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Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin(1)

Kevin (Ezra Miller) may not have his father's eyes, but Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel rivals Rosemary's Baby , The Omen , and this year's Twilight installment as a negative advertisement for childbearing.
Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012
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Review: Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

It's standard sitcom stuff, and if homeopathic remedies by way of coprophilia aren't your idea of comedy, you'd best steer clear of this shit.
Adult Swim 's cult comedy duo
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Carnage

As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
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Review: Terri

Credit indie director Azazel Jacobs for building a case for Terri, so that — without manipulation or sentimentality — we begin to appreciate the clumsy lad at the same time that he starts to shed his self-loathing.
Subtle, sweet, and eccentric
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Cedar Rapids

In his fourth film, aspiring maverick director Miguel Arteta ( Chuck & Buck ; Youth in Revolt ) follows Capra deeper into the cornfield with this slyly complex and broadly comic farce about innocence, corruption, and the gray areas between.
Conventional wisdom
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: Cyrus

Helicoptering parents and stay-at-home adult children have been popular issues of late, and at first, the Duplass Brothers' third feature (and their first made with a studio) seems poised to exploit them.
Umbilical discord: The Duplass Brothers get Oedipal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010


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Interview: Mark and Jay Duplass

"We took our caveman process and our telepathic speak and we had to learn how to share it with 70 crew members and a studio . . . "
The  Cyrus writer-directors keep it simple
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

You’ve seen it all before: a boy with a special destiny tangles with the occult and gets sucked out of his normal life and into the twilight realm of the supernatural, in the process setting the stage for paranormal war between good and evil.
Harry Potter  it ain’t, but it’s fun all the same.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 30, 2009
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Interview: Lars von Trier of Antichrist

Maybe it’s the blurring effect of the Skype technology through which I’m interviewing him as he sits worried and Buddha-like in his headquarters in Denmark (he has a phobia about airplanes, among other things), but Lars von Trier seems like an okay guy.
The director on the redeeming qualities of Antichrist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009
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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Step Brothers

Step Brothers should answer any doubts as to whether Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are cinema’s reigning lovable losers.
Farting sets the standard of good taste
By TOM MEEK  |  July 23, 2008


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The Promotion

Reilly is an actor who excels at both realism and caricature — too bad the director doesn’t have the chops to take advantage either way.
A bumpy seesaw ride
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 11, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008
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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Stupid? Sure, but laced with a strange sense of logic.
Easy jokes? Absolutely
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 19, 2007
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Yule appeal

Aimee Mann has written many songs about heroin addiction so it’s pretty remarkable — even comic — that she launched a Christmas variety show last year.
Aimee Mann’s Christmas show hits the road
By COLE HADDON  |  December 10, 2007
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Rock and roles

A good number of the jokes in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story are available for your amusement right now, well ahead of the film’s December 21 theatrical-release date.
Dewey Cox and Rufus Wainwright
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2007


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Stand-up guys

“In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world,” wrote Schopenhauer, “and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
Tim and Eric’s 15 minutes
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 04, 2007
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Sending in the clowns

It sounds like John McCauley hasn’t had a sip of water in months.
Deer Tick’s whiskey-guzzling theater
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 31, 2007
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Year of the Dog

There’s almost nothing sadder than neglected dogs awaiting their fates.
Not too mangy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 18, 2007
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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
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Blue movie?

Despite what the people behind Talladega Nights might tell you, the film makes its target audience — NASCAR fans, rednecks, Red Staters of various descriptions — look like a bunch of idiots. Watch the trailer for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky
Talladega Nights will have some seeing red
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2006


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Patty Larceny

When I started off on the "summer of schlubs," I made a couple of rules.
The career of Patricia Clarkson
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 06, 2006
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Prairie state

I never listened to more than a few minutes of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion .
Altman spins Keillor’s Companion piece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2006
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Streep daze

Hollywood came to Boston last week.
The actress gets toasted (and roasted) and the Coolidge
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 14, 2006
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Sundance kids?

Phooey on the narrative-film judges at Austin’s 13th South by Southwest Film Festival for bestowing awards on suffocatingly conventional movies.
Our man at SxSW
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 31, 2006