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October lite

The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 2009

Almost Famous: Joe Bernstein

Retired former senior special agent for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service
I’ve been all over the country, and I have to say, the quality of the State Police department here — they’re the best.
By FRANK MULLIN  |  September 10, 2008

Autumn peeves

Films with a full agenda
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2008

The Oscars go to Hell

The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008

Wrestle in peace

Remembering Mailer, the blustery king of American letters
In a life of many garlands and much renown, it was Mailer’s strange engagement with literary destiny always to be trapped on the wrong side of his art.
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 14, 2007

Interview: Josh Brolin

On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007

Quiet men

The Coens step back in No Country for Old Men  
At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007

Open city

The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007

War zones

Fall films face terror at home and abroad
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

Viva Las Vegas!

Sin, sun, and survival, plus lesbian surfers
Last week in reality world, it was Vegas, Vegas, Vegas.
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 12, 2007

War and peace

Cowboy Junkies expand their reach
More often than not, when an artist gets airplay covering a decades-old song, it’s out of desperation — the sign of a career on its way down.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007

Poetic justice

Joanna Newsom rises to the occasion on Ys
Hang your heads, folk pretenders, because this it what it means to write lyrics.
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 09, 2006

Lions and lambs

Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall  
The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 13, 2006

On the racks: August 8, 2006

Dirty Pretty Things, Ani DiFranco, and the Cure
Plus Blood Meridian, the Gin Blossoms, and Bernard Fanning.
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 08, 2006

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