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Review: A Thousand Words

"What happens when all the leaves fall off?" celebrity guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) asks Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) after a Bodhi tree has magically sprouted in Jack's backyard.
The latest opus from auteur Brian Robbins
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 16, 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

Coming soon to a fake IMAX near you

The first torture-porn-porn!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 28, 2010

Silly season

Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
Spring pimps for summer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010

Interview: Leonard Nimoy

If Leonard Nimoy’s acting work had been limited to that deliriously crazy music video for “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” he’d probably still be celebrated by a lot of us.
Hot Vulcan
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  November 13, 2009

Review: Imagine That

Eddie Murphy proves he doesn't need a fat suit to play soft in Karey Kirkpatrick's surprisingly nuanced family comedy.
Forces you to follow its eponymous directive
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 12, 2009

31. Tyler Perry

If we wanted an endless barrage of stereotypical black characters passing gas on one another, we wouldn't have stopped watching Eddie Murphy movies.
If we wanted an endless barrage of stereotypical black characters passing gas on one another, we wouldn't have stopped watching Eddie Murphy movies.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009
The Package, P-Nut, WTF and The Finisher

The Package, P-Nut, WTF and The Finisher

We speak to #21 Andrew "The Package" Ference, P-Nut of 311 in honor of 311 day, clear out ...
By Charlie  |  March 11, 2009

Crossword: ''Just do it''

Where the action is
By MATT JONES  |  December 31, 2008

Role Models

The movie, populated by improv/stand-up veterans in supporting roles, is more about its episodic parts than about the cinematic whole they yield.
A respectably quirky buddy flick
By PETER HYMAN  |  November 05, 2008


Meet Dave

Murphy gives it his best shot, but the humorless script and the overuse of funhouse FX by director Brian Robbins implode Dave on the launch pad.
A humorless ET-tale
By TOM MEEK  |  July 16, 2008

Pole sitter

Speaking to the legendary German filmmaker is like speaking to God.
Interview: Werner Herzog ponders the end of the world
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

Experiment illness

The good news is that it doesn’t appear RJ’s insistence on artistic challenge will be his undoing.
RJD2 at Paradise Rock Club, May 3, 2008
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2008

Can Britney rise again?

The first movie star was a woman named Florence Lawrence.
It’s tough to be a celebrity on the skids, but even a ‘ticking time-bomb’ can stage a convincing comeback
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 18, 2007


Can you fault a Second City 35-year-old Gap-shilling rapper for wanting to make elevator hip-hop for Second City 35-year-old Gap-wearing yuppies?
Finding Forever | Geffen
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 14, 2007


Daddy Day Camp

Because even Eddie Murphy had better things to do, Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this mess of a sequel.
Predictability ensues
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  August 07, 2007

Still nasty

“I think a lot of our music got overshadowed by the girls,” says legendary DJ Mr. Mixx of 2 Live Crew.
How 2 Live Crew blew up from hip-hop comedy act to multi-platinum provocateurs
By BRIAN COLEMAN  |  July 18, 2007

Putting the ‘art’ in ‘fart’

Everybody poops.
‘Pull My Finger’ explores the dark vortex where comedy and poop jokes meet
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 06, 2007

'Tis the season

Yeah, yeah, summer . Go outside, hone your tan, toss a Frisbee, blah blah blah.
To stay inside and watch awesome movies
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 28, 2007

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



The chorus has been singing for months now: Bill Condon’s can’t-miss adaptation of Tom Eyen & Henry Krieger’s 25-year-old Broadway musical is roaring into theaters to save a lackluster fall. Watch the trailer for Dreamgirls (QuickTime)
No-town Motown
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2007


If there’s no limit to your love of fat jokes, this is the movie for you. Watch the trailer for Norbit (QuickTime)
Filled with stereotypes only Hollywood could love
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 14, 2007

Babel rousers

It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 17, 2007

Fractured fairy tales

Times are tough when the Dream Factory has a better grip on what’s going on than the people in Washington.
Fantasy and reality compete for the box office in 2007
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006

Smart girls

In its third year, Veronica Mars , late of UPN, joins the new CW network as the most critically praised show on its roster.
Veronica Mars and 30 Rock go to the head of the class
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 12, 2006


The future of an illusion

When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006

Crossword: 'Make your own attack ad'

Visual effect to use when showing your opponent
. . . in five easy steps
By MATT JONES  |  May 31, 2006

Not ready for prime time

With the release of yet another film starring former Saturday Night Live stars trying in vain to recapture the glories of their Lorne Michaels days - that would be The Benchwarmers starring David Spade and Rob Schneider
The 20 best and 20 worst performances from SNL alumni
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 13, 2006

Grow jobs

Until a few years ago, Tom Hubbard didn't put much stock in penis enlargement.
  Why penis enlargement is poised to become the next big thing
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  March 27, 2006