Review

Book Review: Filmmakers and Their Opinions — as Told to Critic Gerald Peary  

February 13, 2024
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New cinematic mavericks have come along. All the more reason that the views of earlier rebels be collected and preserved, given the short historical memories of young filmmakers and their audiences.

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Film Reviews: Sundance 2024 Dispatch #2 – Nature Heals

February 12, 2024
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Nature has long been a perennial topic for cinema and, given the escalation of the climate crisis, the environmental context of these three fine films feels particularly urgent and poignant.

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Book Review: “The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting” — Punching for Respect

February 12, 2024
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Over the years, Lee Gutkind has been one of the most persistent and impassioned voices making the case for the value of creative nonfiction.

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Dance Review: Shamel Pitts’s BLACK HOLE — Moving into a Space Beyond Our Own

February 11, 2024
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In “BLACK HOLE,” the TRIBE trio moves as if learning for the first time how their skeletons and muscles are constrained and empowered, perplexed and bedazzled, by gravity’s incontrovertible power.

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Album Review: “Will Anybody Know That I Was Here? The Songs of Beulah Rowley” by Mary Lee Kortes

February 11, 2024
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The album suggests an earlier time, but most of the music is modern, relevant, and timeless.

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Graphic Novel Review: “Freshman Year” — Remembrance of Cafeteria Meals Past

February 10, 2024
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“Freshman Year” is marketed as YA, but those of us who recently went through our freshman year will appreciate this graphic novel the most.

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Film Review: “How to Have Sex” — Proper Instructions

February 9, 2024
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Has there ever been a better or more accurate film about young girls on the edge of adulthood testing out their sexuality?

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Film Review: “How to Have Sex” — The Holiday Trap

February 9, 2024
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“How to Have Sex” doesn’t criticize teenage girls for wanting to get laid, but it points out how the cultural environment in which they do so is directed entirely towards male pleasure

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Rock Album Review: Sonic Youth’s “Walls Have Ears” — Intimations of Sounds to Come

February 9, 2024
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Sonic Youth’s fans remain passionate enough to justify the release of a slew of live albums.

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Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Smyth, Bruch, and Mendelssohn

February 8, 2024
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Given its considerable strength and vitality, Ethel Smyth’s music deserves its newfound place in the limelight. Let’s hope the BSO programs more of her music again soon.

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