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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
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Review: Addiction Incorporated

Much of the first half of Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary is annoyingly gimmicky, relying on unneeded graphics, animation, and imitation-Errol-Morris effects to tell the tale of a Philip Morris scientist, Victor DeNoble, who became a key gove
Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 24, 2012
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Renzo Piano's new wing pays tribute to the Gardner Museum's magic

The challenge from the start of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum expansion project was: how do you follow up a masterpiece? The 99-year-old Fenway institution is world-renowned for its old-master collection installed in dramatic period rooms inside a
Intimate grandeur
By GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2012
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Smash Mouth chicken out

In the end, some eggs were eaten and a bunch of money was raised to help sick kids, which is great. But did Steve Harwell truly meet the egg challenge? No!
Scrambling
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 21, 2011
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Skate of the union

The malt angels from Pabst Blue Ribbon were on hand to fuel us up, and to hook up sweat bands that, incidentally, would come in handy to absorb the blood.
Pissed pedaling
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
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Will Kindles kill libraries?

This week, OverDrive itself will host its own conference to help libraries deal with a massive onslaught of patrons clamoring to check out books on their Kindles. Can embattled public institutions handle such a drastic change?
In this corner: libraries struggling to bring in patrons. In the other: Kindles looking to expand their market. Will it be a bloodbath, or can they hug it out?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 29, 2011


Improv Boston - 'The T Within'

They feel a song coming on

The night the Bruins took the Stanley Cup, the cast of Improv Boston's T: An MBTA Musical ambushed two carfuls of unsuspecting Red Line passengers.
Hello Trolley!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 01, 1900