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Review: Possession

A Cold War of body and soul is waged in this 1981 English-language horror film by Polish director Andrej Zulawski, set in a nearly deserted Berlin.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  November 16, 2012
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Brian Jonestown Massacre carry onward

Bring up Anton Newcombe to anyone familiar with the mid- to late-'90s Bomp! Records roster and you'll hear about the unheralded genius of one of the most talented musicians of the last two decades.
Life of Anton
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 17, 2012
Review: Tomboy

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In this lovely feature from the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, Laure, a 10-year-old tomboy decides after moving into a new neighborhood, to pretend that she's a boy, Mikael, as a way to fit in with the local kids.
Céline Sciamma's lovely feature
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011
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Allysen Callery's alluring Winter Island

Folk singer/songwriter Allysen Callery received scores of positive press for her 2010 sophomore disc, Hobgoblin’s Hat (pick it up, along with her ’07 debut Hopey , at iTunes and  cdbaby.com ).
From Bristol to Berlin with love
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 03, 2011
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Flynn-terrogation

In his powerful new memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (W.W. Norton), Scituate native Nick Flynn recounts a conversation he had with a man in Turkey.
Obsessed with the wrongs of Abu Ghraib, local author Nick Flynn traveled across the globe to meet its victims
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 15, 2010
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Booked solid

The holidays are over — time to hit the books.
A hefty season of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  January 01, 2010


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Hearts and souls (and laughs too)

It's been a good year for theater around here — an ingeniously roasted dramatic chestnut here, a new and safely landed flight of fancy there. Below are 10 productions that particularly stood out.
The 10 best theater productions of 2009
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009
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Carla Bley | Carla's Christmas Carols

It's possible to play Christmas carols with humor but not mockery. So, yes, there's a bit of an eggnog buzz in the wah-wah muted horns of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and a soca lilt to "Jingle Bells." But in this case, "humor" means serious-minded b
Watt/ECM (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2009
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Blu Christmas . . . without DVD

Ah, yes: the most wonderful time of the year, tinged with muddy snow and the creeping darkness of our most recent Depression.
Kick your films into hi-def this season with those other shiny silver discs
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2009
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Hacking pact

On an unheralded fall weekend right before Thanksgiving, a roomful of amateur hackers and Web rock stars gathered in East Cambridge for a historic convention that could dramatically reshape the way we get our music.
With big record companies willingly bucking technology, musicians and software types gathered in Cambridge to revolutionize the industry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009
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Review: Ninja Assassin

So much blood splashes across the screen in James McTeigue’s martial-arts madness, you’d think the human body consisted of nothing but.
A real bloodbath
By TOM MEEK  |  November 27, 2009


Play by play: November 20, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 20, 2009

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009
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Allah people in the house

“Muslim hip-hop is not like Christian rock,” says Yusuf, the Merrimack Valley half of the Allah-inspired Boston-Lowell tag team Blak Madeen.
Blak Madeen stay true on Sacred Defense
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009

Play by play: November 6, 2009

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Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009
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I is another

Lothar Berfelde was born both a generation too late and a generation too early, growing up as he did in Berlin when the Nazis were coming to power in the '30s.
Ed Shea’s tour de force in 2nd Story’s Wife
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2009


Play by play: October 9, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009
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Beauty in the beast

"When J switched to guitar [from drums], he wanted to feel that same power. and the only way he could do that was to be, like, super loud. . . ."
Dinosaur Jr. are much happier people now
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 02, 2009
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Crimson green

"In the summer before the revolution [against the shah], if you asked someone if there might be a revolution, an optimistic person would say, maybe in a century."
Banned director Jafar Panahi on Iran's vicious circle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2009
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Love bug

At the 2003 Venice Biennale, Damián Ortega presented what has become his signature sculpture, Cosmic Thing . He dissected a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle and suspended the individual parts in mid air so that they resemble a 3-D assembly diagram.
Damián Ortega rides into the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2009


Play by Play: September 25, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009
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Baroque and beyond

Ten-best lists usually come at the end of the season, but this year the Phoenix has asked its critics to provide a calendar of 10 events that, at least on paper, might wind up on an end-of-season Top 10. Boston, in case you didn't know it, is a great
Betting on the best this fall
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 18, 2009

Play by play: September 18, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 18, 2009
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Berlin calling

If you ask someone whether they've seen Cabaret , odds are the answer will be yes. Ask Curt Columbus, and the answer is likely to be: Which one? Sitting in the upstairs theater of Trinity Repertory Company, where their production runs through October
A ‘very Trinity’ take on Cabaret
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: The Baader Meinhof Complex

Terrorism made simple in Uli Edel's Complex
Terrorism made simple in Uli Edel's Complex
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009


Play by play: September 11, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 11, 2009
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Interview: Uli Edel

Edel talks about terror and glamour
The Baader Meinhof Complex director talks about terror and glamour
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 11, 2009

Play by play: September 4, 2009

Boston's weekly theater guide
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 04, 2009
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Hot Nazi beach reads

Nazis aren't blitzing just the movie screens this year, though — they're also invading the bookstores, with battalions of novels and non-fiction tomes published or upcoming.
The new wave of Reich books: pop genres, good Germans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 21, 2009