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Big Fat Whale
Within minutes of arriving on screen, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) drunkenly wets her bed, sloppily teaches her kindergarten class, and wraps up a night of partying by smoking crack at the local homeless hangout.
| October 26, 2012
Review: Keep The Lights On
Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition
| October 12, 2012
Passion Pit | Gossamer
It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
| July 20, 2012
Though drawn from a true story, Adam and Mark Kassen's drama falls into the pattern of films like The Verdict in which a crapulous barrister gets a second chance by taking on a case of David-versus-Goliath injustice.
Facing down fat cats
| October 21, 2011
'Bath salts' hysteria grips lawmakers
Like hopeless, strung-out junkies, one legislator after another babbled contradictions.
This is your Legislature on drugs
| October 07, 2011
Of all the details to emerge from the Norway atrocities last Friday, one of the most harrowing was the thought of those frightened, bewildered youngsters leaping from the shores of Utøya, dragging their limbs through the gloppy water as if in some kind
Death’s confluence: Amy Winehouse and the Norwegian terror victims
| July 29, 2011
Those in need speak
Residential substance-abuse treatment centers in Maine may be forced to close their doors as a result of severe cuts proposed in Governor Paul LePage's budget.
Letters to the Portland Editor, March 18, 2011
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| March 18, 2011
Bob Pfeifer's debut novel, University of Strangers (published by Power City Press, the print arm of the punk label Smog Veil Records), is a fictionalized retelling of a sensational, true-life murder case, as related in the voices of real people.
In his stream-of-consciousness thriller University Of Strangers , former punk rocker, label head, and convict Bob Pfeifer turns real life into something really weird
| February 18, 2011
Regarding “ Weed Picking Up Speed ”: if health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tob
Letters to the Boston editor, July 24, 2009
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| July 24, 2009
Brogan takes on teens, social networking in Teaser
Former Providence Journal reporter Jan Brogan is out with her fourth mystery, Teaser .
| January 28, 2009
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