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Review: The Watch

The Watch is hard to watch.
A lapse in good taste
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 03, 2012

Review: Tower Heist

Ruth Madoff's 60 Minutes interview last week might as well have been set up by the makers of Tower Heist .
Employees plot to take back what was rightfully theirs from an embezzling billionaire
By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 11, 2011

Using art to transform the Harvard Museum of Natural History — for one night

While visiting Berlin's Museum Für Naturkunde, Boston architect Lisa Haber-Thomson felt a pang for a simpler era.
Animal house
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 01, 2011

Review: Little Fockers

Mean Streets , Taxi Driver , and . . . Little Fockers ?
A transparent cash grab for everyone involved
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 24, 2010

Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010

Review: Greenberg

Why does she put up with him? Why, for that matter, should anyone in the audience?
A spurious man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010


Interview: Judd Apatow

Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
On the making of his Citizen Kane
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009

Festival atmosphere

Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009

Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place.
Dusting off the same old display cases
By TOM MEEK  |  May 22, 2009

Review: I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man starts up where He's Just Not into You left off, with some poor emasculated bastard being sacrificed to some clinging, needy, borderline psychotic bitch at the altar.
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel subvert stereotypes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 17, 2009

Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008

Ben Stiller loves Travis too!

Ben Stiller loves Travis too!

See, I'm not the ONLY Travis fan left.  There's Paul Driscoll, the barista from Starbucks, an...
By Fletcher  |  November 25, 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

It’s a light entertainment that can cash in with election-weary audiences.
An uninspired sit-com packed with Hollywood stars
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008
Separated at birth again!

Separated at birth again!

Kenny Florian and Ben Stiller are dead-ringers for one another. Don't you agree?
By Charlie  |  August 15, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Despite a few soft spots along the way, Thunder combines the dark absurdity of Stiller’s underrated Cable Guy with the unrestrained dumbness of his Zoolander .
Tropic Thunder is stupid-funny
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008

Cock and bull?

Americans will finally know who Steve Coogan is.
Interview: Not if it’s British actor Steve Coogan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 11, 2008


Surfing the tube on Turkey Day

Here’s a sign of the times for you: this year’s Thanksgiving television offerings are getting pretty, uh, not classic. And pretty tweeny...
Tryptophan hangover
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2007


All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007

The Heartbreak Kid

The only honor the remake is likely to vie for is “most athletic sex scene” at the MTV Movie Awards. That, or “most audible queef.”
Dragging out funny
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 03, 2007

War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

Kong maker

Seth Gordon’s The King of Kong poses a microcosm of America. A very tiny microcosm.
Seth Gordon learns the rules of the game
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


Presidency of the absurd

In the literature of absurdity, torture is never far away.
Looking for insights into Bush’s torture policy? Try limericks, rhinoceroses, and a pistol-packing midget bicyclist
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 01, 2007

Background chatter

Thanks, Ricky Gervais, for getting the dread “A” word into the open: ATHEIST!
Ricky Gervais’s hilarious Extras
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 06, 2007

Night at the Museum

“This is not worth $11.50 an hour,” blurts exasperated dreamer Larry Daley when his night-watchman job at New York’s Museum of Natural History takes on a life of its own. Watch the trailer for Night at the Museum  (QuickTime)
Matinee worthy, but not a dime more
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 28, 2006

Only in The Movies

The Movies , released by Activision in late 2005, is a video game that lays out a simple, beautiful tool set that empowers its players to create their own films.
A virtual movie studio gives hope to gamers who really want to direct
By IAN MAISEL  |  August 11, 2006

Get it while you can

A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006