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All the Lights on

Tracing The Boston Globe’s pursuit of church abuse

Yay The often-tedious work of investigative journalism is transformed into a gripping drama in the nimbly plotted Spotlight.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Lucas Iberico Lozada

Out of Obscurity

'Tab Hunter Confidential' documents star's life as gay man in 1950s Hollywood

Yay Tab Hunter is one of those movie star names we all kind of vaguely know, but he has mostly faded into the land of Tinsel Town obscurity.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Alex De Vore

The Return

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first film in nearly a decade is an abstract martial-arts epic

Yay After an eight-year hiatus, director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is back with a martial-arts movie, though it is one as reverent to genre trappings as Andrei Tarkovsky was to science fiction.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Adam Katzman

Taking Patriarchy to the Cleaners

Streep and Mulligan put on their big-girl bloomers for 'Suffragette'

Yay Working tirelessly in a laundry since the age of 7, Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) finally puts her iron down and takes up political activism in Suffragette.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Amy Wolfe

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

'Peace Officer' takes a hard look at police violence

Yay Anyone with a penchant for mistrusting police will find plenty to like in Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber’s Peace Officer.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 David Riedel

A Good Leg to Stand On

Finders Keepers tells a bizarre story in a simple, straightforward manner

Yay Finders Keepers tells a story so outrageous that it would be impossible to make up.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 David Riedel

Upstairs/Downstairs

A beautiful performance makes up for an also-ran story in The Second Mother

Yay The Second Mother’s upstairs-downstairs tale won’t win points for originality.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 David Riedel

Looking for the Light

In 'Blind', a woman copes with losing her sight and a skewed perception of herself

Yay Blind isn’t without its problems, but it’s a compelling, unique view of a singular experience and the pain that comes along with it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 David Riedel

This Grandma Isn't Going to Bake Cookies for You

Lily Tomlin is great in 'Grandma'

Yay Grandma jumps along to become one of the surprises of the year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 David Riedel

One Hit-and-Run, a Bunch of Dirty Cops and a Funeral

'A Hard Day' has a fresh take on some cinematic tropes

Yay A Hard Day delivers the shocks and thrills, with a couple moments that are so jarring you may actually jump out of your seat.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 David Riedel
 
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Morning Word: State Budget Woes

Land commissioner suggests raising gasoline taxes

Morning Word As the price of oil dropped to $26.19 a barrel on Thursday, Sen. Finance Chairman John Arthur Smith says the state budget will likely have to be cut again.  ... More

Feb. 12, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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