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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 [...]

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 [...]

Jan 28 2021

MOVIE: “MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM”

By |2021-01-28T17:38:01-04:00January 28th, 2021|Drama, Movies, Musicals|0 Comments

At the end of 2020, a flood of movies was released all at once and it's time to catch up with the best.  Among them, is a film based on Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" starring Oscar-winner Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final film performance which might [...]

Dec 23 2020

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS–VIRTUAL EDITIONS & GOOD AS NEW!!

By |2020-12-23T16:20:55-04:00December 23rd, 2020|Dance, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Music, Musicals, Theater|0 Comments

The two events I recommend here are among the most joyous presentations of the season, and are just as, if not more effective in virtual form! One marks its 5oth ANNIVERSARY this year, that medieval pageant celebrating the winter solstice known as THE CHRISTMAS REVELS. The second has been a classic on page, stage, and [...]

Sep 04 2020

LABOR DAY WEEKEND– WITH SOUL!

By |2020-09-04T16:08:36-04:00September 4th, 2020|Celebrity Interviews, Documentary, Epic & Historical, Movies, Musicals|0 Comments

Ever hear of Ellis B. Haizlip? I hadn't. Now I'll never forget him. MR SOUL! an award-winning documentary about the first Black nighttime TV talk show host in America, Ellis Haizlip, who went on the air during the turbulent late 60's with a show called SOUL! is a revelation and documents a revolution! [...]

Jul 10 2020

MOVIE: “WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES”– A Tale For Our Times

By |2020-07-13T19:59:44-04:00July 10th, 2020|Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Musicals|0 Comments

You are in luck-- a fresh, exhilarating new film opens on YOUR screens this weekend: WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES.  A buzzy hit at Sundance last year, it's the debut feature film by writer/director Makoto Nagahisa and sparkles with inventiveness and style, humor and wisdom, humanity and digital dazzle. It's a fizzy mashup of retro video [...]

Jul 03 2020

HAMILTON: ON SCREEN

By |2020-07-04T09:14:18-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Movies, Musicals|0 Comments

Who said you can't put theater on TV? The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical HAMILTON has made the quantum leap from stage to screen and the result is a stunning, exhilarating, technical and artistic triumph. The musical's power, brilliance, and relevance has been cinematically galvanized for a country again on the brink of revolution.  [...]

Jun 06 2020

JOYCE’S VIRTUAL CHOICES: Weekend 6/6/20

By |2020-06-06T17:46:06-04:00June 6th, 2020|Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Kids, Movies, Music, Musicals, Theater, Visual ART|0 Comments

Our mourning and awakening continues this weekend as BLACK LIVES MATTER holds center stage. THEATER: From the BOCH CENTER watch this potent, hyper-relevant performance piece called “Ode To The Young Black Man” from the 2016 City Spotlights final showcase, written and performed by program alumnus Alex Drumm! MOVIES: The Coolidge Corner Theatre [...]