Christopher Panella

Christopher Panella is an assistant arts editor. He is a sophomore double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. He can be reached at

Sabrina Carpenter showcases talent, maturity in pop perfection ‘Singular: Act 1’

Former Disney Channel stars have often traveled down similar roads to success in the music industry. From Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez to Hilary Duff, these childhood favorites went on to produce fun pop hits (or, in the case of Cyrus, controversial pop bangers and scandalous music videos). The newest member of this group is Sabrina Carpenter, whose latest […]

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ gets caught in its own web

A scene in Sony Pictures’ “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” depicts Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) after she has been captured, beaten and bruised. She finds herself in a skin-tight latex bag with a vacuum that sucks the air from the bag, torturously suffocating her. With every move, the latex seems to tighten more until the scene becomes […]

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is musical fun but muddles its material

The stories of the British rock band, Queen, and the life of its lead singer, Freddie Mercury, are ones of personal identity, professional struggle and musical creativity. They are too many mountains of material for one film to climb, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” was destined for mediocrity when it decided to take on the challenge. Helmed by the insanely talented […]

Tufts alum Matt Bai explores origins of tabloid politics in ‘The Front Runner’

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and Tufts University Social Collective Film Series will host an advance screening of “The Front Runner” tonight at the Somerville Theatre, followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Matt Bai (LA ’90). Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the film and Bai’s process of developing the screenplay from his 2014 book, […]

‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ hurtles toward its own Judgment Day

“American Horror Story” (2011–) has always had a taste for glamour, gore and grand performances. Since its first season, retroactively titled “Murder House,” creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have developed a world where a common cast of actors play a variety of characters. Each season tells its own story in its own setting, an anthology […]

Lana Del Rey: From Lizzy Grant to ‘Lust for Life’

On Sept. 18, singer, songwriter and producer Lana Del Rey played her most recent single, “Venice Bitch,” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music. The 10-minute song is the second release from her work with producer Jack Antonoff, whose past credits include Taylor Swift’s “1989” (2014) and “reputation” (2017), as well as Lorde’s “Melodrama” (2017) […]

Goo Goo Dolls wax nostalgic, think forward in 20th anniversary album tour

“It’s a 20-year-old album, what the f***? On one hand, it’s cool that it’s held up,” lead singer and guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls Johnny Rzeznik said to a packed audience at the House of Blues on Wednesday night. “On the other hand, it’s like, ‘You’re old Johnny, what the f***?’ But what am […]

October box office roundup: Frighteningly good

The October box office has a history of under-performing releases, often mired by overdone horror movies in honor of Halloween. Prior to this year’s record-breaking “Venom” release, “Gravity” (2013) held October’s highest opening weekend, followed by a line of horror films, including most of the “Saw” saga and some random outliers, like “High School Musical […]

‘A Star is Born’ is an absolutely authentic, rich remake

Content warning: This article discusses alcohol abuse, drug abuse and suicide. In a scene from “A Star Is Born,” Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) invites love interest and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ally Campana (Lady Gaga) on stage at a concert to perform “Shallow,” a song Ally had just begun writing. It is at this moment that both Cooper […]

Timeless pop icon Cher releases perfect ABBA cover album ‘Dancing Queen’

Pop icons come and go — their domination of the music industry is usually marked by a few hit singles, successful tours and then a Las Vegas residency (just look at Lady Gaga). Many stars follow this formula, but rarely do they ever match their peak success later in their career — other than Céline Dion, […]