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Freedom isn’t free

Press Releases
Campaign-finance reformers often object to the idea that money equals speech. But even for progressives, it does indeed.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2009

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

Factory food

Why the cheap, mass-produced food we eat is killing our environment, our economy — and us
Since Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant maize, no food has been more emblematic of the evolution of American eating habits than corn. That's been true from the sepia-tinged golden age of the Midwestern breadbasket to the present day, where those yellow kernels are lab-engineered and recombinated into a dizzying array of futuristic foodstuffs.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 25, 2009

An American Carol

A dissent-bashing tale
A Michael Moore–esque documentarian changes his stars and stripes after trying to abolish the Fourth of July.  
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 09, 2008


Unabashedly agnostic and skeptical
He’s as cocky and smarmy as Michael Moore, but somehow Bill Maher is also more endearing and credible, as he prances about the globe making jest of sanctimonious true believers.  
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 02, 2008

Troop surge

Mercenaries 2 does it the old-fashioned way
It’s tempting to write off Mercenaries 2: World in Flames , if only because of the noisy ads — they’re scored by an annoying white-boy rap song.
By AARON SOLOMON  |  September 16, 2008

Trouble the Water

A raw and emotional look at Hurricane Katrina
The direct, artless footage conjures a real-world Cloverfield , except with people who are resourceful and worth caring about.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2008

Believe it or not

Interview: Guy Maddin tells the truth
Even the titles of his films are a little weird.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2008

Springtime for Darwin

The wars of evolution are louder than ever. What Ben Stein, Bad Religion, and a physics professor from Quincy can tell you about where you came from.
There are two stories, and two stories only.
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 07, 2008

Kernel-industrial complex

Examining a landscape where crops only feed food
Aaron Woolf’s documentary King Corn, which opens the weekend of conversations about local farming and sustainable consumption, is a sound prototype for the new wave of populist eco-docs.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 23, 2008

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

Nobody knows
Last time we saw documentarian Morgan Spurlock, he was downing McDonald’s fries in Supersize Me.
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 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

Courting dissent

Interview: Brett Morgen defends his Chicago 10
One of the great principles of American jurisprudence, though not necessarily of film criticism, is a defendant’s right to confront his accuser in a court of law.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2008

Casting ballots

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival on the campaign trail
Some believe democracy can save the world. Others wonder whether it can even work in America.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2008

The amazing race

We break down the Presidential campaign to its six essential parts, and predict your next Commander-in-Chief.
For the past year, presidential politics has been building to the crescendo that is the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 26, 2007

On the national affront

An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  December 19, 2007

Listen up

Providence national pop + jazz picks: 2007 in review
It’s the first year a long time where I truly felt like I didn’t listen to enough music.
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 18, 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

I scream, you scream

A salute to ice cream trucks
Kids still stream toward the siren song and that holy grail — frozen treats in paper packaging, paradise in the guise of a push-up pop.
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  August 27, 2007

Kennebunkport protest expected to draw around 5000

Protest round-up
Cindy Sheehan seems unable to stay away from the peace movement that she publicly cut ties with just over two months ago.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 22, 2007

Rocket Science

An authentic script on teen angst
Blitz knows his adolescent cruelty and his adult misbehavior, and he details them with barbed wit and compassion.
By TOM MEEK  |  August 15, 2007

No End in Sight

Three years too late
What we could use now is a documentary that gets it right before it’s too late to mean anything.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2007

Musicmaking 101

A local School of Rock; the ’Mericans; and more
This school is all about fun. Period.
By BOB GULLA  |  July 17, 2007

Back to the '80s

Psychedelic Furs, the Fixx, and the Alarm, Avalon, July 10, 2007
If one thing’s changed about the Psychedelic Furs since their heyday in the ’80s, it’s frontman Richard Butler’s stage presence.
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 16, 2007

America Blows

Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Moore of the same

Sicko diagnoses American health care
I suspect that Moore had altruistic motives in presenting the case studies of victims of HMOs, hospitals, and drug companies in his movie.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 27, 2007

In sickness and in health

The Sicko director takes his own pulse
Michael Moore seems a little down on himself.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 27, 2007

Evil genius

“Big Time” Cheney is completely shameless
You’ve got to hand it to Dick Cheney, vice president and fictional MAXIMUM RULER OF THE UNIVERSE.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 27, 2007

Surf's Up

Surf's Up wipes out
Is it coincidence or homage that a fat, sullen penguin in this animated dud resembles Michael Moore?
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 06, 2007

The girls of summer

The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007

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