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When Disaster Strikes

For better or worse, hometown pride is as central to hip-hop as misogyny and marijuana.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012
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What’s F’n next: Tanlines

The formation of Tanlines was as inevitable as it was organic.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 16, 2012
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New York's police riot

Will New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ever be held accountable?

By EDITORIAL  |  September 28, 2012
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Nico Muhly, wunderkind, comes home

It would be nearly impossible to summarize everything Nico Muhly has accomplished since graduating high school in Providence in 1999 — though, certainly, plenty have tried.
High Note
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 28, 2012
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William Trost Richards at the Newport Art Museum

Call it poor timing. The 19th-century seascape painter William Trost Richards is one of the granddaddies of Rhode Island art, but in the wide world of art he remains obscure.
‘Paradise’ found
By GREG COOK  |  August 24, 2012
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MSMT’s fabulous New York, in 42nd Street

You know how this story goes: Lovely, ambitious, and impossibly nice tap-dancing ingénue arrives in Depression-era New York City to make it on Broadway, and — by a mingling of pluck, luck, and looks — she gets herself cast as a chorus girl.
A glorious homage
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 24, 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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Creating an all-local restaurant (mostly)

It has become almost second nature for area restaurants to use local ingredients and to establish working relationships with nearby farmers and fishermen.
Pushing the proximity limit
By AMY ANDERSON  |  June 22, 2012
Short Take: Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mo
Summer of free love
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012
ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
Infinite possiblities
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012
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Review: First Position

While not the most probing look at rising stars, Bess Kargman's documentary focuses on six aspiring contestants preparing for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition (a proven entry point into the world of professional ballet) who demonstra
Bess Kargman's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 11, 2012


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Lena Dunham and HBO get it right

When a new television show chronicling the lives of young women arrives, it tends to come packaged with the promise that it will expertly define them, both as a generation and a gender.
Girls, girls, girls
By SHARON STEEL  |  April 13, 2012
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The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers

When you are surrounded with those jagged barbs of sheer bloody noise for the first time, do you run for the hills or continue to stick your head in the acid bath? It only takes a few seconds of luxuriating in the stinging audio hailstorm that is A Plac
Sonic bids
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2012
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Lissy Trullie | Lissy Trullie

Lissy Trullie sounds simultaneously hungry and tepid, as if Trullie wants to make a big splash, but her album lacks the conviction or vision to make it happen.
Xenon/Downtown (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: Chico & Rita

This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
An animated film for grown-ups
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Wanderlust

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
Goofy gags
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 02, 2012


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Review: The Darkness II

Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
The heart of the matter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 17, 2012
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Jason Moran at Jordan Hall

I have to admit, I was not sanguine at the beginning of this highly anticipated concert by pianist and composer Jason Moran.
"In My Mind"
By JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Too soon? For Stephen Daldry's 9/11 drama, the right time is "never."
An extremely exploitative and incredibly bad tale
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
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Aucocisco shows early works from Bernard Langlais and Jean Cohen

A long time ago in a galaxy . . . well, it was just New York and it may seem like ancient history, but it was real life and what happened is part of who we are. We do like our stories about those days, and they quickly accrete the patina, and lack of de
Very fine years indeed
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 20, 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


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Snow Patrol | Fallen Empires

Word on the street had Snow Patrol looking to change up the big anthem sound for their sixth release.
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By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 13, 2012
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Occupy the future

After barreling straight ahead for more than three months, Occupy is at its first fundamental turning point.
As it evolves, the movement is building on a network laid down in the encampments
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2011
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Photos: #OWS protesters attempt to re-occupy NYC

Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered at Manhattan’s Duarte Square on December 17, 2011 (#D17 day of action) to celebrate the original protest’s 3-month anniversary by attempting to reclaim a space.
 Occupy Wall Street #D17 day of action | Duarte Square, NYC | December 17, 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 23, 2011
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Merce Cunningham's long goodbye

Expiring dance companies either implode from suppressed internal troubles, or they just peter out quietly.  
Last looks
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 16, 2011
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Cai Guo-Qiang, “Sustainable Beauty,” and “Independents”

Cai Guo-Qiang has mounted his two big crocodiles at head height, where you can peer into their snapped open jaws lined with fangs.
Quick impressions
By GREG COOK  |  October 28, 2011


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Review: Dream House

You'd have to be crazy to quit your job in the depths of the recession, but that's just what New York publishing exec Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) does in Dream House , planning to write that novel and spend more time with his wife (Rachel Weisz) and ki
Haunted house chills and mind games
By ANNE LEWINSON  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: Dream House

You'd have to be crazy to quit your job in the depths of the recession, but that's just what New York publishing exec Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) does in Dream House , planning to write that novel and spend more time with his wife (Rachel Weisz) and ki
Haunted house chills and mind games
By ANNE LEWINSON  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: Manhattan Short Film Festival

This selection of 10 short films from around the world runs the gamut of genres, from a brisk actioner to a political documentary to playful horror.
Running the gamut
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 23, 2011

To criminals ‘From Away’

New York is home to a statue that welcomes the tired and poor (and huddled masses) to the United States. That is a wonderful notion.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 19, 2011