12, 2010
Crossword: ''Pig out''
External appearances count.
External appearances count.
| 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.
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| April 02, 2008
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
| 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.
| January 14, 2008
The Austen adaptations
| January 09, 2008
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is leaden
“History,” Winston Churchill told us, “is written by the victors.”
| 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.
| September 06, 2007
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?
| August 21, 2007
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.
| 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.
| 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)
| November 01, 2006
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.
| 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.
| July 25, 2006
The Beard of Avon at the Publick; Happy Days at Gloucester
Bard or beard — that is the question.
| 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.
| May 09, 2006
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 .
| April 19, 2006
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