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Review: The Details

God is not in these details. Jacob Aaron Estes's black comedy gets so dark that it's not even funny.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: Smashed

Within minutes of arriving on screen, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) drunkenly wets her bed, sloppily teaches her kindergarten class, and wraps up a night of partying by smoking crack at the local homeless hangout.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Metric | Synthetica

Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material.
MMI/Mom+Pop (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  June 08, 2012
Short Takes: Bernie

Review: Bernie

So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
Everybody loves Bernie
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012


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Review: God Bless America

The latest dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait tackles both vapid celebrity culture ( i.e. , Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and American Idol ) and the indignity of being an office drone.
Bobcat Goldthwait tackles vapid celebrity culture
By TOM MEEK  |  May 18, 2012
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Review: Thin Ice

Brilliantly original in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Jill Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.
A little bit of this and that
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 06, 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
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Review: Life Without Principle

Johnnie To's latest opens as Chinese police arrive at a crime scene, portending his usual slice of bloody action.
Johnnie To's latest film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 16, 2012
Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 09, 2012


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Nite Jewel | One Second of Love

Los Angeles songstress Ramona Gonzalez began home-recording dark dance music in 2008, attracting the attention of blogspots and boutique labels with her soulful voice, lo-fi post-disco beats, and distinct sense of weirdo minimalism.
Secretly Canadian (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 09, 2012
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Scuba | Personality

Believe it or not, there still exist some pockets of the globe where dubstep remains sacred, with champions of purism deflecting the ever-tainting mainstream intrusions.
Hotflush Recordings (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 09, 2012
Review: Tyrannosaur

Review: Tyrannosaur(1)

In his directorial debut, actor Paddy Considine has learned that the best way to develop sympathy for someone who kicks his dog to death is by comparing him to another character (Eddie Marsan) who urinates on his wife.
Paddy Considine's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
Short Takes: The Artist

Review: The Artist(1)

The advent of talking pictures sends a screen idol into both a career nosedive and an identity crisis in Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to Hollywood's transitional period of the late '20s.
Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to '20s-era Hollywood
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 23, 2011
Review: Shame

Review: Shame

Director Steve McQueen has only made two films, but in them he explores two extremes of human experience.
Fassbender is a winner in the Shame game
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011


A Heroic Life

Review: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

In this tour de force biopic, cartoonist-filmmaker Joann Sfar uses darkly comic fairy tale elements to illustrate Gainsbourg's creative process.
The life of Serge Gainsbourg
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodóvar applies all his hypnotic control to a sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon who kidnaps a beautiful woman in order to shroud her in experimental skin.
A sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon
By SHEILA JOHNSTON  |  October 28, 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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Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness

A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 12, 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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Busy Monsters

STUNNED BY LOVE and some would say stupid from too much sex, I decided I had to drive down South to kill a man.
Chapter 1, excerpted from the novel by William Giraldi
By WILLIAM GIRALDI  |  July 22, 2011
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The Night Circus

The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide note, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a
Excerpted from the novel by Erin Morgenstern
By ERIN MORGENSTERN  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: Septien

What can be done with this unhappy home? Enter a self-appointed minister with messianic impulses.
A magnificent exorcism
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Gorey at the Athenæum, animation at MassArt

In Edward Gorey's old-timey illustrated books, parents leave on an excursion and never return, friends enter a tunnel and never come out, a mother falls ill and dies, a man driving around searching for his lost daughter runs over her with his car, a pec
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By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2011
Achieving "Satori" (At 192 kbps): Flower Travellin' Band and the slow overturning of the classic rock lexicon

Achieving "Satori" (At 192 kbps): Flower Travellin' Band and the slow overturning of the classic rock lexicon


Is it just me, or has the classic rock color guard been going into over-drive with the Top 100 All-t...
By Importer  |  July 09, 2008


Achieving "Satori" (At 192 kbps): Flower Travellin' Band and the slow overturning of the classic rock lexicon

Achieving "Satori" (At 192 kbps): Flower Travellin' Band and the slow overturning of the classic rock lexicon


Is it just me, or has the classic rock color guard been going into over-drive with the Top 100 All-t...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 08, 2008