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‘Venus’ delivers timely message about gender preference tolerance
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‘Venus’ delivers timely message about gender preference tolerance
Sid Gill (Debargo Sanyal) is presently being pressured by his East Indian immigrant parents (Zena Darawalla and Gordon Warnecke) to settle down and start a family. Trouble is, they have no idea their son is on the verge of transitioning into a woman.
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A day in the life of gutsy ‘den mother’ in charge of beleaguered sports bar
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A day in the life of gutsy ‘den mother’ in charge of beleaguered sports bar
In the film “Support the Girls,” Double Whammies is an unremarkable watering hole located along a desolate strip of highway outside Austin, Texas where truckers and regulars can slip in and out quietly without drawing much attention to themselves. The place is run with an iron fist by Lisa Conroy (Regina Hall), a very protective den mother who takes seriously her mission to shield her employees from perverts.
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Love grows between teacher and African refugee in ‘The Citizen’
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Love grows between teacher and African refugee in ‘The Citizen’
Wilson (Cake-Baly Marcelo) escaped to Hungary a number of years ago after his wife and daughters were slaughtered during civil unrest in his African homeland. The 50-something widower opted to seek political asylum in Budapest rather than continue on to Western Europe like most of his fellow refugees.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ will make you root for love
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ will make you root for love
Based on author Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, “Crazy Rich Asians” is the first movie with an all-Asian principal cast to hit the big screen since “The Joy Luck Club” was released in 1993.
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Black cop infiltrates Klan in Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman'
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Black cop infiltrates Klan in Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman'
What makes the picture work is the way in which it mocks the small-minded Klan members’ racist attitudes and behaviors. However, it simultaneously serves as a timely cautionary tale.
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Beyoncé, Jay-Z wow at Gillette Stadium
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Beyoncé, Jay-Z wow at Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium trembled and roared Sunday night as legendary recording artists Beyoncé and Jay-Z took the stage for their “On the Run II” tour.
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Film review: ‘Blindspotting’ puts a spotlight on Oakland life
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Film review: ‘Blindspotting’ puts a spotlight on Oakland life
Set in Oakland, California, the film “Blindspotting,” which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, is about a day in the life of two best friends, Collin and Miles, who go about their daily routine as movers. However, what starts out as a simple day is anything but.
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Ambitious telemarketer joins the 1 percent in ‘Sorry to Bother You’
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Ambitious telemarketer joins the 1 percent in ‘Sorry to Bother You’
Cash has been unemployed, but it isn’t for a lack of trying. His luck changes when, despite being caught lying on his resume during a job interview, he’s hired anyway because the interviewer admired his ingenuity. The hope is that he’ll bring the same ambition to his entry-level gig as a telemarketer.
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It’s geriatric legends vs. youngbloods in hoops comedy ‘Uncle Drew’
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It’s geriatric legends vs. youngbloods in hoops comedy ‘Uncle Drew’
“Uncle Drew” is a hilarious hoops flick that pays tribute to Rucker Park as well as to the acrobatic athletes who have mesmerized generations of adoring fans attending the annual summer classic. Directed by Charles Stone III (“Drumline”), the picture stars the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving as the title character—but don’t expect to be able to recognize him under all the gobs of plastic makeup turning him into a senior citizen.
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Singing to the sky
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Singing to the sky
On Thursday, May 24, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosted Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell for “Community Sings: Singing in the African American Tradition.” Part of the RISE Music Series, the free event allowed community members to join Barnwell in singing songs from the African tradition, beginning with West African chants and moving chronologically through Gospel.
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‘The Plague’
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‘The Plague’
Praxis Stage pushed the theatrical envelope once again with the U.S. premiere of “The Plague,” adapted by Neil Bartlett from Albert Camus’ novel “La Peste.” As in the original, the updated version features the spread of a plague, which leads to the quarantine of a nondescript city from the rest of the world. The study of humanity dealing with a crisis serves as an elegant allegory for the present day.
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Eclipse
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Eclipse
Now that New York City’s Met Gala is out of the way, get ready for fashion slayage Boston style at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s 111th student fashion show. In two shows on Saturday, May 19, “Eclipse: The 2018 MassArt Fashion Show” will feature original designs by seniors as well as select sophomores and juniors.
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