‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is an overly sweet adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018) is the newest film by Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of “Moonlight” (2016) and the movie is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel by the same name, which follows the trials and triumphs of a young black couple in New York. It is a slice-of-life story that shows […]

‘The Lightning Thief’ musical introduces fresh concepts while honoring source material

“The gods are real. And they have kids. And those kids have issues,” a Greek choir of tweens bemoans in the opening of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” (2017), which played at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Mass. last weekend.  That display of raw sixth-grade angst was all it took to hook the […]

MFA hosts the Boston Festival of Films from Japan

From Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) presents the Boston Festival of Films from Japan. The featured films represent various genres, including animation, fiction and documentary films. The films also touch on a variety of themes and subjects. Two films, specifically “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms” (2018) and “Shoplifters” (2018), explore […]

Hidden Panels: ‘Superior Spider-Man’ issue 5

‘How come (insert superhero here) doesn’t just kill the bad guys? Then the bad guys wouldn’t be able to get out and hurt more people,’ inquire many comic book fans. Ok, enough with the straw man. Comic book heroes who don’t kill people shouldn’t start, and I can think of no better example of why […]

Cody Ko, Noel Miller delight fans on hilarious Tiny Meat Tour

On Feb. 5, comedy duo Tiny Meat Gang performed at the Middle East nightclub in Cambridge, one of 37 stops on their eponymously named “Tiny Meat Tour.” The duo consists of Cody Ko and Noel Miller, two former software engineers who have spent the better part of the last two years producing content under the name […]

‘Ansel Adams in Our Time’: Between us and nature

The very same Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) gallery that hosted Takashi Murakami’s “Superflat” monsters and 19th century Japanese paintings last year is now, as the site for the exhibition “Ansel Adams in Our Time,” temporarily home to the transcendentalist photographs of Ansel Adams (1902–1984) and those who came before and after him. Once again, the MFA weaves through […]

Shuttle Talk: Magda Petmeza

Why create art? As an artist, it was something I always knew was important, but I didn’t understand why. While at the SMFA, I’ve realized how complicated it is — not everyone makes art, and those who do create it for different reasons. Furthermore, many do not care at all to answer why they create art. Art deserves a place in everyone’s […]

2019 Grammys predictions: probable winners, should-be winners, outcasts

This Sunday, some of the most famous names in music will gather for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. There will be plenty of performances from artists like Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves and Dolly Parton. It’s certainly going to be an interesting ceremony with plenty of changes after last year’s backlash — which included […]

Graciela Iturbide’s ‘Mexico’ offers a touching, intimate look at Mexico and its people

For the last couple of months, the “Ansel Adams: In Our Time” exhibit has been the buzz of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), but there is a second, smaller but arguably more impressive and impactful, photography exhibit at the MFA right now. It is Graciela Iturbide’s “Mexico:” an intimate and stunning collection of Graciela […]

Despite its shocking title, ‘Conversations with a Killer’ is boring

Content warning: This article refers to a serial killer and contains a brief discussion of violence.  With the release of “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” (2019–), Netflix at first glance seems to have a powerful premise for their new true-crime documentary: While Bundy was in prison awaiting his execution, he claimed once more […]