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In Woonsocket, a kinky empire

Browsing the catalog for Athena's Home Novelties, you can almost hear Roy Orbison faintly warbling "Only the Lonely."
Sex and the city
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  February 08, 2013

The 55 worst sex scenes of the 21st century

When it comes to eye-bleach-worthy cinema, the new millennium started with a drug-addled Jennifer Connelly having ass-to-ass dildo sex with a prostitute — and has just kept on showering us in ever-more inventive perversions.

By MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS  |  February 08, 2013
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Born in the wrong body

Dr. Michelle Forcier can't remember his name. But she remembers his face: a boy, 14, trapped in a girl's body. He was anguished. Hated what he was becoming.
A Providence doctor is on the leading edge of a new approach to transgender kids
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: The Sessions

No other film this year pushes as many Academy buttons as Ben Lewin's adaptation of the true story of the Dorchester-born poet and writer Mark O'Brien, a paralyzed polio survivor who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.
Sexual healing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: Taken 2

Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is still trying to remain an active part of the lives of his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012


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Take a hit

Compromises must be made.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: For A Good Time, Call ...

Other than Kevin Smith, is there anyone more toxic to a film than Nia Vardalos?
The usual opposites-attract sludge
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 31, 2012
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Doing the Time Warp at Arundel Barn

The Arundel Barn Playhouse has given its production of The Rocky Horror Show a "PG-14" rating, and attendees are asked by artistic director Adrienne Grant (in both a pre-show speech and a detailed online document that is itself a work of art) to observ

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 17, 2012
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Review: Girlfriend Boyfriend

Politics, love, and friendship collide in director Ya-Che Yang's Girlfriend Boyfriend , a love story spanning almost 30 years of Taiwanese history.
Ya-Che Yang's love story
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  August 03, 2012
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New book has frank words about fat

The characters in the 20 short stories that make up advocate, writer, and businesswoman Rebecca Jane Weinstein's new book are many and varied.
Expanding Horizons Dept.
By MELISSA NELSON  |  July 20, 2012


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Review: Natural Selection

So memorable as Ed Helms's harridan wife in The Hangover , Rachael Harris is a natural for a lead role.
Robbie Pickering's road movie
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: The Matchmaker

Arik (Tuval Shafir), a restless Israeli teenager, struggles against the cultural limits of Haifa in 1968 — it's a provincial prism untouched by rock music or the sexual revolution.
Cultural limits
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
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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
Mumbled recriminations
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: Whore's Glory

Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his camera into three pitiable spots where there is open prostitution, and where painted ladies, desperate for a living wage, service the most craven clientele.
Painted ladies
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 15, 2012
Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 08, 2012


Film: Where Do We Go Now?

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012
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Lena Dunham and HBO get it right

When a new television show chronicling the lives of young women arrives, it tends to come packaged with the promise that it will expertly define them, both as a generation and a gender.
Girls, girls, girls
By SHARON STEEL  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: Project X

When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
Done before and better
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Cresta Bar & Ristorante

Cresta Bar & Ristorante, the new restaurant in Pawtucket, is really classing up the place.
Diamond in the rough
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2012
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An intimate guide to dining in — and eating out — this Valentine's Day

Food and sex have long been intimate bedfellows. What's the endgame of a dinner date but the prospect of the coital desserts waiting at home?
Erotic Potluck
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO, CASSANDRA LANDRY, AND ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 10, 2012


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Sex ed 101

If you're in the market for a steaming slice of sex advice, local sexologist Megan Andelloux is the woman you want to know.
Advice for students (of all ages): make it fun
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Unfortunately, Fincher doesn't add much to Niels Arden Oplev's Swedish version: more Googling and plot-compressing montages and an altered but still convoluted ending.
Flamboyantly grisly sex crimes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Weekend

Among the world's masterpieces of misanthropy, Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus follows a loathsome, greedy, sexually perverse bourgeois married couple on a weekend jaunt into the French countryside during which they plan to murder the wife's dying father,
Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 09, 2011
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Interview: Sam Benjamin brings his history to SPACE Gallery

Soon after Brown University graduate Sam Benjamin moved to southern California in 1999, he started a website called  jewishcheerleaders.com  — an online journal about his nascent career in the porn industry.
Sam Benjamin brings his history to SPACE Gallery
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 02, 2011
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Photos: Sin-O-Matic at Machine (NSFW)

Machine hosts its monthly, inhibition-free and fetish-filled Sin-O-Matic night on November 19th, 2011.
Machine | November 19th, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  November 23, 2011


Short Take: J. Edgar

Review: J. Edgar

Filmmaker Clint Eastwood, famously Republican, portrays right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover, the late FBI head, as a self-aggrandizing, conniving bully and mama's boy who broke the law whenever he wanted to bring anyone down.
DiCaprio as right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 11, 2011
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The future of contraception

Whether your interest is personal — Get me off these hormones! — or policy-related — Global population is growing too fast! — the matters discussed at last month's Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle matter to you.
Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2011

Confronting rising HIV rates among gay and bisexual men

HIV infection is on the rise among gay and bisexual men in Rhode Island, even as it is declining for other populations: injection drug users, who are considered particularly at risk, and heterosexuals.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 11, 2011

The future of contraception

Whether your interest is personal — Get me off these hormones! — or policy-related — Global population is growing too fast! — the matters discussed at last month's Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle matter to you.
Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2011