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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.
| October 05, 2012
The Freshman 5: Identity Starter Kit
So here you are, a Boston newbie, all too ready make those crappy, awkward high school days a thing of the past.
New to Boston? Time for a fresh start? Try one of these identities on for size.
| September 07, 2012
Review: The Bourne Legacy
In this Bourne spinoff, The Hurt Locker 's Jeremy Renner continues his unlikely bid for action-franchise stardom as Aaron Cross, a next-generation Special Op boosted with bionics.
Tony Gilroy's Bourne spinoff
| August 10, 2012
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.
| July 20, 2012
Review: The Amazing Spider-Man
There's only one story, says the teacher near the end of this take-two of the Spider-Man franchise: who am I?
Only one story
| July 06, 2012
Interview: Simon Reynolds tries to look forward
Quick, try to think of futuristic music that has nothing to do with the music of the past. Can't do it?
| April 20, 2012
Telling Jessie's story
Julie Ross didn't always plan to blog about her experience as the mother of a 10-year-old transgender child named Jessie (who, until her 10th birthday in 2011, was known as George).
The soul inside
| March 02, 2012
Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin
You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
| February 24, 2012
Review: Albert Nobbs
Lesbianism doesn't exist as a cogent category in 19th century Ireland, which could explain why Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), a woman disguised for years as a man and employed as a Dublin waiter, has no personal understanding of who she is, her identity, o
Gender identity crisis
| January 27, 2012
In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
Petal to the metal
| September 09, 2011
Review: Griff the Invisible
Like Kick-Ass and Super , Leon Ford's Griff the Invisible reaffirms the notion that superheroes exist to provide the meek and marginalized with an empowering fantasy.
| August 26, 2011
Eight years after its completion, The Cremaster Cycle , Matthew Barney's interminable multi-media opus, continues to befuddle and intrigue audiences.
Matthew Barney's seven-hour Cremaster Cycle descends in the Portland Museum of Art
| November 12, 2010
Person and persona
Folksie newcomer John Shade says that his songs are focused on identity and anonymity, but there’s also what sounds like an unraveling personal economy lurking beneath: characters steal purses, check classifieds, go it alone with “no safety net,” and gen
For John Shade, it’s all in the text
| May 07, 2010
Visiting Dublin recently, I was dismayed by a telling bit of sartorial sociology: Yankees caps outnumbered Red Sox caps by about 10 to one.
Whither the Boston Irish?
| March 14, 2007
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