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Heaven and Hell

Angels & Demons has it all
Tom Hanks is back as Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon, but the filmmakers have ditched the long hair and allowed Hanks to look like an early-fiftysomething (which he is) instead of The Da Vinci Code 's 40ish hipster wanna-be.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 28, 2009

Play by Play: April 24, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 22, 2009

Play by play: April 17, 2009

 Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 14, 2009

Review: Knowing

The plot is a sham, and Proyas's slick visuals do little to dress it up.
Although he's an MIT astrophysicist, John doesn't use science to go at the mystery so much as pints of whiskey and lunatic calls to the FBI.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2009

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

Puzzle Quest drifts off course once more
It's appropriate that the new Puzzle Quest game should take place in space. Just like a black hole, it's impossible to resist; you wind up crushed into a subatomic particle.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 10, 2009

More new than old

Hope gets its close-up at Festival Ballet
Artistic director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric has a polished ensemble of dancers and impressive choreographers at the Festival Ballet Providence.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 11, 2009


A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 11, 2009

Class of the Titans

Hypothesis: If a band perform a tribute to a parody musical act, does it create a meta-textual black hole from which no form of entertainment can escape?
By DAN CLARK  |  December 23, 2008

The Year of the Nerd

Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 24, 2008

Nobel Son

A precious, hyperkinetic mess
On its surface, this quirky thriller from Randall Miller has indie-style appeal, with Alan Rickman in a delicious role as a gluttonous, philandering, narcissistic physics professor whose Nobel Prize win is deflated by the kidnapping of his rebellious philosophy-major son.
By PEG ALOI  |  December 05, 2008

Jacob Kirkegaard | Labryinthitis

Touch (2008)
Labyrinthitis deals with the material science of sound — in particular the Tartini tone.
By DEVIN KING  |  December 02, 2008

Wandering Eyes

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey
I find myself lusting after some of the attractive young women with whom I work.
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 19, 2008

The road not yet traveled

A layman's guide to the science of time travel
In 1916, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 21, 2008

Space cowboy

For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.
Ronald Mallett wanted to build a time machine.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 14, 2008

The good news

David Alan Grier fills "TV's black hole" with Chocolate News
When David Alan Grier promises that he’s “filling TV’s black hole” with his chocolate flavor, you know it’s gonna be good.  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 08, 2008

Mirrors up to Nature

As You Like It on Boston Common; QED in Central Square
Up close, the Forest of Arden, an elevated glade tucked into Boston Common, looks like verdant, dappled clouds tacked to two-by-fours.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2008

The illusionist

Anish Kapoor at the ICA
Kapoor’s work looks like nothing in reproduction; you have to experience it in person to get it.
By GREG COOK  |  June 06, 2008

Rage against the machines!

Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 28, 2008

Dark matter

An astonishingly unpredictable ending
This first film by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng and American screenwriter Billy Shebar is an intelligent, well-acted TV-level movie.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008

Musical man

Jason Simon ends his run in The Producers
When holographic projection technology gets perfected, you can be sure that Mel Brooks’s The Producers will be one of the first holograms released.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008

Beat the clock

Does anybody really know what time it is?
“The Earth is a terrible timekeeper,” says Geoff Chester, the spokesman for this country’s official clock-master, the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 27, 2008

Science and fiction

Hollywood teleports to MIT
It wasn’t all hyperventilation.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 15, 2008

Mind Games I

Imagination A-Go-Go at Elemental
The imagination knows its own way, but it sometimes needs marching orders.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2008

War games

The Huntington’s  Third ; the ART’s Copenhagen ; ASP’s Henry V
Wendy Wasserstein might have chosen a lesser light in whose shadow to cast a play than King Lear .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008

The wisdom of crowds

Comic timing
Well before the appointed hour, nearly a thousand people had gathered at tiny Reverend Thomas J. Williams Park in North Cambridge, waiting for . . . well, no one really knew.
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  September 26, 2007

Senior years

Look to your left; look to your right; one of you will break a hip this semester
These are the BU Evergreeners — chatty and well-dressed, brandishing ballpoints and Starbucks.
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  August 15, 2007

Mystic rivers

When G.I. Gurdjieff came to Boston
Was Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff a charlatan?
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 03, 2007

Dream time

Einstein's Dreams at MIT
MIT professor Alan Lightman's first novel Einstein's Dreams doesn't have a plot or developing characters.
By IAN SANDS  |  April 24, 2007

Ridin’ dirty

Is MotorStorm the PS3’s killer app?
What’s to like about MotorStorm ?
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 14, 2007

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