The Rasmussens got their start making films as members of the long-standing Harvard Square Scriptwriters group and inspiration from their eerie Victorian building in Porter Square. Their second directorial effort, coming out Oct. 13, was filmed nearby as well.
Typically in survival films we are shown the worst of humanity, but “The Martian” is an unabashed crowdpleaser based on great source material and gifted with one of the most dynamic casts of the year.
For those looking for more than a Wikipedia regurgitation of the facts, even-keeled director Ed Zwick’s film takes off with a Cold War chess champ who looks played out, transitioning from a per-usual, plodding biopic into something more reflective and refreshing.
The Quay Brothers animation in 35mm (and Švankmajer’s “Alice”); the fourth annual Boston Teen Author Festival; East Meets West Block Party fundraiser; VivaLatino Cambridge festival; and the What the Fluff? Marshmallow Festival.
Directed, starring, edited and written by women, the heartfelt and moving “The Second Mother” is a dedicated and affectionate look at motherhood and the lessons we learn from the women in our lives.
“Black Mass,” the long-awaited cinematic tale of Boston’s own public enemy No. 1 – mobster Whitey Bulger – is a mixed bag, full of diamonds in the rough. In crime terms, it’s a routine hit on a midlevel bagman, but carried out with gusto and flourish.
After “The Last Airbender” (2010) and “After Earth” (2013), films that did not see the north side of a 5 user rating on IMDB (out of 10), one might have thought M. Night Shyamalan done. “The Visit,” Shyamalan’s latest, is a minor rebound.
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” a documentary about the black activist group, lacks the major players, while in “7 Chinese Brothers,” Jason Schwartzman makes the protagonist himself a less than major player.
Out of the Blue Back to School rock music fest; Campfire. Festival of Americana and folk; 24-Hour ChoreoFest dance concert; Heist Night! movie marathon; “Long Weekend”: A night of poetry; and Bread & Puppet Theater’s “The Overtakelessness Circus.”
“Thought Bomb” comedy and karaoke; a Humanwine album sneak peek; Massachusetts Independent Film Festival screenings; Opera on Tap: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and “Burlesque is Coming” for “Games of Thrones” fans.