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2013 in arts and culture: MUSE reflects

Best new Boston bite: Braised beef dumplings blowing up By Brooke Jackson-Glidden Vegetarians, I’m sorry: you’re going to have to sit this one out. From the crispy, ginger-fragrant dumplings at the newly opened Mei Mei Kitchen in South Campus to the hearty rendition with Chinese celery at Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon (which opened in May), […]

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ gives gloomy portrayal of ‘60s folk movement

Inside Llewyn Davis will not cause anyone any mental distress. It won’t blow anyone away or garner a standing ovation in the theater. It’s just not that kind of movie. However, its characters, themes and moods will silently creep into your everyday life. Like the freeloading titular character, this bitter and melancholy tale will linger far […]

Disney’s ‘Frozen’: A frosty fairytale with feminist twist

Three years ago, it would have been ridiculous for Rapunzel and her compatriots to dream of a white Christmas. The animators behind 2010’s Tangled had enough on their hands working out the intricacies of creating strand upon strand of lifelike hair for the movie’s long-locked princess before they could even dream of creating something as […]

REVIEW: Film “Philomena” breaks cliché movie mold with great expertise

It sounds like it could be a cliché, but Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears, by no means fits into this mold. In fact, Philomena breaks the mold. The British film is based on Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, a true story from which much of the film’s screenplay is drawn. Starring […]

INTERVIEW: Oscar Isaac of new Coen brothers’ film,“Inside Llewyn Davis”

When Oscar Isaac agreed to take on the titular role in the Coen brothers’ newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, he was prepared to literally walk in Llewyn’s shoes. “I asked to have the shoes about a month before shooting because they were the saddest little shoes,” Isaac said in a round-table interview. “Like, a piece of […]