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Review: This Means War

What promises to be a modern Jules and Jim (until you realize it's directed by a 43-year-old who calls himself "McG") quickly devolves into Spy vs. Spy territory, only with incompetently staged and edited action and little of that ol' Mad magazine zing.
Spy vs. Spy territory
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 17, 2012
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Review: How Do You Know

It's strange that James L. Brooks should take so long to make his movies, since he started out writing for TV shows like That Girl and My Mother the Car .
Where's the Brooks of Broadcast News ?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 17, 2010
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Review: Monsters Vs. Aliens

Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) has it all: she's about to marry the love of her life and jet off to Paris.
A force to be reckoned with
By TOM MEEK  |  March 24, 2009
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Hope springs infernal

Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2009
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Four Christmases

Rather than the typical snowstorm that strands characters in a Holiday-themed comedy, it's heavy cloud cover that keeps San Francisco couple Brad and Kate from catching their flight to Fiji.
Tests the audiences' tolerance of grim cheer
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 25, 2008
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Rough justice

Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2008


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Frontrunners

Comparisons with Alexander Payne’s Election won’t fly.  
A very entertaining documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 21, 2008

Winnning ways

Some 4000 potential Elles exercised their saucy smarts in five cities across the country, with the best 50 coming to New York.
Legally Blonde ’s almost-leading ladies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2008
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New + old classics

As if freshly presenting stage classics isn’t challenging enough, new adaptations are in the lineups this fall at two companies, Trinity Repertory Company and the Gamm.
Life on the boards
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008
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Fall on the boards

There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 08, 2008
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Two and one

There’s something thrilling about the right harmony of opposite-sex voices, the meaning and emotion they can convey, the balance of power and grace.
Gypsy Tailwind debut a tremendous vocal pairing
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008


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Faithless Rendition

It’s ironic, and probably auspicious for its box office, that Rendition comes out a week after the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Khaled el-Masri.
A soapy plot tortures the truth
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 16, 2007
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Difficult people

As a reader of fiction, at this point in life I’m sort of in my late Imperial phase — a sensationalist, easily distracted, with a vulgar appetite for brilliance.
Tom Perrotta keeps his characters company through the bumps and bumbles of American life
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 03, 2007
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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
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Retro rocket

Andrew Fleming’s Nancy Drew kicks off with a mystery that eluded even our supersleuth.
Nancy Drew lifts off on screen
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 13, 2007
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Elvis Perkins

“I heard a sound when I was a child,” Elvis Perkins sings in “It’s Only Me,” a typically introspective folk-pop number from this debut album.
Ash Wednesday | XL
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 20, 2007


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Crossword: 'I'm allergic to this puzzle'


It's bound to get a bad reaction
By MATT JONES  |  May 10, 2006
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Brokeback breakdown

The most politically loaded Oscar race since Gandhi versus E.T. in 1982 seems to have come down to a contest between the gay-cowboy movie that isn’t really a gay-cowboy movie and the drama about racial conflict that’s really a glib exercise in screenwrit
Mountain ’s Oscar hopes come down with a Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006
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Hollywood gives Bush the finger

Except for a few agitators like Sean Penn and Barbra Streisand, people in Hollywood prefer to play down their liberal bent.
Why lefty films look good for Oscar
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006