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We should move.

There's a lot wrong with this place.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 10, 2012
Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 08, 2012
ShortTakes:The Hunter

Review: The Hunter

Apparently extinct since the 1930s, the Tasmanian Tiger resembled an uncanny assortment of mismatched parts from other animals. Daniel Nettheim's film is equally weird and motley.
Weird and motley
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012
review Chimpanzee

Review: Chimpanzee

Following in the footsteps of African Cats , this Disney-distributed documentary combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
Disney-distributed documentary
By MILES HOWARD  |  April 27, 2012

Interview: Karen Russell talks to the animals

Florida native Karen Russell burst on the scene in 2007 with an unbelievably likeable and charming book of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves .
Frustrated vet
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 14, 2011

Dog years

An aging dog gets existential.
By KARL STEVENS  |  July 22, 2011

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Review: Zookeeper

Local viewers might be amused by director Frank Coraci's Boston geography in this slapdash comedy; for example, taking a right turn on Queensberry onto Storrow Drive and then over the Zakim Bridge en route to the airport. Makes as much sense as the plot
Slapdash comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 15, 2011

Oh, the Humanities

The data contained within the following illustration represents the most common words found in the titles of more than 150 doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences published in 2010.
 A word cloud representing 6,574,357 hours of scholarship
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 29, 2011

Review: Corinna Schnitt's ''Once Upon A Time'' at the RISD Museum

Corinna Schnitt's video Once Upon a Time opens on a comfortable living room.
Surreal storybooks
By GREG COOK  |  April 22, 2011

Review: The Elephant In the Living Room

There are more tigers in Texas than in India, according to Michael Webber's award-wining documentary, The Elephant In the Living Room , which plays next weekend at Movies at the Museum at the Portland Museum of Art.
Documentary investigates the suburban animal kingdom
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011

Using art to transform the Harvard Museum of Natural History — for one night

While visiting Berlin's Museum Für Naturkunde, Boston architect Lisa Haber-Thomson felt a pang for a simpler era.
Animal house
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 01, 2011


Interpreting mass die-offs

If you come across thousands of dead birds, you should freak out.
 Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 04, 2011

Theodore Treehouse are Closest to the Sun

Bryan Bruchman and Dylan Martin and Ian Paige and everyone else who's been raving about Theodore Treehouse's live set over the past year were completely and totally right.
Burn, baby, burn
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2010

Bettye LaVette | Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.
Anti- (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 04, 2010
Myotonic Goats, when nature hates you

Myotonic Goats, when nature hates you

 Sometimes Mother Nature is just cruel to the cutest creatures and sometimes God really does have a sick sense of humor. However, when they work...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  May 03, 2010

Maine Hearts Animals (duh)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks Maine among the top five states in the country for animal protection.
By Deirdre Fulton  |  December 17, 2009

King Richard's Faire '09: Fun, but for a tidy sum

This past weekend marked the opening of King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA. Most Renaissance faires can only dream of what King Richard’s has achieved:...
By Maddy Myers  |  September 08, 2009
Pet Blood Donations Help Save Lives

Pet Blood Donations Help Save Lives

Give your pets the chance to be more than just lap-things and models for tiny pretentious sweaters by participating in Pints for Pets, a dog and cat blood-donor program to benefit the four-legged patients of the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center - Boston.

By Sara Faith Alterman  |  March 23, 2009
Pink dolphins...not only in fairy tales

Pink dolphins...not only in fairy tales

Every little girl just got a little happier. We've seen pink birds, pink elephants, and now presenti...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  March 02, 2009

Power rangers

Adam Ryder was fascinated, he said, by long-distance, high-tension power lines and their scruffy right-of-ways.
Photographers roam the electric grid
By GREG COOK  |  January 21, 2009

Where the wild things are

Venture out into the waters and woodlands of New England, and there's a chance you'll bump into "Champ," America's own Loch Ness Monster, who allegedly plies the muddy ripples of Lake Champlain.
As our planet edges closer to the apocalypse, the escapist, fantasy world of cryptids is suddenly coming to life
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 07, 2009

What in the hell is a dugong??

What in the hell is a dugong??

Honestly, how many times in your adult life did you ever say, "I never knew that animal existed!" Ma...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 05, 2009