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Will the future of Maine comedy include more of a female presence than in the past?

The club scene itself, it's still a boys' club.
Women's words
By LISA BUNKER  |  March 08, 2013

Tabloid Science(1)

Big Fat Post, the Daily Signal, and all the other rags.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 01, 2013

Groundfish special!

Folks, I'm just an American groundfish ...
By DAVID KISH  |  February 22, 2013

Winterize your life!

Learn to love that bastard snow. Or at least learn to tolerate it.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 15, 2013

Jonathan Levine returns to Providence, zombies in tow

Director Jonathan Levine is a genre guy. But he's never told it straight.  
Film Studies
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 25, 2013

Enlighten: Cure the asshole in your life

Just call 1-800-555-HOLE.

By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 25, 2013


Interview: Chris Gethard poolside

Chris Gethard calls The Chris Gethard Show (airing weekly on Manhattan public access) "a gang of weirdoes that hang out, take phone calls on way-too-personal topics, and execute crowd-sourced schemes . . . just because life should be more fun."

By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  January 18, 2013

Review: The Comedy

Many in the audience rankled as Rick Alverson's The Comedy played in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

By GERALD PEARY  |  December 07, 2012

Pope Cat is nervous

Blood is rushing to the head.
By KARL STEVENS  |  November 09, 2012

World's Oddest Pizza Toppings

Order up!
By DAVID KISH  |  November 09, 2012

The power of ignorant thinking(1)

It's cold out today. Ergo, global warming is a lie.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  November 09, 2012


Review: The Details

God is not in these details. Jacob Aaron Estes's black comedy gets so dark that it's not even funny.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012

Review: Smashed

Within minutes of arriving on screen, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) drunkenly wets her bed, sloppily teaches her kindergarten class, and wraps up a night of partying by smoking crack at the local homeless hangout.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 26, 2012

Forgive me, Great Pumpkin ...

For I have sinned.
By KARL STEVENS  |  October 26, 2012

Going Green Guide(1)

Save the environment! And maybe lose all of your friends in the process.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 26, 2012

Mad Horse opens new home with classic comedy

Charles P. Smith (Brent Askari) is in trouble. He has, according to his own closest advisor (Mark Rubin), "fucked up everything he's touched."
Playing at politics
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 19, 2012


Do you have the lamb special?

Sounds good.
By DAVID KISH  |  October 19, 2012

Minor League Pundits

Talking heads you've never heard of.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 12, 2012

Pachelbel's Spa

Just relax.
By DAVID KISH  |  October 12, 2012

Unusual soulmates in 2nd Story’s The Goat

Edward Albee has always managed to drill deeply into the human heart and not stop until he gets a gusher, never more so than in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Animal attraction
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012


Review: The Oranges

Julian Farino's inept, unfunny romantic comedy reprises The Graduate , 45 years later.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
Film: PitchPerfect

Review: Pitch Perfect

Jason Moore's musical doesn't hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect.

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 05, 2012

Pope Cat is getting a transmission!

... From an evil dimension!
By KARL STEVENS  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Vulgaria

"Your attention please," announces a voiceover at the start of the new movie from Pang Ho-Cheung.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 28, 2012

Interview: Comedian Brian Regan hears crickets

For seasoned stand-up and cult favorite comic goofball Brian Regan, life's embarrassments are inseparable from his routines.
Embarrassment of riches
By DANIEL MCCARTHY  |  September 28, 2012


Review: 10 Years

No one has had a better year than Channing Tatum.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  September 28, 2012

Review: Hotel Transylvania

Genndy Tartakovsky's crummy cartoon would suck under any circumstances, but its inadequacies are particularly glaring when it comes out the week before Tim Burton's macabre gem, Frankenweenie .

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  September 28, 2012

Review: Bachelorette

The premise might seem familiar: three 30ish high-school classmates — Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan), and Katie (Isla Fisher) — celebrate the impending nuptials of a fourth, Becky (Rebel Wilson).
Leslye Headland's debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 07, 2012

Interview: Ray Harrington returns to Maine

This weekend, the transplanted Maine stand-up comedian Ray Harrington appears for a weekend of shows at the Comedy Connection, performing a set that will be recorded for a forthcoming record on, as he puts it, a "legitimate label."
Writing from the stage
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 07, 2012