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Review: The Invention of Lying

Gervais not inventive enough
In the world of this debut effort from Ricky Gervais, there are no movies. There’s only Lecture Films, a studio that produces pictures in which actors read from accounts of historical events.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 02, 2009

Review: Ponyo

Visually stunning, but leaves you shaking your head
In a film like Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki takes flight and creates his own seductive animated universe. When tied to a Disney fable about the environment and true love, he lurches from cliché to myth to things that just leave you shaking your head.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2009

Interview: Louis CK

Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009


Astrological musings on our next President and other political movers and shakers
Another Leo president. That's what we're getting with Barack Obama, and it's even good news on an astrological level.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 30, 2008

The Year of the Nerd

Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 24, 2008

Welcome to the PalinDome

One-stop shopping for humor mavericks
One-stop shopping for humor mavericks
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2008

Sarah, get your AK-47

The Alaska governor is dominating the election as we head into the fall — Why that is bad news for the Obama campaign
Ever since John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate, she has been the focus of the campaign.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 17, 2008

Gov. Darwin’s excellent misadventure

Palin may rally the right, but she doesn’t make the cut
Welcome to Casa Diablo, Alaska Governess Sarah Palin. Oh, and, wait for it . . . she doesn’t believe in evolution. Jackpot!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 03, 2008

Found farce

Spaced makes it to DVD
Simon Pegg is funny.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 05, 2008

Baby mama drama

Diverse city
I’ve been working to kick my heavy diet of mainstream media programming.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 25, 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

Baby Mama

Largely laugh-barren
Not even SNL’s whipsmart Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can save writer/director Michael McCuller’s pregnancy comedy from its fate as another condescending, self-congratulatory fantasy of maternal bliss.
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 23, 2008

Clips ahoy

The treasures of
This past February, Tina Fey returned to host Saturday Night Live and announced, in mock triumph, that the Writers Guild of America had struck a deal with the studios that would pay them for on-line content.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 22, 2008

Spring brakes

Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 2008

Uncertain Fey-t

30 Rock gives it another go
This time last year, who would have guessed that Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip would be dead by Emmy time and Tina Fey’s 30 Rock would be an Emmy winner?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 25, 2007

Being there

The Newport Fest thrives on location, location, location
Ten years ago at the premiere of the Newport International Film Festival, you didn’t have to be a psychic to foresee that the event would prove popular.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 30, 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

Smart girls

Veronica Mars and 30 Rock go to the head of the class
In its third year, Veronica Mars , late of UPN, joins the new CW network as the most critically praised show on its roster.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 12, 2006

Thursday night live

Fey and Baldwin Rock the house
Tina Fey, ex-head writer of Saturday Night Live , has created a sitcom that takes viewers behind-the-scenes of a SNL -style sketch comedy show. And turns out her show is funnier than the real thing.
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 05, 2006

Mick and more

The TV stars — and Jagger — come home to roost
Everyone’s coming out of the woodwork this season. Ted Danson, Calista Flockhart, John Lithgow, and Amanda Peet are among the actors prepping for an effusive back-to-TV homecoming, and even Mick Jagger will be on screen.
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 19, 2006

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