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Dec 17 2018

2018 FILM CRITICS AWARDS: Boston Society of Film Critics/Boston Online Film Critics!

By |2018-12-17T18:09:35-05:00December 17th, 2018|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Movies, Romance, Trailers|0 Comments

I love this annual marathon meeting-- our 38th-- of the BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS to decide our year end faves! We voted the "Best" in 15 categories topped by our BEST FILM of the year: the stunning IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK written and directed by Barry Jenkins, about a young African American couple in 1970's [...]

Feb 19 2018

BLACK PANTHER LEAPS THROUGH THE BIG SCREEN

By |2018-02-19T23:49:27-05:00February 19th, 2018|Action & Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction|2 Comments

What's most remarkable about BLACK PANTHER about the latest Marvel superhero to leap to the big screen is not that it had the biggest pre-sale of any superhero movie in history, not that it features a predominantly black cast and writer/director, is well made, acted, scripted, designed, and directed (it is all of those things) [...]

Jan 23 2018

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2018!

By |2018-01-23T12:46:24-05:00January 23rd, 2018|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|0 Comments

In one of the more entertaining Oscar nomination ceremonies in recent memory, Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish announced the nominations for the 90th Annual OSCARS this morning from California. THE SHAPE OF WATER lead with 13 nominations. By my calculation, there were a few flubs, snubs, & surprises: --Spielberg was snubbed as Best Director for [...]

Dec 10 2017

2017 FILM CRITICS AWARDS:BOSTON SOCIETY FILM CRITICS/BOSTON ONLINE FILM CRITICS!

By |2017-12-10T19:20:37-05:00December 10th, 2017|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|2 Comments

It happened this weekend: The BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (of which I am a veteran member) met for the 37th time and voted Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD (which a significant number of critics have not yet seen) starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his ostensible farewell performance as a fictional couturier, the BEST FILM [...]

Jul 26 2017

I’m Back with MOVIES:WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL

By |2017-07-26T13:22:06-05:00July 26th, 2017|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Movies|3 Comments

Happy summer one and all! A pro-LONG-ed bout of pneumonia and a vacation abroad has kept me away from my website for awhile-- but I'm back up to speed with a slew of movies over the next few days and some "must-see" theater to recommend.  Today I begin with the WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL about [...]

Dec 14 2016

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BUR’s THE ARTERY!

By |2016-12-14T11:58:58-05:00December 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 |2016-12-11T22:21:56-05:00December 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 [...]

Jul 28 2016

MOVIES: WOODS HOLE FILM FEST 2016

By |2016-07-28T13:38:53-05:00July 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 13 2016

MOVIE: SUMMER 2016 MOVIE DOLDRUMS

By |2016-07-14T16:43:52-05:00July 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 [...]

Jul 10 2015

SUMMER MOVIES: INSIDE OUT/MAGIC MIKE XXL/A LITTLE CHAOS/INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

By |2015-07-13T10:08:32-05:00July 10th, 2015|Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Kids, Movies, Romance|1 Comment

I’ve seen a raft of films of late—some float, some I’d push overboard. Here’s a list, sink or swim: INSIDE OUT: Disney/Pixar’s latest is among its greatest animated offerings, a 3D computer-generated, comedy/drama. We get to see, literally, inside 11 year-old Riley’s head as her various thoughts and emotions battle for control, with an all-star cast as [...]