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Director Rob Reiner brings LBJ to life in new film

Director Rob Reiner brings LBJ to life in new film

Juliana Tuozzola

October 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Boston, Film

It has been half a century since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, which ended segregation in public places and made employment discrimination illegal. The act was proposed by President John F. Kennedy, and shortly after his tragic death, President Lyndon B. Johnson pursued Kennedy’s proposal. Mor...

Miniseries rekindles decades old fight with “Feud”

Miniseries rekindles decades old fight with “Feud”

Felicity Otterbein

March 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

Bette Davis reportedly once said about her Hollywood arch-nemesis “The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’” They were beautiful, stunning and brilliant both on and off the screen. Their lives seemed to be a never endi...

Navigating exclusion

Navigating exclusion

Felicity Otterbein

February 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, 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, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, 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, 2016


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, ...

Review: Sorrow is Born in the Hasty Heart

Maliha Khan

September 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Film

The 1950’s is brought back to life at the Museum of Fine Arts through their latest film series “Reagan in Hollywood: The Origins of a Conservative Icon. The series derives the legendary of Mr. Reagan prior to his term in office. One of his movies in particular, Hasty Heart which has won the Golden Globe for ...

Commentary: Confirmation is more than a history lesson

Commentary: Confirmation is more than a history lesson

Sharyn Gladstone

April 20, 2016


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, 2016


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, 2016


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, 2016


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, 2016


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, 2016


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...

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