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White Allyship in the Face of Jordan Edwards: Avoiding Perpetuation and Complacency

by Michael Darer, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Steve Bannon’s Screenplay Asks Whether He’s More Racist or Incompetent

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Remembering Jonathan Demme and Looking Back on “Silence of the Lambs”

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The Cage of Body Dysmorphia

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“Z” a Vibrant, Nuanced Account of the Life of Percy Fawcett

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In Times of War, the Media Transforms From Critic to Cheerleader

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On Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday, Remember Sally Hemings

by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 3 Comments

White Supremacy is Terrorism

by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 14 Comments

What the Hell Happened to Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston?

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Addressing Our Lack of Diversity

by Connor Aberle, Dan Bachman, Hannah Reale, Michael Darer, Sam Prescott, Opinion Editors. 3 Comments

What Kenneth Lonergan Is Missing (It’s Not an Oscar)

by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 8 Comments

The Angsty Superhero Cliché Finally Succeeds in “Logan”

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The Myth of White Genocide Exposes the Hollow Artificiality of Whiteness

by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 64 Comments

Remy Ma Annihilates Nicki Minaj in Seven-Minute Diss Track

by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 5 Comments

“As You Like It” Offers Colorful, Creative Take On Lesser-Known Shakespeare

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Milo Yiannopoulos is Finished. Milo Yiannoupoulos is Boring.

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I Don’t Care That You Don’t Care About Beyoncé

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“John Wick, Chapter 2” Testifies to the Artistry of Action Films

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The Cowardly Allyship of Lady Gaga

by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 4 Comments

Stop Trying to Figure Out if Trump is Mentally Ill

by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 2 Comments

Don’t Call It a “Comeback”: Mulaney’s Latest Dazzles

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. Comments Off on Don’t Call It a “Comeback”: Mulaney’s Latest Dazzles

Fresh off the failure of his sitcom, John Mulaney reminds audiences what made his comedy so exciting

“Bone Tomahawk” Flawlessly Cannibalizes the Western

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Blood Meridian: “Bone Tomahawk” mashes genres with reckless abandon.

Devil’s Advocate: “Cabin in the Woods”

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Drew Goddard’s overrated horror satire is an exercise in restatement.

Idiot Box: “You’re the Worst”

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Stephen Falk’s “You’re the Worst” embraces the messiness of modern relationships.

Sound and Fury: The Dangerous Cul-de-sac of How We Discuss Mental Illness

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Idiot Box: “The Knick”

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

As Dr. John Thackery, Clive Owen heads up “The Knick’s” stellar ensemble cast.

“Steve Jobs” Delivers Stellar Ensemble Performances

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Danny Boyle energizes Fassbender-led “Steve Jobs.”

Idiot Box: Scream Queens

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Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens attempts satire with all the grace of Jason Voorhees.

“Sicario” Explores the Drug War’s Dark Heart

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Emily Blunt and Benecio del Toro carry the relentless “Sicario.”

Matt Senreich ’96 Discusses the Superhuman Dysfunction of “SuperMansion”

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Defective comics: “SuperMansion” turns superheroes upside down.

“The Green Inferno” Is All Bark and No Bite

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Eli Roth’s latest endeavor makes cannibalism toothless.

Devil’s Advocate: “American Horror Story”

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

For all its messiness, “American Horror Story” keeps audiences captivated.

Johnny Depp Can’t Save “Black Mass” From Self-Importance

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“Black Mass” does little to illuminate the mystery of “Whitey” Bulger.

Honeymoon Dispenses with the Irony and Nuance of Ultraviolence

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Rather than expanding on her oeuvre, Honeymoon has Elizabeth Grant doubling down on her Lana del Rey persona.

“Empire” Idiot Box

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In Defense of The Killers

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Idiot Box: “Show Me a Hero”

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David Simon’s “Show Me a Hero” is a blistering, low-key examination of politics and change.

Stephen Colbert Fails to Make “The Late Show” His Own

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Colbert’s much-anticipated return to television creates surprising results.

Wes Craven Leaves Behind a Terrifying Mark on Popular Film

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 14 Comments

Wes Craven has left behind a colossal legacy on the horror genre.

Arts Summer Roundup: Movies

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. Comments Off on Arts Summer Roundup: Movies

From brains to post-apocalyptic roadways, this summer’s films found hits in unexpected places.

Tinnitus Andronicus: Punk Rockers Lay Seige to Eclectic

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Idiot Box: Veep Season Four

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“Unfriended” Trolls Horror’s Online Obsession

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The National’s Alligator Celebrates Ten Years of Weariness

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“While We’re Young” Welcomes a Changing World

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Restores Magic of Shakespeare Staple in Russell House Garden

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“ESQUE” Creates Beautiful Art from Raw Truth in Malcolm X House

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“ESQUE,” a series of performances about non-normative desire designed by a group of students in response to WesBurlesque, arrived unapologetic last weekend.

Sayon Soeun Discusses Move to America and Return to Cambodia for “Lost Child” Documentary

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Diverse Spring Fling Lineup Features Jeremih, The Julie Ruin, and Djemba Djemba

by Dan Bachman, Michael Darer, Aaron Stagoff-Belfort, Arts Editor and Assistant Arts Editors. 3 Comments

Djemba Djemba, The Julie Ruin, and Jeremih make up a diverse and surprising Spring Fling slate.

