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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
Review: Elena

Review: Elena(1)

Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012
Youth Lagoon

Contemplating the self with Youth Lagoon

Knowing what kind of wall hangings a musician had as a child doesn't always offer clues about his adult personality, but in the case of the Boise-situated creator of hazy pop project Youth Lagoon, Powers's posters provide handy visuals when listening to
Poster child
By REYAN ALI  |  March 30, 2012
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For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
The working homeless
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 09, 2012
Dark Past

Brite Futures | Dark Past

A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
Turnout (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 27, 2012
the Solstice Circus winter 2011

Photos: Solstice Circus welcome winter at Plough & Stars

Solstice Circus celebrated this year's winter solstice at Plough & Stars in Cambridge on December 22, 2011.
Solstice Circus | Plough & Stars | December 22, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 30, 2011


The year ahead in sports

The year ahead in sports

It seemed for every hail Mary, walk-off homer, and buzzer beater in 2011, the sports pages had a story on work stoppages, performance-enhancing drugs, or mind-boggling college-conference realignments.
Looking forward to more scoring and less scandal
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  December 30, 2011
Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice anima
What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
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A longing look at 2011's lost liberties

You might already be outraged over San Francisco's Happy Meal ban.
Shit that got banned
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 23, 2011
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The year in Boston rock

The Boston rock scene is an interesting beast. Ambitious, cohesive, and frustratingly indefinable, it's a community that might not make much sense to outsiders.
A scene comes together in 2011
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 23, 2011
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The best films of 2011 are not the ballyhooed

The films this year were kind of like the current field of Republican presidential candidates: some are entertaining, but there's no clear frontrunner, and there's more attention on the flashiest and least substantial than on the more thoughtful and genu
Also-rans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011


Eight hours, 130 songs, 18 lists: Listen to the Boston Phoenix's best-of-2011 on Spotify

Eight hours, 130 songs, 18 lists: Listen to the Boston Phoenix's best-of-2011 on Spotify


Hopefully, some of you have already begun devouring the top-11 lists of our critics over here. If you have, you've discovered that this year we've...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 22, 2011
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'New' dance — then and now — gets a full airing on Boston's stages, and on film

November brought a dense cluster of dance events to galvanize our thinking about how dancers have re-imagined their craft and challenged their audiences over the past few decades.
Cool moves
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: The Three Musketeers

Despite an inspired climax, it's all for fun, but not fun for all.
Paul W.S. Anderson's gimcracky adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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Active Child | You Are All I See

Pat Grossi used to be a choirboy, which is not surprising at all, given that his full-length debut under the Active Child moniker sounds like it was cut in some sort of dimly lit, hallowed hall under the cover of night.
Vagrant Records (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Fright Night

Set in the sun-bleached city of sin, Las Vegas — where many of the strip's denizens are already dead inside — Fright Night plays upon elements of darkness and indulgence.
Friendly neighborhood vampire
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 19, 2011


Newport Jazz Festival August 2011

Photos: Esperanza Spalding, Michael Feinstein, Wynton Marsalis and more at Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival comes to Fort Adams State Park on August 5 - 7, 2011.
 Newport Jazz Festival | August 5 - 7, 2011
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: If a Tree Falls

Director Marshall Curry's If a Tree Falls tells the full tale of the ELF's genesis in Oregon, and of the group's badass campaign of "economic sabotage" that left more than 1200 symbols of bourgeois excess (a Vail ski resort, an SUV dealership) burned to
A ggressive hippies
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 29, 2011
Random Axe; Random Axe

Random Axe | Random Axe

It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
Duck Down (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2011
Ash Borer 2011

Ash Borer | Ash Borer

NorCal black-metal trio Ash Borer's debut full-length is as diminutive as their namesake (limited to a 150-cassette run) but no less destructive or striking as they hurtle through three tracks in 40 minutes.
Flenser (2011)
By JANSSEN McCORMICK  |  July 15, 2011
New album from Little Dragon called Ritual Union

Little Dragon | Ritual Union

On Ritual Union, the third full-length from these mechanical soul weirdos, Little Dragon have managed to get way catchier and also a great deal stranger.
Peacefrog Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  July 15, 2011


Ben and Matt

Fun with Matt & Ben at Central Square

A couple of young women, Brenda Withers and Mindy Kaling (the latter born in Cambridge before graduating to the role of Kelly Kapoor in The Office ), decided to have some fun with the idea that two seemingly unformed guys — one kind of loutish — could s
Bosom buddies
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2011
Pearl Jam Turns 20 | They Celebrate with Reissues GALORE

Pearl Jam Turns 20 | They Celebrate with Reissues GALORE


Our friends from out flannel-wasted (flannel-waisted) past Pearl Jam one-two punch us with reissues of VS. and Vitalogy on March 29th.  Also, at an undisclosed...
By FNXWeekenders  |  February 04, 2011