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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Marie Antoinette rules at ART

Last year, dramatist David Adjmi raised a stir with a site-specific tea party called Elective Affinities , in which four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell held court in an Upper East Side townhouse, spinning a small audience into her web of entitlement.
Heads off
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 14, 2012
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Review: The Campaign

When it comes to mainstream movies commenting on political issues this year, Jay Roach's satirical comedy may be as bold as it's going to get.
Jay Roach's satirical comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
Backtalk: RiffTrax

Interview: The RiffTrax crew revisit another 'classic'

MST3K took its curtain call in 1999 after 10 years on cable, but the show's end ultimately liberated host Mike Nelson and the revolving cast of cinematic satirists.
MST3K forever!
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
Mixed messages
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012
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Huntington's Candide hits more than just the high notes

How could a musical with a dazzling score and a perfect cast have been such a dismal flop on Broadway?
Candidissimo!
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 30, 2011


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The Big Hurt: My application to have sex with Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor recently posted a rather extraordinary blog entry, titled "IS SINÉAD ABOUT TO HUMP HER TRUCK?"
Not a Nigel!
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 09, 2011

Indentured servitude and other keys to the Rhode Island recovery

Despite the continual awarding of tax breaks to various upper-income types, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate is still near bottom. So I make these seven modest suggestions for addressing the problem.
Dollars and Sense
By BARRY SCHILLER  |  September 02, 2011
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The deCordova thinks about ''murals''

In "Wall Works" at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, curatorial fellow Lexi Lee Sullivan attempts to corral a trend in art today that spans graffiti and interior decoration.
Off the Wall
By GREG COOK  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: Duke Nukem Forever

The wait is over: Duke Nukem Forever is finally here!
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By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 01, 2011
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Review: Duke Nukem Forever

The wait is over: Duke Nukem Forever is finally here!
Unfrozen caveman video game
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 01, 2011


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Strange world

Bob Pfeifer's debut novel, University of Strangers (published by Power City Press, the print arm of the punk label Smog Veil Records), is a fictionalized retelling of a sensational, true-life murder case, as related in the voices of real people.
In his stream-of-consciousness thriller University Of Strangers , former punk rocker, label head, and convict Bob Pfeifer turns real life into something really weird
By BOB PFEIFER  |  February 18, 2011
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Unused video games

Truman Capote's Quip-Out!!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 10, 2010

Don Draper for Mass. Senate?


Over the weekend, in addition to ripping Martha Coakley, Saturday Night Live also welcomed the new Senator from Massachusetts by casting Jon Hamm (a/k/a Mad...
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 01, 2010
Damon Dash Re-Launches Roc-A-Fella With New Line-Up, Signs Notorious Boston Kidnapper Christian Karl “Clark Rocafella” Gerhartsreiter

Damon Dash Re-Launches Roc-A-Fella With New Line-Up, Signs Notorious Boston Kidnapper Christian Karl “Clark Rocafella” Gerhartsreiter


BOSTON – In a move that stunned the hip-hop and kidnapping communities alike, this week flagging h...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 12, 2009
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Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007


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Well shut my mouth!

Are today’s college students thinner-skinned than were previous generations?
Tufts and Brandeis muzzle student newspapers — at students’ urging
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAN WOLFE  |  May 16, 2007