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David B. Edelstein

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Staking the Wild Vampire

I N THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES of the new Dracula, Frank Langella literally rips out a man's throat, and you

The Beast in All of Us

A LIEN will scare the pus out of you pinball machine. It artlessly fuses Jaws' jaws, Kubrick's 2001 portentousness, and-rather

Ding Dong

J OHN WAYNE died a week ago at the age of 72. He fought a long and courageous battle with

Phantom of the Cinema

T his story begins on a grey morning, about two weeks ago. We decided to journey to Walden Pond, to

Strangely Bland

P EOPLE WILL see the new play Strangers for Bruce Dern, but they'll be surprised at how the stage softens

Nonelectric Trains

T HE MOST EXCITING moment in Michael Crichton's The Great Train Robbery comes during the first 15 minutes of the

Beautiful Music Together

I T WAS A LITTLE LIKE Lopahin buying the cherry orchard--nobody yippeed. When the Corporation named Robert S. Brustein to

Floating Shakespeare

P ETER SELLARS has stroked a bold production of Antony and Cleopatra in the ghostly waters of Adams House Pool,

A Brustein Portrait

Robert Brustein has earned the label "controversial" at Yale, at Harvard, in the American theater--a brilliant scholar who is also

Christmas Movies

I haven't seen very much of the stuff that's going to be around over Christmas, but you haven't either. It's

Friedkin Talks on Brink's Film; Falk and DeLaurentiis Cancel

Director William Friedkin told an audience of 300 last night that he made his latest film, "The Brink's Job" as

Imperfect Despair

S ELF-CONSCIOUS. Dirk Bogarde's Herman Hermann watches every move he makes through an invisible movie camera. He's constantly framed by

Cloning A Disaster

T HE IDEA FOR Ira Levin's The Boys from Brazil is potentially no more idiotic than those which have fueled

A Forced Rescue

Can't we help those poor people? There must be something we can do. My daddy has a boat... --probable excerpt

PANTHER PUREE

I T'S STRANGE, but the Pink Panther is a very controversial animal. Sample a random number of reasonably intelligent people

Black Lives Matter Protester
Race

Demonstrators Continue 'Black Lives Matter' Campaign in Central Square March

Harvard Stadium
Allston

Boston Olympic Bid Names Harvard Venues as Hosts for 10 Events

Conflict at the Scene
Crime

Med School Professor Dies After Brigham Shooting

"Shut It Down"
College

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