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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger
Joe Johnston's adaptation of the Marvel comic book exalts the virtues of optimism, decency, and perseverance in a rousing adventure of old-fashioned adolescent exuberance.
Rueful innocence and sneaky humor
| July 29, 2011
The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
| May 29, 2009
Pat the bunny
Mary Chase’s 1945 comedy, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is winningly presented by South Portland’s Lyric Music Theater.
Lyric's Harvey hops right along
| June 11, 2008
Gone but not forgotten
Before there was eHarmony, there were harmony and disharmony.
She Loves Me at the Huntington; plus Way Theatre Artists’ The Memory of Water
| May 27, 2008
Room with a view
Theater can capture our attention by trickery — think onstage helicopter in Miss Saigon or Richard III in a Civil War setting.
Theater of Thought’s fascinating Tape
| April 23, 2008
“Next Generation” is the kind of ballet-program title that might have you asking yourself what happened to “This Generation."
Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
| March 10, 2008
From ma’am, with love
Nilaja Sun could have caved to expectation.
No Child . . . at the ART, plus This Wonderful Life and White Christmas
| December 09, 2007
For further indication of the darkening zeitgeist, consider the personae of imaginary rabbits.
Donnie Darko, plus The Bluest Eye and To Kill a Mockingbird
| November 08, 2007
“I’m not much on rear-window ethics,” quips Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece.
Rear Window is model for Hollywood’s latest trend, a fear-inspired peep-a-palooza
| May 02, 2007
Falling Down takes a post-9/11 turn in this psychological thriller from Canadian filmmaker Jeff Renfroe.
Stylishly silly stuff
| May 02, 2007
What happened to D.J. Caruso?
A Rear Window redux
| April 10, 2007
Our big fat Greek wild card
If Christy Mihos convinces Massachusetts to take him seriously, he’ll make this fall’s race for governor a lot more interesting.
Will Mihos matter?
| September 21, 2006
Heaven can wait
If Monsieur Chopin were to find itself in Tony contention, the score would do better than the book.
Monsieur Chopin at ART, Candy and Dorothy at Wellfleet
| June 27, 2006
As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
| April 25, 2006
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