‘Walls Turned Sideways’ offers new insight into criminal justice system

Tufts University Art Galleries’ its new exhibition, “Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System,” Thursday at the Tisch and Koppelman Galleries in Aidekman Arts Center. The exhibition compiles works by dozens of artists critiquing the criminal justice system in the United States. A reception and talk by curator Risa Puleo and participating artist Autumn Knight followed. […]

For your consideration: ‘The Two Popes’, Pryce’s performance

In less than two weeks, the 92nd Academy Awards will air; millions will watch and argue about the nominees awarded, the dresses worn and the speeches given. There are clear contenders for each category — anyone following this awards season is positive that Brad Pitt is a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actor for his performance […]

‘The Mandalorian’ soars in its 1st season

This review contains spoilers. The first season of “The Mandalorian” (2019–), which ran from November 12 through December 27, had an astonishing cultural impact. I was completely and pleasantly surprised by the popularity and widespread appreciation for this show and its characters, especially given the skepticism surrounding the need to purchase Disney+ just to watch […]

Ladj Ly and ‘Les Misérables’ breathe new joy into French cinema

Director Ladj Ly’s feature debut “Les Misérables” (2019) borrows a title, heady themes of inequality and police corruption and even a setting (the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil) from Victor Hugo’s immortal novel. Yet, Ly’s Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize-winning and now Oscar-nominated film seamlessly infuses Instagram crime-solving and drone-filmed police violence into its high-octane, deeply […]

Larry David is back in season 10 of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

The premiere episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” (2000–) decadal season is a reaffirmation of the unmatched brilliance that is Larry David’s writing. Some of “Curb’s” elements introduced following the post-season-eight hiatus — namely, high definition photography and an insistence on spicing up the camera angles — detract from the classic “Curb” feel. Having said that, […]

From ‘Star Wars’ biggest year yet to the future of the franchise

2019 was perhaps the biggest year for Star Wars fans yet. From a critically acclaimed video game and the end of the Skywalker saga to probably the cutest, most meme-able character ever, this past year had something for everyone — even the most casual of Star Wars viewers — to enjoy. It brought the new […]

One pope, two popes, red pope, new pope

After a three-year wait, a cloud of white smoke appeared from HBO’s office and just like that the people knew that “The New Pope” (2020–) was on TV. While technically considered a follow-up, it is essentially the sequel to Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope” (2016). “The New Pope” picks up soon after where “The Young […]

‘Little Women’ showcases Gerwig’s mastery of adaptation

Adapting a screenplay is about more than simply making the story of a book fit into the format of a script. Satisfying film adaptations understand that novels and films are two entirely different animals — to properly tell a novel’s story requires an understanding of its core, an eye toward the visceral and symbolic rather […]

Timely tribulations in the Met’s ‘La Traviata’

In the first few pages of “Heart of Darkness” (1899), Joseph Conrad’s narrator-protagonist Charles Marlow opines: “It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there has never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were […]

The Arts Section Presents: 2010s in film

The 2010s saw cultural milestones for film. Disney dominated big-box film — in 2015, Disney and Lucasfilm began the epic third trilogy of the “Star Wars” franchise (1977–), while Marvel dropped a whopping 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including four “Avengers” movies that mark the beginning and end of an era of Marvel […]