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The Ongoing Charm and Peril of Harry Potter

ongoing  "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt. 1" is a somber, moody setup for the final movie in the brilliantly successful series. The film is not meant to stand alone, of course, so there are more buildups and setups than revelations or conclusions.  And while director David Yates tends …

Martin Scorsese: No Blood, No Bullets, With Charm

ongoing Thank God for Martin Scorsese. Authentic movie magic is a rare event these days, but Scorsese conjures it several times in "Hugo." This is the story of a boy who watches through small windows as other people live their lives. It is about the struggles of creative people, of …

We know where Michael J. Fox has gone

september 1 Or, there’s the “Free Flicks” finale at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, with Sept. 1’s offering being “Back to the Future.’’ The sun goes down, the movie goes up.  For a new wrinkle on an escapist film, think about Michael J. Fox courageously battling Parkinson’s Disease and tirelessly …

Modern Times: The Alloy Orchestra gives us the silents treatment

 Sun. Feb. 18 Today's the final day for the foui-day stand at the new Institute of Contemporary Art by Alloy Orchestra.  perhaps the country's best-known silent movie accompaniasts. The Alloy Orchestra wrote and will provide live the soundtrack to "Phantom of the Opera" (starring Lon Chaney) and "The General" (starring Buster Keaton). The …

“Burn”: Imperialism From Yesteryear, Overtures Today?

Mon. March 9 Here's a Marlon Brando movie you might now have seen – we certainly haven't – but it's one historian/activist/B.U. professor emeritus Howard Zinn calls one of his favorites and so we're paying attention. Zinn in fact will be on hand at the Coolidge Corner Theatre Monday March …

“The Black Balloon”: Autism and Family in Australia

ongoing We have had some (minimal) experience with autism. A good friend's son has it; we're pals with the guy who runs New England Center for Children in Southborough, a treatment and education center for autistic kids. It's a terrible disease, and it varies in its shape and form, but …

A Chat With Lee Child

    With Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" soon upon us, I thought I'd repost an interview I did with Reacher creator Lee Child two years ago. (Note: Child played a police desk sergeant in the movie, which I just saw. Review to come.)      “This is what I would do if …