“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is not only one of the best—if not the best—additions to the Marvel cinematic universe but also a great stand-alone film about order in an imperfect society and the measures people will take to achieve it.
The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s production of “Raised in Captivity,” running through Saturday at the Loeb Ex, can be classified as absurdist realism. The two words— “absurdist” and “realism”—create a paradox, and indeed, though the play’s characters struggle with realistic, universal problems, they are the victims of the oddest circumstances.
In theory, “Last Vegas” should work. It has four acting heavyweights in De Niro, Kline, Freeman, and Douglas; the volatile, raunchy locale of Las Vegas; and the priceless opportunity to the mix the two together.
If a person were to pick up a copy of “Antigonick,” by Anne Carson, the cover will say it is a translation of Sophocles’s “Antigone.” The script of “Antogonick,” however, is more than a translation; it is an interpretation intertwined with artistic renderings, an odd mix between a graphic novel and a lyrical retelling—more a contained, visual experience than a traditional read.
Ron Howard's "Rush" follows one of the most passionate rivalries in Formula One history, that between racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Hemsworth and Brühl deliver stunning performances with the help of a nuanced script from Peter Morgan.
At the end of the production, S speaks to Shelley, demanding his counterpart to decide what type of man he will be. “It’s time to decide who you are—master or monster,” he says. With such an emotional ending, Giles’s “Sea Change” invited its audience to live and breath the life of Mary Shelley, leaving a sentiment that resonated even after the curtains were closed.
Brian Helgeland's latest is a Jackie Robinson biopic starring Chadwick Boseman, chronicling the baseball legend's experience as he broke the color barrier in baseball. While Boseman delivers a powerful performance, whenever Helgeland steps away from the baseball field, the film tends to oversimplify its characters and relationships to a fault.
Grace S. Sun’s production successfully translates Tom Hanks's popcorn-munching sensibilities and fun in "That Thing You Do!" All of the songs were played live, and it is through these performances that the dynamics of the group and its respective characters really came alive.
Brad Anderson's "The Call" is a victim of its indecision, failing to succeed potential as either a thriller or a horror film. Despite strong acting from its leads, Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, the film is held back by poor writing and uneven direction.