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Call of Doodie

A marine writing in the Wall Street Journal opposes women in combat because ... men take poops.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  February 01, 2013

Review: Spec Ops: The Line

The recent release Spec Ops: The Line is as generic as its name — a competent, intermittently slick third-person shooter whose combat setpieces hold zero surprises for even the novice player.
Friendly fire
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 20, 2012
Review: Elena

Review: Elena(1)

Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012

A decade of turmoil

9/11 has become such a given — such a fixed star in American culture and politics — that as the tenth anniversary approached, it was easy to imagine we had somehow come to terms with the attacks.
Rhode Island’s brightest minds on where we are now
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 09, 2011

Cicilline on the hot seat

It's been a brutal couple of months for Providence mayor-turned-freshman Congressman David Cicilline.
But he's not cooked yet
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 29, 2011

Review: Battle: Los Angeles

This alien-invasion thriller feels like something Jerry Bruckheimer might whip up if the Army asked him to take on its "Be All That You Can Be" campaign.
Jerry Bruckheimer's version of a "Be All You Can Be" PSA
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2011


Review: A Marine's Guide to Fishing

On the one-year anniversary of a life-changing incident on a foreign battleground, a Marine (Matthew Pennington) begins to take up his old life again.
A snapshot of a returned veteran's life
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2011

Going Gaga for gay rights

Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
Rally report
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2010

Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007