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Welcome to the world of Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008). Joyce is currently lending her expertise as an arts critic/advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader. Join in the conversation as Joyce shares her wonderful reviews, ask questions, be the first to hear about free screenings and more!
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MOVIE: THE UNITED STATES vs. BILLIE HOLIDAY

The best reason to see this HULU feature film about iconic Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday is a galvanic performance by Grammy & now 2x Golden Globe-nominated singer/actress Andra Day in her first-ever big screen outing! Day has never acted before and …

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FREE ADVANCE VIRTUAL SCREENING: “THE MAURITANIAN”

YOU ARE INVITED TO A FREE ADVANCE VIRTUAL SCREENING OF STX RELEASE: THE MAURITANIAN on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 PM EST! To RSVP to the advance screening, please visit: http://stxtickets.com/loEnL23846 *Please note: Your RSVP does not …

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Is it something in the air? The latest movies have left me wanting. REUNION , a horror film out of New Zealand, starring Julia Ormond is one of the dreariest movies I’ve seen in a long time. Her character is living in a big, gloomy house stuffed with …

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MOVIE REVIEW: “MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM” by Guest Critic Jacquinn Sinclair

At the end of 2020, a flood of movies was released all at once and it’s time to catch up with the best. Among them, is a film based on Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” starring Oscar-winner Viola Davis and the late …

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MOVIES OVERLOOKED: BORAT/DAVID COPPERFIELD/THE CLIMB

Visit Joyce's Choices for more Happy New Year one and all. As I write this, I am consumed by so much raw emotion–outrage, disgust, sadness, cautious optimism, disbelief, frustration–that I have hardly been able to focus on writing movie reviews. It’s …

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FREE ADVANCE VIRTUAL SCREENING: “Promising Young Woman” You are invited to a FREE ADVANCE SCREENING OF the Focus Features release “Promising Young Woman” on Thursday January 14th @ 7:00PM ET. RSVP instructions: For the chance to download two …

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This Sunday December 13, the BSFC gathered for a meeting like no other: 7 HOURS on zoom where we applied 2020 hindsight to the hundreds of movies we were able to screen online this past year. We discussed, and kibitzed, and argued and discussed some more …

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MOVIES: ANOTHER ROUND, BLACK BEAR, MANK, HILLBILLY ELEGY, HAPPIEST SEASON

Brought to you by Joyce Kulhawik Visit Joyce's Choices to view reviews and more A mountain of movies has been piling up in time for year-end OSCAR eligibility. (YES the OSCARS will be delayed till April but will GO ON!) I’ve singled out a few of the …

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As the pandemic rages over the holidays, we are anchored at home to our screens. And despite plenty to stream (if you are lucky enough to have homes and screens) there has been no live theater. But here’s JAMES CORDEN & a few “friends” to the rescue. …

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MOVIE: “LET HIM GO”
  • 11/7/2020
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I couldn’t wait to see Focus Features “LET HIM GO,” based on the Larry Watson novel about grandparents who set out to rescue their grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family. I was not disappointed, but here’s a warning–the film packs a heart …

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MOVIES & HAUNTED HOUSES: REBECCA/THE NEST

For a late October weekend– two movies whose houses are haunted: REBECCA and THE NEST. I have always loved the original– Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning gothic masterpiece REBECCA based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel about wealthy widower Maxim de …

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There is one reason to see ON THE ROCKS, and that’s Bill Murray’s flamboyant, slyly funny, and altogether charming performance. Writer/director Sofia Coppola has once again teamed Murray with a young actress to chart an adventurous emotional course. In …

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MOVIES: A RAINY DAY IN NY & THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

I’m finally catching up with films that got away from me during the last few weeks. Here’s my take on two out now, beginning with the latest from Woody Allen: A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK. The film comes trailing significant baggage. Allen sued Amazon for …

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ALICE KULHAWIK–MY MOM, R.I.P
  • 9/26/2020
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What a time, what a year. I wanted to let everyone who follows my site know that my mother Alice Kulhawik passed away this week peacefully overnight in her sleep at the age of 92. She died on the solstice, the first day of fall, a time of transition. I …

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I’ve seen this film and I loved it and invite you to click on the link below to access a FREE VIRTUAL screening of Focus Features and MSNBC FILMS: THE WAY I SEE IT on Thursday, September 17 th @ 7pm ET This film begins with what Official White House …

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Movie Revew: MULAN
  • 9/6/2020
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MULAN just opened virtually and it’s too bad you can’t see this on the big screen. It’s an expansively shot and handsomely choreographed epic adventure that will inspire all the women (and the men I hope) in your household; it inspires me still, and I …

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND – WITH SOUL!
  • 9/5/2020
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Ever hear of Ellis B. Haizlip? I hadn’t. Now I’ll never forget him. MR SOUL! an award-winning documentary about the first Black nighttime TV talk show host in America, Ellis Haizlip, who went on the air during the turbulent late 60’s with a show called …

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Slim pickins at the movies thus far this season, but here’s my take on two films just released beginning with one based on a young adult novel by Julia Walton: WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS. I thought this was going to be just another doomed teen romance, …

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MOVIES: PROJECT POWER/BOYS STATE
  • 8/18/2020
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“Power” was the theme at the movies released this rainy weekend and the following two films though different in style and content, found their way through the same terrain. Let’s begin with PROJECT POWER: PROJECT POWER is the latest from Jamie …

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This weekend is a mixed bag and involves Mick Jagger and William Shakespeare. If only they had worked together. MOVIE “THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY” I couldn’t wait to see the THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY a Sony Classics release beginning August 7 at West Newton …

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These two films couldn’t be more different and I liked them both– one in spite of its being outright awful and ridiculous, the other because it pretty much accomplished what it set out to do. THE SECRET: DARE TO DREAM stars Katie Holmes as a down …

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A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING
  • 8/1/2020
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THIS WEEKEND YOU MUST WATCH one of the most inspiring films I’ve ever seen, and one that speaks directly to this moment: A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING . This profoundly uplifting documentary by award-winning director and Olympic rower Mary Mazzio, absolutely …

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Toxic and intoxicating: two films to consider this midsummer weekend! RADIOACTIVE: Beware its unstable script and the resulting half life it sketches of one of the world’s great scientists and the first woman ever to win the Nobel Prize. Rosamund Pike …

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You are in luck– a fresh, exhilarating new film opens on YOUR screens this weekend: WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES. A buzzy hit at Sundance last year, it’s the debut feature film by writer/director Makoto Nagahisa and sparkles with inventiveness and style, …

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HAMILTON: ON SCREEN
  • 7/4/2020
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Who said you can’t put theater on TV? The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical HAMILTON has made the quantum leap from stage to screen and the result is a stunning, exhilarating, technical and artistic triumph. The musical’s power, brilliance, …

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