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Alexandra Cavallo

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You're Doing It Wrong: Competitive Eating

Since the closest we've come to competitive eating was battling our dining companions for the last spring roll over late-night takeout (victoriously, we might add), we thought it best to consult a seasoned professional before entering one of McGreevy's
Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 16, 2012
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Review: Paranormal Activity 4

The scares — and there have been some good ones — in the Paranormal franchise depend on what's not happening.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: V/H/S

As horror movie premises go, "found footage" tends to possess the most capacity for both pure, stomach-churning terror and woefully laughable shtick.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 05, 2012
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The Gaslight Anthem | Handwritten

Handwritten finds the Gaslight Anthem firmly grounded — all grease, grit, and earnest emotion as visceral as the hometown soil caked beneath their fingernails.
Mercury (2012)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 20, 2012
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Interview: Adam Green gets frightful laughs with 'Holliston'

Director and Holliston native Adam Green ( Frozen, Hatchet ) knows a thing or two about what it's like to be stuck in your hometown post-college, working a dead-end job, and pining for the high school girl of your dreams. Green parlayed all that angst i
Native son
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012
Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House(1)

Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
Quietly sinister
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 09, 2012


Review: Battle Royale

Review: Battle Royale (2000)

In a not-so-distant future society that has devolved into chaos, Japan's youth run amok, Clockwork Orange –style, and the government has passed an act decreeing that one unruly grade-school class will face off in a battle from which only one will emerg
A not-so-distant future society
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 24, 2012
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Review: The Devil Inside

William Brent Bell's film opens with a disclaimer that "the Vatican does not endorse this movie." No kidding — the Catholic Church isn't exactly known for its sense of humor.
William Brent Bell's limp mockumentary
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 13, 2012
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Review: Inside Hana's Suitcase

When Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo, is given charge of a child's suitcase found in the rubble of Auschwitz — a rarity, as most such belongings were lost — it piques her interest. She and her students decide to f
Larry Weinstein's stirring documentary
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 11, 2011
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Review: The Thing

It's Alien meets 30 Days of Night when a crew of Americans and Norwegians dig up something otherworldly in the Antarctic ice.
Alien meets 30 Days of Night
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 21, 2011


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Review: Don't be Afraid of the Dark

Katie Holmes plays Kim, a wannabe stepmom, in this lame remake of the 1973 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark .
Don't call it a comeback
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 26, 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
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Review: Final Destination 5

Are we dead yet? It would appear not, as the Final Destination franchise keeps slogging on, like a cross-country family road trip from hell (spoiler alert: somewhere around mile 600, Mom's going through the windshield).
3D splatter-fest
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Atrocious

When a central character spends enough time looking through the distorting lens of a camera, eventually something very nasty is going to show up.
A dizzying, bumpy ride
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 12, 2011
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Photos: Ra Ra Riot at Paradise Rock Club

Ra Ra Riot on tour to promote their new album, The Rhumb Line
Ra Ra Riot, live at the Paradise Rock Club, October 3, 2009
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 09, 2009