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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 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 [...]

Oct 04 2016

MOVIE: “QUEEN OF KATWE” MAKES ALL THE RIGHT MOVES

By | October 4th, 2016|Drama, Family, Kids, Movies|2 Comments

QUEEN OF KATWE is based on one of those impossible but true stories of triumph which has found life on the big screen. Thanks to a cast of talented, affecting actors and a smart, compassionate, and inspiring story teller behind the camera, we learn of an impoverished young girl from Uganda who is introduced to the game of chess-- and becomes [...]

Jul 28 2016

MOVIES: WOODS HOLE FILM FEST 2016

By | July 28th, 2016|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Kids, Movies, War|0 Comments

The Woods Hole Film Festival kicks off its 25th anniversary season on July 30 and not a moment too soon. In one of the worst summer movie seasons in recent memory, this 8-day festival (July 30-August 6) on Cape Cod has come to the rescue, bigger and better than ever! Over 130 films will be shown representing more than [...]

Jul 20 2016

MOVIE: GHOSTBUSTERS 2016

By | July 20th, 2016|Comedy, Family, Movies|0 Comments

Who ya gonna call? Well in 2016 it's the all-female GHOSTBUSTERS, a re-envisioning, if you will (and many wouldn't), of the 1984 cult classic played by a fabulous foursome: Melissa McCarthy, and SNL's Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. This all woman cast--plus one token pretty boy hired as a receptionist for his looks and awkward dance moves (a riotous Chris [...]

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 [...]

Jun 09 2016

MOVIES: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

By | June 9th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Movies|4 Comments

Get ready for the first great entertainment at the movies this summer which trades comic book action heroes for the lords of legerdemain known as The Four Horsemen: NOW YOU SEE ME 2! I couldn't take my eyes off this movie which captures the magic of, well, magic!  This elaborately tricky plot unfurled itself in double time, criss-crossing the globe while filling every inch [...]

Mar 23 2016

FLICKS 4 CHICKS CONTEST! ENTER NOW!

By | March 23rd, 2016|Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Movies, Romance, Science Fiction|3 Comments

                  One day we won't need a FLICKS4CHICKS contest, but you may have perhaps noticed that it keeps raining men at the movies. From macho superheroes and shoot 'em up cop dramas, to frat boy hi-jinks, comedic buddy bromances, and sci-fi adventure films it's mostly men in the drivers' seats, in front of [...]