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So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
Everybody loves Bernie
| May 18, 2012
Review: The Big Year
Dorky, obsessed with trivia, and badly dressed — birders get a bad rap.
The Big Year falls short
| October 14, 2011
Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Like cheap knockoffs of designer goods, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck's excruciating comedy bears a superficial resemblance to the pricey originals it imitates.
Gross and unfunny
| September 02, 2011
Review: Kung Fu Panda 2
The original cast is back, but is there anything left to the story?
| May 27, 2011
Review: Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift's epitaph reads, "Where savage indignation can no longer lacerate his breast." Rob Letterman's adaptation of the great man's satire might nonetheless have him spinning in his grave.
This travesty is so pitiful, it isn't even worth getting indignant over
| December 24, 2010
Review: Brütal Legend
The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
Brutal is one way to put it
| October 16, 2009
Delay of game
Splinter Cell: Conviction , BioShock 2 , Heavy Rain — these are just some of the eagerly awaited titles that won't be coming to your video-game console this fall.
With some big names shelved, 10 releases to watch for this fall
| September 18, 2009
Review: Year One
Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
| June 26, 2009
39. Jack Black
That Prop 8 musical was brilliant, and it even reminded us of those genius turns on Mr. Show with Bob and David. But he whose first and last name rhymes with “hack” can't play both ends of the cool continuum – especially if fucktard doesn't pull those da
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
Class of the Titans
Hypothesis: If a band perform a tribute to a parody musical act, does it create a meta-textual black hole from which no form of entertainment can escape?
| December 23, 2008
Fourth quarter earnings
Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
| December 16, 2008
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
| December 08, 2008
Here comes the Whambulance
The Baltimore loft once known as Wham City is long dead, its inhabitants evicted in 2007, but the twisted DIY art movement it housed has flourished nonetheless.
Mass Art hosts the Baltimore Round Robin Tour
| October 01, 2008
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
| August 13, 2008
Out of Africa
Writing about Extra Golden, you’re tempted to focus on the novelty: two indie-rock dudes taking off to Nairobi to jam with a pair of benga masters sounds like the premise for some awful Jack Black movie. (Please don’t please don’t.)
Extra Golden swipe their visas
| July 22, 2008
Crossword: ''Never A Good Sign''
Watch out for these
| June 18, 2008
Kung Fu Panda
The thin script is light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action.
A colorful wuxia comedy
| June 04, 2008
Michel Gondry is not a household name.
Interview: Michel Gondry goes lo-fi
| February 20, 2008
Be Kind Rewind
This isn’t Gondry’s best work — it’s too unstructured, labored when it begs to soar.
A shambling charmer
| February 20, 2008
Hot for teacher
Jack Black may have popularized the notion of a fantasy school of rock, but for 3200 students at 40 schools around the country, the School of Rock is very real.
Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes joins the School of Rock
| February 12, 2008
The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
2008 releases offer campaign reform
| December 28, 2007
Bride and prejudice
Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale marked him as the reigning bard of disaffected 16-year-olds from privileged, culturally elite, miserably broken families.
Margot has snob appeal
| November 20, 2007
William Faulkner conceived The Sound and the Fury from a mental picture of a pair of women’s underpants dangling on a clothesline.
Baumbach from Squid to Margot
| November 20, 2007
Heavy metal overdrive
Metal can be one of pop’s funniest, loudest, most compelling genre exercises.
High on Fire, Middle East Downstairs, October 11, 2007
| October 15, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
Grids pulsed behind them on three screens, and Matthew Bellamy keened softly, “You will burn in Hell.”
Cold War Kids + Muse, Agganis Arena, August 11, 2007
| August 13, 2007
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
| April 14, 2007
American metal has lost its heart. Who is keeping the tradition of warrior metal alive?
The Viking metal of Amon Amarth
| February 27, 2007
A reminder to all producers: alluding to iconic romantic comedies in a bid for legitimacy can be a dangerous game, even when you have appealing stars. Watch the trailer for The Holiday (QuickTime)
A safe box office bet
| December 06, 2006
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
I’m a Jack Black fan — let’s get that out of the way. Watch the trailer for Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (QuickTime)
For hardcore fans
| November 21, 2006
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