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About Joyce Kulhawik

Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), is currently lending her expertise as an arts critic/advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader. Kulhawik is President of the Boston Theater Critics Association, a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, and Boston Online Film Critics Association. Joyce also writes for WBUR's The ARTery and RogerEbert.com.
Jan 19 2017

THEATER: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

By | January 19th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" George chants low in the darkness. "I am, George. I am," intones a hollow-eyed Martha in the Lyric Stage's merciless yet moving production of Albee's classic. As the light slowly fades on this bitter couple in the final scene, I felt a chill. The moment is forever seared in my mind, a moment of sheer existential terror and loneliness in a production not to be missed. Edward Albee's three [...]

Jan 13 2017

THEATER TRIPLE THREAT: HAND TO GOD/A DOLL’S HOUSE/THURGOOD

By | January 13th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

What a FASCINATING week for theater in town—I saw three plays this week: a one-man show, one classic, and one Tony-nominated play having its New England premiere all of which left me thinking, laughing, scratching my head, and utterly engaged. You gotta love theater! Here goes. SpeakEasy Stage is presenting the New England premiere of [...]

Jan 11 2017

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: “xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE”

By | January 11th, 2017|Expired Free Advance Screenings|0 Comments

HURRY! FREE ADVANCE SCREENING for an IMAX screening of a Paramount Pictures release: “xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” For the chance to receive two tickets to the screening please go to http://www.gofobo.com/JoycesChoicesxXxBoston Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM in Boston (Theater will be named on your ticket) “xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” Running Time: [...]

Jan 10 2017

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: “THE FOUNDER”

By | January 10th, 2017|Expired Free Advance Screenings|0 Comments

HURRY! FREE ADVANCE SCREENING for a Weinstein Company release “THE FOUNDER” For the chance to receive two tickets to the screening please go to http://www.gofobo.com/FOUNDERJC Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Boston (Theater will be named on your ticket) “THE FOUNDER” Running Time: 115 minutes Rated: “PG-13” Opening Date: January 20, 2017 Synopsis: Directed [...]

Jan 10 2017

MOVIE: HIDDEN FIGURES/A TRUE STORY HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

By | January 10th, 2017|Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Movies|1 Comment

HIDDEN FIGURES brings a hidden gem of a true story to the big screen with a top notch cast in a movie that’s not as groundbreaking as the tale it tells—but accomplishes what it sets out to do with verve, humor, warmth and intelligence. “Hidden Figures” adapted from the book by Margot Lee Shetterly will [...]

Jan 04 2017

AN EROTIC THRILLER TWO WAYS: “FINGERSMITH”/”THE HANDMAIDEN”

By | January 4th, 2017|Drama, Horror, Movies, Theater|1 Comment

Here's a rewarding artistic excursion for the new year-- an erotic crime thriller two ways, one onscreen, the other onstage. Both are based on the devilishly byzantine novel and Mann Booker finalist by Sarah Waters called "FINGERSMITH." (Also a 2005 BBC mini series.) The staged version called FINGERSMITH and adapted by Alexa Junge is now in its final week at [...]

Jan 03 2017

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: “LIVE BY NIGHT”

By | January 3rd, 2017|Expired Free Advance Screenings|0 Comments

HURRY! FREE ADVANCE SCREENING for a Warner Brothers’ Pictures release: “LIVE BY NIGHT” For the chance to receive two tickets to the screening please visit: http://www.wbtickets.com/nKwDE14434 Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Boston (Theater will be named on your ticket) “LIVE BY NIGHT” Running Time: 129 minutes Rated: “R” Opening Date: January 13, [...]

Dec 30 2016

ODDS & END OF YEAR MOVIES: PATRIOTS DAY/LA LA LAND/ROGUE ONE

By | December 30th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Family, Movies, Musicals, Romance|2 Comments

PATRIOTS DAY--Pointless. If you lived through the Boston Marathon bombings, nothing compares. For all its good intentions and attempts at verisimilitude, this film adds nothing and mutes the impact of that tragic week in Boston's history. It also traffics in some pretty annoying cliches: Boston cops are, apparently, the most foul-mouthed in the country; and only the same roster of actors [...]

Dec 26 2016

MY FIVE FAVE FILMS/ 2016

By | December 26th, 2016|Documentary, Drama, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|2 Comments

This was a strange year for movies. I could barely find a thing to watch all summer, and then was inundated with a flood of excellent features in the Fall. No one mainstream film commanded our attention, but smaller, isolated gems shown brightly on a far-flung horizon. ONE of these for me stood far above the rest. Herewith my top five films, in no particular order AFTER my favorite film [...]

Dec 25 2016

THEATER: FENCES

By | December 25th, 2016|Drama, Movies|1 Comment

FENCES-- the seminal Pulitzer Prize-winning work by August Wilson, one of a decade-by-decade 10-play cycle about the black experience in America--will rattle your bones. I've seen the great James Earl Jones do it onstage in a fearsome, monumental performance. Now I've seen two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington do it on the big screen and my cage has been rattled and shattered [...]