Betsy Sherman

Film Feature: Barbara Stanwyck – On Page and On Screen, “The Most Modern of the Great Movie Stars”

April 11, 2014
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It has the makings of a Barbara Stanwyck boomlet: Victoria Wilson visited Boston to talk about the first volume of her major biography of the star, and the actress can be seen on-screen at the Harvard Film Archive.

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Film Review: Jason Bateman’s “Bad Words” — The Spelling Bee, Comically Deconstructed

March 22, 2014
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Although rather shallow in its characterizations, “Bad Words” makes up for this deficiency in its rollicking, R-rated demolition of a familiar character-building institution: the spelling bee.

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TV Review: Give Some Love to TBS’s “The Pete Holmes Show”

March 2, 2014
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Along with the absence of a desk, the fact that guests aren’t coming on in order to plug their latest whatever sets “The Pete Holmes Shows” apart from typical late-night fare.

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Film Review: Louis C.K.’s “Tomorrow Night” – Ernie Kovacs meets early John Waters

February 22, 2014
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“Tomorrow Night” is firmly in the makes-you-cringe vein of comedy of which “Louie” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” would become exemplars.

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Book Review: Director Edgar G. Ulmer — Hollywood’s Master of the Eclectic Led a Doozy of a Life

February 2, 2014
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This is an invaluable volume that can and should be read in conjunction with one’s own Ulmer movie marathon.

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Film Review: The Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival — A Very Good Year

January 8, 2014
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An annual gathering of superb new animation from around the world. This year’s standouts include “Oh Willy…” from Belgium and “Virtuoso Virtual” from Germany.

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TV/DVD Commentary: Loving “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”

January 2, 2014
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Although there are bumps on the way from the brilliant first season to the uneven fourth season, “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” stands as a clever, thought-provoking and joyful creation – a pleasure that’s anything but guilty.

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Film Review: Essential Truffaut, Part Deux—”The Woman Next Door”

December 25, 2013
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The Museum of Fine Arts’ retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut approaches its conclusion with another rarely screened late work by this master of 20th-century cinema.

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Film Review: A Gleefully Subversive “American Hustle”

December 20, 2013
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“American Hustle” has its flaws, major and minor, but it’s very entertaining and contains some great performances, especially by the female cast members.

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Film Review: Essential Francois Truffaut — “The Green Room” and “The Man Who Loved Women”

December 20, 2013
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The Museum of Fine Arts’ retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut offers an opportunity to see some rarely screened late works by this master of 20th-century cinema.

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