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Film: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Perhaps you've seen "Scrat's Continental Crack-Up," the animated short that debuted theatrically a year and a half ago featuring the sabre-toothed squirrel causing a prehistoric tectonic cataclysm as a result of his pursuit of an elusive acorn.
It's all been done
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 13, 2012

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

There's only one story, says the teacher near the end of this take-two of the Spider-Man franchise: who am I?
Only one story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012

A Tale of Two Towns

Charlestown was baptized in bloodshed. Yet this unique, fertile turf has been generally overlooked by Hollywood, which has preferred instead its old rival South Boston, the primary backdrop for Oscar winners Good Will Hunting and The Departed .
Renowned for its roguish history, Charlestown is finally getting Hollywood's attention
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 18, 2009

Review: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Directed by Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeier, the third go-round of the animated franchise — this time in 3-D — is as numbing as its geological era.
Pummeling awfulness
By ALICIA POTTER  |  July 03, 2009

Denis Leary

Why we suck. Here's why you suck, Leary. That book of yours is the most juvenile heap of taxi driver observations since, well, since “No Cure for Cancer.” But at least Leary took on funny roles back then; nowadays he just jerks off more firefighters than
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Jim Norton

Norton didn't just make this list because he's fat, bald, and repulsive. Opie and Anthony's third leg (as in giant phallus) wound up here for the same reason that we stuck Denis Leary. (No – not because he's an aggressive Irish shitnose who habitually re
Norton didn't just make this list because he's fat, bald, and repulsive. Opie and Anthony's third leg (as in giant phallus) wound up here for the same reason that we stuck Denis Leary. (No – not because he's an aggressive Irish shitnose who habitually recycles jokes.) Norton is unsexy because his book – I Hate Your Guts – is as funny its title.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


Wright stuff

The Comedy Hall of Fame picks a winner
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 11, 2008

Comedy central?

The local Boston comedy scene has, somewhat ironically, a lot of drama.
With all of the changes a’brewin’ on the local stand-up scene, audiences want to know: whaaaaat is the deeeeal with Boston comedy?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 17, 2008

Ding Ho home

Opening a comedy club in a Cambridge Chinese restaurant was a laughable idea unto itself.
Comedy benefit adds second show
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 30, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Dane Cook

I would probably call you a drunk ignoramus, that way you would have to go home and look it up.
A visiting comic in the hot seat

Punch lines

A tide of laughter breaks over comedian Eddie Brill as his high-speed spiel about an antic bar pick-up recounted in a string of clichés halts.
Eddie Brill and the Boston Comedy Festival
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 01, 2007


The Mauss that roared

A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007

Word to your cruller

“That was entertaining for about 10 seconds!” Vanilla Ice told one unfortunate competitor. “So was The Surreal Life !,” the dude spat back.
Vanilla Ice + ice coffee = karaoke mayhem at Copley
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 30, 2007

Unorthodox Jews

You won't hear feel-good Chanukah ditties in the style of the Leevees nor any pages out of Matisyahu's prayer book. This is a foul-mouthed, shtick-heavy act inspired by the borscht-belt comics and the seventies-era.
"Good for the Jews," the Paradise Lounge, December 16, 2006
By IAN SANDS  |  December 22, 2006

On the racks: September 12

Hard to believe it’s been over a decade since Basement Jaxx first scored a club hit with a little “Samba Magic.”
Basement Jaxx, Brazilian Girls, Black Keys, Junior Boys, and more. . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 13, 2006

Laughing allowed

When Norm Crosby says he “buried” pioneering television comedian Milton Berle, he’s being literal.
Norm Crosby comes home to the Boston Comedy Festival
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2006


Asia minor

In the early ’80s I often went to the Ding Ho, that ratty Inman Square excuse for a Chinese restaurant/comedy club, where I caught fabulous Boston comedians on the way up.
Ding Ho nights, Mongolian Ping Pong , Be with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 24, 2006

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Carlos Saldanha’s brilliantly animated but scarcely believable sequel must take the cake for sheer elapsed time.
The squirrel's cool, the rest, not so much
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 28, 2006