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| March 08, 2013
Weeks after Aaron Swartz’s death, a friend takes action
Providence State Representative David Segal's 2010 Congressional campaign was a shoestring affair. It would not prevail.
| March 01, 2013
The human stain: life and death in Middletown
The New York Times dubbed Will Eno a “Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”
| February 22, 2013
Review: Darksiders II
"Gentlemen, I'm not going to mince words. THQ is in trouble. We're bleeding cash, and we need a hit game to save our ass. I want you to tell me what you're going to do to make Darksiders II that game."
A tour of gaming tropes
| September 07, 2012
Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild
One of the most assured debuts in years, Benh Zeitlin's folk tale is a portrait of the wonder and heartbreak that comes with being too young to understand what you experience.
Benh Zeitlin's folk tale
| July 06, 2012
Review: Your Sister's Sister
Seattle slacker Jack (Mark Duplass) has been beating himself up over his brother's death for a year, so his brother's ex-girlfriend (Emily Blunt) — who is also Jack's best friend— offers him her father's cabin in the San Juan Islands for the weekend to
| June 22, 2012
Review: 5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
| June 22, 2012
In post-drinking death, is anyone responsible?
Conflicting reports about why exactly Nathan Bihlmaier was asked to leave RiRa on the night of May 19 — whether he was drunk, whether he was behaving inappropriately toward another patron, or whether he stumbled over some musical equipment — leave quest
Summer in the City
CHELSEA COOK AND JEFF INGLIS
| June 01, 2012
Review: Where Do We Go Now?
Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's whimsical film about internecine slaughter has a tone problem from the very start: a group of widows engage in a goofy line dance while the voiceover narrator bewails the death toll of religious warfare.
Nadine Labaki's whimsical film
| May 25, 2012
Review: Being Jewish in France
"A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.
Yves Jeuland's documentary
| March 16, 2012
Good Theater wrestles with love and sin
There's only one major problem in the love between Adam (Rob Cameron), a sarcastic would-be teacher working in retail, and Luke (Joe Bearor), an aspiring young actor.
| February 03, 2012
You Me at Six | Sinners Never Sleep
Sinners Never Sleep is a transitional album, though such efforts rarely bode as well for the future as this does.
Virgin Records (2011)
| January 27, 2012
Closing the book on the West Memphis Three
The Paradise Lost story began in 1993 with the discovery of the bodies of three West Memphis, Arkansas, children in a watery ditch, hogtied and mutilated. A confession led police to the arrest of three teenagers: Damon Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie
Between heaven and hell
| January 06, 2012
Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)
Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
| December 23, 2011
Review: Inside Hana's Suitcase
When Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo, is given charge of a child's suitcase found in the rubble of Auschwitz — a rarity, as most such belongings were lost — it piques her interest. She and her students decide to f
Larry Weinstein's stirring documentary
| November 11, 2011
Kenneth Lonergan offers no resolutions in this complex and moving parable, unless it's the observation that the only resolutions in life are in art.
| October 07, 2011
Gus Van Sant's Restless follows a similar template to Jonathan Levin's 50/50 , with more precious results.
Death-obsessed teens in love
| September 30, 2011
Review: Killer Elite
First Point Blank and now Killer Elite — isn't there a copyright law about stealing the titles of a better movie? Gary McEndry's espionage thriller isn't bad, but it isn't Peckinpah; all the two films have in common are the title and lots of shootin
| September 23, 2011
For all the death and panic, this is a relatively quiet film.
The Traffic of viral outbreak movies
| September 16, 2011
Shaping noise into extreme metal with Sewer Goddess
Sewer Goddess are gritty, grimy, and unpleasant listening, but a growing legion of gluttons flock to the band's audial punishment.
The grimy underground
| August 26, 2011
Review: Mysteries of Lisbon
Ruiz's gorgeous, painterly visuals are shot from startling angles and work alongside his precise, anarchic, and gleefully absurd narrative to evoke a heightened reality that plumbs the mysteries of life.
Raúl Ruiz's legacy
| August 26, 2011
Review: How to Live Forever
Take the most depressing movie imaginable, add The Golden Girls , multiply by Cocoon , and that's How To Live Forever .
Wexler mocks the "anti-aging marketplace"
| August 19, 2011
Review: Final Destination 5
Are we dead yet? It would appear not, as the Final Destination franchise keeps slogging on, like a cross-country family road trip from hell (spoiler alert: somewhere around mile 600, Mom's going through the windshield).
| August 19, 2011
Murdoch & Son
In little more than two weeks, Murdoch's News International (NI) division, the maker and breaker of British prime ministers, has been humbled, and — by extension — its US-based parent, News Corporation, humiliated.
A Scandal of Vatican Proportions
| July 22, 2011
Podcast: Chris Faraone on Digital Death
This morning Chris Faraone of the Boston Phoenix talked about what happens to your digital life when you reach the afterlife. Read it in this...
| June 02, 2011
The Death Set | Michel Poiccard
Michel Poiccard insists on having it all.
| March 18, 2011
First Debate for 2012?
While the national political media was distracted this week by a non-newsworthy semi-declaration of intent from Newt Gingrich, I was chasing down a more significant development: a rapidly escalating feud between two actual declared candidates for US pre
| March 11, 2011
Burzum | Fallen
Illegible as they are ubiquitous (anywhere a patch meets denim or a bored headbanger's head meets a study-hall desk), metal logos are the ultimate example of form over function.
Byelobog Productions (2011)
| March 11, 2011
Eulogies | Tear the Fences Down
Given its origins, this could have been a morbid, self-indulgent exercise. Instead, it’s a fine indie-pop album.
Dangerbird Records (2011)
NICK A. ZAINO III
| February 04, 2011
Death | Spiritual, Mental, Physical
Death's story is one of felicitous, accidental rebirth.
Drag City (2011)
| January 21, 2011
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