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Aug 16 2017

MOVIES/SCREEN GRABS: DUNKIRK, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK

By | August 16th, 2017|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Musicals, Thriller, War|0 Comments

A few more SCREEN GRABS in the dog days of summer--and none of the following are dogs: DUNKIRK: If you haven't already, see this masterful and intimate experience of the grueling WWII battle when the Nazis had 400,000 Allied troops-- British, French, and Belgian--trapped on the beach at Dunkirk but they never surrendered; [...]

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 14 2016

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BUR’s THE ARTERY!

By | December 14th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Books, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, More A & E, Movies, Music, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Theater, Thriller, Visual ART, War, Western|0 Comments

                  If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone you love who loves the arts, I am passing along this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, itself a gift from WBUR's The ARTery writers-- and I am proud to be one! This annual gift guide has several stockings full of suggestions in every discipline [...]

Dec 11 2016

BEST MOVIES 2016: BOSTON FILM CRITICS!!!

By | December 11th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Movies|2 Comments

Boston's two film critics' circles (I belong to both) have voted their year end awards! The BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (BSFC) have named "La La Land" starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and directed by Best Director Damien ("Whiplash") Chazelle as BEST PICTURE!  The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) has named "Moonlight" BEST PICTURE with Best Ensemble for the magnificent trio [...]

Nov 12 2016

MOVIE: ARRIVAL/GOOSEBUMPS AND GRANDEUR

By | November 12th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|1 Comment

Many movies reveal their secrets within the first five minutes, and it's not until the end that we understand what we have already seen-- and know.  When that moment comes in ARRIVAL, it's like a tsunami in slow motion. ARRIVAL spills its secrets softly in a grand, goosebump-inducing sci-fi adventure that made me feel like I was tumbling through space [...]

Oct 16 2016

MOVIE: THE ACCOUNTANT– crunching more than numbers!

By | October 16th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Thriller|1 Comment

Ben Affleck as THE ACCOUNTANT is crunching more than numbers. This is a real departure for the actor as he brings to life an ass-kicking, Asperger's syndrome, math wiz working his way through an intense labyrinth of secrecy and surprise. The film is a refreshing and well-balanced mix of farflung elements: action, thriller, romantic comedy(!) family dysfunction, and a shout [...]

Oct 06 2016

MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE: DEEP WATER HORIZON/SNOWDEN Have An Ax To Grind

By | October 6th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Thriller|2 Comments

A pair of movies now playing at a cineplex near you wear their agendas on their sleeves: each re-tells a true story, skewers its villains, and brings its audience right up close to the imagined scenes of the action whose outcome we already know. Director/co-writer Oliver Stone's SNOWDEN comes with a careful central performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, computer wiz and infrastructure analyst for the National [...]

Sep 10 2016

MOVIE: SULLY

By | September 10th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies|3 Comments

Chesley Sullenberger is the reason computers will never take over the world. He's exactly the sort of hero Clint Eastwood would set his sights on-- another man who casts a long shadow over the techno-driven world. Eastwood has directed Tom Hanks as SULLY the pilot who made the miracle landing on the Hudson after a flock of birds crashed [...]

Aug 04 2016

MOVIE: JASON BOURNE

By | August 4th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Movies, Thriller|2 Comments

It was my last best hope for the dull summer movie offerings-- and it did not disappoint! JASON BOURNE held me fast from first frame to last. I must admit, the $1.3 billion dollar grossing franchise starring Boston's own MATT DAMON, has been an action fave of mine since its inception, not least of all because [...]

Jul 13 2016

MOVIE: SUMMER 2016 MOVIE DOLDRUMS

By | July 13th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Horror, Kids, Movies|0 Comments

This summer at the movies sucks. I normally despise that expression but it accurately describes the vacuum that is this summer's movie season. Underwhelming fare is now playing on mainstream screens everywhere, and I am searching like crazy for things I want to see. Here's what I don't want to see: --NEWSCASTERS playing themselves on the big screen and then complaining about [...]