Elliot Storey is an Assistant Arts Editor at the Tufts Daily.

‘Manchester by the Sea,’ a heartbreaking triumph

Director Kenneth Lonergan’s third picture tells the story of a cut so deep that it cannot heal. Its mournful beauty is discomforting, with the kind of sadness that evokes silence rather than tears. The vessel of that grief is Lee Chandler, played with breathtaking excellence by Casey Affleck. Lee, a handyman for a Quincy apartment […]

Ang Lee’s ultra high-definition, high frame rate cinematic experiment

Following its premiere at the New York Film Festival, director Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” released nationally Nov. 11,  has garnered mixed reactions. The film itself is not particularly noteworthy, though it contains solid performances from the lead actors. It is the often-mesmerizing visuals that have generated so much attention and discussion about […]

‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ is biting teen dramedy

The classic American high school of cinematic imagination probably bears little resemblance to most teenagers’ experiences. For some, the only difference may be the suspicious amounts of free time the students seem to have, while for others the suburban and overwhelmingly white campuses might as well be Narnia. Why, then, is “The Edge of Seventeen,” […]

‘Moonlight’ uses color, characters to create excellent, carefully crafted portrait

“Moonlight,” released on Oct. 21, tells a familiar story with unfamiliar characters and uncommon understatement. In what is shaping up to be his breakout picture, writer and director Barry Jenkins has adapted Tarell Alvin McCraney’s never-produced play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” and woven in his experience growing up in Liberty City, Miami. The film […]

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is brutal, effective

It is evident from “Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson’s first film as a director since “Apocalypto” (2006), that the director’s filmmaking ability has not waned in the intervening decade. The new film is a chronicle of real-life World War II conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a Seventh-day Adventist who refused to carry a weapon when he was […]

‘Inferno:’ all smoke, no fire

In the second sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” (2006), “Inferno,” which was released on Oct. 28, sees the fate of the world rest on the structural integrity of a Ziploc bag. The fact that this is the least of the film’s problems speaks volumes. But yes, evil billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) has hidden a […]

Team Q, LGBT Center present third annual ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ event

This Halloween weekend, Team Q and the LGBT Center’s event is BYOP — bring your own props. For the third year in a row, the groups are coming together to present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) tonight at 9 p.m. in Barnum Hall Room 008, complete with a live performance and the audience participation for […]

Cold weather cinema: fall/winter film preview

If the rapidly approaching winter has you feeling down, look no further than your local movie theater. From science fiction blockbusters to bleak dramas and a feel-good Disney flick, there’s something for everyone as fall sets in and winter approaches. Here are the top picks of the season: “Doctor Strange,” Nov. 4 From “Sinister” (2012) director […]

‘The Girl on the Train’ takes the wrong track

There are many parallels between “The Girl on the Train,” released on Oct. 7, and “Gone Girl” (2014), but director Tate Taylor’s new film doesn’t weather the comparison well. The titular girl is Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), an alcoholic woman who travels to and from New York City every day on a commuter train. From […]

Somerville Theater’s 70mm Film Festival revives magic of film

Running from Sept. 16 to Sept. 25, the Somerville Theatre’s 70mm and Widescreen Festival brought to the screen a bevy of films, presented in some of the most revered film formats. Featuring pictures from 1956 (“The Ten Commandments”) to 2014 (“Interstellar”), the series offered a potent reminder of the heights that movies can reach. The films on display […]