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‘Gone Girl’: Fincher, some genius casting bring novel adaptation home, twists intact

‘Gone Girl’: Fincher, some genius casting bring novel adaptation home, twists intact

“Gone Girl” is nearly two and a half hours, but it’s a lean long time. Not all the veers and neck-cranking developments pay off, but there’s a lot to praise.

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

What Rory Kennedy has rendered is so subtle and poignant that it sneakily stays with you – the true test of an effective documentary.

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

The latest from Kevin Smith signals something of a return to form and a bit of a surprise – a hefty slab of comedy atop a serial killer thread that alleges to be based on “actual events.”

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Big developers could be asked to set aside up to 35 percent of new units for low- or middle-income families, even as officials admitted failing to hit the current 15 percent goal.

Crashing bore? Not this simulator-laden Traffic Safety Awareness Day on Tuesday

Crashing bore? Not this simulator-laden Traffic Safety Awareness Day on Tuesday

A Traffic Safety Awareness Day might sound like a drag, but the federal Volpe Transportation Center has those wonderful toys.

Kendall farmers market grew sweet fast on weekly Yummy Mummy Brownies

Kendall farmers market grew sweet fast on weekly Yummy Mummy Brownies

Yummy Mummy Brownies are brought to farmers markets every day, but Cambridge gives their Westborough baker among her highest sales.

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’: All the red in green-screen noir epic comes out white

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’: All the red in green-screen noir epic comes out white

If “Dame” wasn’t a sequel treading on the tail of “Sin City,” it might be the real deal. As is, it’s borrowing, embracing, but not necessarily furthering.

Restaurant in Kendall loses summer bar lacking food service described for license

Restaurant in Kendall loses summer bar lacking food service described for license

West Bridge in Kendall Square lost its outdoor bar Tuesday, at least for now – more than a year after opening it with promises it would be for food, not drink.

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 2-3

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 2-3

Innovations of Cambridge Tour; the OpenAir Circus; Boston Roller Derby; Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen”; and a low-fi rock band bill.

‘Most Wanted Man’: Hoffman’s goodbye comes in German accent, le Carré’s words

‘Most Wanted Man’: Hoffman’s goodbye comes in German accent, le Carré’s words

Phillip Seymour Hoffman left us far too early, but “A Most Wanted Man” is a fitting farewell – maybe not top-shelf John le Carré, but Hoffman at his finest.

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