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Larry Charles


Wednesday, January 6 2010

The Worst Films of 2009

What does it say about the last 12 months that two of the year's biggest blockbusters also find residence near the top of our annual compilation of cinematic abominations? Oh, and the rest are pretty rotten as well.

Tuesday, April 28 2009

Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

Tuesday, September 9 2008

Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

Wednesday, January 10 2007

The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.


Tuesday, May 15 2012

'The Dictator' Seeks Global Glory

It's not surprising that the movie's comedy is rambunctious or its politics obvious. But none of it is especially smart either.

Friday, July 10 2009


In Brüno, most of the stunts feel staged, more like The Hills than Cultural Learnings.

Thursday, October 2 2008


Certainty grants Bill Maher an easy target, especially as he is, he says, selling doubt: "That's my product."

Wednesday, April 11 2007

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borat is a comedy of errors, in more than one sense, but certainly not one without merit.

Thursday, November 2 2006

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borrowing from Andy Kaufman, John Waters, and Steve-O, Borat delights in irreverence and abuse.


Friday, August 31 2012

Cohen Cashes In: 'The Dictator' (Blu-ray)

(I)nstead of milking the obvious, Cohen goes for outside the box targets, and almost always hits his mark.

Friday, May 11 2012

'The Dictator' Rules!

Instead of aiming for the prejudice or stupidity of its unsuspecting marks, this movie goes back to the typical film comedy formula, and comes up a winner.

Saturday, November 14 2009

Brüno (2009): Blu-ray

All Brüno has is its hit or miss nature, and for the most part, the targets are too easy and often sideswiped instead of struck head on.

Friday, July 10 2009

'Brüno' Beleagured by Same Old Shtick

Ridiculing American rubes is like shooting dead, motionless fish in a barrel filled with Jell-O. The only "genius" involved is getting the public to buy it as scandal.

Thursday, October 2 2008

'Religulous' Mocks the Mockable

There are certain unwinnable arguments in life, debates where no one side can claim clear victory. Argue over abortion, and see how staunch either position


Tuesday, February 17 2009

Bill Maher tries to get religion in 'Religulous'

When President Barack Obama said in his inaugural address that "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers," satirist Bill

Thursday, October 30 2008

Audiences turn a deaf ear to preachy Hollywood films

Used to be, going to the movies was a way to escape the bustle and stress of the real world for a couple of hours.

Thursday, October 2 2008

Bill Maher hopes to get people thinking with his tirade against organized religion

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Never let it be said that Bill Maher ran away from a fight. The comic and cultural critic is famous for questioning

Monday, September 29 2008

The irreverent Bill Maher takes on religion with 'Religulous'

TORONTO -- Bill Maher had to face down protests when he showed up at the premiere of "Religulous" at the Toronto International Film Festival a

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