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Eat like a carioca: Rio's best local food

Food is a treasured part of <i>carioca</i> (resident of Rio de Janeiro) life. With roots in African, Amerindian and European epicurean traditions, the tastes of the Marvelous City range from meat-centric c<i>hurrascarias</i>, hearty <i>feijoadas</i>, vibrant street food and upscale, gourmet selections – all best …

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Why Fifty Shades finds itself in a world of pain

A ludicrous plot padded out with mortifying sex scenes… No wonder some mothers have decided the best person to see Fifty Shades of Grey with is their new baby<p>One great thing about taking my baby to a parent and baby screening of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> will be that it will save so much time in therapy …

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Fifty Shades of Grey: ‘Neither romantic nor especially sexy’

As it smashes box office records, a wife and husband celebrate their 15th anniversary by going to see the controversial film<p>Viv’s view<p><b>I fear that</b> what you think of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> may say more about you than it says about the movie itself. Personally, I was preoccupied throughout by one …

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New releases: 'Theory' glosses over complexities of story of Stephen Hawking

<b>The Theory of Everything</b><p>Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98<p>Available on VOD on Tuesday<p>The lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations wouldn't be so glaring if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hadn't been so charitable to indistinct awards-bait like<p>"The Theory of …

Travel Like a Local in the Dominican Republic

Anyone who has traveled to the Dominican Republic will tell you that the country not only has amazing beaches, some of the friendliest people, but also a great collection of resorts to choose from.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Girl Gone Travel</i><p>Dominicans pride themselves in offering excellent customer service …

Peru and Ecuador: Free airfare offer on Machu Picchu, Galápagos tours

If you're contemplating a trip to South America, Boston-based Overseas Adventure Travel offers free airfare worth $900 per person on selected trips this summer.<p>The deal is good for June journeys that highlight Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galápagos in Ecuador -- if you reserve by the end of …

Oscars 2015: who will win best actress?

Julianne Moore’s complex performance as an English professor battling Alzheimer’s in Still Alice should finally net her the statuette on her fifth attempt<p>Almost every year, Oscar pundits insist on telling us how “weak” the best actress race is, pointing out the dearth of female contenders from the …

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