Don’t listen to anyone, in any given year, that it was a “bad year for movies.” No, it wasn’t – they simply haven’t seen enough. Like many years, there was an enormity of quality films in 2017.
“The Greatest Showman” shouldn’t work, it doesn’t work. But damn it if I totally didn’t spend the workday following my viewing humming all of the songs in my cubicle.
In Alexander Payne’s near-future “Downsizing,” dwindling resources have triggered a worldwide movement to conserve and cut back without sacrificing the lush life – by being shrunk down to five inches.
Just how close to the truth “I, Tonya” comes might be debatable, but it’s a wondrously compelling human drama armed with the fangs of dark comedy and fueled by outré plot twits that feel lifted right out of “Fargo” – a winning formula if ever there was one.
Summer is well underway for 17-year-old Elio, something of a musical prodigy who lives with loving parents. Dad invites his latest grad student, Oliver, to stay with them for six weeks. Initially annoyed with one another, the two spark a passionate love affair.
It’s an unenviable task to have to take over the reins of a franchise from J.J. Abrams, the creative wunderkind who helmed “The Force Awakens,” but Rian Johnson proves more than game to go where Abrams has taken this trilogy and beyond.
The transformation to Middle Eastern street food from Mexican street food will be complete at Pita in Inman Square by mid-January. Doors will unlock at 7 a.m. for coffee and breakfast and not close until 2 a.m.
The problem with “Wonder Wheel,” which bears the indelible imprint of a Tennessee Williams drama, ultimately becomes its endless rotation of self-loathing, self-interested and shortsighted characters, wanting without doing. It’s not a good way to endear.
Guillermo del Toro returns to fine form with this fairy tale-cum-horror story that effectively echoes the texture, mood and style of his 2006 gem, “Pan’s Labyrinth” with a fine performance by Sally Hawkins that should be recognized.
This week’s two-day celebration of Leonard Bernstein at Longy School of Music of Bard College will get personal with the help of a special guest: Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein.