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“Slumdog Millionaire” Mania!

ongoing  Look, all this was written before the Golden Globe mania and the big Oscar victories and the mad opening in India and the wide opening of the movie in America … So … Here's an early take on the film on everyone's mind at the moment: When I first heard about the …

Hitch, Alloys Hook Up for “Blackmail”

Mon. Sept.17 Live music/old movies. The Alloy Orchestra has been doing this for a long time, and tonight Monday Sept. 17 Roger Miller, Ken Winokur and Terry Donahue set their musical silents on Alfred Hitchcock's rare (and last) silent film, "Blackmail." The sound version has been in circulation, but this …

Scary Monsters on a Big Scale

ongoing-Feb. 28 Whoever got the idea that Harvard Film Archive was an ambitious, high-minded outfit? The kind of spot that would screen intellectual films that might not find much of an audience outside Harvard Square? Well, many of us. And some of that’s true, but HFA breaks from, a bit, …

Summer Shorts in the Garden

Thurs. July 12 Men are from Mars; women are from Venus. We never quite bought that bit of pop psychology, but we suppose there’s truth beyond the simple logic. Men and women do have different thought processes, needs, desires and goals. Often these coincide or overlap, but sometimes they don’t …

Baseball on the Big Screen: Thursday Series at NEAq’s IMAX

 Thurs. Aug. 14 Anyone noticed how many baseball-related events are taking place at places that aren't Fenway Park this summer? Well, the Red Sox have made Boston the mecca of baseball, so it's really no surprise that the Museum of Science, the Boston Pops, and now the New England Aquarium, are …

Inception: A Swirling Mess of Deadly Dreams … and A Hit

ongoing "Inception" is centered around the type of plot device usually riddled with questionable developments. But Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-game is a full-blown success. Leonardo DiCaprio is Cobb, the head of a mercenary dream-team (pun intended!) of information thieves, the kind that get into your head while you sleep.  Most …

No Live Pogues for You: Watch the Movie

Mon. March 19 As we warned you last year, the Pogues annual St. Patrick’s Day stop-by at the House of Blues is no more. They’re not dead. They’re in Australia, but not hitting the Irish market in the States. And so ….We’ve got the Shane MacGowan doc “If I Should …

War is a Bore, and Then It is Not

Friday, Nov. 3 One of the reasons to be cheerful you live in the Boston environs (if you care about art, and why would you be reading this if you didn’t?) is Harvard Film Archive, which offers a series of movies you just would not find anywhere else. Call ’em …