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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.
Jul 22 2021

FREE ADVANCE “IN THEATER” SCREENING: “STILLWATER”

By |2021-07-22T14:55:13-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Drama, Free Advance Screening, Movies, Thriller|0 Comments

HURRY!  FREE ADVANCE SCREENING of Focus Features release  "STILLWATER"! Wednesday July 28, 7:30PM at AMC Boston Common For the chance to download complimentary passes to this advance screening please visit:   “STILLWATER”  (140 minutes) Synopsis: A dramatic thriller directed by Academy Award® winner Tom McCarthy and starring Matt Damon, Stillwater follows an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma [...]

Jul 11 2021

MOVIE: “SUMMER OF SOUL (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

By |2021-07-11T15:02:27-04:00July 11th, 2021|Celebrity Interviews, Documentary, Movies|0 Comments

I have finally seen THE movie of the summer-- and perhaps the year: SUMMER OF SOUL (... Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). "The Roots" drummer turned filmmaker Questlove has excavated buried treasure and turned it into a divine revelation of a feature documentary. The Harlem Culture Festival took place on 6 nights, [...]

Jul 07 2021

MOVIE: THE TOMORROW WAR

By |2021-07-07T17:01:27-04:00July 7th, 2021|Action & Adventure, Family, Movies, Science Fiction, War|0 Comments

It's as snappy as a bunch of legos, and directed by the guy who gave us THE LEGO MOVIE, Chris McKay, here in his live-action directorial debut. But he hasn't quite figured out the connective tissue that holds human characters together, nor a live-action feature which is its own kind of organism. What we've got [...]

Jun 23 2021

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: “SUMMER OF SOUL”

By |2021-07-11T15:30:44-04:00June 23rd, 2021|Expired Free Advance Screenings, Movies|0 Comments

HURRY! FREE ADVANCE SCREENING of Searchlight Pictures release: "SUMMER OF SOUL"! Monday, June 28th, 7:30PM @ AMC BOSTON COMMON For the chance to download two complimentary passes to this advance screening please visit:  RSVP LINK http://www.searchlightscreenings.com/JoycesChoicesSOS Synopsis: In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part [...]

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 |2021-07-11T15:32:44-04:00June 11th, 2021|Expired Free Advance Screenings, Movies|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 [...]