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Opioid bill passes House unanimously

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Special Correspondent It is no longer unusual to know someone who has become a victim of the opioid epidemic. Almost every town has seen residents struggle with addiction within the last five years. In 2016 alone, Medfield, Needham, Sherborn, Wellesley, and Westwood each had at least one person who died because of...
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Hometown Weekly seeks engagement notices

With its summer wedding special section planned for Thursday, August 23, Hometown Weekly is currently seeking engagement notices from members of its seven communities. Couples wishing to announce their engagements are asked to send notices and photographs to news@hometownweekly.net....
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‘The Disaster Artist’ explores ‘The Room’

By Peter Kougias Hometown Weekly Intern “I did not hit her! I did not. Oh, hi Mark” is the staple of a modern cult classic that has swept the world in similar vein of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” is a muddled experience filled with horrible acting, loose plot lines, and a tacky...
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‘Suspiria’ spellbinds 40 years later

By Peter Kougias Hometown Weekly Intern In August of 1977, an Italian horror movie slipped into American drive-ins and grindhouse theaters. While promoted as a sleazy exploitation flick, “Suspiria” has lived on as a dashing example of horror film class. “Suspiria” tells the story of American student, Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper), who travels to prestigious Tanz Dance Academy...
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‘Dunkirk’ succeeds to battle through catastrophe

By Peter Kougias Hometown Weekly Intern Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Dunkirk,” is a nonstop ride through the pits of hell, choking your breath until its epic finale. Set during World War II, the film depicts the grueling events of the Dunkirk evacuation. Split into three segments (The Mole, The Sea, The Air), the story sways back and forth...
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Confident desires are neglected in ‘Wish Upon’

By Peter Kougias Hometown Weekly Intern “Wish Upon” is the new horror movie directed by John R. Leonetti (“Annabelle”) and written by Barbara Marshall. Clare (Joey King) comes from a broken home and stays afloat on the social food chain. She witnessed her mother’s suicide and her father (Ryan Phillippe) is a dumpster diver hoarding junk to...
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‘A Ghost Story’ haunts of indie vibes

By Peter Kougias Hometown Weekly Intern “Whatever hour you woke, there was a door shutting,” opens the film. Virginia Woolf's quote blatantly establishes the overall thematic tone of “A Ghost Story,” David Lowery’s supernatural drama. The story begins with couple C (Rooney Mara) and M (Casey Affleck) wavering between their house and a new home. M dies in...
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Grim reaps in ‘The Beguiled’

By Peter Kougias Hometown Weekly Intern A- Sofia Coppola’s latest film, “The Beguiled,” is a gothic thriller set against a Civil War backdrop in Virginia. The story follows the women of Farnsworth Seminary who salvage John McBurney (Colin Farrell), a Union soldier. After a young student brings him back to the house, Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) and teacher...
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Boney James comes to the Wilbur

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By Paul Goldberg Hometown Weekly Staff The performance by "Boney James" on October 20 at the Wilbur Theater was truly amazing. The Lowell native is a bona fide sensation with 15 chart busting albums.The electricity on stage was right on with their jazzy Latin pop sound with pizzazz! The blues band with attitude show cased...
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Don Henley rocks Blue Hills Bank Pavillion

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By Paul Goldberg Hometown Weekly Staff Don Henley played to a sold out crowd Tuesday night at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. The talented band led the way with "Seven Bridges Road" while wowing the crowd with hits "Heart of the Matter" and "New York Minute" from Henley's Eagles days. The singer/songwriter was supported by the previously...
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Florida Georgia Line delights

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By Paul Goldberg Hometown Weekly Staff Friday night’s performance by Florida and Georgia Line at Mansfield's Xfinity Center was truly amazing. The duo has grown into a bona-fide sensation in just a few short years. The electricity on stage was undeniable as Brian Hubbard and Tyler Kelley showcased their immense talent. This summer has been a...
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Heart still has it

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By Paul Goldberg Hometown Weekly Staff Heart put on amazing show to a sweltering sold out crowd at Mansfield's Xfinity Center. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ setlist mixed the old with the new. Ann Wilson's voice hasn't missed a beat since the release of the band’s debut album, "Dream Boat Annie" (1975). Sister Nancy's...
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Steely Dan and Winwood turn heads

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Both Steve Winwood and Steely Dan played 90-plus minute sets at the Xfinity Center that featured material at least three decades old. On this night, the old came singing into the present and classic hits felt like a trip down memory lane. Steely Dan's hits were unmistakable, with "Reelin in the Years," "Do...
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Neon Indian performs at the Paradise Lounge

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  By Paul Goldberg Hometown Weekly Correspondent Taking the stage at roughly 10:30 at the Paradise Lounge in Boston, Alan Palomo and company jumped right into things, showing the sold out crowd how Neon Indian sound live. The live drummer bolstered Palomo's intimidating and complex keyboard and added a fine touch to Neon Indian's great hi-fi sound....
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