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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

Review: Cop Out

Directing has never been Kevin Smith's strong suit ...
More like strike out
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 05, 2010

10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009

Sex, Drugs, Rock and Peace

It is a nation of alienated young people. We carry it around with us as a state of mind in the same way the Sioux Indians carried the Sioux nation around with them. It's a nation dedicated to cooperation versus competition, to the idea that people shoul
How Abbie Hoffman politicized Woodstock – and changed America
By AL GIORDANO  |  July 24, 2009

White-knuckle thrill rites

Kathryn Bigelow's art-packed action movies
Bigelow puts the art into action
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009

Sotomayor's mixed message on free speech

Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009

Review: Bad Cop

Title a book Bad Cop and brain-basher types like Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta spring to mind.
Life as one of NYPD's not-so-finest
By AMY FINCH  |  June 05, 2009

Sean Delonas

Here's an idea for Sean's next cartoon: Two NYPD officers riddling a hack artist with bullets, with one saying to the other: “The New York Post will have to find someone else to illustrate the next unfunny Obama parody.”
Here's an idea for Sean's next cartoon: Two NYPD officers riddling a hack artist with bullets, with one saying to the other: “The New York Post will have to find someone else to illustrate the next unfunny Obama parody.”
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Graffiti wars

Even though he’s headed to prison, SPEK will still be visible in Massachusetts.
Cops and taggers play a high-stakes game of cat and mouse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 03, 2008

Radio days

Will C was born 20 years too late and four skin tones too light.
Will C.’s beyond-fresh Down the Dial comp
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2008

Max Payne

No longer the undercover DEA agent of the game, Max oversees NYPD “cold case” files. They don’t come much colder than this one.  
Bloodless, PG-13-rated action noir
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 21, 2008


Star Fucking Hipsters | Until We’re Dead

Of course, one could argue that anything called Star Fucking Hipsters gets an automatic three stars.  
Fat Wreck Chords (2008)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 08, 2008

Righteous Kill

It’s been nearly a decade since Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were choosing roles based on quality rather than cash.
A predictable, tedious thriller
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 17, 2008

Man on Wire

His little venture was not only death-defying but highly illegal.
Enthralling, exciting, and deeply beautiful
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 05, 2008

Trying out an anti-demonstration ‘sonic cannon’

The Maine Marine Patrol is considering purchasing a “sonic cannon” capable of broadcasting earsplitting, “disorienting” sounds, like those that have been used to break up peaceful demonstrations in public spaces in Iraq and the country of Georgia.
Non-lethal weapons
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 16, 2008

Beat Generation

Set in New York City’s Chinatown during America’s bicentennial and the pessimistic aftermath of the Vietnam War, Ed Lin’s second novel, This is a Bust, is ripe with political, institutional, and racial turmoil.
Ed Lin’s second novel is an authentic portrait of Chinatown in 1976
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008


War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

Straight outta Kafka

We want to get into the shower and not emerge until November 2008.
The Bushies’ enthusiasm for torture is indefensible
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 25, 2007

Iraqis don’t count!

Thanks to the Pat Tillman charade, we know we can trust our military to deliver the hard, honest facts about deaths in combat.
US media gives short shrift to the war's death toll
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 28, 2007

Mooninites invade; all hell breaks loose

What made this incidentrise to the level of art was Boston officialdom’s unwitting collaboration and the questions it raised about local art and fear.
The day 'art' died
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007

Bring it on

On a quiet Sunday morning a month after the September 11 attacks, I visited the ruins of the World Trade Center. Slideshow: Joel Meyerowitz photos from Aftermath
Joel Meyerowitz examines the wreckage of September 11
By GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2006


16 Blocks

Assigned to transport a talky, small-time crook (Mos Def) to court, NYPD detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) rediscovers his inner cop when he learns that the kid is about to testify against some corrupt cops.
Willis can still do Die Hard , but Donner's a long way from Lethal Weapon
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 01, 2006

Life, love, and sneakers

Rob Heppler got his sneaker schooling in jail: "Anyone that had super-awesome sneakers, it was for a reason. It meant you were a huge drug dealer or you were rich or somebody cared about you on the outside."
The culture of high-end kicks is about to blow up in Boston. How many pairs do you have?
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  February 18, 2006