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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
As usual, I've got you covered.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

Review: Cop Out

More like strike out
Directing has never been Kevin Smith's strong suit ...
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 2010

10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 25, 2009

Sex, Drugs, Rock and Peace

How Abbie Hoffman politicized Woodstock – and changed America
It is a nation of alienated young people. We carry it around with us as a state of mind in the same way the Sioux Indians carried the Sioux nation around with them. It's a nation dedicated to cooperation versus competition, to the idea that people should have a better means of exchange than property and money.
By AL GIORDANO  |  July 22, 2009

White-knuckle thrill rites

Bigelow puts the art into action
Kathryn Bigelow's art-packed action movies
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2009

Sotomayor's mixed message on free speech

Freedom Watch
Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 03, 2009

Review: Bad Cop

Life as one of NYPD's not-so-finest
Title a book Bad Cop and brain-basher types like Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta spring to mind.
By AMY FINCH  |  June 05, 2009

96. Sean Delonas

You tell us which is worse: this New York Post editorial cartoonist caricaturing America’s first African-American president as a monkey, or failing to man up about it —  offering a lame “Gee, I never thought they’d interpret it that way” excuse instead. Here’s an idea for Delonas’s next cartoon: two NYPD officers riddling a hack artist with bullets, with one saying to the other:  “The New York Post will have to find someone else to illustrate the next unfunny Obama parody.”
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Graffiti wars

Cops and taggers play a high-stakes game of cat and mouse
Even though he’s headed to prison, SPEK will still be visible in Massachusetts.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 12, 2008

Radio days

Will C.’s beyond-fresh Down the Dial comp
Will C was born 20 years too late and four skin tones too light.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2008

Max Payne

Bloodless, PG-13-rated action noir
No longer the undercover DEA agent of the game, Max oversees NYPD “cold case” files. They don’t come much colder than this one.  
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 25, 2008

Star Fucking Hipsters | Until We’re Dead

Fat Wreck Chords (2008)
Of course, one could argue that anything called Star Fucking Hipsters gets an automatic three stars.  
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 08, 2008

Righteous Kill

A predictable, tedious thriller
It’s been nearly a decade since Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were choosing roles based on quality rather than cash.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 17, 2008

Man on Wire

Enthralling, exciting, and deeply beautiful
His little venture was not only death-defying but highly illegal.
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 05, 2008

Trying out an anti-demonstration ‘sonic cannon’

Non-lethal weapons
The Maine Marine Patrol is considering purchasing a “sonic cannon” capable of broadcasting earsplitting, “disorienting” sounds, like those that have been used to break up peaceful demonstrations in public spaces in Iraq and the country of Georgia.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 16, 2008

Beat Generation

Ed Lin’s second novel is an authentic portrait of Chinatown in 1976
Set in New York City’s Chinatown during America’s bicentennial and the pessimistic aftermath of the Vietnam War, Ed Lin’s second novel, This is a Bust, is ripe with political, institutional, and racial turmoil.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008

War zones

Fall films face terror at home and abroad
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

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Mooninites invade; all hell breaks loose

The day 'art' died
What made this incidentrise to the level of art was Boston officialdom’s unwitting collaboration and the questions it raised about local art and fear.
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007

Bring it on

Joel Meyerowitz examines the wreckage of September 11
On a quiet Sunday morning a month after the September 11 attacks, I visited the ruins of the World Trade Center. Slideshow: Joel Meyerowitz photos from Aftermath
By GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2006

16 Blocks

Willis can still do Die Hard , but Donner's a long way from Lethal Weapon
Assigned to transport a talky, small-time crook (Mos Def) to court, NYPD detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) rediscovers his inner cop when he learns that the kid is about to testify against some corrupt cops.
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 01, 2006

Life, love, and sneakers

The culture of high-end kicks is about to blow up in Boston. How many pairs do you have?
Rob Heppler got his sneaker schooling in jail: "Anyone that had super-awesome sneakers, it was for a reason. It meant you were a huge drug dealer or you were rich or somebody cared about you on the outside."
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  February 18, 2006

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