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 […]

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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
FOX's new show "Gotham," which had its mid-season finale Nov. 24, has focused on a new angle in the well known Batman franchise. PHOTO COURTESY OF FOXTV

REVIEW: Midseason finale of ‘Gotham’ offers new dimensions to Batman universe

At the beginning of the Fall 2014 television season, FOX’s “Gotham” premiered with a premise that seemed like beaten ground ― yet another Batman origin story? Did the public really need it to be told to them yet again, only this time in a live-action television series? But “Gotham,” surprisingly, became more than just another version of Bruce Wayne’s ascension […]

by Felipe Belfort Marques· · 1 comment · Features, Muse, The Muse
Christopher Knights, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon and Chris Miller (left to right) voice Private, Skipper, Rico and Kowalski, respectively, in "Penguins of Madagascar." PHOTO COURTESY OF DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

REVIEW: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ fun for kids, mixed bag for older crowd

Since the quartet of ass-kicking, wisecracking penguins appeared and captivated audiences in “Madagascar” and its subsequent sequels, the franchise has never been about the four main animals – Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippopotamus. Rather, one watches for the penguins, or ring-tailed lemur King Julien. Despite a misleading “Penguins of Madagascar” trailer that […]

by Prim Chuwiruch· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse

You’re insecure, we know what for: One Direction’s latest album delivers fluff with no stuff

Odds are, if a person cares at all about pop music or modern music in general, that person has an opinion about One Direction. True, they are, as *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys were before them, a boy band. True, most of their fan base is comprised of young girls with far more Twitter followers than most people. But don’t […]

by Caroline Aaron· · 1 comment · Features, Muse, The Muse
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." PHOTO COURTESY OF MURRAY CLOSE/LIONSGATE

REVIEW: Slow or no, ‘Mockingjay’ soars

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” has achieved something paradoxically spectacular. Since it was slightly unnecessary for the film to be split into two parts, “Part 1” moves extraordinarily slowly, with all the intense, action-packed scenes reserved for the second installment. And yet, this seems to work in its favor. The film picks up exactly where the previous one, […]

by Sonia Rao· · 0 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse, The Muse