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Solveig Says Hello: The French DJ/producer finally hits Boston

Third time's the charm for Martin Solveig.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  March 22, 2013
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Examining ‘Seneca, Selma, and Stonewall’

It will be recalled as the most famous line from President Barack Obama's second inaugural address delivered January 21.
Making History
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 08, 2013
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Review: War of the Buttons

Based upon Louis Pergaud's beloved and much adapted 1912 novel, this retread by Christophe Barratier ( Paris 36 ) is flawed but has its charms.

By PEG ALOI  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: Step Up to the Plate

It's a corny American title for Paul Lacoste's French documentary, Entre les Bras , about the father-and-son chefs, Michel and Sébastien Bras, behind a Michelin three-star restaurant in the L'Aubrac region of France.
Paul Lacoste's French documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: 2 Days In New York

Her angelic appearance notwithstanding, Julie Delpy is one raunchy woman.
Rowdy follow-up to 2 Days In Paris
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 17, 2012
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Review: The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Daniel Auteuil ( Manon of the Spring ) directs and stars in this melodrama set in Provence during World War I.
Based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol
By PEG ALOI  |  July 27, 2012


Cannes: Rust and Bone

Cannes turns 65 and shows no signs of retiring

Sixty-five is the age at which people think of retiring. Arguably the world's greatest film festival, Cannes — whose 65th edition began the day after beaming Socialist François Hollande was sworn in as President of France — has no such plans. This yea
Socialist security
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 25, 2012
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A cautionary tale from 18th-century France

Though there's no hard evidence that Marie Antoinette actually uttered "Let them eat cake," she remains a larger-than-life symbol of ruling-class decadence and a culture of gaping wealth disparity.
Honoring the masses
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 18, 2012
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Review: Free Men

In a little known footnote to the Holocaust, the head of the Paris mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, helped many Jews escape the Nazis.
Solidarity and mistrust in war-time Paris
By  |  March 17, 2012
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Justice blaze new trails for dance music

Most musicians, at a certain point, discover a paradox at the center of the whole act of musical creation: that seemingly complex music can be simple, and that making simple music is often a complex process. After all, what do you expect in a medium whe
For all
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: The Conquest

Xavier Durringer's dramatized recreation of the rise of France's Nicolas Sarkozy to the presidency is generally fair-minded and ambiguous.
Xavier Durringer's recreation of the rise of Sarkozy
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 16, 2011


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Review: The Women on the 6th Floor

Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Parisian upstairs/downstairs, a kind of European version of The Help , has all the ingredients necessary for US consumption: political correctness, platitudes, saucy comedy; and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois reac
A kind of European version of The Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011

Review: Thames Street Kitchen

There's a new restaurant in Newport that may very well give the expression "tsk-tsk" new, enthusiastic meaning.
Getting more than the food right
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: The Names of Love

Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Petite Jacqueline

On a crowded night at Petite Jacqueline it is hard to hear your companion over the din.
French treasures
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 09, 2011

Review: L'Artisan Café & Bakery

Enough already. I got tired of a good foodie friend of mine badgering me about this bakery and gourmet food place he was in love with and wanted me to review.
More like a bistro than a bakery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 27, 2011


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Review: The Dancing Pig

The laid-back tone of the place is established by its name and accompanying cartoon logo of a smiling pig in a top hat. Inside, tasseled valances against burgundy walls suggest a bustling gray-haired granny in the kitchen.
A great place for pigging out
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: East Ender

Those French know how to cook. But here in America, French cuisine too often comes with a demi-glace of pedantry and a side of self-congratulation.
France meets New England
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 15, 2011
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Review: Potiche

The eclectic François Ozon often combines the offbeat and the generic to the benefit of both.
Screwball comedy meets political boilerplate
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2011

Review: Le Central

Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the
Cherchez la lunch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011
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Unmitigated Gaul

The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010


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Kings of Queens

When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Save the pool

Noble architecture makes Boston a living work of art. Visitors flock to view Bulfinch's State House, Richardson's Trinity Church, and McKim's Copley Square Library, to name just the obvious.
Plans to alter the magnificent reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center should not be allowed
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2010
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As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra

World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
 Goooooooool!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010
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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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Review: Micmacs

If he were judged solely by the first five minutes of his films, Jean-Pierre Jeunet would rank among the world’s top filmmakers. Unfortunately, the remaining 100 minutes or so place him among the most overrated.
Witty prologue spirals downward into clumsy plot
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 04, 2010


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Minimalism and mementos

After 5 Traverse gallery closed in February, crackerjack curator Maya Allison, who was co-director there, lined up a handful of small independent projects and seemed like she might be on her way to starting her own operation before she landed a gig as cu
Jamey Morrill's sculptures and 'souvenirs' at Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010
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Messi situations

Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 04, 2010
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The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 04, 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