Ed Symkus

Music Interview: Jay Ungar and Molly Mason — Still Playing Together After All These Years

April 10, 2024
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The renowned duo of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason perform what has been called American Roots music. But they’ve also been known to include traditional folk and ’40s jazz.

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Film Review: “The Taste of Things” – Gallic Feasts for the Eyes

February 15, 2024
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A 100-year-old novel provides the basis for some sumptuous moviegoing.

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Book Review: “50 Oscar Nights” – Moviemakers’ Magical Memories

January 29, 2024
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This is a handsome, smallish (7 1/2” by 9 1/2”) hardcover coffee table book, brimming with photos, and structured into brief, bite-sized chapters. Part of the fun is that it’s a volume you can pick up, put down, pick up again, and never worry about losing the mood or flavor.

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Film Feature: A Preview of Art House Films Coming in 2024

January 8, 2024
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Here’s a peek at 10 art house films that this critic is looking forward to in the first half of 2024.

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Book Review: “The Last Fall” is Up for the Count

November 23, 2023
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Sheldon Goldberg’s engaging first novel spotlights the world of pro wrestling.

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Film Review: “Dream Scenario” – Dream a Little Dream of Me?

November 17, 2023
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Nicolas Cage plays a man who craves renown but can only captivate an audience of sleepyheads.

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Film Preview: The Boston Jewish Film Festival is Back and All Over Town

October 30, 2023
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Under the guidance of Artistic Director Lisa Gossels, this year’s fest has, in her words, “something for everyone.”

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Visual Arts Review: Photo Exhibits of Springsteen and the Stones Rock Boston

September 20, 2023
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The Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame and the Panopticon Gallery host very different shows featuring rock icons.

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TV Review: “Wrestlers” – An intimate Look at Some Denizens of the Squared Circle

September 11, 2023
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Pro Wrestling Company Ohio Valley Wrestling is the little train that could and knows that it can.

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Film Review: “Close to Vermeer” – Out of This World

July 20, 2023
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Johannes Vermeer as a person and a painter remains a mystery, but this documentary expertly probes the brilliance of his art.

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