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Take a hit

Failure
Compromises must be made.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 20, 2012
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Review: Lola Versus

Bottoming out
Will Greta Gerwig ever be in another film in which she doesn't wear ugly underwear? Will there ever be a movie about heartbroken women where they don't find consolation in food?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 14, 2012
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Review: Think Like A Man

Cleverer than your average rom-com
I guess you can never judge a book by its cover, even if it is Steve Harvey's obnoxiously titled Act like a Lady, Think like a Man.
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  April 18, 2012
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Review: The Dish & the Spoon

Chance indie encounters
Dumped by her husband, an enraged young woman, Rose (Greta Gerwig), drives around coastal towns in the Delaware winter swearing revenge against her straying spouse and an ill fate for the gal who lured him away.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 10, 2012
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Good Theater wrestles with love and sin

Heartplay
There's only one major problem in the love between Adam (Rob Cameron), a sarcastic would-be teacher working in retail, and Luke (Joe Bearor), an aspiring young actor.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2012
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Review: A Separation

Family drama
Somehow, despite an increasingly repressive regime that has jailed many prominent filmmakers, including the world renowned auteur Jafar Panahi, Iranian cinema continues to produce some of the world's subtlest and most illuminating films about the relationships between men and women, and the conflicts inherent in all social units, starting with the family.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2012
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The future of contraception

Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 09, 2011

Confronting rising HIV rates among gay and bisexual men

Health Dept.
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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 09, 2011

Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options

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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 09, 2011
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Mabou Mines deconstructs Ibsen, plus The Civilians

In the Heights
I have been looking forward to this Obie-winning allegory built on Ibsen's A Doll's House since it opened in New York in 2003.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2011
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America's next top girlfriend

Failure
She's not a model. But that's okay.
By KARL STEVENS  |  October 18, 2011
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Review: 50/50

An edgy concept, and a fine cast
In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011
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Their cheating hearts

Literary Lites
When Kristina Newman-Scott took over as director of programs for the Boston Center for the Arts in January, she was surprised at its lack of literary offerings.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 21, 2011
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The Big Hurt: My application to have sex with Sinéad O'Connor

Not a Nigel!
Sinéad O'Connor recently posted a rather extraordinary blog entry, titled "IS SINÉAD ABOUT TO HUMP HER TRUCK?"
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 06, 2011
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Review: Love, etc.

Jill Andresevic documents a collection of real relationships
Jill Andresevic's simply photographed documentary springs from an equally simple premise: shoot a varied bunch of New Yorkers, young to aging, who are thinking hard about love or are involved in relationships, and see what happens to them over a few months.
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 26, 2011
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Emotions run high at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep

Love and misery
Summer brings the annual trio of productions by Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. Love is the common theme of this year's plays — love and its soulmate misery, it goes without saying.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 26, 2011
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Big picture

Failure
Is it all really worth it in the long run?
By KARL STEVENS  |  April 13, 2011
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Checking out chicks at Charlie's

Failure
Hitting on strangers seems to have lost its appeal.
By KARL STEVENS  |  April 05, 2011
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Review: Happythankyoumoreplease

Trivial hipster quandaries
Sam Wexler (Josh Radnor, who also wrote and directed) is an asshole.
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 31, 2011
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Trading sexual histories

Failure
"How many guys have you been with?"
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 22, 2011
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Review: Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure

Is "female sexual dysfuction" real?
For nine years, Vermont-based filmmaker Liz Canner raced around the country with her camera doing research and interviews for this exemplary, absorbing, muckraking documentary.
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 25, 2011
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Phoenix Mad (In Love) Libs presents: The Trashy Date

The ____ Boston Date Ever!
We met at the romantic intersection of [blank] and desire ...
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 09, 2011
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Don't be an idiot

What we wish someone had told us about making the best of the college experience
We're all idiots when we're 18. We're all idiots for the first half of our 20s, and longer, for some. By saying so, we're not trying to insult anyone.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 27, 2011
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Review: Cold War Kids | Mine Is Yours

Interscope (2011)
A lot of people are going to hate this album, but not everyone.
By RYAN REED  |  January 27, 2011



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Workplace weirdness

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
Some of my co-workers and I have a little problem at out office. One of the people we work with, who has always regarded himself as a real swinging guy, has finally struck gold ...
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 22, 2010
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Photos: The Slutcracker 2010

A burlesque take on The Nutcracker
The Slutcracker: A Burlesque takes its sexy  Nutcracker makeover to the Somerville Theatre through December 24, 2010.
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 16, 2010



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