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When federal transportation regulators declared Fung Wah buses a safety hazard on Feb. 25, no one who had ever taken the budget carrier could have been shocked in the least.
Everyone knew – and safety records confirm – that the budget buses were unsafe. So what took regulators so long to step in?
By SHAWN MUSGRAVE  |  March 22, 2013
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Review: The Dictator

Though his PR campaign might suggest otherwise, Sacha Baron Cohen has actually made (with director Larry Charles) a sweet movie, not unlike Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator , if less sentimental.
Surprisingly sweet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012
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Review: Marvel's The Avengers

Even for a hard-ass like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the ultra-secret S.H.I.E.L.D agency, getting a billionaire genius in a metal suit, a scientist with a bad temper, a cryogenically preserved WWII warrior, a Norse god, and two secret agents
Awkward first steps
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 04, 2012
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Review: Friends with Kids

There are only so many baggy vagina jokes one can take. And writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film about how parenthood changes a Manhattan circle of friends has its share.
Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film
By ALICIA POTTER  |  March 09, 2012
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Review: The Divide

Many a teleplay for The Twilight Zone threatened atomic Armageddon, and though Frontier(s) director Xavier Gens nukes New York in the opening shots of his latest thriller, he finds more inspiration in the horrors of human nature as seen in the old T
The horrors of human nature
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2012
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


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Review: Margaret

Kenneth Lonergan offers no resolutions in this complex and moving parable, unless it's the observation that the only resolutions in life are in art.
Unexpected situations
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: The Smurfs

It may be a 3D movie set in a world populated by computer-animated blue-skinned natives, but this isn't Avatar .
An uninspired rip-off
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011
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Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001

Grote uses the same framing device as the original One Thousand and One Nights , which begins with Shahriyar (Nael Nacer) discovering his wife's infidelity and deciding that the only way to prevent his future wives from cheating is to marry virgins, de
American Nights
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: Bill Cunningham New York

Richard Press's sweet, heartfelt celebration of the New York Times ' fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, is already a sensation in the Big Apple, where it has smashed box-office records at the Film Forum.
The legendary “street style” photographer
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 08, 2011
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Photos: American History of Graffiti

The Phoenix presents a small collection of works to be showcased in Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman's American History of Graffiti .
Photos from Neelon and Gastman's American History of Graffiti
By RIME, JOHN SLYMON, RYZE, JAMES MARSHALL, AND SMITH  |  April 01, 2011


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Review: On the Bowery

Manhattan's Bowery now showcases pricy condos and fancy restaurants, but back in 1956, when Lionel Rogosin made this newly restored, groundbreaking semi-documentary, it was still the quintessential skid row.
The quintessential skid row
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 04, 2011
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The man in the yellow fur coat

The cultural critic Mark Dery worked as a clerk for Manhattan's Gotham Book Mart in the early '80s. One afternoon, he was taken by surprise.
As the Boston Athenaeum stages an Edward Gorey retrospective, his biographer reflects on the artist's lasting legacy
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 04, 2011
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Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010
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At a downtown bar: Fluffernutters and pickle juice

For a city driven, in many ways, by its youthful artist-entrepreneurial class, there is surprisingly little in the way of hipster night spots.
Nightclubbing
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 03, 2010
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The death of the American city, revisited

Urban renewal is seldom discussed as anything but the great scourge of the American city — a disastrous post-World War II push to steamroll working-class neighborhoods and replace them with towering concrete buildings and cavernous plazas that sterilized
Renewables
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010


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Peter Max's pop life

Peter Max rocketed to fame as one of the iconic psychedelic artists of the late '60s.
The artist on fame, Andy Warhol, and the 'complete freedom' of his expression
By GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2010
Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground

Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground


Rush Limbaugh on Ground Zero MosqueFor all the anger, political strategizing and stabs in the heart that the plans to build a Muslim community center...
By Pro Publica  |  August 18, 2010
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Hello, folly!

Hello, Dolly! is an ever-popular musical standard that usually wins audiences over when its flamboyant title character earns her exclamation point. Unfortunately, despite having a Dolly that could charm the whistle off a traffic cop, the current hyperv
Dolly! tries too hard to be a funny girl
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010
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Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010
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Homer's home

A hundred years after his death, Winslow Homer is still making waves.
The PMA shows the Maine coastal artist at work
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 18, 2010


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Finding a niche

The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010
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Review: Daddy Longlegs

For about an hour, Josh and Benny Safdie’s trendy indie about a deadbeat dad taking care of his two boys for two weeks in Manhattan seems like the kind of movie in which you hate everybody — especially the directors.
Wasting away in Trendy Indieville
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010
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We band of brothers

This is the first independent production by the group of five friends who met at Boston’s Emerson College, where they helmed incarnations of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and Sam Shepard’s True West .
Young actors bring a Spartan production of Henry V to the Apohadion
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 21, 2010

Review: Anna D Café

A roadside diner on a busy thoroughfare like Route 138 on Aquidneck Island has a captive audience of New York-to-Cape Cod travelers and summer visitors to nearby vineyards.
A creative spin on classic comfort food
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2010
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The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! | I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life!

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! are a dance/electronica collective known around the Manhattan/Brooklyn scene for their elaborate live performances, where members wear outrageous costumes made of stuffed animals and have on-stage pillow fights.
I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life! on Luaka Bop (2010)
By DAVID BOFFA  |  May 14, 2010


La Masseria

The first thing to say about La Masseria is that, despite its name meaning “farmhouse” and its décor focusing on earth tones with exposed brick and pitchfork tines hanging on one wall, it’s a beautiful space.
Exemplary Italian fare in East Greenwich
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010
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Stuff at night

This week’s health headlines also included the announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra that music director James Levine has been sidelined again, from the “excruciating pain” he’s been suffering since his surgery for a herniated disc.
The BSO without Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, the Cantata Singers, American Classics, the Zarounian Ensemble
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 02, 2010
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Walkin' and talkin'

It counts as some small death, the blinders-on result of routine, when instead of noticing how the light hits the river or the man in front of the noodle shop crouches as if he'd got no bones, your thoughts pinball from your sandwich to an e-mail you wan
Unguided Zen-like tours through NYC
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  March 12, 2010
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Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010