8th annual Independent Film Festival of Boston announces lineup

Last week, the Independent Film Festival of Boston announced its official lineup for its 8th festival, happening April 21-28. Though our pre-break predictions and hopes were only slightly fulfilled (“Winter’s Bone,” 2010 is the only film that will actually be screening off of our previous list), the lineup still has some incredibly exciting picks that […]

Olyphant kills with charm in ‘Justified’

Though Western films were a staple of cinema 50 years ago, modern takes on the genre have struggled to keep afloat. Some neo−Western films and television shows have garnered critical acclaim — “No Country for Old Men” (2007) and HBO’s “Deadwood (2004−2006), to name two — yet the golden age of Western films has long […]

She & Him’s ‘Volume Two’ shows off duo’s cutesy country/pop sound

Anyone who watches movies knows that Zooey Deschanel has filled the quirky, cute role for quite a few years — the runaway sister in “Almost Famous” (2000), the childlike girl who works in a toy store in “Elf” (2003) and a blue−eyed heartbreaker in last year’s surprise indie blockbuster “(500) Days of Summer.” Less well−known […]

Looking ahead to the Boston Independent Film Festival in April

For those who don’t know, Somerville has hosted the Boston Independent Film Festival (IFFBoston) for the past seven years, and on April 21, the eighth festival will begin. Just last week, Adam Roffman, program director of IFFBoston, announced that “The Extra Man” would open the festival this year right in Davis Square at the Somerville […]

Olympic Figure Skating | Host of skaters making comebacks

Don’t let the pretty costumes, dancing and prancing fool you: The figuring skating competition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics promises to be fierce. Figure skaters compete in four possible categories: men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pairs and ice dance. Each category has its own specific frontrunner, as well as a few challengers who could unseat […]

Ingrid Michaelson to play Jumbo Jam

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will play this year’s Jumbo Jam on March 2 at Somerville Theatre, continuing Concert Board’s efforts to bring more big-name acts to Tufts. Following the success of the Ben Folds show last year, which was the first time the annual concert was held at Somerville Theater, organizers, wanting to book an […]

Shoppers can hand over old clothes, not cash, for designer brands at new Davis Sq. store

Davis Square is undeniably the one-stop shopping locale for Tufts students, and when there’s a need to splurge on something unnecessary without breaking the bank, the numerous thrift, consignment and vintage fashion stores in the area certainly come in handy. Tufts students are not the only ones who have picked up on the square’s success, […]

ABC’s ‘V’ raises the bar for sci-fi remakes

Remakes of old television shows are all the rage, but only once in a while do the suits behind these productions get it right. The latest remake to hit television is ABC’s “V,” based on the 1983 science fiction miniseries of the same name about seemingly friendly aliens who invade the major cities of the […]

Lights, camera…sexism?

Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” released last summer, started a growing buzz that she would be the fourth woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Direction. Jane Campion is garnering similar Oscar talk for her historical romance, “Bright Star” (2009) and Best Actress hopefuls Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep were […]

In our midst | Jumbo riding high on two wheels, one cause

    Many people hear about so many worthy causes that it can become difficult to choose one to contribute to at all. Tufts junior Sally Sharrow isn’t one of these people, though, as she decided to commit her time and her legpower to help curb the effects of global warming.    This past summer, Sharrow biked […]