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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 02, 2009
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2009

Crossword: ''Fade to black''


Where the L did it go?
By MATT JONES  |  March 05, 2008
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On the national affront

Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  December 19, 2007
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Music Within

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
By TOM MEEK  |  October 24, 2007


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Good Stuff

News and exposés about the Iraq war have been draining us mosquito-style over the years.
URI finds humor at the White House
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2007
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Rallying cries

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?
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 19, 2007
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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
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 01, 2007
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 29, 2007
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Vicenza to Washngton: No thanks

By next Christmas, 40 percent of the British presence in Iraq is expected home.
Americans abroad
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 28, 2007


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Royal pain

Every tragedy reaches a point where mourning turns to kitsch. Watch the trailer for The Queen (QuickTime)
Mirren and Frears save The Queen
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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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
By EDITORIAL  |  November 15, 2006
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Stamping grounds

Theresa Rebeck’s new Mauritius makes philately seem almost as exciting as the activity it sounds like.
Mauritius ; Stuff Happens ; 9 Parts of Desire  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 24, 2006
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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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006
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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  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2006


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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  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 23, 2006
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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
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  August 15, 2006
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Anybody can edit

Wikipedians postulate and congratulate their way into the future of the Internet.
A weekend of Wikimania
By IAN SANDS AND JESS MCCONNELL  |  August 11, 2006
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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
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 11, 2006
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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?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 26, 2006


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Schmucks unlimited

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
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  April 05, 2006
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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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 27, 2006