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The plots thicken

9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009

The Thriller is gone

For Michael Jackson, Bad ain't good
With the release of Bad (Epic), Michael Jackson ends a recording hiatus of nearly five years. He could have stayed away for 10 years and still not have escaped the shadow of Thriller , the biggest-selling album of all time.
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  June 30, 2009

Play by Play: June 26, 2009

Plays for A to Z
Boston theater this week
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 23, 2009

Violet hour

The Color Purple is vivid on stage
The color purple describes both kids' icon Barney and a bruise. And sure enough, both child-friendly uplift and florid abrasion are wound into the sprawling, heartfelt musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer-winning 1982 novel about a beaten-down young black woman learning to value herself over the course of 40 years in the first half of the 20th century.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 23, 2009

Play by Play: June 19, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston theater this week
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 16, 2009

Play by Play: June 12, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston theater this week
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2009
risd list

Brave new RISD

After a year at the helm, president John Maeda is balancing broad shifts in the worlds of art, design, and business
The Rhode Island School of Design, for all its artful ambition, is a conservative place. Students draw. They mold clay. They are awash in taxidermy. So there was more than a little anxiety when John Maeda — sneaker designer, MIT professor, digital media rock star — took over as RISD president last summer.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 27, 2009

Review: Defiance

Perfectly coiffed actors in the unforgiving woodland setting is a poor choice
Edward Zwick directs the true-ish tale of the Bielskis.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009

Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2008

Eagle Eye

A credulity-be-damned plot
The trouble with Shia? He’s no Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, or Cary Grant.  
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 02, 2008

Shaw business

The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008

Frill rides

Getting an Indy history lesson on DVD
Looking back on a time when action sequences unfolded without the currently fashionable veil of rapid editing and CGI.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2008

Numb Skull

Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
You can’t say they don’t warn you.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 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

The medium is the movie

In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

Ten new careers for Bill Gates

Here are some jobs Mr. Gates could pursue.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 09, 2008

Last man standing

Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007


Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007

World of wonder

David Wilson's wry offerings
You’d be surprised at how many people take the wry offerings of David Wilson’s Museum of Jurassic Technology completely seriously.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2007

Who wants to be a filmmaker?

Plus, can Diesel stand firm on It’s Me or the Dog?
Anybody who’s had dealings with small children knows the importance of “the pitch.”
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 29, 2007


Girls Next Door , Going Tribal , The Contender , and Be Real
An unexpected chamber of sympathy opened in my heart this week for Hugh Hefner.
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 22, 2007

Life, truth, and Jean-Luc

2 or 3 things we know about Godard
Jean-Luc Godard is 76 now, of fading productivity and perhaps fading health, and so we’re faced with the unfathomable prospect of no longer living in the Age of Godard.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 06, 2007

Flagging the truth

Clint Eastwood’s anti-heroic Fathers
His ongoing beatification notwithstanding, Clint Eastwood has never lined up behind traditional notions of the hero. Watch the trailer for Flags of Our Fathers (QuickTime)
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

The Hitcher

Running on fumes
This is a reasonably faithful remake of Robert Harmon’s 1986 cult-slasher wanna-be, which itself seemed a distillation of Steven Spielberg’s 1971 Duel . Watch the trailer for The Hitcher (QuickTime)
By TOM MEEK  |  January 24, 2007

Five more video game injuries

War wounds
"As players spend more time with the [Nintendo] Wii, some are noticing that hours waving the game’s controller around can add up to fairly intense exertion — resulting in aches and pains common in more familiar forms of exercise," so writes the Wall Street Journal .
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 29, 2006

The future of an illusion

Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006

Fissionable material

Gauging the new wave at the Festival of Films from Iran
The Iranian masters upon whom we’ve come to depend seem for the moment to be indulging in their global fame.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 10, 2006


Not so much  
The visuals of Christian Volckman’s film blow away just about everything else on the screen this year. Watch the trailer for Renaissance  (QuickTime)
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2006

Small state, big stage

Steven Feinberg reveals how Rhode Island wound up on the Hollywood map
When some of his childhood friends in Cranston were starting to party, Steven Feinberg remained transfixed by the movies -- to the point where he envisioned one day serving as Rhode Island’s celluloid king.
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 02, 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

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