MIT Shakespeare Ensemble takes on the YouTube stage
The virtual production keeps the spirit of the Shakespeare Ensemble alive, finding new opportunities for creativity, humor, and acting within the medium of video.
What it takes to love
In focusing on the realness of one particular family’s story, ‘Minari’ manages to capture a greater experience, beyond what Hollywood has been able to understand about Asian Americans and family before. It’s not a concrete idea, but it’s the beginning of a long overdue healing.
That’s politics, I guess
Perhaps it is naïve to think that high schoolers in Texas could solve the largest questions our nation is facing today, but ‘Boys State’ shows that they may not be too far from it. In a world where politics often feels hopeless, this documentary’s ironic pitfall is that it is too focused on a heroic storyline. Even so, it is true that in these young men, some future heroes exist.
Not your traditional love story
Yes, there’s Asian and LGBTQ representation(!), and in a way that feels organic, showing refreshing, imperfect experiences of love.
War never ends
Four Vietnam War veterans return to Vietnam to honor the life of their leader and retrieve the gold they buried back during the war. They dig up more than they ever intended to, and there’s no turning back.
‘Burden’ takes on the weight of a story too heavy for one film
The ideas in ‘Burden’ are ultimately more compelling than their execution.
Submerged into the depths of heartache
Overflowing with artistic flare and emotion, ‘Waves’ follows the life-changing experiences of an African-American family struggling to find themselves in an overwhelming world.
An exhilarating and unexpectedly insightful glimpse into a hidden moment in racing history, ‘Ford v. Ferrari’ captures the excitement of racing and the lives of the people with the passion to fuel this sport.
A day in Boston’s book oasis
A lovely annual event, the Boston Book Festival brings together Boston’s passionate writing and arts community, providing a rich rush of literature and positive energy.
‘The Goldfinch’ moves little more than a still picture
The length of 'The Goldfinch' — two-and-a-half hours — drags the talented cast down, but it’s not that long movies are necessarily bad. The problem is that it does not have enough redeeming qualities or any reason to be that long, so you’re left wondering, “When is this going to end?”
What is left unsaid
‘The Farewell’ provides a nuanced take on Chinese and American cultures and family dynamics. With an outstanding cast and beautiful cinematography, the film is emotional and personal in a way that reveals love and strength within a family despite tension and cultural differences.
Fresh voices of reality and working to understand ourselves
Providing fresh voices that should be heard, 'Points of You' is written with honesty that can be appreciated by all. The voices of Vick Liu, Julia Rue, Mina Fahmi, and Drew Bent alternate throughout the book, speaking about a wide range of topics, including mental health, relationships, and leadership.
No longer erased
Boy Erased is filled with passionate performances by the actors, beautifully shot, and genuinely thought-provoking. Without preaching about what is right or wrong, the movie exposes how horrifying conversion therapy can be and its toll on family and beliefs. Most of all, the film addresses how difficult but worthwhile it is to love, whether it concerns romance, family, or even oneself.