Film & TV

Creators of the popular podcast "Serial," Julie Snyder and Sarah Koenig, speak at an event hosted by Celebrity Series of Boston Wednesday night at Boston Symphony Hall. PHOTO COURTESY CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON

“Serial” creators Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder discuss record-breaking success

The mavens behind the Peabody Award-winning WBEZ podcast “Serial” presented to a full house of podcast fans Wednesday night. Hosted by Celebrity Series of Boston, “Binge-worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of SERIAL, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder” sold out Boston Symphony Hall to take the audience behind the scenes of the phenomenal creation. “Serial” is the fastest-growing podcast in iTunes […]

Will Poulter portrays legendary mountain man Jim Bridger in “Revenant.” PHOTO COURTESY KIMBERLELY FRENCH/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

INTERVIEW: Actor Will Poulter ventures into wilderness in “The Revenant”

Will Poulter, known for his work in “We’re the Millers” and “The Maze Runner,” is currently starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s film “The Revenant,” coming to theaters Christmas Day. “The Revenant” is inspired by the true story of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), an 1820s fur trapper who went on an expedition through the uncharted American […]

by Allegra Peelor· · 0 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse
Carey Mulligan stars as Maud Watts in "Suffragette," released Oct. 23. PHOTO COURTESY FOCUS FEATURES

INTERVIEW: Carey Mulligan on portraying courageous Maud Watts in “Suffragette”

Carey Mulligan’s dynamic role of Maud Watts, a laundress-turned-suffragette who plummets into the rawness and harshness of the women’s suffrage movement in early 20th-century England, in the recent film “Suffragette” put a unique kind of pressure on the actress. Mulligan was tasked with embodying the courage and conviction of the selfless working-class woman who had reached a tipping point in […]

by Natasha Mascarenhas· · 2 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse
John Mulaney stars in Netflix stand-up comedy special, "The Comeback Kid." PHOTO COURTESY SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX

REVIEW: John Mulaney makes triumphant return to screen in “The Comeback Kid”

If you’ve only ever heard of John Mulaney through his short-lived sitcom “Mulaney,” you’re probably not a fan. The comedic wit of Mulaney, previously a writer for “Saturday Night Live” (the one most responsible for the Stefan character) and a stand-up comedian, failed to translate well into the Fox show that left much of his near cult-like following disappointed. That’s […]

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Throughout the month of November, The Atlantic is compiling a list of the "#ActualWorst" characters on television from reader submissions. PHOTO COURTESY THE ATLANTIC

The Atlantic’s pursuit to find worst character on TV encourages cultural interaction

There’s an episode in the seventh season of “The Office” in which Mindy Kaling’s character Kelly Kapoor and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin staff attend a viewing party of “Glee.” Kelly constantly points out flaws in the plot and character development of the show, yet still yells at her coworker for blocking the television set while the episode is […]

by Sonia Rao· · 0 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse
Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang in Charles Schulz's timeless "Peanuts" comic strip make their big-screen debut in “Peanuts," a CG-animated feature film in 3D. PHOTO COURTESY TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

REVIEW: Charlie Brown and pals bring heartwarming stories to life in “The Peanuts Movie”

Nowadays, “Charlie Brown” and “major motion picture” do not seem like they should be together in the same sentence. After the major disasters that were “The Lorax” and the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” films, the expectations for Blue Sky Studios’ “The Peanuts Movie,” an adaptation of Charles Schulz’s comic strip, were that it’d be yet another pop song-laden, tween-pandering mess […]

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in new action adventure “Spectre.” PHOTO COURTESY METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES/COLUMBIA PICTURES

REVIEW: “Spectre” an action-packed spectacle lacking trademark Bond finesse

Daniel Craig’s reign of James Bond films have successfully brought Ian Fleming’s character into the modern age. With lots of commercial and critical success, barring “Quantum of Solace,” many would say that this fresh modern take on Bond has provided not only great James Bond films, but also great films by any standard. “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” are iconic and […]

by Alex Peña· · 0 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse
Bradley Cooper stars in "Burnt." PHOTO COURTESY THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

REVIEW: Cinematography in “Burnt” leaves audiences hungry for more

Though predictable, director John Wells’ new film “Burnt” succeeds in being entertaining and fun to watch. Who would have thought that a movie about a chef could be so full of violence, yelling and adrenaline? Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is without a doubt the centerpiece of the movie. Cooper plays a suave-but-sarcastic, womanizing-but-lovable badass with a past muddled by violence, […]

by Fred Schillinger· · 0 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse
Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers in CBS' "Supergirl.” PHOTO COURTESY CLIFF LIPSON/CBS

REVIEW: “Supergirl” presents new hero, same stereotypes

For all the pro-female empowerment hype CBS’ new television series “Supergirl” has been getting, viewers may well have been expecting Gloria Steinem to come swooping across their screens in a red cape. In reality, the show leaves a sour taste in viewers’ mouths — a mix of genuine disappointment and frustration with something that fails to live up to its […]

by Kaitlyn Locke· · 2 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse
Sandra Bullock (Jane) and Anthony Mackie (Ben) in “Our Brand Is Crisis.” PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURES

REVIEW: “Our Brand Is Crisis” struggles to strike balance between politics, comedy

“Our Brand Is Crisis,” David Gordon Green’s latest film, portrays a fictionalized version of the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) is a retired American campaign manager who is called upon by the campaign of a former Bolivian president struggling in the polls. She begrudgingly takes the job, only to find that her nemesis campaign manager Pat Candy […]

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