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Machine Dreams
Along with "The Matrix," a number of recent films have posed a paranoid premise not unlike Plato's Cave, suggesting that what we take for granted as the real world is itself a virtual unreality. [06-07-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Child's Play
Director Wu Tianming's unapologetically sentimental "The King of Masks" elevates tearjerking to the illusion, at times, of grandeur. [06-07-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

China Syndrome
Xiu Xiu is a broken blossom of the Cultural Revolution. [06-01-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Middling Menace
The new Star Wars movie has everything except heart. [05-24-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Period Peace
David Mamet's "The Winslow Boy" is just a tale of faith, decency, and personal integrity vindicated. [05-10-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Circle Game
Julio Medem's "Lovers of the Arctic Circle" tape the nightmare side of magical realism. [05-10-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Marrakesh Distress
Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon recovers the lost innocence of 1972 Marrakesh in the unfortunately titled "Hideous Kinky." [04-26-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Marginal eXistenZ
The virtual world of director David Cronenberg's "eXistenZ" won't make anyone question the one we live in. [04-26-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Flesh Wounds
Compared to the cold but moving films in director Benoit Jacquot's repertoire, "The School of Flesh" tends to be just cold. [04-19-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rube Tube
Ron Howard's "EDtv" is more than a "Truman Show" rerun. [03-29-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Ryan's Hope
The slate of Oscar nominations to be released this coming Tuesday should present a critique of our current confusion over truth and illusion, reality and entertainment. [02-08-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Child's Play
In "The General," Dublin crime legend Martin Cahill is a more archetypal figure than all the Arthurian heavyweights of director John Boorman's "Excalibur." [02-08-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Academy Award
In his brilliant new "Rushmore," director Wes Anderson goes a long way to restoring the charm to adolescence. [02-08-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Saving Private Lying
For "Private Confessions," Liv Ullmann gets to direct Max von Sydow and interpret Ingmar Bergman. [01-04-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Pen Pals
Brazilian director Walter Salles's "Central Station" puts you on a bus traveling down the road to salvation. [12-27-98]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

1998 Film In Review
1998's best films were nothing if not multicultural. [12-27-98]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Psycho Path
If Gus Van Sant had turned in "Psycho" as his senior thesis while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, he probably would have gotten a B-plus. [12-14-98]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Blood Simple
At its best, director Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan" evokes the bleak gothic misanthropy of Flannery O'Connor. [12-14-98]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Cycle of Life
Vittorio de Sica's classic -- and once controversial -- post-war masterpiece, "The Bicycle Thief," lives on at 50. [12-07-98]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Slime and Punishment
Director Peter Berg's "Very Bad Things" throws a wedding party for post-Monica America. [11-30-98]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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