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Boston Film Festival Shifts to Cambridge at the Kendall

 Wed. Sept. 17 Last call. The 24th Boston Film Festival moved to new, smaller digs this year, at the Kendall Square Theatres. It makes sense, says executive and creative director Robin Dawson, who’s helmed it four years and turned it, with the state’s help, into a non-profit. The 9-room Kendall …

21st Century Repo Man

 Sat. July18   Yeh, there's DVD and Blu-Ray and home entertainment centers, but the midnight movie lives and one tearing up the country – market by market – right now is "REPO! The Genetic Opera." It follows, sort of, in the proud tradition of that midnight movie from the '80s, …

Tom Cruise Nails Jack Reacher

ongoing      Let me take you back to “Interview with a Vampire.” Loved the book by Anne Rice. (Pre-idiotic and all-consuming vampire craze of today, a better breed of vampire, mind you). But Tom Cruise is cast as Lestat the lead vampire! Tom Fucking Cruise. Rice howls at the casting …

Bang, bang, you’re dead. All of you …

Sun. Nov. 18 What, "The Departed" is back? But it’s out on DVD now … and yet you can also see it on the big screen, and we’d recommend it. It’s up at the Brattle Theatre Sunday Nov. 18, two showings, at 3:30 and 9:15. It’s part of the Brattle’s series …

Dad is the Devil: Rosemary’s Baby chills again

Fri. May 4  Has there ever been a more tragic heroine than Rosemary, the kept-in-the-dark mother in Roman Polanski’s "Rosemary’s Baby"? (Well, yes, there has: Shakespeare created a bunch, and more than a few others have as well.) But Ira Levin created Rosemary and Polanski and Mia Farrow – now …

Life, History, Religion: Through the Eyes of Monty Python

Sat. Jan. 5  "Monty Python’s Flying Circus" wasn’t where our love of the absurd started. Mad magazine and the National Lampoon did a pretty good job of jump-starting that, but when public broadcasting first started broadcasting the "Monty Python" British TV shows in the ’70s, a whole other door to …

Prudes Be Gone: Dirty Pictures, Local Folks

Fri. Nov. 7  "Zack & Miri Make a Porno" is in theaters – sometimes advertised in "respectable" media as just "Zack & Miri" – and in a case of seredipity the Coolidge Corner Theatre is holding the Good Vibrations Erotic Film Festival Friday Nov. 7 at 9:30. We've gone to …

“Up in the Air” Flies High, Hits Subtle Notes

 ongoing Nuance. Let’s hear it for nuance. Let’s hear if for multiple layers, a story that weaves themes, that gives us characters that aren’t altogether wonderful or evil. Hey, isn’t it nice to go out to a movie and not to be banged over the head, preached to or patronized? …

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Double Take at the ICA

Sun. Feb. 13 When John Waters writes a film is in his Top 10 in Artforum we pay attention. And so we're interested in Belgian Director Johan Grimonprez's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink "Double Take," which makes its Boston debut Sun. Feb. 13 at 3 at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The film blends …