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Review: The Debt

Based on the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, the story weaves present and past together, with most of the action surrounding the fateful mission and the perilous web of duty, passion, and betrayal that still haunts the agents.
John Madden's smart, icy thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  September 02, 2011
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Packers, Steelers — wine?!

The Super Bowl is an event that was expressly created to test exactly how many plates of guacamole and nachos a person could consume in a nine-hour period. This occurs while observing an equally large number of commercials praising the same.
Super Bowl beverages
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  February 04, 2011
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Hidden in plain sight

In a larger new home and with its most impressive roster in years, the Maine Jewish Film Festival can already boast a successful 2010.
The Maine Jewish Film Festival explores identity
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY + DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010
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The 100 unsexiest men in the world

Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008
Impressions, Idolator and WTF?

Impressions, Idolator and WTF?


Special Ed does awful impressions, Maura Johnston from Idolator.com phones in and we check the WTF Line, (781) 595-1017!  
By Charlie  |  January 17, 2008
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First impressions

Say you’re at a party and some guy comes up to you.
Can Frank TV save a tired comedy staple?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 19, 2007


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Bogus Bess

“History,” Winston Churchill told us, “is written by the victors.”
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is leaden
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 10, 2007
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Galway House

Getting tired of reading about $40 steaks, $60 steaks, $120 Japanese Wagyu beef steaks?
Where 1950s specialities live at 1980s prices
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 03, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 14, 2007
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Listing forward

Like anyone who works a specific beat — sportswriters and political writers come to mind — media critics acquire lots of impressions, opinions, and stray observations that never actually make it into print, and yet they are worth musing over.
Sometimes a media critic just wants to herd a few cats
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  May 03, 2006
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Best buy?

Sony already ensured that I (and every other Boston critic) would be inclined to give this game a favorable review before even playing it, by putting David Ortiz — 2005’s real MVP — on the cover.
MLB ’06 is a line-drive double
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 30, 2006