Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson star in the new comedy “Mother’s Day,” opening Friday. PHOTO COURTESY RON BATZDORFF

REVIEW: “Mother’s Day” falls into stereotypical feel-good, rom-com genre

Here we go — a lighthearted rom-com to follow up the series of holiday movies we’ve grown to know and love. “Mother’s Day” is completely in tune with the arc of “Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve” and, of course, “Love Actually,” sticking to an easy but delightful recipe. Grab some well-known stars, give them each their own dilemmas in their love […]

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Director Andrew Stanton and producer Lindsey Collins of the new movie “Finding Dory” pose on the red carpet. PHOTO COURTESY ALBERTO E. RODRIGUEZ/WALT DISNEY PICTURES

INTERVIEW: “Finding Dory” director Andrew Stanton promises unforgettable journey

We’ve been quoting “Just keep swimming,” and “Fish are friends, not food” for the past 13 years, and we’re finally about to see what comes next. “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” is coming to theaters June 17. All our favorite friends are back, including lucky-finned Nemo, Marlin the not-so-funny clownfish and, of course, forgetful Dory. This time, however, […]

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star as Clarence and Rell in the action-comedy "Keanu,” opening Friday. PHOTO COURTESY STEVE DIETL

INTERVIEW: Key and Peele’s “Keanu” brings laughs to big screen

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are best known for creating short, silly sketches that air on their Comedy Central show, “Key and Peele.” They have created viral shorts like “Substitute Teacher” and “East/West College Bowl” since 2012, but now they have endeavored to create a feature-length film, “Keanu,” which debuted Friday. “Keanu” follows Rell (Peele) and Clarence (Key), two friends who […]

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DJ Fried Rice, also known as Questrom School of Business freshman Ryan Ng, prepares to spin a set at the Catholic Center Spring Formal Friday night at The Towers. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

INTERVIEW: DJ Fried Rice serves up Boston fan-favorite tunes

DJ Fried Rice started his career by compiling dance mixes for his high school’s dance team. He worked with student production services at school events, but DJ Fried Rice built a name for himself when he was requested to play at gigs in school. But how exactly did DJ Fried Rice, also known as Boston University Questrom School of Business […]

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Creators of the popular podcast "Serial," Julie Snyder and Sarah Koenig, speak at an event hosted by Celebrity Series of Boston Wednesday night at Boston Symphony Hall. PHOTO COURTESY CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON

“Serial” creators Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder discuss record-breaking success

The mavens behind the Peabody Award-winning WBEZ podcast “Serial” presented to a full house of podcast fans Wednesday night. Hosted by Celebrity Series of Boston, “Binge-worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of SERIAL, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder” sold out Boston Symphony Hall to take the audience behind the scenes of the phenomenal creation. “Serial” is the fastest-growing podcast in iTunes […]

“Green Room” stars Patrick Stewart, Brent Werzner, Samuel Summer, Colton Ruscheinsky and Mason Knight pose as their characters in the new thriller. PHOTO COURTESY SCOTT PATRICK GREEN/A24

INTERVIEW: Writer, Director Jeremy Saulnier stresses realism in “Green Room”

“Green Room” is a thriller about a punk rock band held hostage by a band of Nazi skinheads during a concert after they stumble upon something they were not supposed to see. The film is written and directed by indie filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin. Saulnier faced an interesting rise to success after he had […]

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James Franco speaks about his new film “The Fixer” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this past weekend. PHOTO BY BRONSEN BLOOM/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Tribeca Film Festival celebrates 15 years, showcases best of industry

This year, the Tribeca Film Festival celebrated its 15th anniversary in the lower neighborhood of Manhattan from which its name is derived. TFF has grown exponentially since Robert De Niro, Craig Hatkoff and Jane Rosenthal founded it in 2002 in response to the Sept. 11 attacks. The aim of the festival was to reinvigorate lower Manhattan by celebrating New York […]

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Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt star in the new fantasy adventure movie “The Huntsman: Winter's War,” opening Friday. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES

REVIEW: “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” chills surrounding excitement

2012 was a historic year for film, boasting cinematic achievements of all genres. Among these, the revival of a long-told fairytale peaked blockbuster interest in the form of “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Actress Kristen Stewart abandoned her Twilight roots in favor of this dark retelling of a childhood classic, the center of much controversy at the time. Now, four […]

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Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland Friday in Disney's “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” where she travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). PHOTO COURTESY WALT DISNEY PICTURES

INTERVIEW: James Bobin mirrors his vision in “Alice Through the Looking Glass”

Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” are a pair of tales as old as time — 151 years old in the case of the former and 145 in the case of the latter, to be exact. James Bobin, director of “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” puts a new spin on the beloved, classic tale by taking […]

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The rap career of deceased musician J Dilla continued Friday with the unveiling of his previously unreleased album, “The Diary." PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

REVIEW: J Dilla’s posthumous release keeps hip-hop beat alive, kickin’

What will our legacy be? What will we leave behind? The revered and deceased musician J Dilla or Jay Dee, born James Yancey, continues to build on his legacy even after his death in 2006. The revived PayJay records blew the dust off of J Dilla’s previously unreleased solo album and delivered “The Diary” on Friday. The Detroit-based rapper and […]

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