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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"Just smile and be yourself," advises Charlie's naïve dad. "That's how you make friends in the real world."

By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 28, 2012
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Review: The Woman in Black

After 10 years battling supernatural creatures, you'd think Harry Potter would be better equipped to deal with the paranormal pests he faces in James Watkins's old-fashioned ghost story.
James Watkins's old-fashioned ghost story
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 03, 2012
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Interview: Katie Leung follows Harry Potter with ART's Wild Swans

Fans of J.K Rowling's wizarding empire (read: every man, woman, and child) all remember the moment we were introduced to Cho Chang, the lucky Ravenclaw who gets to paint the town (and do a bit of snogging) with Mr. Potter himself.
On track
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2012
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Don't read these books!!

The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union will host its annual Banned Books event on September 23 at 6 pm at the Providence Athenaeum.
Censored
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 23, 2011
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The hipster Harry Potter

The inside flap of Wildwood — the new young-adult fantasy novel by Decemberist Colin Meloy — claims that the book is for ages nine and up.
Colin Meloy’s fake children’s book isn’t for children at all
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 23, 2011
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Young Adulteration

In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011


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Review: Conan the Barbarian

Is Jason Momoa a future governor of California?
Blurry action scenes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011
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Photos: One Night in Boston 2011

STUFF Magazine presents photos taken in Boston's streets over eight hours on the night of July 15, 2011; here are a few of our favorites.
Fifteen photographers. Eight hours.
By STUFF BOSTON  |  August 12, 2011

HP Aftermath: A guide to the best and worst Harry Potter video games


The end of the Harry Potter film series means the end of many things, among them its licensed video game franchise (Or does it?) HP's...
By Wei-Huan Chen  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

"It's complicated," says Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) early on in this last installment of his epic as he tries to explain some obscure plot element.
The final chapter
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 15, 2011

This Week in Geek, July 11-17: Sand sculptures, Slurpee’s, and tons of free stuff!


Some of the best things in life are free, and I don't mean the taste of new toothpaste or laughing with friends. Sure, those are...
By Wei-Huan Chen  |  July 11, 2011


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From here to Aeternitas

On July 15, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters, dealing the final Avada Kedavra to the biggest fantasy franchise of our generation.
Fighting fading fandom dept.
By MICAH HAUSER  |  April 29, 2011
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Photos: ''Talk Nerdy 2 Me'' with Rogue Burlesque

Rogue Burlesque presents "Talk Nerdy 2 Me" at the Middlesex Lounge on April 13, 2011.
"Talk Nerdy 2 Me" | Middlesex Lounge | April 13, 2011
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 15, 2011
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Make It So: 7 of the geekiest sex toys ever made (NSFW)

It's a common misconception that nerds don't have sex. On the contrary. Nerds have more sex, and weirder sex, than you're having.
To boldly go
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

How are the kids going to take to preachy C.S. Lewis after the pagan Harry Potter and the titillating Twilight ?
Kind of like looking for the Horcruxes in The Deathly Hallows , only less fun
By  |  December 10, 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest screens at the Strand


When the pudding's gone, the Pats have crushed the Lions, and you've awakened from the requisite nap, head to the cinemas. The lauded film version...
By webteam  |  November 22, 2010


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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

When a movie begins with the Warner Bros. logo crumbling in decay and ends with a defiled grave, you know you've experienced an evening of magic.
Bleak magic: Deathly Hallows lives up to its name
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 19, 2010
Harry Potter vs. Star Wars 3-D: Battle at the box office!

Harry Potter vs. Star Wars 3-D: Battle at the box office!


Harry vs. Luke: Which sparkly-stick wielding hero do you prefer? Two heroic journeys go head to head this fall in theatres: George Lucas plans to...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 01, 2010
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Where Maine reads

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010
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Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

No matter how many books she sells, no matter how many billions the movies make, no matter what significance her huge success has for the future of Western culture, there's no excuse for Stephenie Meyer's terrible writing.
Blood simpletons: Eclipse needs a transfusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Book bag for the dog days

Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 18, 2010


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Review: Best Worst Movie

Best Worst Movie offers a strong argument for why certain objects of kitsch are adopted by eccentric fans.  
Exploring Troll 2 's fascinatingly watchable badness
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 04, 2010
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Review: Kick-Ass

It’s the greatest introduction of a movie character in at least 10 years, the moment when Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) makes the scene.
It’s Chloë Grace Moretz who kicks ass
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010

Crossword: ''It's a Tough Job''

But you totally get used to it.
But you totally get used to it.
By MATT JONES  |  February 26, 2010
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Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010
Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter

Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter


"Harry Potter: The Exhibition" arrived at the Museum of Science in October, much to the delight of wide-eyed urchins, fantasy fans, and twenty-somethings who never...
By Emily Cataneo  |  December 21, 2009


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Interview: Lone Scherfig

Born in Denmark in 1959, Lone Scherfig first gained international attention in 2000 with Italian for Beginners, a charming little film that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. A couple of years later, she followed up with Wilbur Wants t
An Educated Lady
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 13, 2009
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Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009
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Review: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

You’ve seen it all before: a boy with a special destiny tangles with the occult and gets sucked out of his normal life and into the twilight realm of the supernatural, in the process setting the stage for paranormal war between good and evil.
Harry Potter  it ain’t, but it’s fun all the same.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 30, 2009

Orthodox caveman

Wanted: a right-wing wacko to run for governor of Maine.
Maine’s GOP is suffering from a muddle in the middle
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2009