On Location: Mali

In the opening scene of “Timbuktu” (2014), a group of radical jihadist soldiers try to hunt a gazelle from their SUV. Using a mounted gun, they pursue it across the sparse desert landscape, with brief pops of gunfire interrupting the splotchy sound of their car bounding over the rocky soil. There is no score, only […]

Do it this weekend: Feb. 17-19

Excited for the long weekend ahead? Check out some of the events happening around campus and the Boston area to keep you entertained. FRIDAY Tufts Muslim Students Association Presents: Interfaith Jummah Details: The Muslim Students Association will be joined by the new Muslim Associate Chaplain Abubakr Fakhry for Interfaith Jummah. The event will start with snacks […]

Do it this weekend: Feb. 10-12

Winter weather and national politics got you down? Whether you’re looking to relax or get involved, there’s plenty happening on campus and around the Boston area this weekend. FRIDAY “TUSC 2019 Presents: Winter Ball” Details: Kick off the spring semester at the House of Blues with the annual Winter Ball. Transportation is provided to and from the […]

Three years later ‘Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing’ won’t let viewers forget

While it’s been a little over three years since the terror of the Boston Marathon bombing, HBO’s “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” (2016), which premieres Nov. 21 at 8 p.m., attempts to recount the events that shook the nation to its core. The emotional documentary also serves as a good reminder to everyone that, while America may have moved on, […]

The Reel World: Slow-ass zombies

I empathize with the girl in the zombie movie. You can all conjure up the visual: She’s running down the street, a horde of undead chasing her. In the film that defined zombies for a generation, “Dawn of the Dead” (1978), we were introduced to a funny yet infuriating trope: No matter how fast the […]

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 […]

Beyoncé turns lemons into visual epic ‘Lemonade’

“Ashes to ashes, dust to sidechicks.” Queen Bey is back, everybody. And we aren’t ready for what she’s brought us. Going into Saturday night, very little was known about “Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s hour-long HBO event that had been announced just a week earlier. The special’s mysterious trailer featured the pop icon whispering questions in her distinctive rasp over […]

Whitewashed ‘Gods of Egypt’ offers junk food fun

Epic battles, a classic apocalyptic plot and self-sacrificing romances — “Gods of Egypt” contains all the markings of a crowd-pleasing film. The movie follows the journey of a young thief named Bek (Brenton Thwaites), who, by the most unfortunate of circumstances, ends up helping the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) reclaim Egypt and also his eyes from […]

The Story of Stories: The visual barrier

I don’t cry when I watch films. In my teen years, I thought that there was something wrong with me — that I was missing the empathy bone and I was resigned to a life of possible sociopathy. My friends and I would watch some romance movie, and they would cry when one of the […]

Something lurks under the surface of ‘The Witch’

Somewhere at the crossroads of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Jonathan Glazer lies “The Witch” (2015), a New England horror film released on Feb. 19 that broods as much as it scares. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Robert Eggers, the movie is riddled with the usual tropes of religious anxiety and things that go bump in the […]