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'Vice', Dick Cheney, and the Satisfaction of the Deed Itself

Adam McKay's gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won't be compared to Shakespeare, but it shares the Bard's disinterest in supervillains' motivations.

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Goodbye Michael. Hello Cal?

As Michael Scott fades into reruns, can Steve Carell continue his climb to movie star status?

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Dear TV Executives: A Few New Years Resolutions Notes for 2011

Television executives should resolve to do a few things for me this year.

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The Dana Carvey Show

Dana Carvey had beloved characters like Garth and the Church Lady, and bankable impressions of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot in his repertoire.

Andrew Winistorfer
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The New Golden Age of British TV Comedy

Every once in awhile, Britain rules over America. The Office, Spaced, Coupling and other British shows are gradually narrowing the Atlantic-sized gap between the United States and England.

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Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.

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Get Smart

Get Smart makes rudimentary efforts to update, with passing references to terrorists, profiling, and inter-agency competition.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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Dan in Real Life

Dan's behavior is increasingly creepy -- possessive, obsessive, and utterly self-centered.

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Part 5 - Beyond the Envelope

The format forced the issue among cult and commercial products. And TV on DVD highlighted the cream of the creative, forward thinking crop.

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The Office

Next came a series of sitcom-ish moments that read like the white board from the writers' room.

Daynah Burnett
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The Office: Season Three

Fans met the news of an American adaptation of The Office with outright skepticism, but it's safe to say that the American version of The Office has lost little of the original's sense of unease in its portrayal of the American workplace.

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Evan Almighty (2007)

Evan Almighty is expertly forged to be a superficial audience friendly phenomenon, the kind of movie that has critics and the cultured scratching their heads over its continued success.

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The Office

The Office offers someone we can always laugh at: Michael (Steve Carell), arguably the most sympathetic asshole on television, ever.

Daynah Burnett
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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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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.

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Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006

You won't have to look far along your television dial to discover the Top TV picks from PopMatters staff. From 20 upward, each entry represents the boob tube at its best.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine is that rare comedic film that earns its laughs through textured characterizations and authentic, humanizing contradictions.

Kate Williams
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The Office

Michael's misguided efforts to ingratiate himself with his subordinates and all but force them to be his friends are the core of The Office's comedy.

Sean O'Neal
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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Even as Sheryl and Grandpa try to soothe little Olive, her father's "refuse to lose" credo creates a mountain of expectation.

Daynah Burnett
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Over the Hedge (2006)

The raccoon is shrewd, and the scenario he lays out -- all food, all the time -- is powerfully tempting.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Bewitched (2005)

As Jack goes overboard in usual Ferrellian fashion, Isabel's insistence that he is the perfect mate for her go-normal plan never makes sense.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Office

Aside from making its occupants physically uncomfortable, the office intensifies their confrontations, forcing them to butt heads without the chance for literal escape from conflict.

Kevin Wong
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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Here, a one-note title evolves into a 3-D landscape of guffaws and awws.

Samantha Bornemann
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004 (2004): Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Steve Carell, St

While Stewart makes no bones about his own preferences, Republicans, Democrats, and reporters all come in for the same rowdy treatment.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Bewitched (2005)

Like most movies starring Will Ferrell and all movies based on TV series, this one tries too hard.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Office

Whatever your thoughts on the new American remake of The Office, you have to give NBC credit for picking the right man for the job.

Christopher Sieving
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Anchorman -- The Legend of Ron Burgundy Giftset (2004)

Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.

Dan Devine
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Sputtering, Ron cites scientific fact to support his outrage: 'You're just a woman, with a small brain.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Office

The humor [of 'The Office'] is as dry as vermouth; next to it, the 'Dilbert' comic strip is 'The Man Show'.

Christopher Sieving

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