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“Wonderstruck,” adapted from its namesake novel, contains two parallel stories in difference decades. The film cuts back and forth between each story, both of which follow children running away from home.

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‘Wonderstruck’ struggles to fully inspire wonder with uneven narrative

November 13, 2017 0 comments

Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” is a film of sounds and images, where feelings and ideas reverberate from color and light, smiles and glances, music and art.

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‘The Snowman’ entrances viewers with sheer awfulness

October 26, 2017 0 comments

Great cinema is partially defined by how it responds to the moment in which it’s made.

‘Meyerowitz Stories’ makes for bittersweet family comedy

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‘Meyerowitz Stories’ makes for bittersweet family comedy

October 16, 2017 0 comments

Parents raise us and then they haunt us.

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Lengthy ‘Blade Runner 2049’ fails to live up to prestigious original

October 10, 2017 0 comments

“Blade Runner 2049” is, first and foremost, a cash grab.

Jeff Bauman — a survivor in the Boston Marathon bombing — is the focus of “Stronger,” a film about the challenges of trauma that envelop his recovery after losing both of his legs in the bombing.

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‘Stronger’ explores complex realities of heroism, recovery

September 26, 2017 0 comments

The word “hero” gets tossed around a lot these days.

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Aronofsky’s “Mother!” mixes allegory with chaos

September 18, 2017 0 comments

What is “Mother!”? An environmental allegory? A perverse retelling of the creation myth? A cautionary tale about dating a film director? A home improvement thriller? “Mother!,” the new film from director Darren Aronofsky, is all of these things. Maybe. There has to be a point, one figures, where multivalence crosses […]

The domestic dramedy ‘Straight White Men’ tells the story of three brothers and their father who share traditions like eating Chinese food on the sofa, but differ in their experiences with white privilege and social justice.

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‘Straight White Men’ probes race, gender

December 7, 2016 0 comments

“Straight White Men,” playing in repertory at the Wilbury Theatre Group, delivers bold and lacerating insight into privilege and what it means to be “woke.”

Dancer Jorge Luis Morejón, actor Monique Mojica and writer LeAnne Howe started thinking about creating “Side Show Freaks” in 2008.

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Artists strive to decolonize indigeneity

November 18, 2016 0 comments

Three artists will present “Side Show Freaks and Circus Injuns,” a play centered on indigenous people, Friday at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.

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HOPE brings student groups to stage for fundraiser

October 11, 2016 0 comments

Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere hosted “Change for Change,” a fundraiser featuring student performances and speeches by RIKAP.

Sock and Buskin’s “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark”  about the early and late stages of a fictional actress’ career offers social criticism through humor.

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‘By The Way, Meet Vera Stark’ cuts deep with humor

October 5, 2016 0 comments

Sock and Buskin’s “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” employs screwball comedy as a means of social critique.