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Hard to gauge which children this film is for — if any
Nothing like walking out of a theater with your kid asking, “Daddy, what is suicide?”
By MARK BAZER  |  September 16, 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

Company man

War, Inc.  cuts its losses
In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008

Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.

Say everything
Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008

Grace Is Gone

No catharsis here, just soft piano keys
It’s strange that a film whose young characters are told to question the media should rely on its score to dictate how you’ll feel.
By NICK MCCARTHY  |  January 23, 2008

Martian Child

Get out your hankies
John Cusack has held up well for a man in his third decade of Hollywood hustling.
By ROB NELSON  |  October 31, 2007


Opening night at the 23rd Boston Film Festival
George Clooney’s Hub stopover this past Saturday night  was designed to draw attention to the 23-year-old Boston Film Festival.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2007


The Aliens and Mystery Jets
The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 19, 2007


The Shining gets squeezed
If you know your Stephen King, then you know haunted hotels have killer pasts.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 27, 2007

Past perfect

LCD Soundsytem mine the best of the ’80s
Just five years ago, James Murphy jump-started the dance-punk movement with his DFA label.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  April 09, 2007

The tao of Estevez

The Bouncing Souls on their favorite ’80s movies  
The ‘80s took a lot of flack over the years, mostly during the ‘90s -- but not from the Bouncing Souls. The Bouncing Souls, “The Gold Song”  (mp3) The Bouncing Souls, “The Ballad of Johnny X (Live)”  (mp3)
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  October 13, 2006

Rock and droll

High Fidelity ; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
High Fidelity tries to sell itself as kick-ass rock right from the curtain speech: you are to turn off your fucking cell phones, and if you don’t like that language you can “grab your husband and get the hell out.”
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 11, 2006

Crossword: 'Thirty Thoughts'

My time has just come, too
My time has just come, too
By MATT JONES  |  March 27, 2006

The ultimate SALESMAN movie

Movies . . . one profession at a time
Ruthless sharks, dumpy schlubs, or a combination of the two: Hollywood loves its pitchmen.
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 13, 2006

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