Movie Theater Butter: Remembering, retelling, respecting

Film has long been an artistic medium used to process historical events, both recent and distant. Sometimes films use historical events as a jumping off point or a backdrop for a mainly fictional story, like the way Oscar-nominated film “Dunkirk” (2017) uses World War II to tell stories about fictional people. Sometimes the links are more direct, with […]

Movie Theater Butter: Have your ID ready

On a recent trip with my film class to the Somerville Theatre, one of my classmates noted that we hadn’t been asked for our IDs, something that she said normally happens to her, upon purchasing tickets for the R-rated movie we were planning to see. And in a cliché turn of events, the absence of […]

Oscar nominations are a refreshing, necessary change of pace

While last week’s Academy Award nominations brought the usual tumult of snubs and surprises that moviegoers love to argue over year after year, something about them felt different. Perhaps because Hollywood has been doing some much needed self-reflection in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements (not forgetting #OscarsSoWhite of 2015 and 2016), or […]

The best, less obvious Valentine’s Day movies for a stellar night in

Valentine’s Day does not have to be a lavish day. It can be celebrated just as well at home curled up with a movie. Many people might resort to the obvious and cliched romances for Valentine’s Day, such as “The Notebook” (2004) or “Titanic” (1997). However, some of the most touching, heartwarming depictions of love in […]

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 […]

Autumn’s rising stars: this season’s hottest movies

With the end of summer comes the end of the superhero and mega-blockbuster season. And with the beginning of fall comes the arrival of prestige pictures and potential Oscar winners. A slew of socially and culturally relevant films, as well as a few big-budget stragglers, are coming this September and October. Here are a few […]

The Story of Stories: Who owns a story?

Maybe it’s just the kind of publications I subscribe to on Facebook (The Mary Sue, Bitch Magazine, all that necessary stuff), but my newsfeed this week was inundated with pure rage over the first image of the upcoming American adaptation of Ghost In the Shell, one of my favorite films of all time. Ghost in […]

‘Anomalisa’ is a puppet movie for adults

“Anomalisa” (2015), a tender, searching new film from the mind of writer-director Charlie Kaufman and his collaborator Duke Johnson, might feature stop-motion animation and puppets, but it’s primarily preoccupied with what it means to be human, in the most expansive sense of the word. To be more exact, it deals with what it is to be human in […]

Reform the Oscars–and the Studios

One of the most anticipated events in cinema will take place in a little over a month. The Academy Awards this year include films like “The Revenant” (2015), “The Martian” (2015), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) and “Carol” (2015),  a familiar allotment of obscure and Oscar-hunting movies, with the crucial caveat that for a second […]