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Young performers save film from The Ruins

December 31, 2012

Nominated for the adaptation of his own novel, A Simple Plan, Scott Smith's newest script is based on his work, The Ruins.,What do you get when you add four beautiful youngsters, a former fashion photographer as director and a script from a bestselling novel by an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter? Th...

Snow screams at Prom: Every corsage has its thorn

December 31, 2012

Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense, a god of film that directors and audiences alike have worshipped since the 1920s. Never before or since has there been anyone who could create such tense, claustrophobic situations that could force even the most skeptic of moviegoers to the edge of their se...

Malkmus paves new way

December 31, 2012

After releasing five studio albums with Pavement, one of the most influential independent rock bands of the 90s, Malkmus and the rest of the members of the group went their separate ways and began working on different projects.,At age 41, it's difficult to imagine Stephen Malkmus ever stopping to re...

Get your fix of social commentary

December 31, 2012

As the fourth season draws to a close, "Intervention" has delivered above and beyond the expectations for most reality television. Say what you want about HBO's "The Wire," but "Intervention" is the basic cable subscriber's opportunity to see complex social issues expounded on with insight and compassion. Ea...

Emerson Stage gives old-school Philadelphia a facelift

December 31, 2012

The grandeur and glamour of the 1930s will arrive at the Semel Theatre on Feb. 28 when Emerson Stage's production of Phillip Barry's The Philadelphia Story opens. Mistaken identities, love triangles, fame, fortune and tabloid journalism converge for a show that is both historical and slyly humorous. Th...

Eccentric amp; eclectic Eels

December 31, 2012

The Eels are not a band known for their legacy. For most, mentioning the Eels does not conjure up thoughts of a complex library of music or a magnitude of hit singles. This loud rock trio has been around for well over ten years, however, and their catalogue is anything but minuscule. A rock band's ca...

The Beacon evaluates the foyers of MFA amp; ICA

December 31, 2012

The hallway that plays home to the Museum of Fine Art's cafeacute; has turned into the most lively piece of art the museum owns. The entire wall opposite the cafeacute; has been transformed into a dizzy pattern of stripes that will make your head spin, or at least that's what inspired it-------spinning. Ji...

Desperate Governesses: Miss Pettigrew lives for the pay

December 31, 2012

She was about to leave the employment agency just as she had come in: a raggedy, jobless, desperate and hungry governess. But the timid Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) snatched a card off the desk when her employer wasn't looking. The card read "Delysia Lafosse," followed by an address. Miss Pettigrew ma...

A very BUFF slate

December 31, 2012

Although not as high profile as the festivals at Cannes or Sundance, the ninth annual Boston Underground Film Festival offers a strange and lively lineup at the Brattle Theatre and Harvard Square AMC in Cambridge from March 20-23. From rock documentaries to psychedelic thrillers to absurdly silly co...

Oscar-winning foreign film investigates morality

December 31, 2012

The Counterfeiters, this year's Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, is a true story set in 1946 that follows a brooding, nameless gambler (Karl Markovics) who, in the opening shot of the film, comes to Monte Carlo with a bag full of money and no other form of identity. He sits by the oc...

Rivera#039;s Tectonics leaves heads in the Clouds

December 31, 2012

In Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics, the newest show to hit Emerson Stage, a massive, almost biblical flood engulfs all of Los Angeles. In the midst of this downpour, a lonely Los Angeles International Airport baggage handler named Anibal (Miguel Septiem) finds a pregnant woman, Celestina (Kimberly McGuire), by...

Nothing Funny or remotely humane about Michael Haneke#039;s heartless Games

December 31, 2012

Do not go see Funny Games. Do not go anywhere near Funny Games. This malicious and fetishistic shot-for-shot remake from writer/director Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, Cache) is comparable only to a bloody and body-mangling car collision. It appeals solely to our initial curiosity to see something th...