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Navigating exclusion

Navigating exclusion

Felicity Otterbein
February 10
Filed under Arts & Culture, Boston, Campus, Film

In an emotional rollercoaster of heartache, loss and forging of new relationships, filmmaker Felicia Lowe conveys the trials and tribulations of her journey to discovering her mother’s past and the extent of the toll of the Chinese Exclusion Act had on her family. The screening of this film was hoste...

Hard truths: Hard to resist

Hard truths: Hard to resist

James MacDonald
November 10
Filed under Arts & Culture, Boston, Film

Craig Atkinson, with credits in award-winning documentaries such as "Detropia,"made his disquieting directorial debut with “Do Not Resist,” a documentary film that made its Boston debut at the Museum of Fine Arts this month. The film examined the militarization of police forces in the United Sta...

‘Rocky Horror’ disappoints, scratches necessary original content

‘Rocky Horror’ disappoints, scratches necessary original content

Felicity Otterbein
October 23
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

After much anticipation and hype, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again" aired on Fox Wednesday night, paying tribute to the original 1975 musical comedy-horror film. The latest rendition of the story follows a newly engaged couple, Brad Majors, played by Ryan McCartan, ...

Commentary: Confirmation is more than a history lesson

Commentary: Confirmation is more than a history lesson

Sharyn Gladstone
April 20
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

HBO delivered a striking depiction toward women with its powerful film, “Confirmation,” about University of Oklahoma law professor, Anita Hill and her former employer at the Department of Education and Equal Opportunity Commission, Clarence Thomas. Hill was swept up into a national firestorm abo...

Batman v. Superman is flawed, but entertaining

Colin Barry
April 13
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

Batman and Superman are two superheroes who are ingrained into American pop culture. The two have fought multiple times in their respective comics, but never on the silver screen. While “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is overstuffed, beyond complicated and filled with silly and stupid moment...

Disney creates a living, breathing city in Zootopia

Colin Barry
April 6
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

In a sprawling urban landscape, people come from all different backgrounds and personalities. Sometimes, everyone has the ability to work together, but more often than not, citizens just don’t get along. Disney portrays this situation of a metropolis, among other aspects of city life in Zootopia, its 5...

Oscars remain gold amid controversy

Oscars remain gold amid controversy

Sharyn Gladstone
March 2
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

The 88th Academy Awards aired on Sunday to the second lowest viewership in its history. Chris Rock hosted the ceremony amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in which all the acting nominees, and most nominees in other categories, were white. “Welcome to the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White Pe...

Sarcastic superhero is an R-rated blast

Colin Barry
February 24
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

Deadpool is one of the most popular characters Marvel Comics has ever produced, debuting as a generic bad guy who later developed into a sarcastic jerk in the 90s. Nowadays, Deadpool is best known as a fourth wall breaking, over-the-top violent anti-hero. Deadpool has had more than a few comic series,...

‘Black’ succeeds in sex appeal, lacks humor

Serina Gousby
February 10
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

A parody film’s job is to be at least twice as funny or greater than the film it is imitating. However, if a movie is imitating a romantic film like “Fifty Shades of Grey” that received poor reviews, the parody probably will be less than funny or even worse. And it was. Michael Tiddes’ ‘Fifty Shades of Bl...

Ambitious, electric Grease is the one that we want

Ambitious, electric Grease is the one that we want

Sharyn Gladstone
February 3
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film, Theater

FOX made an impressive first attempt at a live musical with its exhilarating production of “Grease Live!” on Sunday. FOX also became the first network to have a live audience and incorporate them into the live show. The broadcast opened with main characters Danny Zuko and Sandy Young (Aaron Tve...

The Wiz eases on down the road

Sharyn Gladstone
December 9
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film, Theater

NBC has produced lifeless and humdrum live musicals for the past two Decembers with “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan.” From visible strings lifting actors to poor casting choices to Christopher Walken’s infamous high note into silence, NBC likely felt pressured to deliver solid ratings this ...

Krampus is holiday horror fun, until the end

Colin Barry
December 2
Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

The German myth of Krampus is now well known, with the ‘anti-Santa’ figure appearing on television and in haunted houses across the country. It was only a matter of time for there to be a horror film about the monster. Michael Dougherty, who directed the cult classic horror film “Trick R’ Treat...

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