As an animated children’s film, Smallfoot could have gone wrong. But it didn’t. Instead, ‘Smallfoot’ was an animated children film whose slapstick Tom-and-Jerry humor and catchy tunes mask its sensitive approach to criticizing censorship, discrimination, and the fear of the misunderstood.
At initial glance, the beta test of 'Russian Subway Dogs' by Spooky Squid Games Inc. is fun-to-play, charming, and quirky in its art style and character but has a high learning curve (for an average gamer like me) from level to level.
The trademark coarse-grained dialogue of Stephen Adly Guirgis returns in the New England premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy, an explosive comedy about an ex-cop bitterly fighting against eviction and injustice. Mounted by SpeakEasy Stage, the production is a thrilling and humorous depiction of urban life in New York with all of its challenges and contradictions.
When a troubled child, John, who grew up within the tight grasps of a white supremacist gang, finally escapes juvenile prison, he ends up being fostered by an interracial couple. As John attempts to navigate through his new life, he finds unlikely solace in riding bikes.
If you like unhappy but unsad stories, this is the movie for you. 'Madeline’s Madeline' is volatile and chaotic but simultaneously grounding and hyperreal.
'Hamnet' is a raw, intimate portrait of William Shakespeare’s only son who died at the age of 11 and has ever since been shrouded in mist. It paints in broad, metaphysical strokes the relationship between father and son, while skirting around explicit literary analysis.
The Champions of Magic team consists of five members, each with their own special talents and brands of magic. There’s Young & Strange, a comical dynamic duo who specialize in classic magic illusions, some imbued with their own personal twist, Fernando Velasco is the whimsical escape artist, Kayla Drescher is the bubbly close-up trick magician, and Alex McAleer is the charming mind reader.
‘Pick of the Litter’ follows a litter of five puppies as they train to become potential guide dogs under the organization Guide Dogs for the Blind. ‘Pick of the Litter’ is an edifying documentary beyond mere cutesy fare while occasionally suffering from tonal whiplash and lack of focus.
‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ focuses on the story of Lewis Barnavelt, who moves in with his Uncle Jonathan after losing his parents. After spending a short amount of time with his uncle, Lewis finds out that his uncle is, in fact, a warlock; together with the help of next door witch Florence Zimmerman, they must race against time to prevent the end of humanity as we know it.
MANDY came out amongst high praise from the film festivals it premiered at, and it has not disappointed. With top-notch performances from its leads, including the performance of a lifetime by Nic Cage, an evocative soundtrack from the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, and gorgeous cinematography, this movie stands out as one of 2018’s greats.
Truth Values peeks into the life of Gioia, an MIT Ph.D. candidate in logic, from the moment she gets accepted till she leaves MIT with a master’s. Based in the author's own experiences at MIT, this autobiographical one-woman show portrays the rawness of MIT grad school as I've never seen in theaters before.
For time periods from which extant written records are few, drinking and serving vessels can serve in an illuminatory capacity. Assembling an exhibition dedicated to such artifacts, as Susanne Ebbinghaus has done at the Harvard Art Museum, provides an unparalleled opportunity for cross-cultural and cross-temporal analysis of the tradition of animal-shaped vessels that persisted over three millennia, from Greece to China.
I’ve watched 'The Invisible Guest' at least five times, with friends and family alike, and I’ve always found something new to pick out and analyze each time. The writing that went into 'The Invisible Guest' is clever yet tense, but the excellent acting is also another factor into what makes the film great.
As one of MTG’s more realistic shows, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown portrays the worries, passions, and day-to-day life of unique characters. Their uniqueness provides a good balance of personalities, and there are some parts of every character that are relatable to the audience.