Little has come easy since the gambling law passed in late 2011. Casino regulators are embroiled in litigation, and casino developers have been kicked out of more communities than have accepted them. But this week a milestone for supporters finally arrives: the state gambling commission will award its first license, for a slot parlor by Friday. The final evaluation unfolds throughout this week.
How the slots stack up
Anatomy of the Market Basket meltdown
Local CEOs, the former US secretary of labor, an MIT Sloan professor, and more offer their reflections on the company’s disastrous summer.
How my brother’s life ended with a fentanyl overdose
George Bell’s family was powerless to stop his brother’s lifelong, and life-ending, drug and alcohol addiction.
Cape Flyer’s gourmet chef
Renee Scharoff has taken over the catering concession on the Cape Flyer, the revived vacationers’ train now in its second season.
Horenstein’s images demonstrate a love of country
Henry Horenstein’s photographs in “Honky Tonk,” at Endicott College, celebrate country music.
‘Frank’ tries to get inside a singer’s head
The movie with Michael Fassbender in a giant papier-mache head is an entertaining curio with flashes of inspiration.
More tales of ‘Sin City’ in ‘A Dame to Kill For’
The fan-favorite Frank Miller yarn of the title is the one that gets long-form treatment, and it has cinematic juice.
Think before you go to ‘If I Stay’
The limbo between life and death plays more like comedy than tragedy in this hackneyed adaptation of Gayle Forman’s popular YA novel.
‘When the Game Stands Tall’ could stand some dramatic plays
The true story of northern California’s De La Salle Spartans makes for a structurally glitchy inspirational exercise.
Pros in being conned in ‘Abuse of Weakness’
Catherine Breillat has transformed her worst experiences into one of her best films.
Searching for a lost son in ‘Siddharth’
In this wrenching, immersive tale, a father exposes his son to a perilous world.
A life best told between two covers in ‘Violette’
The film demonstrates how suffering produces great art, and that the artist isn’t the only one who suffers for it.
Style points for soapy ‘Breathless’
The new PBS “Masterpiece Mystery” series isn’t as sensitive or psychologically rich as “Mad Men.”
‘Intruders’: body snatching and head-scratching
The new supernatural BBC America series toggles between confusing and intriguing.
Netflix’s ‘BoJack’ is one lame horse
The Netflix show has a premise with some potential, in a cringey “The Comeback” kind of way.
Hooray for Earth brings surprising sounds to the ICA
The quartet fights off preconceptions by rocking out on the band’s new album, “Racy.”
Simpson finds an unorthodox niche in country music
Despite his late start, Sturgill Simpson is pursuing an impressive country-music career with his mix of askew perspective and classic sounds.
My Fictions brings complex hardcore to new audiences
Hitting hard and playing fast to sustain peak intensity, Boston hardcore quartet reaches out to a broad audience with its debut full-length album.
Yeehaw!, ‘Demotivational Speaker’
The young Boston pop-punk band releases a promising debut album that transcends genre boundaries and partisan boundaries.
Titus Andronicus frontman gets conceptual
Patrick Stickles of the New Jersey progressive-punk sextet talks about his favorite concept albums.
THE RAMBLE: presented by the Adam Ezra Group
The Adam Ezra Group’s fifth annual Ramble at Salisbury Beach offers all-day (and night) fun for a good cause, feeding local veterans.