For the first time, the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge joins the Regent Theatre in Arlington and Studio Cinema in Belmont for screenings as part of the annual Family Film Festival put on by Belmont World Film and the toy store Henry Bear’s 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.
“Patriots Day” takes any sense of catharsis the city of Boston has built up over the past few years and tramples it with a single objectively poor decision: adding a fictional character to be one of the story’s great heroes in a true tale that’s full of them.
From nods to old-school musicals and homages to classic science fiction to touching coming-of-age stories and an eerily timely neo-noir nazi horror flick, there was no dearth of variety or diversity in cinemas that helped make 2016 a great year for film.
The stars’ intertwined journey of desire and hope is genuine and universal, and Damien Chazelle’s slick eruptions into song, with two likable stars who sing and dance themselves, underscore that sentiment smoothly.
“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.
Sam Waterston, a Cambridge native, has had a career full of challenging and charismatic roles. Now he’s bringing gravitas to the John Madden film “Miss Sloane,” reflecting both his political interests and wish to work with top-notch creative ensembles.
This up-close visit with the first lady in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination. Much of the project’s success hangs on Natalie Portman’s fully immersed and utterly mesmerizing portrait of the grieving first widow.
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.
The Vermin Supreme Winter Showcase; Poetry Book & Broadside Fair and book sale; Wrap Around Cupcake Reception and more art; “The Sound of Cracking Bones” staged reading; Video Game Orchestra concert, jazz and classical; and Vintage Holiday Film Program.