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Oops! We’re doing it again: Why are the ’90s back?

Are you living the ’90s dream? The IFC sketch-comedy series “Portlandia” poses that very question in its first scene, a musical celebration of all the things that decade promised.

“You know how people were talking about getting piercings and tribal … Read More...

Tymp’s ‘Good Man’ an enjoyable find

“Why is it that I always have supper in the red dish and my drinking water in the yellow dish?” a wise beagle asks himself in the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which Tympanium Euphorium is staging this … Read More...

‘Footloose’ has all the right moves

It’s always a risky venture when you stage a show as familiar as “Footloose.” After all, the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie has long been a part of our pop culture lexicon, and a remake appeared just last fall. As it … Read More...

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Film: ‘Days of Heaven’
There may be no film more beautiful than Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” (1978). In the early 1900s, working-class lovers Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) migrate to the Texas Panhandle, where they begin harvesting … Read More...

Fiennes makes exciting, contemporary ‘Coriolanus’

A seething crowd, organized in columns like a ragtag militia, marches toward a city center. Many of them carry cellphones primed to take photos. All of them possess a deep anger directed at the government—they’re outraged by the power of … Read More...

As grisly farce, 'Titus Andronicus' gets mixed results

On the late, great “Arrested Development”—bear with me—GOB Bluth engages in a series of escalating dares with a strange woman that results in them robbing a convenience store and getting married.

William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” is kind of like that, … Read More...

The Hoot predicts the Oscars

Best Picture
Will win: “The Artist”
Could win: “The Descendants”
There’s little chance “The Artist” won’t win, as it has swept almost all the awards for which it has been nominated. It will become the second lowest-grossing Best Picture winner, … Read More...

Musical ‘Smash’ shows promise

“Revivals and movies … why doesn’t anyone do new musicals anymore?” songwriter Julia Houston (Debra Messing ’90) wonders aloud in the pilot episode of “Smash,” a new show on NBC that explores the drama that occurs behind the scenes of … Read More...

'Iron Lady' a wasted opportunity

“One of the greatest problems of our age,” an elderly Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) observes, “is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.”

The same problem envelops the entirety … Read More...

Moveable feasts: the top 10 films of 2011

A confession: I love making lists. If there’s downtime in class, I’ll make chronological lists of the American presidents, British monarchs and novels of William Faulkner. My desk always features at least one to-do list, while my laptop houses lists … Read More...

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