POSTED // Sep 27,2013 - Rivalries—the kind that go down in history, like the one Ron Howard’s Rush is based on—are almost always grounded in contrast. Machine-like Björn Borg versus combustible John McEnroe; flashy Magic Johnson versus steady Larry Bird
POSTED // Sep 27,2013 - While Pixar generally gets the critical love, and followers like DreamWorks and Illumination score crowd-pleasing franchises, a 2009 charmer from Sony Pictures Animation called Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
POSTED // Sep 24,2013 - Musical-theater conventions are always ripe for satirical skewering; ditto for a familiar genre like the whodunit. And the combination of the two in James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach’s Something’s Afoot makes for a delightful opener for Pioneer Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 season.
POSTED // Sep 20,2013 - Allegory—and this is a considerable bit of understatement—is a tricky business, and it’s only getting trickier all the time. In earlier generations, extended riffs on totalitarian communism (Animal Farm)
POSTED // Sep 20,2013 - Documentary filmmakers often set themselves to the task of exploring the events of the past. What Joshua Oppenheimer and his filmmaking team do in The Act of Killing, on the other hand, is something s
POSTED // Sep 6,2013 - At last, the summer movie season is over. For those who found themselves frustrated by a nonstop parade of superhero fantasies, apocalyptic extravaganzas and boneheaded comedies, there’s a feeling in the air
POSTED // Aug 26,2013 - There are any number of ways you can start a new endeavor. You can “soft launch” to slowly build interest and word of mouth. You can go sensibly mid-size. But you rarely expect that, from the outset, the thing is going to be huge.