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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

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 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

Play by play: July 24, 2009

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

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

Mon Meilleur Ami | My Best Friend

Yet another mismatched-buddy pairing
The set-up is so labored and unconvincing that it hardly matters when our hero latches onto Dany Boon’s trivia buff/cab driver.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  July 03, 2007

Reign Over Me

It’s a commonplace that real-world ugliness is the best kind of fodder for artistic beauty.
By RICHARD BECK  |  March 21, 2007

Who you callin’ a punk?

Down by law
Jamaica Plain–based freelancer and Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation staffer Steven Lee Beeber was waiting for a plane at the airport a number of years ago when his girlfriend let out a gasp.
By IAN SANDS  |  November 01, 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

TV personality

The career of Shooter McGavin, err, Christopher McDonald
This smarmy actor is most famous for his role in Happy Gilmore , but he shines (in an unctuous way) elsewhere, too.
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 13, 2006

The Obliterati

Politics and other mistakes
What if we could rid politics of all lies? What if candidates could be forced to admit their fabrications?
By AL DIAMON  |  July 06, 2006
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Thai-ing one on

Pom expands her Taste
Pom’s Thai, a lovely new place tucked away in a little strip mall on Western Avenue in South Portland, is worth the trip on its own merits.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 28, 2006


Gooey, Capra-esque plea for respectability from Sandler
In his latest and possibly most banal plea for respect, Adam Sandler plays an architect trying to juggle the demands of family and work. Watch the trailer for Click (QuickTime)
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  June 28, 2006

Get it while you can

Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006

Apocalypse now and then

Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006

Not ready for prime time

The 20 best and 20 worst performances from SNL alumni
With the release of yet another film starring former Saturday Night Live stars trying in vain to recapture the glories of their Lorne Michaels days - that would be The Benchwarmers starring David Spade and Rob Schneider
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 13, 2006

Grandma's Boy

Another warm turd from Adam Sandler’s production company, this stoner vehicle directed by Nicholaus Goosen follows Alex (co-producer/screenwriter Allen Covert) as the 35-year-old video-game tester gets evicted and ends up living with his sweet Grandma Lilly (Doris Roberts) and her two friends (Shirley Jones and Shirley Knight).
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  January 14, 2006

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