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Stephen Schaefer

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Stephen Schaefer’s Hollywood & Mine

The scope of what JRR (for John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien (1892-1973) has wrought with creating Middle-earth is truly a global achievement. This Oxford professor’s fantasy world, created in such stupendous detail, complete with various invented languages and inspired by ancient myths, has been embraced, studied, inspired. I’ve always wondered how his archive came to rest […] → Read More

Boston Int’l Kids Film Fest spotlights work of young moviemakers

The guiding light of the Boston International Kids Film Festival at Arlington’s Regent Theatre, Laura Azevedo still sounds wonderstruck. “It is amazing,” she said, “the amount of work being d… → Read More

Aisling Bea makes leap from adult standup to Disney+ debut

In this latest installment in the holiday-centric series, Bea plays the busy mom who in Tokyo discovers her only son Max has been left – no spoiler here! -- home alone. → Read More

Culinary icon Julia Child gets the documentary treatment

Culinary icon Julia Child gets the documentary treatment → Read More

33rd Boston Jewish Film Festival goes virtual, gets global reach

On the slate: about 35 titles and three shorts programs, and one live event at the Museum of Science Boston. → Read More

Kristen Stewart evokes Diana’s inner journey in ‘Spencer’

“Spencer” is billed as a “Fable” and its portrait of Diana Spencer, the late first wife of England’s future King, is certainly novel. → Read More

‘The Harder They Fall’ broadens cast of classic Hollywood Western

These are Black cowboys, rustlers, killers and lawmen. → Read More

Stephen Schaefer’s Hollywood & Mine

As the scary season continues, cinema’s enduring scare classics offer a timely wallow for the night before All Souls Day and beyond. Wes Craven’s ‘Scream’ reinvigorated the genre and spawned a franchise. It was due to its clever use of horror conventions, a sparkling, spot-on cast—Drew Barrymore, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard and Rose […] → Read More

Scott Adkins pulls no punches in one-take fights of ‘One Shot’

The Birmingham, England, native, 45, is best known for his lightning moves and steely physique in the Boyka series that made his reputation. → Read More

Bertie Carvel brings Scotland Yard sleuth ‘Dalgliesh’ to life for AcornTV

Season 1 consists of three two-part mysteries beginning with “Shroud for a Nightingale” where a nursing school student is lethally poisoned during a demonstration. → Read More

Stephen Schaefer’s Hollywood & Mine

“FUN CITY CINEMA: New York City and the Movies That Made It” is Jason Bailey’s authoritative, deeply researched visual history of 100 years of filmmaking in NYC (Abrams, US $40, Hardcover). If France invented the movies (and they did), it was New York and Thomas Edison’s East Coast hub that saw the movies grow from […] → Read More

Olivia Munn deals with that nasty voice in her head in ‘Violet’

What if you had a voice in your head – a voice that never stopped its cascade of negative thoughts? → Read More

Stephen Schaefer’s Hollywood & Mine

As Daniel Craig’s farewell to James Bond 007 after 5 films, who could not be excited by the prospect of ‘No Time to Die’? Watching this nearly 3-hour finale, exhilaration that it was finally here soon gave way to bitter disappointment. What happened? First, if you take the trope that the better the villain the […] → Read More

Momofuku chef Chang hosts ‘The Next Thing You Eat’ on Hulu

Provocative and pointed, “Next Thing” examines new terrain in each episode, from the “Rise of the Machines” with robot pizzamakers and drone delivery to ask how will burgers, among the globe’s most popular foods, exist in 30 years. → Read More

Hub film festival focuses on unique Asian American stories

Like many ethnically oriented film festivals, BAAFF is meant to serve a population that is cinematically under-served. → Read More

‘Dune’ director focuses on sci-fi classic’s environmental message

“Dune” is set far into a future where Oscar Isaac’s Duke rules the kingdom of Atreides. His son Paul (Timothée Chalamet) is marked as a new Messiah. → Read More

Brian Cox ready for fresh season of family feuds in ‘Succession’

When the third season of HBO’s hit “Succession” series begins Sunday, Brian Cox’s Logan Roy, the patriarch of a global entertainment business, is in quite a pickle. → Read More

Vicky Krieps takes universal journey in ‘Bergman Island’

“Bergman Island” is set among international visitors to the Baltic Sea island of Fårö, known and revered by film lovers as the setting for many of legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s pictures and, in his final years, the great auteur’s home. → Read More

‘Halloween Kills’ all hope of a decent, satisfying sequel

After the successful re-launch of the franchise with “Halloween” in 2018, it seemed natural for co-writer and director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride to continue and fashion a trilogy. → Read More

Ellen Pompeo brings her voice to podcast platform with ‘Tell Me’

Topics can range from “books that I read, people that I know. There's a lot of great authors out there who have a lot of great ideas. Some of it's just meant to be fun and entertaining, like my actor friends,” including former co-star Patrick Dempsey who visited in her first week. → Read More