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Review: Here Comes The Boom

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 18, 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 PETER KEOUGH  |  September 28, 2012

Review: That's My Boy

'90s pop culture
Director Sean Anders does nothing to mop up this gross-out comedy mess about a middle-school boy who gets molested by his teacher and ends up raising their love child — with disastrous results.
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  June 21, 2012

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Responses to the Unsexiest Men of 2011

Letters and comments to the Boston Phoenix editors, December 16, 2011
After we posted our list of the 100 Unsexiest Men of 2011, defenders and detractors of our rogue's gallery came pouring out of the woodwork from all corners of the Web to let us know what they thought of our rankings.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 16, 2011
Jack and Jill: Short Take

Review: Jack and Jill

Easily Sandler's worst film
Director Dennis Dugan's second Adam Sandler vehicle of the year turns out to be even worse than Just Go with It.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 15, 2011
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Review: Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star

Swardson just doesn't rise to the occasion
Of course there are copious gags about penis size and bodily fluids, but Bucky Larson could also have been a decent spoof of the porn industry, especially after Don Johnson enters the picture.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 13, 2011

Review: Just Go With It

Alert social services: this movie is an exercise in abuse
Has Jennifer Aniston's career gone so far off track that she needs to slum in this year's Dennis Dugan–directed Adam Sandler vehicle?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 15, 2011

Review: Grown Ups

Puerile adult humor ensues
For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 24, 2010

Review: SPACE's annual Dead of Winter

Music Seen
February 13, SPACE Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 17, 2010

Fiction of her dreams

Politics and other mistakes
If you promise to read this column all the way to the end, I'll give you $50,000.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2009
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Special delivery

The subtle genius of Norm MacDonald
For the last two decades, comedian and SNL alum Norm MacDonald has been firing off on pop culture and sharing life observations with his disarming deadpan delivery and signature subtleties through a stoner Canadian accent and nasal drawl.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 19, 2009

Play by play: July 31, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 29, 2009

Review: Funny People

Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
What if Terms of Endearment had had more dick jokes?
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 29, 2009

Interview: Judd Apatow

On the making of his Citizen Kane
Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 29, 2009

Play by play: July 24, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 22, 2009

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Springer vs. Nero!

Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 10, 2009

Old gold

The Dunnas and Wasted Talent are in it for life
If everybody else can be a Toys "R" Us kid until he or she qualifies for discount coffee, why the hell should rappers have to grow up?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 05, 2009

Master P's Theater

Local video editor Paul Proulx has built a following by paying homage to Hollywood's coolest directors. So why is YouTube all up in his grill?
"It's quite simple, really," Dr. Branom tells Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange . "We're just going to show you some films."  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 20, 2009

Review: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

An early contender for worst of the year
If you find the sight of a grown man rolling around the mall on a Segway hilarious, this is the movie for you.
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 20, 2009

Review: Bedtime Stories

Sandler reassures his audience
Adam Sandler returns to his simpering manchild persona in this witless ode to "imagination" directed by Adam Shankman.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 23, 2008

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Bad accents and infantile humor
The funniest moment in this benighted Judd Apatow project was in the trailer.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 04, 2008

Shaw business

The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008

Prom Night

 A bloodless slasher flick
The original Prom Night (1980) wasn’t all that original.
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008

Strange Wilderness

Lazy, lazy, lazy
Gaulke and Wolf (the actual ones) might have greater difficulty saving their careers.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 06, 2008


Politics and other mistakes
All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007

Handle with care

The Demons' life lessons
Drama is basically about the conflicts people have when they try to get what they want and other people get in the way.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 21, 2007

Crossword: ''Let's have dessert outside''

Mmmmmm, better than pie
Mmmmmm, better than pie
By MATT JONES  |  August 15, 2007

I Now Pronounce You Chuck + Larry

Mainstream gay-marriage endorsement
Who knew that Adam Sandler had a political movie in him?
By TOM MEEK  |  July 24, 2007

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