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In “Black or White”, released Friday, Kevin Costner (left) and Octavia Spencer (right) fight over their granddaughter. PHOTO COURTESY OF RELATIVITY MEDIA

REVIEW: ‘Black’ Friday – Costner and Spencer shine, Law sinks

At first glance, the title and concept of Mike Binder’s drama “Black or White” may seem simple and unimpressive: a white man in a custody battle over his granddaughter against her black grandmother. From the previews, one might expect a family-friendly drama, its timely theme of race relations watered down to make a palatable, uplifting story in which love conquers […]

By Caroline Aaron· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Artist David X. Levine (left) attends the premier of "The Beatles are Dull and Ordinary" at the Sherman Gallery Friday. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Pop culture icons color striking new exhibit

Synesthesia is a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as occurs when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color. Though the Boston-born, New York-based artist David X. Levine insists he does not have this neurological condition, there is something genuine and fascinating in the way Levine is […]

By Alex Creed· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
In "Still Alice," released Jan. 16, Julianne Moore (left) stars as a patient with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. PHOTO BY JOJO WHILDEN/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

REVIEW: In “Still Alice”, love tries hard to conquer all

A person can be visually impaired yet still clearly hear birds singing in the morning. Another might not be able to hear the birds, but instead see the change of a season reflected in a tree’s leaves. A person with Alzheimer’s disease maintains his or her senses well enough to be able to experience such simple things. However, the loss […]

By Navraj Narula· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Boston Calling announced its line-up this week for the music festival in May by hiding records in the city for fans to find, part of a pattern of festivals using unique marketing schemes. PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA WIMLEY/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Vinyls and Virals: Music festival marketers put fans to work

Instead of peeling through candy wrappers looking for a golden ticket on Jan. 13, Boston music lovers scoured the city looking for hidden vinyl records. The citywide scavenger hunt for the coveted records was Boston Calling’s way of revealing its lineup for the May edition of the twice-annual music festival. Hiding places included Barry’s Bootcamp in Downtown Crossing and Symphony […]

By Kaitlin Junod· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Blueberry pie doughnuts sit on display inside Mei Mei as part of a Stacked Donuts pop-up at the restaurant in April. PHOTO BY BROOKE JACKSON-GLIDDEN/DFP FILE PHOTO

Muse picks for best arts and culture of 2014

Best New Boston Bite: 2014, year of the fancy doughnut Brooke Jackson-Glidden While San Francisco is hyperventilating over $4 toast, Boston has the breakfast game down with a new twist on a classic. Let’s be honest here: Boston has always been a doughnut town. Between the custard-filled Boston cream pie doughnut and deep-rooted Dunkin’ Donuts-mania, the Hub’s doughnut craze is […]

By Hannah Landers· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Nora Grossman, who graduated from the College of Communication in 2005, co-produced "The Imitation Game," an upcoming film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing. PHOTO COURTESY OF DARREN DELUCA

INTERVIEW: COM alumna Nora Grossman on producing ‘The Imitation Game’

“The Imitation Game,” which will be released in Boston Friday and nationwide Dec. 25, tells the story of the brilliant, socially awkward mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who led the top secret British effort to crack the Nazis’ Enigma code during World War II. But Turing also lived with another major secret during his life. Despite a short engagement to […]

By Sonia Rao· · 2 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Mark Wahlberg (left) and Brie Larson (right) star in Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler," which will be released Dec. 19. PHOTO COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES

INTERVIEW: ‘The Gambler’ director Rupert Wyatt on life’s games of chance

Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler” is something of an anomaly. He insists that it is not a remake of the 1974 Karel Reisz drama of the same name, though the two share similar plot points. Rather, the British director says “The Gambler,” his first film since 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” uses its 1974 counterpart to tell a […]

By Conner Reed· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Anna Kendrick stars as Cinderella in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods," which will be released on Dec. 25. PHOTO COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY PICTURES

INTERVIEW: Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine on timelessness of once upon a time in ‘Into the Woods’

“Once upon a time…” With that, this story begins as so many others do. It makes sense, though; even with a steady stream of rebooted and reimagined fairy tales giving, say, machine guns to Hansel and Gretel, these modernized retellings still hold flecks of the lessons they always have. “Once upon a time,” after all, could be whenever. “These stories […]

By Joe Incollingo· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Local rapper Michael Christmas performed Wednesday at the Converse store on Newbury Street. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROB COLLINS

‘Christmas’ spirit returns to Boston: Local rapper holds homecoming on Newbury Street

Celebrated returns rank among the most thrilling narratives, and Michael Christmas’ homecoming show Wednesday evening was no exception. Fifteen minutes before the Roxbury-raised rapper’s 6 p.m. set time, a crowd of suburbanites, city-dwellers, taste-makers and local artists thickened atop the loft of the Converse store on Newbury Street. Attendees anticipated the same moment: Christmas’ first Boston performance since embracing the […]

By Alex Siber· · 1 comment · Features, Muse, The Muse
REVIEW: Comfortable “Nutcracker” feels like recurring dream

REVIEW: Comfortable “Nutcracker” feels like recurring dream

In Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s renowned ballet, “The Nutcracker,” the shifty-yet-kind Herr Drosselmeyer gives the blue-eyed, pure Clara Silberhaus a nutcracker toy for Christmas. That evening, from the comfort of dreamland, Clara explores a wonderland of wintery curiosities with Drosselmeyer as her guide. From the moment Drosselmeyer enters her family’s extravagant home, Clara’s cushioned life becomes more exciting and more magical. […]

By Brooke Jackson-Glidden· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse