James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan play reconnected high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda in "The Best of Me." PHOTO COURTESY OF RELATIVITY MEDIA

REVIEW: “The Best of Me” mixes best, worst of Nicholas Sparks

When it comes to popular opinion, Nicholas Sparks is binary code. Whether talking about his novels or its film depictions, the partisan response is usually a dreamy-eyed, “That was so heartfelt” or an eye-roll-accompanied, “That reminded me too much of how my ex-boyfriend didn’t treat me.” Appropriately, “The Best of Me,” released Oct. 17, does this yay-or-nay trend justice by […]

By Becca DeGregorio· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Director Justin Simien talks with actress Tessa Thompson on the set of "Dear White People." PHOTO COURTESY OF ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

INTERVIEW: Director Justin Simien “bobs and weaves” around perceptions in “Dear White People”

Justin Simien, the director of “Dear White People,” given a limited released Oct. 17, really wants you to know he’s made a movie. More importantly, he wants you to think. “I was really inspired by [playwright, screenwriter and novelist] Paddy Chayefsky and movies like ‘Network’ with hyperrealities and characters that are posing ideas. It’s grounded in character work and their […]

By Brooke Jackson-Glidden· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Steven Ellison, known by his stage name, Flying Lotus, performs at the Paradise Rock Club Friday. PHOTO BY JAKE DMOCHOWSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

REVIEW: Electronic musician Flying Lotus brings strong visual performance at Paradise Rock Club

Multi-genre music producer, electronic musician and rapper Flying Lotus took the audience at the Paradise Rock Club in his hands Oct. 17 and threw them back, confused and satisfied, at the Boston leg of his tour to promote his new album, “You’re Dead.” Born Steven Ellison, Flying Lotus — known as FlyLo among his fans — made a name for […]

By Jake Dmochowski· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt play a troubled married couple, Don and Helen Truby in "Men, Women & Children." PHOTO COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES

REVIEW: Expansive attempt at social critique falls flat in “Men, Women & Children”

Before it left our solar system forever, the Voyager 1 probe spun around and took our picture. “Pale Blue Dot,” as that photo has became known as, shows Earth, humankind’s only home, suspended in a fraction of a pixel against a cosmic infinity, a semi-speck of meaning floating, lost in a shroud of the impenetrable unknown. How fitting that “Men, […]

By Joe Incollingo· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
The cast of “Into the Woods” sings during their Saturday performance at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. PHOTO BY ALEX MASSET/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: BU Stage Troupe enchants with ‘Into the Woods’

With a film adaptation of the original “Into the Woods” slated for release on Dec. 25, directors Brittany Jenkins and Joe McLaughlin and the very talented cast and crew of the Boston University Stage Troupe had to find a way to make their version of the classic musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine faithful to the spirit of the […]

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Joyce Pilarsky showcases her design at the Emerging Trends Fashion Show at the Boston Center for the Arts Saturday as part of Boston Fashion Week. PHOTO BY HEATHER GOLDIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Emerging Trends fashion show flaunts diversity for Boston Fashion Week

Crowds of fashionable people entered the brick Cyclorama building at the Boston Center for the Arts on Saturday to experience The SYNERGY Events’ seventh annual Emerging Trends fashion show at the end of Boston Fashion Week. Emerging Trends acts as a launch pad for young aspiring designers, giving them the opportunity to showcase their work to a large audience. Designers […]

By Emanuela Frankel· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
The cast of dark comedy "The Whitmores" performed for audiences at the Huntington Theatre from Oct. 8 to 11. PHOTO COURTESY OF BROOKE MACKINNON

REVIEW: BU Fall Fringe Festival play ‘The Whitmores’ provides darkly comic social commentary

“The Whitmores,” a macabre comedy at the intersection of race, wealth and privilege, ushered in the 18th season of the Boston University Fall Fringe Festival with performances at BU’s Huntington Theatre from Oct. 8 to 11. Written by College of Fine Arts senior Ben Ducoff, the play melts the sugar coating off of fragile social commentary, exposing the audience to […]

By Michelle Marino· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
The Canstruction Boston exhibit will be on display at the BSA Space at the Atlantic Wharf building until Oct. 31. PHOTO BY JACQUI BUSICK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Teams of architects, designers, engineers build pop culture icons from cans for Canstruction Boston

For those who have ever wanted to see a 10-foot sculpture of Grumpy Cat made entirely out of canned goods, the time has come. Canstruction Boston kicked off its build and design competition Saturday at the Boston Society of Architects Space in the Atlantic Wharf building with a bang, as teams assembled pop culture-themed sculptures of everything from Super Mario […]

By Sonia Rao· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
David Dobkin, a director largely known for directing comedies such as "Wedding Crashers" and "The Change-Up," made his first drama, "The Judge," which was released Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF BEYONDHOLLYWOOD.COM

INTERVIEW: Director David Dobkin finds personal inspiration for ‘The Judge’

David Dobkin is a risk taker. After directing comedies such as “Wedding Crashers” and “The Change-Up,” he’s moved on to drama with “The Judge,” released on Friday. The film tells the somewhat familiar story of big-city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) who, after returning to his hometown in rural Indiana for his mother’s funeral, is tasked with defending his […]

By Sonia Rao· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Boston four-piece band Babydriver performs at the Allston Pudding “Localz Only Mixtape" Release Party at O’Brien’s Pub Sunday night. PHOTO BY ANNA NOVIKOVA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Allston Pudding October mix tape release show needs to rewind

Local music blog Allston Pudding marked the release of its October “Localz Only Mixtape” with a concert featuring three of the mix tape bands — Drab, Soft Pyramids and Babydriver ­— at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston Sunday night. Although the periodically-released mix tapes are usually offered as a free online download, the release of the October mix tape marked the […]

By Anna Novikova· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse