‘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 […]

‘Scarred Hearts’ surveys into the universal destination of human life

The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting five screenings of the 2016 Romanian film “Scarred Hearts,” directed by Radu Jude, from Sept. 2–16. Adapted from the Romanian author Max Blecher’s biographical novel of the same name, the film portrays the experience of Emanuel (Lucian Teodor Rus), a hospitalized Romanian college student who suffers from Pott […]

Silent horror ‘A Quiet Place’ is a chilling success

The genre of horror is not particularly well-known for stylistic innovation. Most films tend to focus on jump scares and cheap thrills over any semblance of a realistic story or unique cinematography, which is why John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” (2018) comes as such a shock. Not only is it able to remain truly and […]

The ‘Arrival’ of a successful human-alien contact sci-fi

Most modern science fiction works don’t portray human-alien interaction well. An example of this is 2012’s “Prometheus,” which had a nightmare of a plot that was simply an accessory to over-the-top visual effects. These kinds of movies hit you over the head with the fact that, surprise, there are aliens, and then they fall apart […]

Latest addition to Marvel Cinematic Universe ‘Doctor Strange’ shines

“Might I offer you some advice? Forget everything that you think you know,” quotes secondary protagonist Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, “Doctor Strange” (2016). Fourteen movies in the ever-expanding MCU need refreshment after the large-scale superhero clash in the previous “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). While some trepidation when walking into these […]

Senior filmmaker Danny Garfield reflects on his time at Tufts

The first time graduating senior Danny Garfield picked up a video camera and started recording, he was seven years old. His earliest forays into film were animations of his toys. Film continued to be both a hobby and a fascination for Garfield throughout his childhood and into his high school years. He took classes and worked […]

DJ Kid Koala’s ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ is a groundbreaking production

It is difficult to precisely categorize “Nufonia Must Fall” (2015), and its creator, Kid Koala, is well aware of the fact. Before the show started, the Canadian DJ thanked the fully packed room for “choosing the show over simpler entertainment.” Complex or not, “Nufonia Must Fall” clearly got enough attention from the public — initially scheduled to […]

Friends, Romans, countrymen: ‘Hail, Caesar’ is missable

“Hail, Caesar,” released on Feb. 5, takes a pretty dim view of Tinseltown. This is hardly surprising; the Coen brothers, who directed it, have a well-documented contempt for Hollywood, expressed both in interviews and in previous efforts like “Barton Fink.”(1991) But modern Hollywood, widely seen as a cesspool of reckless hedonism and narcissistic entitlement, is […]

‘Thor: The Dark World’ Review: Laughs and Character Make for One of Marvel’s Best

While Kenneth Branagh struggled to define a world in the original Thor, Alan Taylor has the gift of audience familiarly with its sequel Thor: The Dark World. Branagh’s original film took a long time to find its footing and never quite explored how great the characters of Thor and Loki could be. That second issue was ironed out in The Avengers. […]