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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 [...]

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 [...]

Jun 21 2016

ENTER TO WIN: MET SUMMER ENCORE SERIES AT THE MOVIES

By | June 21st, 2016|Epic & Historical, Movies, Music, Musicals, Romance, Theater|0 Comments

WIN complimentary passes to the Fathom Event: MET SUMMER ENCORE SERIES! Enter to win by e-mailing fathomeventsboston@gmail.com with (name of the opera event/JOYCE) in the subject line. Please send your full name and e-mail address! 5 admit 2 winners will be selected for each opera and emailed their complimentary passes. Passes will be valid at Showcase Cinemas in Lowell [...]

Mar 11 2016

ENTER TO WIN: MOVIE/BEETHOVEN & BERLIN PHILHARMONIC

By | March 11th, 2016|Epic & Historical, Movies, Music|0 Comments

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN free passes to the Fathom Event's documentary "Living with Beethoven" featuring The Berlin Philharmonic! Enter to win by emailing fathomeventsboston@gmail.com with “BEETHOVEN – JOYCE’S CHOICES” in the subject line.  5 admit 2 winners will be selected and emailed their complimentary passes. Passes will be valid for the Showcase Cinema De Lux [...]

Feb 25 2016

MOVIES: ROOM/45 YEARS/CAROL/THE DANISH GIRL

By | February 25th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Romance, Thriller|3 Comments

THE 2016 OSCARS are upon us and I thought I'd weigh in on a few films I'd been mum on-- in case you were wondering for what and whom to root! ROOM: Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Adapted Screenplay is a compactly explosive film about a horrifying situation: a young woman kidnapped, impregnated, and kept prisoner by a sexual predator-- and [...]

Feb 23 2016

MOVIE: SEXY SILENTS

By | February 23rd, 2016|Drama, Epic & Historical, Fantasy, Movies, Romance, Science Fiction, Uncategorized|2 Comments

It's a quiet time of year for movie releases after the blockbusters of summer and the Oscar contenders of fall. It's the perfect time to think "silents." We can't actually hear them sighing in ecstasy, but it isn't hard to imagine from those shimmering "pictures" what was happening on the "silver screen" back in the early days of film when actual silver was [...]

Jan 28 2016

MOVIE: THE FINEST HOURS

By | January 28th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies|2 Comments

I love a good storm--and dazzling heroics float my boat. Disney's THE FINEST HOURS satisfies both cravings in a new film which comes at a time of year that generally finds us in the doldrums of the movie release schedule. But this film is a new year's treat. Not only is it well made, but it tells the true story of the most [...]

Jan 15 2016

OSCAR NOMS/SNUBS/SUDDEN DEATHS

By | January 15th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, More A & E, Movies, Music, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller|2 Comments

What an intense week. I cannot write anything else before expressing how heartbroken I was to learn that brilliant actor Alan Rickman and musical icon David Bowie died--both Londoners, both at age 69 of cancer. Bowie was an artistic visionary and sonic adventurer who cut an endlessly original and challenging swathe through the musical landscape. We find him [...]

Dec 18 2015

MOVIES: TOP FIVE OF 2015!

By | December 18th, 2015|Action & Adventure, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Romance|3 Comments

A flurry of fine films has just descended on the big screen in the last few weeks, almost too many to take in; but I did my best and here are my TOP FIVE FILMS of the year, some of which aren't due out until Christmas! 1) THE REVENANT-- A stunning 156 minute saga by award-winning Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu (BIRDMAN) starring Leonardo DiCaprio [...]