ICYMI: REWIND TO THE BEST OF 2014 CINEMA AT THE BRATTLE

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A film released in January is as likely to receive critical acclaim, box office success, or your own stamp of approval as a guy with a knife is to win a gunfight. Luckily, the Brattle is serving up the antidote to this month’s smorgasbord of sure-fire shit with a selection of 2014’s best.

BREAK THE CHAINS: BOSTON’S ALL GENDER, ALL GENRE DANCE PARTY

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“This dance party is about breaking down the systems that oppress and divide us and having a ton of fun while doing it … This is not a gay dance party or a lesbian night. It’s an event for people of all genders and sexualities to come together around awesome music, social justice, and community.”

YEAR IN REVIEW: STAGE SPOTLIGHT

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A look at 2014’s most memorable Boston theater experiences.

SUMMER LOVING(ISH): APOLLINAIRE THEATRE COMPANY STAGES NEW SCOTTISH PLAY “MIDSUMMER”

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Instead of milking the holiday season for as much nog as they can muster, Apollinaire Theatre Company is going the opposite route and serving up a taste of summer in the thick of winter.

LOUD AND LOCAL: A BOSTON FILM INSPIRED BY THE GREATS

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“A lot of the inspiration in making this picture came from the great American films of the 1970s. We wanted to deal truthfully with interpersonal relationships the way that films rarely do today.”