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Review: The Dilemma

Such defining efforts as Cocoon and Apollo 13 seem light years away for Ron Howard after his meanderings in the pages of Dan Brown ( The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons ) and this tripe about men behaving badly.
Note to Vaughn: it's time to move on.
By TOM MEEK  |  January 21, 2011
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Cotton Candy | Top Notch & First Rate

Anyone who's seen Cotton Candy in person can attest that they're irresistibly camp and cute.
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By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 26, 2010
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The plots thicken

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009
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Interview: Jamie Foxx

"Until you get a chance to define another side of your career, people will always say, 'You're doing it as a hobby.' "
Jamie Foxx on acting, singing, comedy, and controversy
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  August 14, 2009
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Heaven and Hell

Tom Hanks is back as Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon, but the filmmakers have ditched the long hair and allowed Hanks to look like an early-fiftysomething (which he is) instead of The Da Vinci Code 's 40ish hipster wanna-be.
Angels & Demons has it all
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 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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Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2009
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Peter Morgan's Frost-Nixon

Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon at the Colonial
Keachy
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  February 03, 2009
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Martyr complex

This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009
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Regifting

Aurelia's Oratorio; All About Christmas Eve; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Aurelia's Oratorio; All About Christmas Eve; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 09, 2008
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Review: Frost/Nixon

Dick gets off easy in Frost/Nixon
Tricky flick
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2008


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Murder in six degrees

You’ve probably never heard of Peter Ivers.
Peter Ivers — pals with john Belushi to the Circle Jerks — was killed in 1983. A new book recalls his fascinating life — and mysterious death.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 10, 2008
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Believe it or not

Even the titles of his films are a little weird.
Interview: Guy Maddin tells the truth
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2008

June 2008


Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 30, 2008
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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
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The play’s the thing

A couple of weeks ago at the Oscars, the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film to go to an Austrian went to the wrong filmmaker.
 Interview: Michael Haneke on the rules of his Games
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2008


October 2007

It's October again, and the theme is harvest, harvest, harvest thanks to Venus and Saturn in Virgo.
Monthly forecast
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  October 02, 2007
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The goggles do nothing

On July 25th, The Simpsons Movie will hit theatres.
The 25 greatest movies in Simpsons history
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 25, 2007

Crossword: ''Lack of true substance''


There's no there there
By MATT JONES  |  June 06, 2007
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Con but not forgotten

The traditional Hollywood bio-pic reduces a famous life to a couple of platitudes, a two-hour narrative, a big-name star, and a few Oscars.
The Hoax pushes Hughes goods
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2007
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Stunted Development

Watching the third and final season of Arrested Development , out now on DVD, it becomes clear why the show didn’t find a larger audience.
The final season of Arrested Development on DVD
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 07, 2006


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Talent pool

Lady in the Water  is a fairy tale, so everything about it requires suspension of disbelief. Story ville: M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady . By Gary Susman
Lady in the Water makes a splash
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 19, 2006
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Da Vinci Code

You’d have expected this trio to arrive as a boxed set, but for reasons even Dan Brown might be hard-pressed to explain, the Da Vinci Code soundtrack is on Decca instead of Sony.
Three movie tie-in discs
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2006
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Tinkling symbols

That Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has become a worldwide phenomenon attests to the worldwide yearning for a better truth than the one we have.
Ron Howard illustrates The Da Vinci Code
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 19, 2006
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Queering the Code

With close to 60 million copies in print worldwide and a film version starring Tom Hanks opening on May 18, The Da Vinci Code is a galloping success.
Leonardo da Vinci’s work is coded, all right — as gay
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 17, 2006
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Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006


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The Simpsons 20 best guest voices of all time

The TV gods are smiling upon us.
Will Gervais join them?
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 29, 2006
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Seasonal adjustment

After weeks of tormenting audiences with gems like Failure To Launch and The Shaggy Dog , Hollywood seems ready to shake off the Oscar doldrums and unveil its spring collection.
Hollywood springs back
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006
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Crossword: 'trick or threat'

Swimming pool with a sewing kit dumped in it?
I'll go with the latter
By MATT JONES  |  March 02, 2006
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Aquamarine

Daryl Hannah can breathe easy — this mermaid tale based on Alice Hoffman’s book will do little to erase memories of Ron Howard’s Splash .
Mermaid fantasy has nothing to do with Splash
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 01, 2006