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Review: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Near the end of this documentary a woman calls the pink ribbon of breast cancer-awareness a "made in China" tag.
Documenting hypocrisy in the breast-cancer awareness movement
By MILES BOWE  |  June 22, 2012

Review: The Walking Dead: Episode 1

Halfway between a traditional point-and-click adventure game and a Heavy Rain -style interactive fiction, the central aim of The Walking Dead is to put players in impossible situations with no good outcome.
Dead reckoning
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 02, 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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And thus the 'Game of Thrones' continues

'Twas the thud heard round the world. In the penultimate episode of the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones , our hero Ned Stark (Sean Bean), after a brief, fraught tenure as the King's Hand, discovered the Lannisters' incestuous affair, was falsely
Calling Dr. Zaius!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: 21 Jump Street

Everyone bemoans the endless sequels and remakes, but occasionally a treasure like Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street comes along that redeems the rehashing.
More than just a rehash
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 16, 2012

Interview: James Wolcott's semi-dirty years

The brilliant cultural critic James Wolcott has written for the vast majority of respectable periodicals, lately and most often for Vanity Fair.
Cleaning up
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 25, 2011

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Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
A collage of privileged documentary moments
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 30, 2011
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A friend in need

For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011

Words around town

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” said Joseph Heller. Let that serve as comfort.
Our fair city is chock full of people who write well and are willing to teach you their trade.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 30, 2010

An interview with local author Benoit Denizet-Lewis about his first book, "America Anonymous"

Benoit Denizet-Lewis | America Anonymous: 8 Addicts in Search of a Life | Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline | January 7th @7PM | 617-566-6660 In...
By Ian Sands  |  January 05, 2009
J.K. Rowling Brings a Grandfatherly Harry Potter Fan To Tears

J.K. Rowling Brings a Grandfatherly Harry Potter Fan To Tears

Before the Breakdown: Steven Jan Vander Ark at SectusSerious drama is afoot in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! We wrote about what the end...
By Sharon Steel  |  April 16, 2008

Flashbacks: Woman punished for being a dominatrix, Gloucester’s heroin problem, and Kafka on housebreaking a cat

MASSAGE HERESY10 years agoApril 3, 1998 | Sarah McNaught looked into why a local massage student was expelled from the Muscular Therapy Institute upon divulging...
By Ian Sands  |  April 04, 2008

Michael Brodeur named new Music Editor at the Boston Phoenix

Boston Phoenix editor Lance Gould announced today that Michael Brodeur would be joining the staff of the alt-weekly newspaper as the music editor on March...
By Nina MacLaughlin  |  March 21, 2008

Flashbacks: Reviewing R. Kelly after the arrest, “the writer’s writer’s writer,” and a city with amnesia

THE ICK FACTOR5 years agoMarch 21, 2003| While listening to R. Kelly’s new album, Chocolate Factory, critic Jon Caramanica couldn’t get the singer’s recent transgression...
By Ian Sands  |  March 20, 2008
The end of the Wire

The end of the Wire

I haven't seen the finale yet (even though it has leaked), so I couldn't reveal any details from it even if I wanted to. But...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 07, 2008

Like Hope, Only Different: Comedians for McCain

On the off chance you're one of the three people who hasn't seen the original, the above will be much funnier after you watch this....
By Carly Carioli  |  February 12, 2008

UPDATE: Writers to vote on ending strike Tuesday

The WGA's leadership has approved the deal for now. On Tuesday, if a majority of the WGA West's and East's membership vote to end the...
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 11, 2008