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  • October 28, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Why do people watch the same movie over and over? For pleasure, no doubt, and because a great movie like a great book or piece of music doesn’t reveal everything on a first or second or nth go-through. But then some repeated viewing habits sound a little pathological. Like the guy in Norway who saw “Mama Mia!” 162 times.

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  • October 21, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    As George W.’s career in politics fades into history and ignominy, could his future in show business be just beginning? Could Oliver Stone’s “W,” which opened last weekend, be the first in what might prove to be an entertainment gold mine?

    But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. How did “W” fare among the critics and those in the know? Like the President himself, the film has stirred extremes in opinions, some mutually contradictory.

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  • October 15, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Just the other day I was curled up with my copy of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” thinking to myself how cozy it was reading a story about civilization reduced to frozen ash and roving bands of cannibals while the real world was tottering on the brink of the same! Because obviously we're doomed, since not just is the economy tanking, but the Red Sox and Patriots are as well.

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  • October 09, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    As many have suspected, there seems to be something fishy about the poor box office showing of David Zucker’s right wing satire, “An American Carol.” After all, who doesn’t enjoy a hearty laugh at such witty notions as Hollywood being renamed “Bin Laden City” with billboards pitching “Victoria’s Burkas” (okay, that is kind of funny).

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  • October 08, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Now that the main Republican talking point has been refined from “Osama is an elitist" to “Osama is a terrorist,” it’s only a matter of time before they bring up the old canard about him being a Muslim. Which begs the question -- so what if he is? Nobody running for President lately has been excoriated for being Catholic, or Jewish, or Mormon, or whatever religion believes that man walked with dinosaurs and preachers should run witches out of town.

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  • October 06, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Enough with the polls. Maybe the only reliable window into the souls of American voters is what they’re willing to line up for and pay $10 to see on a movie screen. In which case last weekend’s box office provides an excellent test case, with two politically antithetically movie satires playing mano-a-mano.

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  • October 02, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Many of the eulogies for the late great Paul Newman have focused on the saintliness of the man, an aura of goodness that emanates from him both on and off the screen. “Someone Up There Likes Me,” indeed. Truth be told, he always had a knack for playing an asshole, whether an outlaw or a rogue or an outcast or a downright villain, that twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes could just as easily evince malice, irony, corruption or anarchy as benevolence and beatitude.

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  • September 25, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    It looks like the big showdown between Barack Obama and John McCain won’t be taking place since McCain refuses to participate until all the economic problems go away. In the meantime you might want to drop by the Brattle Theatre which will be hosting a panel discussion that I’ll be moderating (okay, I admit it -- all that snarky self-righteousness is just a smokescreen for my own shameless self-promotion) for the United Nations Association Film Festival.

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  • September 24, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    What happens when two geeks get together? They talk about geeks and superheroes and how they are very much the same as Brett Michel and Simon Pegg demonstrate in this second part of the interview.

    BM.Moving on, superhero films – I’d imagine you’ve been keeping up with them?

    SP: Yeah. It’s interesting, actually.

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  • September 23, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    My colleague Brett Michel recently interviewed Simon Pegg, who was in town publicizing his big Hollywood breakthrough movie, “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People,” Robert Weide’s adaptation of Toby Young’s sardonic memoir about being a successful if dissolute journalistic hack in London who tries to make the big time in New York at hoity-toity “Vanity Fair.

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  • September 19, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    The box office demographic for the rest of 2008, usually dominated by the male 12-24 year-old perpetual adolescent crowd, might be switching genders. So suggests Steve Mason writing in the “Hollywood Wiretap” website, where he speculates that the fourth quarter of 2008 will belong to the “below 25 female” audience.

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  • September 16, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Even some Republicans were skeptical about the box office potential of David Zucker’s conservative satire, “An American Carol,” in which, as I’ve mentioned before, a Scrooge-like Michael Moore-ish filmmaker is taken through a tour of American History by George Washington and other patriotic spooks. But maybe the success this Spring of Nathan Frankowski's anti-evolution documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” changed some minds, because Vivendi plans to release the film on October 3 on 2,000 screens.

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  • September 12, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Because we make a living sitting in dark rooms and writing about it, people think film critics are sissies. Not so, as Lou Lumenick, he-man critic for the New York Post, never tires of proving. Back in 2006, he was one of the few critics with the guts to squash “Ant Buddy” , an animated children’s film, calling it out as commie propaganda.

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  • September 11, 2008
    By Peter Keough
    People have been sniping at John McCain for the quality of his backgrounds for delivering speeches -- A green screen a few months back and more recently the blue screen at the Republican Convention. Well, pipe down. As all movie buffs know, these are screens for the CGI special effects that will be included in post production before the campaign enters theaters everywhere.

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  • September 09, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    As noted below, there doesn’t seem to be a burning desire on the part of fans for another “Poltergeist” movie. And do we really need another “Ghostbusters,” especially after the brilliant remake featured in Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind, Rewind?” Since the 1984 original grossed $292 million and the 1989 sequel took in another $215 mil, Sony Pictures apparently thinks it's the franchise to call.

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