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Film: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is like a box of store-bought chocolate chip cookies: pretty bland and generally subpar, but under the right circumstances, it’ll do. The sequel...

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Music: SAVE YOURSELF

A friend of mine described SAVE YOURSELF, the latest release from London-based producer SBTRKT (pronounced like your least-favorite arithmetic operation), as “musical blue balls.” Indeed, while the project provides a...

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Movie: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

On a surface level, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an entertaining film. There is action, there is partying, and there are a lot of funny jokes. However, in terms of...

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Music: Ringo Starr

From the man who brought you “With a Little Help from my Friends,” “Yellow Submarine,” and the lyrics to “Octo- pus’s Garden,” comes the solo album Postcards from Paradise....

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Film: Isurgent

Source material is the biggest issue Insurgent faces. The second book in the Divergent series just isn’t as good as the first. The film is well acted and the...

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Film: What We Do in The Shadows

The mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows tells the story of three vampires living life and dealing with all sorts of everyday problems (unrequited love, dirty dishes, social...

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Theater: Arcadia

Derbyshire, 1809. A 13-year-old girl asks her tutor to define the phrase “carnal embrace.” Is it like love? “Oh no, my lady,” he replies. “It is much nicer than...

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Fine dining with finesse

Named after the river that runs along the Franco-Italian border, Roia promises to draw inspiration from both countries’ culinary traditions. As a result, its menu demands a certain caliber...

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Stilted Shakespeare

“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene.” You know how the rest of the story goes: rival families, star-crossed teenaged lovers, confusion,...

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Music: Fall Out Boy

In  PAX AM Days, the follow-up EP to this year’s Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy makes a concerted effort to sound more punk. The product of the...

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Miley, please stop

It’s easy enough to look at the cover art of Bangerz and say, “Oh, she’s just being Miley.” But a closer look reveals how strange the image is: Cyrus stands face-foward,...

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FOOD: Maison Mathis

Maison Mathis, the hotly anticipated Belgian café and bakery on Broadway, is a luminous space. The glorious autumn afternoon sun floods the restaurant through floor-to-ceiling windows, shining even brighter...

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MOVIE: Adore

Some subjects lend themselves better to comedy than tragedy. Unfortunately, director Anne Fontaine seems to have missed this essential fact. Her new movie Adore is a pathetic attempt to...

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FOOD: Chipotle

People have come to associate Chipotle with oversized burritos, guacamole made from actual avocados, and fast food treated with respect. If that’s what Yalies are looking for, they won’t...

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MUSIC: Toro y Moi

It’s always difficult to articulate the genre of the music of Toro Y Moi. Crafting a distinct fusion of R&B, electronica, jazz, and ‘chill-wave,’ Chad Bundwick’s project as Toro...

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Twilight’s fading moments

The 9:00 a.m. matinee of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was a nice start to my Sunday—but I didn’t realize until watching the movie a second time...

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MUSIC: Christina Aguilera

After her last solo record Bionic turned out to be a critical and commercial disaster, Christina Aguilera’s latest release, Lotus, disappoints stylistically but is an improvement nonetheless. Between Bionic...

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What is a rose?

The myth of Gertrude Stein has perhaps eclipsed the reality of the woman. She is so closely associated with her rarified cultural scene that when we refer to Stein,...