(l to r) Andrew Garfield stars as 'Dennis Nash' and Michael Shannon as 'Rick Carver' in Broad Green Pictures upcoming release, 99 HOMES.
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REVIEW: “99 Homes” plot has that many problems, but realism ain’t one

During the Great Recession of the 2000s, foreclosures were rampant and workers lost their jobs left and right. It was a terrible time for middle-class America, and we are still feeling the effects today. “99 Homes,” written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, takes place in the midst of this madness. The story follows Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), who is evicted […]

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Trevor Noah hosts Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" premiere on September 28, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

REVIEW: Trevor Noah debuts as earnest, awkward on “The Daily Show”

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” premiered Monday on Comedy Central, marking Noah’s first appearance as the replacement for the beloved Jon Stewart, and while Noah made an admirable first attempt to fill Stewart’s shoes, he inevitably fell short in a show tinted with awkwardness. Noah, 31, was born in South Africa during apartheid and eventually moved to the United States […]

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Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) finds himself stranded and alone on Mars, in THE MARTIAN.

REVIEW: Solid acting, mesmerizing cinematography make “The Martian” a universal favorite

After hearing of a film called “The Martian” directed by “Alien” creator Ridley Scott, it would be easy to assume that the story is also about an alien. However, the title actually refers to a lone astronaut abandoned on Mars’ surface, played by Matt Damon. This quick summary might draw comparisons to Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar,” in which Damon […]

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Mandy Lee of MisterWives performs Sunday afternoon. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Boston Calling entices pop stars and indie fans alike

  It was 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and audience members were being swallowed by a uniform group of 20-somethings, their elbows trapped in a wave of bright flannels and baseball caps, knees driving into the thighs of strangers whose faces they might never see. Water bottles are running low and the audience has been on its feet for two hours, […]

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Musical groups Franz Ferdinand and Sparks are creating a new supergroup, FFS. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID EDWARDS

REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand and Sparks supergroup sets music scene on fire

Forget about whatever rap collaboration you’re listening to, because FFS is the most important musical team-up of the year. FFS united Franz Ferdinand, the original Glasgow dance-rock darlings, with Sparks, the most influential art-pop songsmiths you’ve never heard of. Together, the two bands create a new sound that is bigger and more ambitious than anything either band has ever made […]

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REVIEW: Boston Calling starts off slow, ends with bang

REVIEW: Boston Calling starts off slow, ends with bang

This weekend’s Boston Calling music festival opened with something of a whimper. Just after 6 p.m. Friday, as dusk began to set in, South African singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov took the JetBlue Stage at Boston’s City Hall Plaza in a tight-fitting hat and button-down jacket. His set was quiet, pleasant and rather unusual for the kickoff of the city’s largest […]

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NBCUniversal and Comcast Xfinity will coordinate a guest lecture from Kenan Thompson at one American college or university. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

INTERVIEW: Kenan Thompson on what’s up with comedy

Kenan Thompson, better known for being a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and an unfortunate patron at Good Burger, is trying his hand at teaching. Later this fall, Thompson is teaming up with NBCUniversal and Comcast Xfinity to give a special guest lecture at a to-be-determined college. In typical comedian fashion, Thompson plans to improvise his lecture, though it […]

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“Scream Queens,” a comedy-horror series about a sorority, premiered Tuesday on Fox. PHOTO COURTESY FOX

REVIEW: “Scream Queens” is your new guilty pleasure show

If the new Fox television series “Scream Queens” were a person, it would be Taylor Swift. It’s genre-hopping, cliched, well-marketed and, most of all, you love to hate it. The show begins by introducing the sisters and prospective members of Kappa Kappa Tau, a top-tier sorority at the fictional Wallace University. The only problem? The house is haunted by a […]

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Boston-based bands Dirty Bangs (pictured) and Grey Season will be performing at Boston Calling Music Festival this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY DIRTY BANGS

Local bands Grey Season and Dirty Bangs amp up for Boston Calling

About a week after performing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, last March, two Boston area bands each received an interesting email. One was addressed to the members of Dirty Bangs, and the other was to Grey Season. The first was from the coordinators of one of the city’s most popular music festivals, and the second was from Michael Marotta, […]

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Boston Calling will be held in City Hall Plaza from Sept. 25 through Sept. 27. PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA WIMLEY/DFP FILE PHOTO

INTERVIEW: Boston Calling organizer on literally setting the stage

Friday evening, thousands of city residents and college students will flood Boston City Hall Plaza as folk singer Gregory Alan Isakov kicks off the performances of this fall’s edition of Boston Calling, the city’s premier music festival. The festival’s organizers, however, won’t be as quick to celebrate. “No high fives until the last piece of equipment leaves the plaza,” said […]

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