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Turning depression and anger at his spiraling personal life outward, Frank (Joel Murray) — with sidekick Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) — takes literal aim at the crasser forms of American pop culture.

'America': A Gleefully Violent Pop-Culture Pushback

In a black comedy taking aim at American popular culture, a middle-aged man with terminal cancer (Joel Murray) decides to kill lowlifes — including texting moviegoers and reality TV stars. Critic Ella Taylor says God Bless America is a one-trick pony, but delivers venomous cultural criticism.
A makeup artist demonstrates her skills at Monsterpalooza.

That's Not CGI: At Monsterpalooza, Monsters Are Real

As usual, this year's summer blockbusters will be stuffed with computer-created aliens, zombies or vampires. Not all filmmakers want virtual creatures, however; at Monsterpalooza, they make their monsters by hand.

'The Dictator' Rules With A Satirist's Fist

In his new film, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the authoritarian ruler of a fictional African nation.

Home Video Picks: 'Being John Malkovich'

Bob Mondello recommends the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of Being John Malkovich.

Johnny Carson: 'King Of Late Night,' A Man Unknown

Guy Raz talks with director Peter Jones about his documentary on Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Of 'Avengers' And The Other A-List

With Linda on vacation, an all-boys lineup discusses a big movie, bigger stars and happy things.

'Dark Shadows': A Remake Lacking Life And Luster

Johnny Depp plays a vampire in Tim Burton's adaptation of the vintage Gothic soap opera.

Pregnant And Puzzling Over How The 'Parts' Will Fit

A technologist still adjusting to her pregnancy goes on a road trip to visit family.

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