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Review: The Dictator

Though his PR campaign might suggest otherwise, Sacha Baron Cohen has actually made (with director Larry Charles) a sweet movie, not unlike Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator , if less sentimental.
Surprisingly sweet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012
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The blockbusters bloom early in 2012

In keeping with the winter that never was, summer comes early this year — on movie screens, at least, if not meteorologically — with the big blockbusters that usually wait until Memorial Day now appearing in March.
Springboard to summer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Youth In Revolt

Juno continues to poison American independent cinema.
Michael Cera hardly revolutionary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010
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Review: Brüno

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno restores bad taste to its rightful place
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 10, 2009
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Please shut up!

How can we miss you if you won’t go away?
Our salute to a few of the most obnoxious people of the week
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 16, 2008
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Close shave

If it weren’t for his beloved turn as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Johnny Depp would best be known as the cinematic alter ego of Tim Burton.
Tim Burton’s latest is bloody good
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 18, 2007


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I scream, you scream

Kids still stream toward the siren song and that holy grail — frozen treats in paper packaging, paradise in the guise of a push-up pop.
A salute to ice cream trucks
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  August 27, 2007
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America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Worst in breed: Movies

Who are the unsexiest movies men of 2007?
The Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007
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The Mauss that roared

A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007


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Blades of Glory

Will Ferrell plays a redneck star athlete who’s dumb and adored and loses his trousers a lot and meets his match in an effete competitor.
Will Ferrell's glory days are over
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 29, 2007
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Stringer in a strange land

One principle of comedy is that something is funny if it’s us laughing at them, not the other way around. Watch the trailer for Borat (QuickTime) The anti-Borat: Ali G on DVD; Sergei Dvortsevoy at the HFA. By Gerald Peary
Is Borat laughing at you?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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Finding the balance

Barn Burning has been through a myriad of changes since releasing its debut, Weatheredbound , in 2003.
Barn Burning are tight and disjointed, loud and soft on Truck
By BOB GULLA  |  January 23, 2007
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The big sneer

On one level, predicting what the future holds for American pop culture is painfully easy. Just cast your eyes across the Atlantic to see what the European purveyors of reality television have on the drawing boards.
Welcome to pseudo reality, where the exotic is everything, characters are reduced to body parts, and viewers flatter themselves
By CHRIS LEHMANN  |  December 28, 2006

Feel-bad cinema

This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2006


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We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!

Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma?
Gawking and stalking
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 01, 2006
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My Ellen Willis

When I was a queer teenager in suburban New Jersey in the early 1960s, I decided that I wanted to be Susan Sontag.
Making sense of a woman who was always two or three steps ahead of the Zeitgeist
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  November 30, 2006
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Pedro, Borat, and a castrato

As usual, dedicated film critics were too occupied seeing four or five movies a day to note the swarm of A-list celebrities at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival.
The 31st Toronto International Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 20, 2006
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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 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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Ferrell behavior

Will Ferrell might spend a lot of his on-screen time with his pants off, running and screaming, but in person, promoting his new movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby , he can be as buttoned down as Tony Snow before the White House press cor
The star of Talladega Nights drives a hard bargain
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2006