Book Review: Jon Ronson’s “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed”

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Idiot Box: Daredevil

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“It Follows” Taps Into Genre Tropes and Contemporary Fears to Devastating Effect

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 2 Comments

John Darnielle Extends The Mountain Goats’ Musical Winning Streak with Beat the Champ

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“High Fidelity” Holds Up 15 Years Later

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Sufjan Stevens Reckons with Death and Responsibility on Carrie & Lowell

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 2 Comments

Sophomore Slump: Purity Ring and Noel Gallagher Play It Too Safe

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Idiot Box: Sex Box

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Leonard Nimoy Leaves Behind Potent Cultural Legacy

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“Fresh Off the Boat” Is Quiet Rebellion Disguised as Situational Comedy

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For Rock to Evolve as a Genre, the Rockstar Must Die

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Sexy Singles: Judging This Monday In New Music

by Dan Bachman, Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor and Arts Editor. Comments Off on Sexy Singles: Judging This Monday In New Music

Slick Fight Scenes and Acting Fail to Save “Kingsman”

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Unstimulating “Fifty Shades of Grey” Fails to Climax

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Idiot Box: “Broad City”

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“A Most Violent Year” Brings Nuance and Humanity to the Streets of 1980s New York City

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J.C. Chandor’s latest is anchored by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain’s magnetic turns.

Viet Cong Unleash Vivid Debut

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Oscar-Bate: Directing

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“The First Bad Man” Finds Profundity in Oddness

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Michael Darer ’16 says Miranda July’s first novel, “The First Bad Man,” will leave the reader “speechless and restless.”

“Selma” Showcases a Nuanced Movement, Not Just Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Michael Darer, Arts Editor. Comments Off on “Selma” Showcases a Nuanced Movement, Not Just Martin Luther King, Jr.

David Oyelowo assertively plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s biopic “Selma,” lingering in the details of a defining event in the Civil Rights Movement.

Ferguson Is Not The Exception: It Is The Rule

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. 3 Comments

Azealia Banks Drops Long Awaited Debut Album

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New Christopher Nolan Film Isn’t Stellar

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

“Inception” director’s latest film is ambitious but falls short of its mark.

Idiot Box: Masters of Horror

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Book Review: “Not That Kind of Girl”

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on Book Review: “Not That Kind of Girl”

“Not that Kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham offers a touching, humorous, and occasionally chaotic portrait of life as a young woman in today’s world.

Taylor Swift “Shakes Off” Country Style on 1989

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on Taylor Swift “Shakes Off” Country Style on 1989

T-Swizzle bursts out of the woods, shakes off country sound on new album.

Book Review: Wolf in White Van

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on Book Review: Wolf in White Van

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle explores the blurred line between reality and imagination in his first novel.

Perfume Genius Lightens Up Sound With Too Bright

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“Gone Girl” Brilliantly Adapts a Brutal Thriller

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Christopher Owens Tries Half-Heartedly for Redemption on A New Testament

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Nas, The Roots, and Spoon Energize Boston Calling

by Michael Darer, Dan Fuchs, Arts Editor & Staff Writer. Comments Off on Nas, The Roots, and Spoon Energize Boston Calling

The fourth installment of this biannual festival keeps fans engaged.

El Pintor Doubles Down on Interpol’s Somber Style

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Interpol’s greatest new influence is, well, Interpol.

Idiot Box: “Looking”

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Wye Oak Tries a New Sound with Shriek

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Pfister Can’t Transcend Cliché in Directorial Debut

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“Winter Soldier” Drones On and On

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Idiot Box: “Hannibal”

by Michael Darer, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

What We’ve Been Watching: Top Films from Spring Break

by Emma Davis, William Donnelly, Michael Darer, Assistant Food Editor, Staff Writer & Staff Writer. Comments Off on What We’ve Been Watching: Top Films from Spring Break

What We’ve Been Listening To: Spring Break Soundtracks

by Michael Darer, Matthew Weinstein, Charles Martin, Asher Young, Contributing Writer, Staff Writer, Staff Writer, & Staff Writer. Comments Off on What We’ve Been Listening To: Spring Break Soundtracks

St. Vincent’s New Album Finds Muddled Meaning In Dichotomy

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Addiction

by Michael Darer, Staff Writer. 3 Comments

Idiot Box: True Detective

by Michael Darer, Staff Writer. 3 Comments

Push the Sky Away Brings Dark Beauty and Gothic Resonance

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“Identity Thief” Struggles to Please Despite Messy Writing

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Idiot Box: “Enlightened”

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Tegan and Sara Find a Beating Heart Amid Pop Tropes

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Fade: Yo La Tengo’s Still Got It

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Best Films of 2012 Thus Far (Unordered)

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“Red Dawn”: A Waste of Time

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

“Life of Pi:” Tiger Balm

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

“Eyes of a Blue Dog” Resonates the Surreal

by Michael Darer, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

“Both Flesh and Not” Review

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“Wreck-It Ralph” Teabags the Competition With Heart

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Denzel Soars in Jolting and Addicting “Flight”

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“Paranormal Activity 4” Offers Cheap Scares

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