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Observe a Festivus of Comedy. Enjoy free or cheap entertainment courtesy of MIT. Hear some hip-hop at the Kulturez Dynasty Toy Drive. Get some buy-local gift shopping done. And relive “Foxtrot” as staged by Genesis.
Director Alexander Payne and actor Bruce Dern have notched a quiet accomplishment in this black-and-white film of Midwestern decline – making an American asshole sympathetic and full-bodied.
Face the fact that the end-of-the-year holiday season is here. Hear great singer/songwriter folk. See “Raiders” on the big screen again. Help comedian Jimmy Tingle help the Homeless Empowerment Project. And embark on a Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular!
As star of this hokey, grand but ultimately empty tale of rebellion, Jennifer Lawrence (and a couple of other well-chosen actors) keeps us engaged until new director Francis Lawrence can get to the Games themselves and his usual fantastical mayhem.
Even the novel on which “The Book Thief” is based is little more than a safe, PG-rated watering down of the horrific events of the Holocaust. That said, this film adaptation has much in its corner.
Take in the “Before …” films in a Brattle triple feature. Catch Mary Bichner’s beautiful music in a beautiful setting. Eat all the cookies you want and feel good about it. Launch the Harvest Hoedown tradition in Inman. And hear “Leaving Home: Music of World War II.”
James Isaiah Gabbe found a big subject for his first documentary film: China. All 3.7 million square miles and 1.4 billion people in it, and its possible future surpassing the United States as the world’s most powerful nation.
It’s pretty graphic and full of insight into the inner workings of young Parisian lesbians, and all at the fingertips of a 70-plus-year-old Tunisian director with a gift for steam and pointed ambiguity.
See science and art meet. Have your choice of Day of the Dead parties.“Destroy All Monsters” at a late-night sake party. Get all your “Hamlet” answers. And explore the boundaries of free speech.
This silly rescripting of history for an obligatory Thanksgiving animated flick features death and violence prominently in nearly every frame, and that’s a fairly big miscalculation for a kiddie flick.