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Review: Argo

There are many heroes in Ben Affleck's spunky, polished political thriller. But the biggest hero is Hollywood itself.
Escapist cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Thin Ice

Brilliantly original in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Jill Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.
A little bit of this and that
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: City Island

In this harmless indie comedy, Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a macho patriarch with two mouthy kids and acting aspirations he conceals from his wife (Julianna Margulies) for fear of sullying his manly image.
Bronx jeer
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 02, 2010
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Review: Sunshine Cleaning

What lifts this tasty little dramedy above Sundance mediocrity is a pathos that overcomes all the "quirky" dysfunctional contrivance.
Not “completely pie free,” but close
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 18, 2009
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Control freaks

Back in the ’60s, those crafty cranks Mel Brooks and Buck Henry spun the red-scare spook biz into a sit-com full of wit and absurdity featuring rival agencies KAOS and Control.
Get Smart dumbs down
By TOM MEEK  |  June 17, 2008
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Matter of characters

Two men are on the phone.
In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007


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Hollywood Babel on

The Academy Awards is one of the few contests where the closeness of the race is in direct proportion to the lack of interest.
In a so-so Oscar field, the most pretentious wins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2007
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Little Miss Sunshine

Like little kids spouting dirty words in certain comedies, this film from first-time directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris undermines the subversive with the self-conscious. Watch the trailer for Little Miss Sunshine  (QuickTime)
Super freaks
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2007
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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

There comes a time when it’s best to leave that old Santa suit in the attic — especially now that the kids have grown up and gone away. Watch the trailer for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause  (QuickTime)
They should have stopped at 2
By TOM MEEK  |  November 08, 2006