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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.
Jun 19 2021

MOVIE: Guest review of “IN THE HEIGHTS”

By |2021-06-19T11:00:43-04:00June 19th, 2021|Movies, Musicals|0 Comments

A critic's job is never done. I am always trying to learn more and deliver ever more nuanced reviews of the work I see. As a white critic, I am always trying to see beyond the lens of my whiteness. In reviewing IN THE HEIGHTS I didn't understand the lack of representation of Afro-Latino characters [...]

Jun 15 2021

MOVIE: “In The Heights”

By |2021-06-16T09:44:15-04:00June 15th, 2021|Movies, Musicals, Theater|0 Comments

Seven years before the Pulitzer Prize-winning global phenomenon that is HAMILTON opened on Broadway in 2015 and blew the roof off staged musicals forever, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical the Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS opened in the same theater in 2008. Now, like "Hamilton," it's also a movie, a glorious movie more powerful [...]

Jun 11 2021

FREE ADVANCE VIRTUAL SCREENING: “THE SPARKS BROTHERS”

By |2021-06-12T13:44:58-04:00June 11th, 2021|Celebrity Interviews, Documentary, Free Advance Screening, Movies, Musicals|0 Comments

HURRY!  FREE ADVANCE VIRTUAL SCREENING of Focus Features release "THE SPARKS BROTHERS"  Thursday June 17 PM! For the chance to download two complimentary passes to this advance virtual screening please click on RSVP LINK: http://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/JoycesChoicesSparks RSVP instructions *Please note this virtual screening will be conducted through TicktBox and you will need to register for an account on [...]

Jun 02 2021

THEATER: chekhovOS/an experimental game/

By |2021-06-03T10:15:50-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Theater|0 Comments

This is the best virtual theater I've seen all pandemic: chekhovOS/an experimental game/.  Conceived and directed by Arlekin Players Theatre founder and artistic director Igor Golyak, this production melds live and pre-taped theater, video, film, and gaming technology into a hybrid that unlocks a new way of understanding the world of Chekhov's plays, even as [...]

May 29 2021

MOVIE: CRUELLA

By |2021-05-29T17:19:39-04:00May 29th, 2021|Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies|0 Comments

I've always had a weakness for villainesses. Sleeping Beauty was a snooze compared to the magnificent Maleficent. I adored Snow White; still her ravishing wicked queen of a stepmother was disturbingly alluring. Even that green-complected shrew on a broom who threatened Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West (the sheer power of that woman with [...]

May 27 2021

THEATER: BLACK BEANS PROJECT

By |2021-05-27T14:34:28-04:00May 27th, 2021|Theater|0 Comments

BLACK BEANS PROJECT the latest virtual undertaking presented by The Huntington is a delicious digital offering and one of the most effective theater experiences offered in a medium tough to scale for theater-goers craving intimacy and drama.  This world premiere one act, two-hander created by Huntington artist-in-residence and Elliot Norton Prize-winner Melinda Lopez and Joel [...]

Apr 29 2021

MOVIE: BREWMANCE

By |2021-05-05T17:27:09-04:00April 29th, 2021|Documentary, Family, Movies|0 Comments

BREWMANCE is a tale of a love affair with beer-- but not my father's beer, and Chet and his brothers, my uncles, LOVED beer. They would sit around the backyard at all the family gatherings--barbecues to baptisms--drinking cases of the stuff.  A cousin once drove in from out of state for a family funeral arriving [...]

Apr 21 2021

HEADS UP: “OSCARS” THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!

By |2021-04-21T22:39:52-04:00April 21st, 2021|Documentary, Drama, Family, Movies, Romance, Thriller|0 Comments

After a two month pandemic-induced delay, the OSCARS will happen this SUNDAY NIGHT April 25 at 8 p.m. (ET/5 p.m. PT) on ABC. The 93rd annual Academy Awards honors all things movies! I have reported live from THE red carpet over the course of 20 years as the A & E Anchor for WBZ-TV (CBS- [...]

Apr 15 2021

THEATER/ HYPE MAN: a break beat play

By |2021-04-15T12:15:34-04:00April 15th, 2021|Theater|0 Comments

I raved about HYPE MAN: a break beat play by Idris Goodwin at its 2018 world premiere directed onstage by Company One's artistic director Shawn LaCount.  Now, as George Floyd haunts and Daunte Wright brings us to flash point again, this urgent piece of theater brings a too familiar tragedy right to our screens and [...]

Mar 29 2021

MOVIE: “TINA” Now on HBO!

By |2021-03-30T09:03:41-04:00March 29th, 2021|Documentary, Movies, Musicals|1 Comment

I have loved Tina Turner from the first moment I saw her perform. It may have been her very first TV appearance in 1960 on "American Bandstand." I surely saw her one and only appearance with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970. I had no context for what [...]