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outdoor summer movies in boston

Silver screens by starlight

Films al fresco
We all enjoy a good blockbuster. But we hate to waste our all-too-few summer nights cooped up in a cavernous megaplex — we've got approximately seven months of Boston winter to stay indoors.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  June 09, 2011

mo list

Manchester Orchestra | Simple Math

Favorite Gentleman/Columbia (2011)
It's not uncommon to find young alt bands testing their boundaries on their third albums, exhibiting growth through darker material and more-complex lyricism.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  May 12, 2011

Ram list

Review: Rammbock

The thrill is there, but the heart isn't
Marvin Kren's grim foray into the zombie genre (a German first) has all the right components.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  May 04, 2011


Review: Scream 4

Self-aware to the brink of absurdity
This movie is going to have more than its fair share of detractors. I'm not one of them.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  April 19, 2011


Review: Soul Surfer

Cheese instead of heart
What are Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and Craig T. Nelson doing in this movie?
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  April 07, 2011


Review: Maniac (1980)

Psychopath takes out Mommy Issues on unsuspecting women in chilling 1980 re-release
Frank Zito's mom fucked him up. She fucked him up real good. Now he's a serial killer, and William Lustig's Maniac (re-released for its 30th anniversary by Grindhouse) takes a harrowing, stomach-churning journey into his psyche.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 15, 2011


Here comes Weeda Claus

And the Smoke Encircled His head Like a Wreath
And the Smoke Encircled His head Like a Wreath
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  December 15, 2010


Review: Burlesque

A film that's been done before. Many times.
It's no great surprise that Christina Aguilera can sing.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  December 01, 2010


Ra Ra Riot graduate to the indie elite

Senior project
When you listen to Mathieu Santos, you might imagine that Ra Ra Riot have enjoyed a charmed rise to indie fame, everything coming a little too easy for the erstwhile college students.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 22, 2010


Interview: Amy Sedaris

On sausages, short robes, and stealing her new book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People
These days, money is a bit tight for all of us. Even for Amy Sedaris. Well, not really. But she can empathize!
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 16, 2010


Ski Guide 2011: How to leave the slopes in one piece

More shred, less dead
Here are a few (mostly) fail-safe ski don'ts to abide when you go out to shred some fresh powder.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 11, 2010


Interview: Horror director Adam Green

Frozen nuggets of ski wisdom
We caught up with Holliston-born filmmaker Adam Green ( Hatchet , Hatchet 2 ) on the phone from his new home in LA (where he was dismayed to find they have neither Dunkin' Donuts or Fluff) to talk about his 2009 ski-survival thriller, Frozen .
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 08, 2010


Review: My Soul To Take

Craven's worst?
The killer looks a bit like the strung-out version of Hagrid, the dim-witted giant from the Harry Potter movies.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 13, 2010


Kings of Leon | Come Around Sundown

RCA (2010)
Kings of Leon seem to have hit their stride on their fifth studio album — but it's more of a stroll, and they're not heading anywhere particularly new.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 12, 2010


To catch a weed faerie

Blunt trauma
Blunt trauma
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 22, 2010


The Temper Trap's televised rise to fame

Commercial appeal
Dish duty is one thing that Lorenzo Sillitto really misses when he's on tour.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 22, 2010


Interview: Eloise Mumford and James Wolk of Lone Star

The stars of Fox's new drama talk Jon Voight and Betty White
James Wolk and Eloise Mumford, the stars of Fox's new drama Lone Star [premiering Sept. 20) are both far more attractive in person than they are on the TV screen.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 17, 2010


Exploring Twitter: best thing since CB Radio @140 Character Conference

Series of Tubes Dept.
The traveling con hits Boston to tackle such topics as "Crowdsourcing Cancer."
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 08, 2010


Review: Suck

Alice Cooper, Moby, and Iggy Pop walk into a bar ...
This blood-soaked camp-fest monopolizes on the media-dominating vampire craze, delivering a none-too-subtle jab to the music industry at the same time.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 02, 2010


Review: Ra Ra Riot | The Orchard

Barsuk (2010)
Two years after the modest success of The Rhumb Line , these Ithaca-based college chums have returned with a sleeker, more cerebral album that speaks to their post-grad sensibilities.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 31, 2010
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