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Review: Brüno

Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno restores bad taste to its rightful place
Candide camera
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 08, 2009

Please shut up!

Our salute to a few of the most obnoxious people of the week
How can we miss you if you won’t go away?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 16, 2008

Close shave

Tim Burton’s latest is bloody good
If it weren’t for his beloved turn as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Johnny Depp would best be known as the cinematic alter ego of Tim Burton.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 18, 2007

I scream, you scream

A salute to ice cream trucks
Kids still stream toward the siren song and that holy grail — frozen treats in paper packaging, paradise in the guise of a push-up pop.
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  August 27, 2007

America Blows

Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 14, 2007

Worst in breed: Movies

The Unsexiest men 2007
Who are the unsexiest movies men of 2007?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

The Mauss that roared

Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007

Blades of Glory

Will Ferrell's glory days are over
Will Ferrell plays a redneck star athlete who’s dumb and adored and loses his trousers a lot and meets his match in an effete competitor.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 29, 2007

Stringer in a strange land

Is Borat laughing at you?
One principle of comedy is that something is funny if it’s us laughing at them, not the other way around. Watch the trailer for Borat (QuickTime) The anti-Borat: Ali G on DVD; Sergei Dvortsevoy at the HFA. By Gerald Peary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Finding the balance

Barn Burning are tight and disjointed, loud and soft on Truck
Barn Burning has been through a myriad of changes since releasing its debut, Weatheredbound , in 2003.
By BOB GULLA  |  January 23, 2007

The big sneer

Welcome to pseudo reality, where the exotic is everything, characters are reduced to body parts, and viewers flatter themselves
On one level, predicting what the future holds for American pop culture is painfully easy. Just cast your eyes across the Atlantic to see what the European purveyors of reality television have on the drawing boards.
By CHRIS LEHMANN  |  December 28, 2006

Feel-bad cinema

Gerald Peary's year in movies
This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2006

We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!

Gawking and stalking
Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma?
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 01, 2006

My Ellen Willis

Making sense of a woman who was always two or three steps ahead of the Zeitgeist
When I was a queer teenager in suburban New Jersey in the early 1960s, I decided that I wanted to be Susan Sontag.
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  November 30, 2006

Pedro, Borat, and a castrato

The 31st Toronto International Film Festival
As usual, dedicated film critics were too occupied seeing four or five movies a day to note the swarm of A-list celebrities at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 20, 2006

Fall back

This season, Hollywood lives in the past
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Blue movie?

Talladega Nights will have some seeing red
Despite what the people behind Talladega Nights might tell you, the film makes its target audience — NASCAR fans, rednecks, Red Staters of various descriptions — look like a bunch of idiots. Watch the trailer for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (QuickTime) Ferrell behavior: The star of Talladega Nights drives a hard bargain. By Peter Keough
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2006

Ferrell behavior

The star of Talladega Nights drives a hard bargain
Will Ferrell might spend a lot of his on-screen time with his pants off, running and screaming, but in person, promoting his new movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby , he can be as buttoned down as Tony Snow before the White House press corps.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2006

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