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 […]

All in Good Taste: Mr. Bartley’s review

My roommate Ana and I are enticed by the “Best in Boston” signs outside the door of Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers in Harvard Square and are immediately sold once we enter the one-room restaurant. The eclectic space is littered with posters and knick-knacks making it a cross between a dorm room and a 1960s diner. […]

‘The Mindy Project’ defies rom-com clichés

Going into the midseason premiere of season four of “The Mindy Project” (2012-present), Mindy and Danny’s relationship was in limbo. And in the premiere, titled “Will They or Won’t They?,” it became clear that, at least for now, they won’t. For a show written by and about a person obsessed with romantic comedies at face […]

‘Orphan Black’ hurtles into fourth season with strong premiere

BBC America’s sci-fi thriller “Orphan Black” (2013 — present) returned last week with a stellar fourth season premiere, promising stronger episodes ahead after a mediocre third season. The episode, “The Collapse of Nature,” transports viewers back in time to events before the first episode of the first season. Originally, “Orphan Black” fans were introduced to the […]

‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ is a must-watch

True crime stories have been extraordinarily popular in the past couple years. With recent true crime hits like “Serial” (2014 – present), “The Jinx” (2015) and “Making a Murderer” (2015), it was only a matter of time before someone tackled one of the most infamous and controversial cases of all time — the trial of O.J. […]

Cozy Renee’s Cafe satisfies pancake cravings without breaking the bank

Few frills, good food and gallons of coffee. That just about sums up Renee’s Cafe. Right outside the center of Teele Square at 198 Holland St., Renee’s has an unassuming vibe with a touch of homeyness, with its eclectic paintings and other decorations that adorn the walls. The highlight of the two-room restaurant is a large […]

Sunflower Bean impresses at The Middle East Upstairs

Just three weeks following the release of its debut LP “Human Ceremony” and almost exactly a year since its last visit, Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean returned to The Middle East Club Upstairs in Cambridge for a nearly sold-out show on Saturday, Feb. 27. “Human Ceremony” is the latest chapter in the development of the band’s hazy guitar […]