‘Thank U, Next’ is Ariana Grande’s most cohesive, consistent album to date

Ariana Grande is arguably one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She’s practically breaking records left and right, from becoming just the fifth artist to have multiple songs debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “7 rings” to her music video for “thank u, next” breaking YouTube’s 24-hour views record for […]


With ‘Showboat,’ Brian Newman showcases versatile range

Trumpet player and jazz singer Brian Newman has had a longstanding New York City career. For over 10 years, Newman’s role in the city’s nightlife has ranged from different venues, performances with pop superstars and a residency at the Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel. He is the bread and butter of jazz in the city. But it […]


Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’ tour hits Boston with authenticity

“F*** it up, Boston!” The crowd erupted into a cheering and screaming frenzy surrounded by the chaotic blasting of white lasers as 23-year-old Australian pop star Troye Sivan leaped across the stage in preparation for his next song. Sure enough, Boston lived up to Sivan’s expectations in the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre Friday night, part of […]


‘A Star is Born’ is an absolutely authentic, rich remake

Content warning: This article discusses alcohol abuse, drug abuse and suicide. In a scene from “A Star Is Born,” Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) invites love interest and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ally Campana (Lady Gaga) on stage at a concert to perform “Shallow,” a song Ally had just begun writing. It is at this moment that both Cooper […]


‘Scarred Hearts’ surveys into the universal destination of human life

The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting five screenings of the 2016 Romanian film “Scarred Hearts,” directed by Radu Jude, from Sept. 2–16. Adapted from the Romanian author Max Blecher’s biographical novel of the same name, the film portrays the experience of Emanuel (Lucian Teodor Rus), a hospitalized Romanian college student who suffers from Pott […]


‘This Is Us’ Super Bowl special brings long-awaited answers, closure

In a special post-Super Bowl episode of NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us” (2016—), viewers were given an answer to the question they have been asking since the show’s premiere: how, and why, did Jack Pearson die? Warning: major spoilers ahead.   The series, which centers on the lives of the Pearson family shown through both […]


Brit Marling’s ‘The OA’ is more than its mysteries

2016 was another immensely successful year for Netflix original series. The streaming service launched over two dozen new programs throughout the year, ranging from the smash hit “Stranger Things” to the buzzed-about biopic “The Crown.” On Dec. 16, 2016 while critics and bloggers were putting together their end-of-year lists, another program unlike the rest quietly premiered: “The […]


All In Good Taste: Posto

On Elm Street, just beyond the center of Davis Square, sits Posto, a wood-fired Italian restaurant. The owners of Posto have a monopoly on high-end eateries in Somerville, as they also own Rosebud and The Painted Burro, which both reside a few storefronts over. The restaurant is relatively small and always packed with customers. Upon […]


All in Good Taste: Rosa Mexicano

Somewhere between the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Boston Harbor, we find Rosa Mexicano, a high-end yet fairly reasonably-priced Mexican restaurant in the Seaport District. The eatery has a location in almost every major American city and even has a few sites in Dubai and Puerto Rico. The chain was started in 1984 and is […]


‘The Accountant’ calculates, but with some error

It’s been an interesting year for Ben Affleck, who — after donning the cape and cowl earlier this year in the blockbuster “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016)– now plays a radically different character in “The Accountant” (2016). After Christian “Chris” Wolff (Affleck) and fellow accountant Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) uncover a potential money laundering scheme in a robotics company, they are […]


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