Brandeis’ sketch group Boris’ Kitchen is one of the few performing companies that I enjoy and continue to return to.
One might be under the impression that after the dismal reports of this summer’s low blockbuster turnout and disappointing box office performance that there has been a shift in audience preferences.
Jordan Peele is a name most people associate with comedy, satire and the title of the witty show “Key and Peele.” Since then, the duo has split off to do independent projects.
The film releases in the first half of March have been very diverse. We have the comedy “Table 19,” the superhero flick “Logan” and the monster movie “Kong: Skull Island.” While the cinematic climate of mid-January to mid-April is usually laden with mediocre or subpar entries following the impressive dramas for Oscar contention around December, there are usually one or two movies that stand out and rise above the others.
The year the indies triumphed. Not one blockbuster, enjoyable as some exceptions were (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Deadpool,” “Rogue One”), managed to reach my top ten favorite movies of 2016.
“Justice delivered without dispassion is always in danger of not being justice.” I was reminded of this quote from “The Hateful Eight” (2015) throughout the Hillel Theater Group’s performance of Sherman Segel’s adaptation of “12 Angry Men,” titled “12 Angry Jurors.” In this story, penned by Reginald Rose, jurors must decide whether to send a suspected 19-year-old to the electric chair for the alleged murder of his father.
“Inferno,” the third installment of the “Robert Langdon” trilogy, succeeding “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” was released last Friday.