These looks at what’s on the big screen and streaming in the coming week include reviews for “A Hero,” “The 355” and “American Siege” as well as Brattle films such as Nobuhiko Obayashi’s “Labyrinth of Cinema” and its ongoing “Refreshed, Renewed, Restored” program. We also remember Peter Bogdanovich and Sidney Poitier.
In this tale of two kinds of wildlife, Thomas Morton created a colony like no other in the North America of the 1600s – opposed to slavery, rejecting religious conservatism and filled with pleasure – then wrote the first book banned in the Americas. One volume had the first recorded documentation of the green-winged teal in the future Massachusetts.
The specialty at Vinal Bakery in Union Square is English muffins by founder Sarah Murphy – moister, spongier and more pleasing to the bite than the typical, and piled with eggs, cheese and other toppings that will satisfy any lover of good, rib-sticking breakfast sandwiches.
Can we thank or blame one Shakespeare buff named Eugene Schieffelin for all the starlings in America? Maybe not. But they’ve been cast in a villainous role by officials who have spent millions of dollars trying to eradicate them — and must curse the name of Schieffelin and others who thought like him in the 1800s.
There was a mix of big- and small-screen cinema in 2021 – and even some simultaneous streamers, such as “Dune” – and the best of the year includes three each from Netflix and Hulu that for a while you could catch in an actual movie theater (if you weren’t too afraid of catching something else).