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‘Tab Hunter Confidential’: No Longer the Boy Next Door

Arts December 3, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Catherine Ellsberg ’16 Staff Writer There are moments throughout Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary, “Tab Hunter Confidential,” when one wishes for just a little more. Schwarz previously directed the well-received “Vito,” which focused on gay rights activist and author Vito Russo. He now turns his attention to Tab Hunter, the 1950s heartthrobRead More

‘Beasts of No Nation’: A Child’s Journey Through the Hell of War

Arts November 19, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Tara Coughlin ’19 Contributing Writer Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” is a brutally uncompromising film centered on the hell of war as seen and experienced by a child. The main character and narrator is Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy in an unspecified area of West Africa, enjoying aRead More

Depp’s Award-Worthy Performance in ‘Black Mass’

Arts November 12, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Gina Mantica ’16 Assistant Arts Editor Directed by Scott Cooper, the movie “Black Mass” tells the fascinating and true story of the most famous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, James “Whitey” Bulger. He became an FBI informant in order to take down a rival mafia family invadingRead More

The Director’s Cut: ‘Freeheld’ Disappoints

Arts November 5, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Catherine Ellsberg ’16 Staff Writer Part of me hates writing this, mostly out of allegiance to the sorely missed Ellen Page and the usually dazzling Julianne Moore, but “Freeheld” is mediocre. As other critics have pointed out, this film did not have to be so off; unfortunately, be it aRead More

The Director’s Cut: The Romantic Tale of ‘Crimson Peak’

Arts October 29, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Tara Couglin ’19 Contributing Writer Marketed in trailers as a haunted house story, Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” is less concerned with terrifying its audience than it is with enticing them with the subtle eroticism of Victorian romance. In a sense, it is a return to the genre of GothicRead More

The Director’s Cut: ‘Sicario’ Takes Aim at American Consciousness

Arts October 22, 2015 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Tara Coughlin ‘19 Contributing Writer In a world of media saturated with glamorized violence and ambiguous consequences, director Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” takes us to a place where violence and its consequences are visceral, raw and immediate. The film opens with a S.W.A.T. team raid on a suburban home in Arizona,Read More

The Director’s Cut

Arts October 8, 2015 at 9:24 am 0 comments

Catherine Ellsberg ’16 Staff Writer Though Anna Muylaert’s “The Second Mother,” Brazil’s official entry for the Oscars, oscillates between ironic moments and subtlety, its point remains sharp and clear throughout. The film is a searing attack on class inequity and ingrained hierarchies. While “The Second Mother” unfolds in São Paolo,Read More

Lily Tomlin Wins ‘Best Grandma’ Award

Arts September 24, 2015 at 9:09 am 0 comments

Catherine Ellsberg ’16 Staff Writer Were it cast differently, it would be tempting to dismiss Paul Weitz’s compact, 80-minute film “Grandma” as mere indie-drama fodder. Fortunately for everyone involved, Lily Tomlin plays the film’s title character, ripping into the film at full-throttle and veering from hilarity to quiet tragedy oftenRead More

A Berlin Horror Story

Arts September 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm 0 comments

Catherine Ellsberg ’16 Staff Writer The recently released German film “Phoenix” is so sleekly paced, well-tuned and meticulously arranged that one could easily imagine it in the form of a one-act play or a slim novella. Director Christian Petzold (of Barbara fame) has crafted a WWII-era narrative that emerges gracefullyRead More

Kill Your Darlings Movie Review

Arts November 21, 2013 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Catherine Ellsberg ’16 Assistant Arts Editor You might have to suppress some giggling in the beginning of Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas’s new film on the emergence of the Beat generation of poets. Daniel Radcliffe, our favorite wizard, stars as a young Allen Ginsberg (before his cause célèbre days) as aRead More