With the agonizing, years-long crawl toward changes in Central Square as background, it was a balm to hear city councillors talk about how quickly they might get cigarette butt receptacles placed where smokers tend to drop them most, including Longfellow Park.
One of the best films of 2016 happens to be a sentimental crowdpleaser that, for all its potential schmaltz and didactic pitfalls, maintains an incredibly poignant balance especially when it comes to matters of race – and there’s plenty of them.
“Rogue One” stands outside the other “Star Wars” films, but is better than many of them. Even if the franchise feels like it needs a makeover to get beyond the style shackles of the ’70s and the ’80s, this is an enthralling go, with pleasing pops of surprise.
With Donald Trump pulling off a staggering electoral upset of Hillary Clinton for the country’s top post, “Miss Sloane” couldn’t be more timely. It’s helped by a tart script by first-time scribe Jonathan Perera that gives the dynamic Jessica Chastain plenty of scenery to chew.
“Moana” is Disney once again branching out, reaching past its own barriers and trying to create something singular that will stand out and become timeless.
In just her second feature film, “The Edge of Seventeen,” director and writer Kelly Fremon Craig has made one of the greatest coming-of-age films of the past 20 years. We asked her how she did it.
As someone with firsthand experience: Being a teenage girl is hard. Filmmakers have tried to capture this truth with varying success, but few have achieved the authenticity of filmmaker Kelly Fremon Craig and her confident and emotive “The Edge of Seventeen.”
War drama “Hacksaw Ridge” will satisfy Andrew Garfield fans, Mel Gibson supporters or war movie connoisseurs but little more, as a conflicted Gibson, returning to directing, paints a picture of nonviolence in gleeful slow-motion sequences of violence and bloodiness.
For all their power and pop, Marvel’s comic book tales of the übermensch are pretty pat affairs. “Doctor Strange,” while not as fresh and sassy as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it is a piquant changeup for fans finding the “Avengers” series getting long in the tooth.
“The Accountant,” a far-reaching thriller starring Ben Affleck, asks much of its audience – but for some patience and suspension of disbelief there are rewards to be had as it morphs slowly and surprisingly into something more entertaining than it has any right to be.