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Review: Bernie

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
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012

Review: The Big Year

Dorky, obsessed with trivia, and badly dressed — birders get a bad rap.
The Big Year falls short
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

The original cast is back, but is there anything left to the story?

By BRETT MICHEL  |  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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010

Review: Brütal Legend

The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
Brutal is one way to put it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  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
By MITCH KRPATA  |  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.
By TOM MEEK  |  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
By 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?
By DAN CLARK  |  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.
By JON GARELICK  |  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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 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

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
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008

Crossword: ''Never A Good Sign''

Watch out for these
By MATT JONES  |  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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2008

Shaggy frog

Michel Gondry is not a household name.
Interview: Michel Gondry goes lo-fi
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 12, 2008

Primary concerns

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2007

Noah’s arc

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
By GERALD PEARY  |  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
By RICHARD BECK  |  October 15, 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

Black lights

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
By ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Warrior riffery

American metal has lost its heart. Who is keeping the tradition of warrior metal alive?
The Viking metal of Amon Amarth
By PHIL FREEMAN  |  February 27, 2007

The Holiday

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
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 21, 2006