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Aline G. Damas

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‘The Favourite’ Redefines Period Dramas

"The Favourite"'s assessment of each character feels almost Austenian — if Jane Austen enjoyed lavish lobsters racing and heavy use of the c-word.

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‘The Nutcracker’ Returns to Bring Holiday Spirit to Boston

Though the Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs annually in December, it did not fail to impress with its energy and high production value on its opening night on Nov. 29.

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The Top 5 Period Drama Mini-Series and What They Really Should Be Called

Before I take over as The Crimson’s new TV executive, I think it’s important for my readers to know where I stand: I don’t know anything about TV, because I only watch British period dramas.

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'You’ve Been So Lucky Already' is a Candid Portrait of Struggle

With humor and candor, “You’ve Been So Lucky Already” makes serious discussions of health, illness, and tragedy much more palatable.

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‘Bodyguard’ Brings to Light the Danger of Fearmongering

“We’re politicians, not murderers.” This line, spoken by an advisor to the British Home Secretary during police inquiries, reflects a central theme in BBC One’s hit television series “Bodyguard,” now available on Netflix.

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A Vividly Russian Take on ‘Measure for Measure’

In their production of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”, the Pushkin Theater deftly succeeded in confronting the troubling nature of the material while celebrating the play’s hilarity.


'Little Women': 150 Years Later

150 years after it was written by Alcott in her home Orchard House, “Little Women” remains a source of inspiration providing girls with role models and charmingly encapsulating the anguish and joy of growing up.

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'Sharp Objects' Delivers a Stunning Southern Gothic

With its luscious cinematography, haunting story, and painful soundtrack, “Sharp Objects” delivers a stunning Southern Gothic that gives this loving word a much darker connotation.

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‘The Black Clown’: A Rich Legacy of Jazz and Blues

A.R.T.’s new show “The Black Clown" is musical and dramatic adaptation of Langston Hughes’ poem of the same name. Though written in 1931, its verses are still bound to send chills down one's spine through its lively and haunting performance.

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'Flavors of Taste': A Decadent Collection of Recipes and Anecdotes

With its crisp recipes, decadence, and copious amounts of research, “Flavors of Taste” will ensure both success in the kitchen and satisfaction to those eating their way through its recipes.

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‘Mary Shelley’ Disappointing and Reductive

“Mary Shelley” is too unfocused and scattered to feel like a complete, self-possessed production.

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‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ A Warm and Delightful Period Drama

Besides its intricate plot, the film’s characters and the wonderful actors who portray them are some of its strongest assets.

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Arctic Monkeys’ 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' is a Cosmic but Vintage Departure

Though this is a departure from what the Arctic Monkeys have done in the past, this new album is a refreshing and much more experimental step for them.

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“Howards End” : A Glorious Take on a Classic Novel

The series manages to stand on its own with its skilled cast and gorgeous cinematography, and does a faithful job of unpacking the novel’s complexities while never losing sight of the overarching themes and main characters.


Revisiting the Female Gazes in Manet's ‘Olympia’

More than 150 years after it was painted, Édouard Manet's "Olympia" continues to astonish viewers with its subject’s challenging gaze and overt sexuality. Yet the question still remains—more than a century and a half later, is it still as provocative as when it debuted?