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Review: The Ghost Writer
How odd that the two latest films by two of the world's greatest living filmmakers should be adaptations of bestsellers set on islands off the coast of Massachusetts.
Competent but dull
| March 05, 2010
Disclosure: not a dirty word
The City Hall e-mail scandal that has scored headlines in recent weeks exemplifies Mayor Thomas Menino's antagonistic — almost contemptuous — attitude toward public accountability.
Menino's shame and Kerry's blunder. Plus, Olympic follies.
| October 02, 2009
Review: In the Loop
Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless political satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent satiric competition with its sharp, sardonic screenplay and uncompromising cynicism.
Armando Iannucci wags the war
| July 24, 2009
Crossword: ''Fade to black''
Where the L did it go?
| March 05, 2008
On the national affront
Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
| December 19, 2007
Richard Pimentel has a lot put upon him: born to an interracial couple in the ’40s, he’s “the eighth miscarriage that lived."
A squad of sharply drawn outcast vets
| October 24, 2007
News and exposés about the Iraq war have been draining us mosquito-style over the years.
URI finds humor at the White House
| October 16, 2007
Though the press focuses on organization, tactics, and fundraising, campaigns are won by unifying ideas.
Candidates on both sides have yet to define their campaigns. Any ideas?
| September 19, 2007
Presidency of the absurd
In the literature of absurdity, torture is never far away.
Looking for insights into Bush’s torture policy? Try limericks, rhinoceroses, and a pistol-packing midget bicyclist
| August 01, 2007
The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair
Up to now the War in Iraq has differed from Vietnam in one respect: no black comedy.
Underscoring the insanity
| March 29, 2007
Vicenza to Washngton: No thanks
By next Christmas, 40 percent of the British presence in Iraq is expected home.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| February 28, 2007
Every tragedy reaches a point where mourning turns to kitsch. Watch the trailer for The Queen (QuickTime)
Mirren and Frears save The Queen
| February 20, 2007
From Vietnam to Iraq
Getting rid of defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was relatively easy compared with how painfully difficult it is going to be to get the United States out of Iraq.
Corrosive wars that destroy the social fabric of democracy and the institutional integrity of political life
| November 15, 2006
Theresa Rebeck’s new Mauritius makes philately seem almost as exciting as the activity it sounds like.
Mauritius ; Stuff Happens ; 9 Parts of Desire
| October 24, 2006
Off with their heads
The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
| October 20, 2006
Players and painted stage
It seems the fall theater season was shot from a gun this year, barely after the Labor Day picnic baskets had been packed away.
Fall on the Boston boards
| September 13, 2006
Good night, Mr. White
Phillipe and Jorge were mightily saddened last week when we learned of the death of longtime friend, confidante, and jokester Doug White right after our deadline.
A fond farewell to a local legend
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| August 23, 2006
The Pet Shop Boys
Coming off a soundtrack for Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and a UK-only hits collection (PopArt), Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe put out their first full album of new songs since 2002’s unfocused Release .
Fundamental | Rhino
| August 15, 2006
Anybody can edit
Wikipedians postulate and congratulate their way into the future of the Internet.
A weekend of Wikimania
IAN SANDS AND JESS MCCONNELL
| August 11, 2006
The real anti-Hillary stands up
According to John Edwards, America has too many politicians (focus-grouped, poll-obsessed, expedient) and not enough leaders (principled, candid, sincere).
John Edwards stakes his claim
| August 11, 2006
Kofi Annan’s would-be successors
Au revoir, Kofi Annan. Your term as United Nations secretary-general may run through this year, but you’re as good as gone.
Who ’ s got next?
| July 26, 2006
It’s April, supposedly the cruelest month, but after a winter that seemed like 150 days of March, how bad can it be?
2006: A first-quarter scorecard
| April 05, 2006
More mush from the wimps
The reaction to the call by Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to censure President Bush for violating national law by conducting warrantless domestic surveillance clearly demonstrates two things.
Shame on Democrats who fail to support Feingold’s call for censure
| March 29, 2006
The English Beat
A full house came out to see the English Beat play the Middle East downstairs a week ago Tuesday, many fondly recalling the 2-Tone, ska-rock heyday of the early 1980s, no doubt.
Classic and timeless
| March 27, 2006
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