At the core of J.J. Abrams’ brilliant rebranding, beyond the astute and well-measured use of high-powered special FX, is the inspired casting of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as the younger Kirk and Spock. The tale of this sequel is ambitious, crisp, filled with action and subplots – and yet possibly a bit too familiar.
What makes Richard Kuklinski intriguing is that he did it while married and living a suburban existence, replete with two teenage daughters. But writer/director Ariel Vromen plays the tale a little too straight.
Experience life within the bubble (literally). Ride “The Sense of Unity Healing Machine” (also literally). Honor slain MIT police officer Sean Collier with a ’60s-inspired benefit concert. Get your face painted by an actual, amazing artist. Help launch the Together Festival with music and video art.
Leonardo DiCaprio gives a thoughtful and nuanced performance lost alongside a miscast Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan and amid a swirl of 3-D spectacle.
“Iron Man 3” finds itself somewhat hampered by the mandate to feed back into a stream of other Marvel superhero flicks, but if you’re a fan of big special FX-fueled slugfests, you’ll be thrilled anyway.
See a rare “King Lear.” Hear America’s future poets laureate recite. Catch the Rambax Senegalese Drum Ensemble at an outdoor concert. See the work of student playwrights. And enjoy Mayfair along with 100,000 other people – after walking to benefit victims of the Marathon bombing.
A flea market on Saturday and juried art salon on Sunday. Frank Black in Harvard Square. The Walsh brothers in Davis Square. A free showing of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” at MIT. A free flute concert at Tufts. This weekend is all about choices.
Mud is the name of the arcane protagonist played by Matthew McConaughey, a metaphor for the sticky situation he’s in and is everywhere in this steaming Arkansas Delta that mixes genres like the olio found at the bottom of the Mississippi.
It begins as a dark comedy, something screwball yet macabre, with Mark Wahlberg as an ex-con with jacked pecs, silvery tongue and tank full of big ideas. No matter how it winds up, its an amazing change of pace for director Bay.
The Independent Film Festival Boston sails into its second decade already the area’s premier film event – the closest thing this city has had to a world-class film fest like Sundance, Cannes or Toronto.