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‘John Wick’: Russians wrong their hitman, lighting the fuse that brings big explosion

‘John Wick’: Russians wrong their hitman, lighting the fuse that brings big explosion

Keanu Reeves, directed by two stuntmen, leads an all-star cast in a refreshingly straight-up, chin-out, no-punches-pulled action flick.

‘Birdman’: Michael Keaton’s super return to screen has plenty of unexpected virtues

‘Birdman’: Michael Keaton’s super return to screen has plenty of unexpected virtues

Keaton, who not-so-coincidentally played Tim Burton’s “Batman,” is back as an actor swooping around the line between art, commerce, sanity and fantasy.

‘Fury’: Brad Pitt and crew roll through World War II with Inglourious results

‘Fury’: Brad Pitt and crew roll through World War II with Inglourious results

David Ayer directs a dark World War II epic about a tank crew uttering a book full of clichés, but he’s treading in fields patrolled by better filmmakers.

It’s gentle J Mascis taking Sinclair stage

It’s gentle J Mascis taking Sinclair stage

Don’t expect the J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. to take the stage Saturday at The Sinclair. This headliner is the guy behind the softer, more subdued “Tied to a Star” solo album.

Passim reminds musicians: Midnight Wednesday is Iguana grant deadline

Passim reminds musicians: Midnight Wednesday is Iguana grant deadline

There’s $45,000 at stake, last year split between 26 musicians chosen out of 300 applicants with projects ranging from new dobros and albums to entire community projects.

‘Now, Forager’ is dinner, movie date night that cuts deep into high cuisine, marriage

‘Now, Forager’ is dinner, movie date night that cuts deep into high cuisine, marriage

Self-described Arlington girl Julia Halperin brings her foodie flick “Now, Forager” to the Somerville Theater, and Cuisine en Locale transforms it into dinner.

Sick, blood-soaked ‘Penny Dreadful’ back for ImprovBoston GoreFest, starts Oct. 23

Sick, blood-soaked ‘Penny Dreadful’ back for ImprovBoston GoreFest, starts Oct. 23

GoreFest, ImprovBoston’s 12-year Halloween tradition, brings backs its “Gruesome Tale of Penny Dreadful” for eight shows starting Oct. 23.

‘The Judge’: Downey, Duvall star power makes courtroom flick worth witnessing

‘The Judge’: Downey, Duvall star power makes courtroom flick worth witnessing

As pat and predictable as “The Judge” is, it does offer vast thespian space for lion-like Duvall to plays off of Downey Jr.’s smooth, witty snark, and the pair could elevate any venture.

Honk! music festival adds Day of Action, making noise for higher minimum wage

Honk! music festival adds Day of Action, making noise for higher minimum wage

This year’s Honk! street music festival include 29 bands from as far as Moscow, Paris, New Orleans and Los Alamos, and organizers are adding a “Day of Action” Friday in Boston.

Kat Edmonson sweeps into Cambridge, bringing along throwback song stylings

Kat Edmonson sweeps into Cambridge, bringing along throwback song stylings

Kat Edmonson brings her timeless, quirky music to town. If you hear it without knowing the source, you’d think you were hearing a tune from the ’60s.

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