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Michael Cera Is Very Small

Dept. of Junkets
Meeting Michael Cera on a press tour feels like walking through a wooded glen and encountering a faun.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 16, 2010

Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Que Cera, Cera: From ink to screen, Scott Pilgrim shows no progress
Could Michael Cera be getting more vaporous with each repeat of his epicene screen persona?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2010

Review: Youth In Revolt

Michael Cera hardly revolutionary
Juno continues to poison American independent cinema.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2010

October lite

The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 2009
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Bottle rocket

Charlyne Yi is a hot date
Who exactly is Charlyne Yi? Two years ago, she appeared — seemingly from out of nowhere — in a brief but memorable turn in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. A closer look at Apatow's new Funny People , however, might provide a clue as to where he discovered her.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 07, 2009
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Love, truth and videotape

Paper Heart wears its heart on its sleeve
Is there anything more heartwarming than watching a little girl officiating at the marriage of two of her favorite dolls? Is there a purer form of love than the kind that a pre-pubescent might project onto the union of a plush Miss Piggy and a put-upon Kermit the Frog?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009

Review: Year One

Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 23, 2009

Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2009

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

A smart, refreshing teen romance
In what has been an excellent year for comedies, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist ensures that the young ’uns won’t be left out.  
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 01, 2008

Autumn peeves

Films with a full agenda
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2008

Funny business

As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2008

The cuteness surge

Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Erin Judge

We put a comic on the hot seat
Knocked Around: Superbad II , wherein Jonah Hill loves Michael Cera so much, it hurts.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 22, 2008

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Pregnant pause

Juno is in the family way
Jason Reitman’s film makes the most of a few great ideas.
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  December 12, 2007

Stand-up guys

Tim and Eric’s 15 minutes
“In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world,” wrote Schopenhauer, “and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 04, 2007

Wise asses

Some words with the class clowns of Superbad
With all the star power being trotted out in this summer’s would-be blockbuster comedies, how likely was it that the best would be Superbad ?
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 19, 2007

Are you Superbad?

VIDEO: An interview with Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
VIDEO: An interview with Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
By BOSTON PHOENIX VIDEO  |  September 19, 2007

Comic relief

Superbad  respects teens and comedy
I know it hasn’t escaped you how terrible comedies have gotten.
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 05, 2007

Stunted Development

The final season of Arrested Development on DVD
Watching the third and final season of Arrested Development , out now on DVD, it becomes clear why the show didn’t find a larger audience.
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 07, 2006

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