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Cutting edge: The 10 best movies of 2012

Torture, vengeance, guilt, despair, mental decline, a rough night out — so why do I feel so exhilarated about the 10 best movies of 2012?

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2012
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Photos: The Boston Phoenix's Best Awards Party

The Boston Phoenix hosts our first-ever awards show in honor of the Best issue at Brighton Music Hall on April 11, 2012.
April 11, 2012 | Brighton Music Hall
By MICHAEL YOUNG  |  April 20, 2012
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Photos: The Providence Phoenix Best of 2012 Party

The Providence Phoenix Best of 2012 Party | Fete Music | April 11, 2012.
Fete Music | April 11, 2012
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 13, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 30, 2011
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Boston bartenders bust up the Big Easy

There was a wedding, a funeral (for the Long Island Iced Tea), fried alligator, mechanical bulls, and Ron Jeremy on harmonica. Boston bartenders, who were there in full force, can attest to all of it.
Strange tales
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 26, 2011
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Photos: The Providence Phoenix Annual Best in RI Awards Show

The Providence Phoenix honors the Best in RI at the Met on April 20, 2011. Check out the winners  here .
The Best of Rhode Island Awards | The Met | April 20, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 22, 2011


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Local heroes of 2011

In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Simon Moore and Linda Katz
By DANIEL MCGOWAN AND MARION DAVIS  |  April 22, 2011
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Boston's Best Arts and Entertainment 2009

We are a culture-rich city — a veritable cauldron of talent and fun, and have been so since Anne Bradstreet inscribed the gates of Harvard. In Boston, the arts never stand still.
What a difference 100 years makes  
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2009
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Boston's Best Food and Drink 2009

The danger of doing an annual Best issue is that readers could well screw up the whole thing, especially when it comes to eating out. It would suck if they voted for the too-familiar national-chain eateries. Best Hamburger: McDonalds?!
Keeping it all back home
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2009
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Boston's Best in City Life 2009

There’s so much to love about Boston, it’s hard sometimes to know where to start. Traffic? Obnoxious Sox fans? Irritating students? Norway rats? Inflated rents? An inferiority complex unlike any on the Eastern seaboard?
Rocking in the cradle of eccentricity
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2009

The Best Party!


Here's a slideshow of photos and a video from last night's The Best of Portland party at Port City M...
By Jeff Inglis  |  April 16, 2009


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Boston's Best Shopping 2009

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love to shop and people who would rather prepare for a colonoscopy than enter a store. This latter bunch could account for the Best Readers’ Poll write-in “votes."  
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By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 15, 2009
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Good news, bad news

It will be the best of times. Or, perhaps, it will be the worst.
Fear and loathing? Or happy days? The only thing we know for sure about the coming year is that we're all in this together.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 30, 2008