BU’s Stage Troupe premiered Woody Allen’s “Play it Again, Sam” this weekend at the Student Theater at Agganis Arena. PHOTO COURTESY BU STAGE TROUPE

REVIEW: Stage Troupe’s “Play It Again, Sam” plays up humor, romance

The Student Theater at Agganis Arena is difficult to find. The door is tucked away in a small nook, cozily situated in the passageway between Agganis Arena and the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center. This coziness, however, is perfect for “Play It Again, Sam,” a play that lent itself well to resonating with the small, intimate audience. The theater, which […]

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Soul singer Charles Bradley released his new R&B album “Changes” on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

REVIEW: Charles Bradley brings comforting familiarity with “Changes”

Last year, artist Leon Bridges released his well-received and unexpected debut studio album, “Coming Home.” It was a soulful revival of the old-school sort as Otis Redding would have played it. The emotion behind it was palpable, and it hung on my kitchen wall for a good portion of the summer of 2015. Enter Charles Bradley and his newest album, […]

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The new nostalgia comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some!!" is about a college baseball team in the 1980s and stars Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin and Ryan Guzman. The film opened Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES

REVIEW: “Everybody Wants Some!!” relatable, fun for all

Director Richard Linklater’s newest film “Everybody Wants Some!!” deserves its use of not one, but two exclamation points. As a spiritual sequel to Linklater’s 1993 film “Dazed and Confused,” the film brings viewers into the lives of a college baseball team at a stereotypical Southern state school in 1980. Set during the first weekend of a semester, the whole film […]

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"Midnight Special," starring Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver, is a new sci-fi drama opening Friday at AMC Loews Boston Common. PHOTO COURTESY BEN ROTHSTEIN

REVIEW: “Midnight Special” holds own, is reminiscent of classic films

For years, the sci-fi genre has both suffered and succeeded in the hands of exorbitant directors, releasing films riddled with increasingly convoluted plots and glaring lens flares (sorry, J.J. Abrams). The emergence of “Midnight Special,” however, has taken the frivolous effects that have trademarked this genre and instead delivered them as an ode to the past in the form of […]

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Ai Weiwei’s sculpture “Forever,” which is made of bicycles, will be on display in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts at the new exhibition “Megacities Asia,” opening on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY CHUCK CHOI/MFA

PREVIEW: “Megacities Asia” showcases sculptural art from found objects

In the past 50 years, “megacities,” those with 10 million or more people, have sprouted up all over the world, especially in Asia. As a result, artists have taken to the streets and started creating art from found objects that reflects heightened urbanization and population density in these cities. “Megacities Asia” is the largest organized, contemporary exhibition at the Museum […]

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Cast members of the new comedy “Everybody Wants Some!!” Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin and Ryan Guzman speak to members of the press Friday afternoon at the Eliot Hotel. PHOTO BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

INTERVIEW: “Everybody Wants Some!!” cast shares ’80s lightheartedness

At one point in Richard Linklater’s newest film, Jake, a college freshman played by Blake Jenner who’s just spent a long weekend with his future baseball teammates, enters the first class of his undergraduate career. The professor, who we barely see and hear only in passing, has written an epigram in large lettering on the chalkboard: “Frontiers are where you […]

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Southern England band Vôdûn channels West African psychedelic rock on its new album, “Possession,” that was released Friday. PHOTO COURTESY VODUN

REVIEW: Vodun’s “Possession” castes feminist, otherworldly spell

When was the last time you listened to an album with feminist undertones? Probably pretty recently, given that feminism has become an incredibly strong movement, leaking into the music industry. Now, when was the last time you heard an album about West African voodoo with feminist undertones? Vodun’s debut album “Possession,” is an otherworldly collection of tracks, compiling a distinct […]

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Mayyadda performs Sunday at Hues Fest 2016, an all-day music and performing arts festival that celebrated women of color and their contributions to the Boston arts community. PHOTO BY KRISHNA SHARMA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

INTERVIEW: HUES Fest voices importance of opportunity

Sunday afternoon plans usually consist of bottomless brunches or endless studying sessions at the library. But for those who were part of HUES Fest 2016 in East Boston on Sunday, it was the start of a movement to showcase talented, binary and non-binary wimmin of color in all their glory. HUES Fest uses the pronouns “womyn” and “wimmin” to recognize […]

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The superhero epic “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, opens Friday in theaters nationwide. COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURES

REVIEW: “Batman v Superman” heroically disappoints

Director Zack Snyder is somewhat of a controversial figure among film fanatics. His highest-rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes is “Dawn of the Dead” at 75 percent, while his lowest-rated movie is “Sucker Punch” at 23 percent. Most commonly, he is criticized for his bad habit of choosing style over substance. Disappointingly, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is one of Snyder’s […]

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After earning Special Jury Recognition at SXSW in 2014, the independent short film “Krishna” will debut Friday at Kendall Square Cinema. PHOTO COURTESY A24

REVIEW: Intense, impressionistic “Krisha” can’t escape convention

Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha,” the 2015 SXSW Grand Jury Winner, begins and ends on a face. The face belongs to Krisha Fairchild, Shults’ aunt and his film’s titular character. In the first shot, her expression is a curious one, an intriguing portent of potential turmoil. She’s weathered, a bit blank and absent in a way that insinuates not disillusionment, but […]

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