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Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade

Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
 Zeroes from the Aughts
By LASER ORGY  |  January 15, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Lambert works it, 50 blows it, Moz ends it

ADAM LAMBERT 's spicy AMA performance continues to dominate entertainment headlines, weeks after it first scandalized the nation — but why does America care what a man does with another man in the secluded privacy of the American Music Awards?
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: Old Dogs

Director Walt Becker re-teams with his Road Hogs star and apparent muse John Travolta for another execrable entry in the aging boomer buddy “comedy” genre.
Might be time to hang 'em up
By ALICIA POTTER  |  November 27, 2009
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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009

Crossword: ''Remember the date''

We'll make it three times as easy for you.
We'll make it three times as easy for you.
By MATT JONES  |  September 25, 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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Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait

"Not many people may know of my films, but I think they may have more legs than, like, a Kate Hudson movie."
Bobcat unleashes another not-so-funny comedy
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 04, 2009
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Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place.
Dusting off the same old display cases
By TOM MEEK  |  May 22, 2009

Alive and well

The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
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Review: World's Greatest Dad

Robin Williams is Will Hunting good in Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy about a failed novelist whose fantasy of becoming a literary lion comes true in a way that's just plain wrong.
You've read the mug — now see the movie!
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Wild Child

Like others who toil in the classroom (I’m a long-time film-studies professor at Suffolk University), I constantly fret over whether all those semesters of teacher talk have made a bona fide dent in students’ lives.
Learning curve, part I
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 04, 2009


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Were the World Mine

High School Musical 3 not quite the gay romp you were hoping for?
A clumsy, queer take on the Bard
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 03, 2008
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Going on sale: September 19, 2008

Barbara Morgenstern, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Los Straitjackets and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  September 17, 2008
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Learning curves

From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 06, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim

Kenyans are fast runners. They have endurance and can keep up with Mr. McCain. (Note: it’s Josh McCain, right? You might want to double-check that.)
We put visiting comics on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 15, 2008
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Words in action

Have you ever had one of those dreams where a lot of wacky things don’t make much sense, but your psyche is having such a good time pumping them out that you wake up shaking your head laughing?
Wild Porcelain lives up to its name
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007


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August Rush

Kirsten Sheridan’s movie is about Music: how Music connects all of us, how Music is everywhere, how all Music is uplifting, dammit, no matter what.
An antidote to intelligence and insight
By RICHARD BECK  |  November 20, 2007
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Bad will hunting

Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
Ben is back with Gone Baby Gone
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 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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Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007
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Potter-schmotter!

No reading required.
25 fantasy films that lock horns, swords, and wands with Harry Potter
By ELLEE DEAN AND MADDY MYERS  |  July 24, 2007


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License to wed

From its anonymous title down to every last moment of its pleading humor and shoehorned uplift, License To Wed is soaked in sloth and cowardice.
Sniveling toady of a film
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  July 03, 2007
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Scotch on the rocks

Billy Connolly regularly has sex with farm animals.
Billy Connolly perseveres with his ad-libbed life
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 31, 2007
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Golden anniversary

Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
The SF Film Fest turns 50
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 16, 2007
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Happy Feet

Taking up where March of the Penguins left off, George Miller’s animated film imagines penguins who find love based on their heart songs — songs from the soul that speak to the penguin they’re meant to be with. Watch the trailer for Happy Feet  (Q
Equals sappy feet
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 20, 2007
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Night at the Museum

“This is not worth $11.50 an hour,” blurts exasperated dreamer Larry Daley when his night-watchman job at New York’s Museum of Natural History takes on a life of its own. Watch the trailer for Night at the Museum  (QuickTime)
Matinee worthy, but not a dime more
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 28, 2006


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Guest appearance

Those who expect ingratiating clowning and motormouth shtick from Christopher Guest, funny-ha-ha filmmaker of Waiting for Guffman , Best of Show , and A Mighty Wind , guess again. In public, he’s deadpan and somber.
Comedy is hard in For Your Consideration
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 14, 2006
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Man of the Year

“The free world will be led by a comedian,” intones pundit Chris Matthews in Barry ( Wag the Dog ) Levinson’s latest fusion of humor and politics. Watch the trailer for Man of the Year  (QuickTime)
Not the movie of the year
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 11, 2006
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Life, examined

Solo performer Mike Daisey has been described as a cross between Noam Chomsky and Jack Black, Spalding Gray and Robin Williams and — my favorite — “Jackie Gleason meets Franz Kafka.”
Delving deeper with Mike Daisey
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2006
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Laughing allowed

When Norm Crosby says he “buried” pioneering television comedian Milton Berle, he’s being literal.
Norm Crosby comes home to the Boston Comedy Festival
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2006