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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Nick Neville stars as Johnny in BU On Broadway’s production of the musical “American Idiot.” PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: BU On Broadway’s “American Idiot” delivers sound and fury

Since its release, Green Day’s iconic ninth album “American Idiot” was begging to be made into a musical. A rock opera about a disillusioned teenager in the Iraq War-era is perfect stage material. Boston University’s musical theater group, BU On Broadway, only further proved that with their performance of “American Idiot,” which opened Thursday. Sarah Gibson, a sophomore in the […]

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“Criminal,” in theaters Friday, stars Kevin Costner as a deranged criminal implanted with the memories of an assassinated CIA agent, played by Ryan Reynolds. PHOTO COURTESY JACK ENGLISH

REVIEW: “Criminal” disappoints despite famed cast

Director Ariel Vromen’s “Criminal” begins in what English teachers call “in medias res” and what moviegoers might call confusing. Kevin Costner sports an aggressive buzz cut on a beach while talking about his feelings. Less than a minute later, the title of the film bleeds across the screen and the following scene begins with a flashback of Ryan Reynolds. The […]

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The electronic band M83 released its seventh album, titled “Junk,” on Friday. The band is best known for its hit 2011 single “Midnight City.” PHOTO COURTESY LILEE NISHIZONO/FLICKR

REVIEW: M83’s “Junk” gives fun, unique ‘80s vibes, falls short of potential

It may be 2016, but listening to “Junk,” the new album released by M83 on Friday, feels like a throwback to prom after-parties circa 1983, complete with torn taffeta and neon eyeliner. Laser guns, reverberating echoes and epic dance-hall instrumentals are just some of the album’s otherworldly features. With a pleasant mix of slow down-beats, distorted vocals and peppy, hair-tossable […]

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Ethan Hawke stars as legendary jazz musician Chet Baker in the film “Born to Be Blue,” which opened at Kendall Square Cinema Friday. PHOTO COURTESY IFC

REVIEW: “Born to Be Blue” jazzes up biopic genre

Biopics tend to follow the same basic formula — a sequence featuring the main character’s childhood, their rise to fame and then his or her subsequent downfall or death. “Born to Be Blue” breaks that mold, starting in the middle of famed and troubled trumpet player Chet Baker’s (Ethan Hawke) story. In fact, the story includes events that didn’t happen […]

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Melissa McCarthy delivers nonstop laughs as Michelle, a mogul convicted of insider trading, in her new comedy, “The Boss.” The film opens Friday. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES

REVIEW: Melissa McCarthy is “The Boss” of genuine laughter

I don’t usually like cinematic comedy. Or rather, I don’t like what it’s become. There seems to be a notion shared among the Hollywood executives that comedy is whatever gross-out, lowbrow, simplistic humor the likes of Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen can cram down the collective throats of their viewers, taking us all for idiots and making millions of dollars […]

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The new sci-fi action film “Hardcore Henry,” opening Friday, employs unconventional filming techniques by filming the entire movie on a GoPro camera. PHOTO COURTESY STX ENTERTAINMENT

REVIEW: “Hardcore Henry” offers unique, first-person perspective

It was difficult not to instinctively reach for a video game controller through the duration of Ilya Naishuller’s debut feature film, “Hardcore Henry.” The movie, entirely shot in the first person, is reminiscent of the countless first-person shooter video games, and it’s as much fun as holding a controller — just don’t expect a great story. The film begins with […]

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Back Bay Harry’s will host a "Kanye West versus Taylor Swift" themed brunch Sunday. PHOTO BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

PREVIEW: Back Bay Harry’s serving up “Bad Blood” at Kanye vs. Taylor brunch

Celebrity-themed brunches are back at Back Bay Harry’s. The popular Berkeley Street restaurant will host the ultimate brunch battle, pitting Kanye West and Taylor Swift against each other. The seven-year-old rivalry is as controversial as ever with this brunch showdown arriving in the wake of West’s new album, “The Life of Pablo,” which references Swift in the song “Famous.” The […]

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