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Review: Monsieur Lazhar

A Montreal elementary school is traumatized by a suicide in the classroom of a popular instructor.
Subtle, wise, and beautifully rendered
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: Of Gods and Men

Xavier Beauvois co-wrote and directed this thoughtful true story of a small Trappist monastery situated in a poor Algerian Muslim village overrun with fundamentalist mercenaries.
Thoughtful true story about the search for peace and purpose in a chaotic world
By PEG ALOI  |  March 18, 2011
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Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010
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In the land of the stoner cops

Major Jim Contreras was awaiting his marching orders. Literally.
On the front lines of Obama's campaign in Afghanistan
By NIR ROSEN  |  February 26, 2010
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Invisible playmates

To judge from the titles of some of his recent novels — The Book of Illusion s, Oracle Night , Man in the Dark , and now Invisible — Paul Auster's fiction is receding, Samuel Beckett style, into non-existence.
Paul Auster makes promiscuity a virtue
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2009


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Style meets stylus

It's a credit to Pixar's success that so many animated films of the past decade have been compelled to sport the sheen of CGI. But now that filmmakers have wrung reality out of 1's and 0's, they're starting to cast their eyes on the next frontier.
Eastern-inspired digital delights at the Brattle
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 12, 2009
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Loud and clear

Although it's no stretch to say that contemporary artists are eager to say something, the art world has seen its fair share of awkwardly shitty gallery talks.
The 2008 Foster Prize at the ICA, Adel Abdessemed at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 26, 2008

Crossword: ''My heart belongs to you''


A little organ music.
By MATT JONES  |  November 12, 2008
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Dance in fall

This fall’s offerings of dance performances have an international flavor, as well as featuring the talents of Rhody-grown dance groups.
Must-see moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008
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Immigrant song

You, my young British friend, start a band.
How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008


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Rachid Taha

On this first career-spanning collection, which skitters around chronologically, the consistency of Rachid Taha's work is more evident than ever before.
Rock El Casbah: The Best Of . . . | Wrasse
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 17, 2008
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Ordure in the court

“He couldn’t be a terrorist, living in a cellar and eating canned food,” says a perceptive friend of the notorious French attorney Jacques Vergès.
Barbet Schroeder’s L’avocat de la terreur
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2007
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Notre ami Pierrot

“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007
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Digital or timeless?

Garrison Keillor went into one of his trademark reveries and began to tell us about Tanglewood’s “designer” fireworks.
‘Opening Night at Tanglewood,’ the Dutch and the Danes at Jacob’s Pillow, ‘The Unknown Monet’ at the Clark
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 18, 2007
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The battle for the Algerians

Sweet victory of the ex-colony.
Indigènes  inspires; Becket  bores
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 23, 2007


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Stuff to drink

It's no secret that we love a good cocktail, but when said cocktail is created with us in mind, it become struly impossible to resist.
We challenged nine local mixologists create the perfect cocktail. They didn’t disappoint us.
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  January 08, 2007
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Shock value

Moviegoers seeking release from the increasingly unavoidable escapism of superhero movies will find much to enjoy in the 11th Boston French Film Festival.
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By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 05, 2006
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Home away from home

Souad Massi named her latest album Mesk Elil (Wrasse), which is Arabic for “honeysuckle,” the flower that grows throughout her native Algiers.
Souad Massi finds her Algerian roots in France
By JOSH KUN  |  April 13, 2006
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The Arab street

Watching the news lately, you can’t help thinking that nobody has an idea what’s going on in the Arab and Islamic world.
Merzak Allouache’s other world at the HFA  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2006