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How Norman Spack transformed the way we treat transgender children

At 20, Norman Spack learned the power of hormones.
The Metamorphosist
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  August 10, 2012

Parental devices(1)

Babies: not that smart!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 10, 2012
Short Take: I Wish

Review: I Wish

Two elementary school brothers living in southern Japan are forced to live in different cities due to the estrangement of their parents.
The estrangement of two brothers
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 25, 2012
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Review: Losing Control

Bostonians have celebrated the city's rebirth as a shooting location for filmmakers. Had they endured Valerie Weiss's locally made Losing Control , I suspect most would welcome another molasses disaster.
Valerie Weiss's locally made film
By MILES HOWARD  |  April 06, 2012
Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin(1)

Kevin (Ezra Miller) may not have his father's eyes, but Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel rivals Rosemary's Baby , The Omen , and this year's Twilight installment as a negative advertisement for childbearing.
Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012
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Review: Kill List

Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  March 02, 2012

Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
Parent flap
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Carnage

As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
Review: Tomboy

Review: Tomboy(1)

In this lovely feature from the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, Laure, a 10-year-old tomboy decides after moving into a new neighborhood, to pretend that she's a boy, Mikael, as a way to fit in with the local kids.
Céline Sciamma's lovely feature
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011
Being Elmo: Short Take

Review: Being Elmo

Just in time for the release of The Muppet Movie on November 25 comes Constance Marks's look at the man behind the pilly-fabric Sesame Street character.
A moving portrait of an unheralded artist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
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Review: Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star

Of course there are copious gags about penis size and bodily fluids, but Bucky Larson could also have been a decent spoof of the porn industry, especially after Don Johnson enters the picture.
Swardson just doesn't rise to the occasion
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 16, 2011

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Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011
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Review: The Names of Love

Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011

Parental devices

Babies: not that smart!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 18, 2011

Curfews, Christmas, and the company's dime

I am a bit stumped by this matter and perhaps you can help me. My son has recently turned 18, he is a senior in high school. We have been discussing a change in his curfew time ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 17, 2010

Maternal instincts

Do you have any tips on how to deal with some people's insensitivity or, probably more accurately, "tone-deafness"? I have two adopted children and on far too many occasions, people will say things in front of them like, "This is your real mom."
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 29, 2010

Parental disapproval

I am a 21-year-old woman who is still living at home with my mother and stepfather. I am a lesbian and am currently in a relationship. The only problem I have is that neither my mom nor her side of the family approves of my orientation . . .
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 22, 2010

Parental advisory

An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2010
MRTPQ, Henry Santoro: 180, Ed's parents and WTF

MRTPQ, Henry Santoro: 180, Ed's parents and WTF

  The Qdoba MRTPQ was all about quitting, Henry Santoro: 180 was about GPS ankle brace...
By Charlie  |  May 11, 2009