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RICH PERFORMANCES ELEVATE DENNIS LEHANE’S ‘THE DROP’

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Despite occasional detours that never pay off, a plot that is little more than a short story stretched to feature length, and more than a few predictable turns, The Drop is a classy, intelligent genre exercise, and a worthy sendoff for Gandolfini. Continue reading

FALL PREVIEW: NAB YOURSELF A PIECE

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As September 23 draws near, and you begin that sad but necessary ritual in New England of kissing the summer goodbye, there’s a wealth of seasonal-correct whoopin’ good times to be had in our beloved Hub. Continue reading

OSCAR BAIT AND ODDITIES: A GUIDE TO FALL FILM OFFERINGS

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As we emerge from the brain-hardening sensory overload of the summer superhero glut, the studios are now back to tenderizing our sensibilities ahead of award season with an odd mix of palate cleansers and early Oscar hopefuls. Things are about to get weird. Continue reading

TIFF DELIVERS WITH CARELL, TATUM, AND RUFFALO

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It’s the official halfway mark of the Toronto International Film Festival, which means the best of the best have — for the most part — already reared their pretty heads. And with talk still gathering momentum over in Telluride, Oscar talk is already underway as Weinstein and the likes begin to incite whispers and rumors. Continue reading

SPIKE + MIKE’S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION RETURNS

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We don’t know about you, but a world without “Beavis and Butthead” is not a world we’d like to live in. It’d be horrifyingly dull and PC, and we thank the cartoon gods everyday for guys like Craig “Spike” Decker and Mike Gribble for sharing our sentiments. Continue reading

A UNIQUE EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY, OWNERSHIP IN ‘THE CONGRESS’

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Partially based on Stanisław Lem’s novel The Futurological Congress, Folman’s film departs from the dark humor of its source material and shifts the focus from dystopian satire to sensitive portrayal of people who feel the need to escape from reality beyond the point of no return. Continue reading

DIG THIS: ALIENS + PUPPIES + LULZ

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It’s that time of the week again when we get to tell you about cool things going on in the city. For instance: a performance art piece that pulls the viewer into an “environment wedged between pleasure and revulsion.” That just so happens to be our favorite kind of environment. Continue reading

REWATCHING WOODY: CRITICIZE SOMETHING WORTH CRITICIZING

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While breathing life into bad art because of allegations feels like gossip under the guise of criticism, somehow reassessing masterpieces of the American film canon feels less sleazy. Continue reading

THE STUDENT GUIDE: YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STUDENT LIFE IN TOWN

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We have gone to great lengths to bring to you, oh happy student reader, a compendium of cool and wondrous things to celebrate while attending university in Boston. Continue reading

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