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Film: PitchPerfect

Review: Pitch Perfect

Jason Moore's musical doesn't hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect.

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 05, 2012

Review: The Oranges

Julian Farino's inept, unfunny romantic comedy reprises The Graduate , 45 years later.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Solomon Kane

The last time Pete Postlethwaite died onscreen, he was being gunned down in The Town .

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: How to Survive a Plague

In 1987, 26-year-old Peter Staley, a closeted Wall Street trader, was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Given less than two years to live, he addressed the International AIDS Conference . . . three years later. He's still alive.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012

Review: V/H/S

As horror movie premises go, "found footage" tends to possess the most capacity for both pure, stomach-churning terror and woefully laughable shtick.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012


Review: Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
Short Takes: Escape Fire

Review: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Matthew Heineman and Susan Frömke's documentary tackles a familiar topic but doesn't weigh in on the Obamacare issue so contentious in the upcoming election.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
Review TheTempermentals

'The Tempermentals' start the revolution

Jon Marans's The Temperamentals (at Lyric Stage through April 28) begins innocently enough: a first date during which a coy couple engages in some flirtatious back-and-forth and plays footsie under a restaurant table.
Secret histories
By MADDY MYERS  |  April 06, 2012

Review: Friends with Kids

There are only so many baggy vagina jokes one can take. And writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film about how parenthood changes a Manhattan circle of friends has its share.
Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film
By ALICIA POTTER  |  March 09, 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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Review: One Day

Following her stunning coming-of-age tale, An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig returns to London for this adaptation of the bestselling novel about a love that spans 20 years.
A love that spans 20 years
By PEG ALOI  |  August 19, 2011

Phoenix Mad (In Love) Libs presents: The Trashy Date

We met at the romantic intersection of [blank] and desire ...
The ____ Boston Date Ever!
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2011
The Schemers at the Met

The Schemers at the Met

The Schemers don't reunite all that often, but they're in an active period in the second half of 2010. The feisty Rhode Island band dominated...
By webteam  |  October 05, 2010

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at the Strand Theatre

Anyone near the Midcoast should go to Rockland's Strand Theatre this afternoon to see the ngoni (traditional lute) band of Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010

Eric Bettencourt at Empire Dine and Dance

ERIC BETTENCOURT’s second solo release this year was recorded with his band GIRAFFE ATTACK, and is appropriately titled The Giraffe Attack Collection. He and the...
By webteam  |  September 16, 2009
Pop Trash, Box o' Sound, Mike Diskin and WTF

Pop Trash, Box o' Sound, Mike Diskin and WTF

  The Sandbox goes through all the news you ACTUALLY care about in Pop Trash, listen to ...
By Charlie  |  May 29, 2009
Michael McDonald, Ed & Ashley and WTF

Michael McDonald, Ed & Ashley and WTF

Michael McDonald returns to croon 'FNX tunes. Special Ed did date anyone. That anyone's na...
By Charlie  |  February 17, 2009
Ed, Forsberg, MRTPQ, WTF & The Finisher!

Ed, Forsberg, MRTPQ, WTF & The Finisher!

We review more applicants for Special Ed Will Date Anyone, talk to Forsberg about sports, ...
By Charlie  |  February 11, 2009