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A Cappella Punk: What's Happening to Alternative Comedy in the US?

The DIY strategies and indie allegiances of recent alternative comedians reveal the spirit of punk to be alive and kicking beyond the music world.

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United States of Tara and Its Equally Dysfunctional Cable Neighbors

The Gregsons. The Botwins. The Henriksons. Most of my recent favorite TV families live on cable. But do they all have to be so dysfunctional? Blame the Sopranos.

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Buckling up for KFC's Double Down

I wanted to feel like a poor man’s Andrew Zimmern, a poorer man’s Anthony Bourdain, bravely about to embark on an edible adventure by eating KFC's bunless Double Down sandwich.

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The Best Of Dr. Katz

There aren’t many DVDs that can offer such a variety of established comics doing what they do best.

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Heathers & Sex and Death 101

In a few devastating gestures, Heathers makes Sex and Death 101 look like a wannabe -- a script in search of a director and a star to complete the clique.

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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is wholesome entertainment that everyone's going to be happy with because it pulls off the feat of managing to be hilarious and engaging while offending pretty much nobody.

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Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and Lollipops

This is not the Patton Oswalt from The King of Queens, this is the smart, funny Patton Oswalt that blows Kevin James out of the water.

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Reno 911!  - Miami (2007)

Rather than continue to play off their stock traits, the writers and cast of Reno 911!: Miami should have used the new locale to reveal deeper abysses of their ineptitude and richer shadings of their hypocrisies.

Michael Buening
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Ratatouille (2007)

Like the gourmet food it so exquisitely renders, one fears that the sensational Ratatouille will end up being a decidedly acquired commercial taste.

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Ratatouille (2007)

The exuberant voice performances in Ratatouille immerse the audience in its world, one enhanced by richly-colored, sophisticated animation and a lively score.

Daynah Burnett
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The King of Queens: The Complete Eighth Season

Romantic getaways might work for some couples, but maybe it's true what they say -- the couple that pole dances together, stays together.

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Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.

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Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner (Uncensored)

The show has comic moments (commenting on Shatner's weight gain, Ross says, "You have let yourself boldly go"), but the roast isn't so much funny as it is forced.

Jeremy Estes
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Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain

Patton Oswalt's audience exemplifies the politically opinionated but ultimately unmotivated young Left, who turned out to the polls in 2004 with the same low figures as they did in 2000.

Daniel Carlson
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