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Review: Chernobyl Diaries

More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film, the latest work from Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli (he produces, Bradley Parker directs) relies on his tried-and-true formula of favoring atmospheric terror over vis
Tried and true formula
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 01, 2012
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Review: The Whistleblower

Larysa Kondracki's topical thriller, based on a true story, combines the moodiness of The Insider with the intensity of Serpico to dramatize a long-standing international injustice.
Good and evil
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011
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Japan's Chernobyl

It may have receded from the headlines, but the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station continues.
Plus, what's Donald Trump all about?
By EDITORIAL  |  April 15, 2011
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Here’s looking at you

Set in the usual small village — this one in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe — Coppélia might look like just another pleasant 19th-century ballet about a boy, a girl, and another girl. But appearances can be deceiving — and that’s theme of
Boston Ballet sees into the heart of Coppélia
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Review: Emanuel Ax at Jordan Hall

I don't want to imply that everybody who's anybody was at Jordan Hall Friday night to hear pianist Emanuel Ax's Celebrity Series recital — but that was Yo-Yo Ma sitting two rows in front of me.
Emanuel Ax, live at Jordan Hall on January 8, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 15, 2010
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Numbed by Numbers

Such a difficult task, bringing horrific historical events to theatrical life. Ironically, the more vast the horror, the more difficult the challenge. Imagine the full sweep of something as enormous as the Holocaust reduced to stage scale.
Children of the Dnipro  should show, not tell
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2009


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Dictator McCain?

The only thing standing in the way of Republican John McCain assuming the powers and prerogatives of a dictator should he be elected president is the vote of a single Supreme Court justice.  
Don’t laugh: if the Arizona ‘maverick’ is elected, he’ll complete the job Bush started
By EDITORIAL  |  October 22, 2008
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Georgia on your mind?

So much for the Republican Party’s long-standing boast that Ronald Reagan neutered the Soviet Union.
Why the Russians are acting like Soviets! And why it will be difficult to stop them!
By EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2008
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Luminous sadness

“Part of my goal is to just fucking force Americans to listen to Russian rock.”
Alina Simone sings Yanka Dyagileva
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 05, 2008
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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Judgment night for Doomsday

Two men circle the middle of a 24-foot-wide, black chain-link cage in Allston’s Wai Kru gym.
Roxbury-born fighter John Howard is climbing the ranks of mixed martial arts, one chokehold at a time
By JONATHAN SEITZ  |  June 25, 2008


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Heirloom Ukrainian recipes

In a wind-bound seaside cottage rental where she’s been living this year, Sasha Prygoniuk, a 25-year old Ukrainian, has volunteered to teach me (and you) how to “kook,” (as she so charmingly pronounces it).
Written in English for the first time
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  May 07, 2008
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Mastering the motion

“Masters of Motion” is the kind of catch-all title for a dance bill that encompasses everything and puts you in mind of nothing.
‘Masters of Motion’ in Providence
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2008
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Wikipedia rules

The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007
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The dictator slayer

According to some people — including at least one sitting head of state — East Boston’s Gene Sharp is a dangerous dude.
East Boston's Gene Sharp is soft-spoken, but he makes bad guys from Caracas to Beijing cringe
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 05, 2007
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Antidote to modern life

Finally, she says, “We have in our genes to eat bigos.” No matter where we’re from, I think we all do.
Bigos, the Old-World comfort stew
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 20, 2007


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History tour

Whitewash has floated like a soap scum on the bloodbath of America’s past as told in the history books.
Zeitgeist’s compelling   Kentucky Cycle; Double Edge’s Republic of Dreams
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 09, 2007
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Promises kept

Eastern Promises begins with uncanny images of birth and death, equally raw and bloody.
David Cronenberg revises History
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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Robbing a bank ain’t what it used to be

Bank robbers have long encapsulated the American penchant for high-stakes gambling, fast getaways, and a go-your-own-way ethos of living.
High-stakes crime has moved online, but a desperate few still seek bundles of cash
By TE-PING CHEN  |  August 22, 2007
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Road shows

“I’ve got $30 — which three CDs do you recommend?” The fan was at the corner of the stage at Johnny D’s talking to guitarist Dave Fiuczynski, who was on his knees hawking about half a dozen of his discs with different bands at 10 bucks a pop.
Dave Fiuczynski, John Tchicai, Chris Potter, and John Stetch live
By JON GARELICK  |  February 15, 2007
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History tours

Silence could be golden, but British playwright Moira Buffini can’t resist throwing in cheaper metals.
Silence at New Rep; trying at MRT; Olympia Dukakis in Rose
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 24, 2007


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A winter’s tale

Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
The season ahead on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006
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Is nuclear power worth another look?

Since a partial meltdown at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979 — the worst nuclear accident in US history — the debate over the safety and necessity of nuclear energy has steadily waxed and waned.
Action speaks!
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  October 11, 2006
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New Orleans story

When the Royal Ballet touches down at the Wang Theatre this month, quash any visions you might have of tea-and-crumpets decorum.
The Royal Ballet’s Manon
By DEBRA CASH  |  June 13, 2006
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Crossword: 'Hey four eyes!'


That's what you'll shout
By MATT JONES  |  May 24, 2006


A good girl's guide to feasting on culture

EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD
EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD
By BY ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  January 01, 1900