Ballet X Films

BalletX has been confronted with an industry shutdown of theaters and venues with a slate of specific limitations to work around to train, create, rehearse and perform dance and do it safely for all concerned. But the company hasn’t paused creating new works. Artistic director and executive director Christine  ...

The Book of Magdalene

“Remind me again.” “About what.” “About it they say it feels like.” “Skin against skin.” In the opening scene of The Book of Magdalene, the exquisite new play written for streaming by Caridad Svich and presented by  ...

SXSW 2021 Preview

by Andrew Osborne What a long, strange trip it's been. When I wrote my preview of the 2020 South-by-Southwest Festival just about a year ago, there were less than 100 COVID cases in the United States.  Yet by the time the article appeared  ...

A Digital Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s rare to see a Balanchine-choreographed story ballet, let alone one featuring a plotline as serpentine as Shakespeare’s impishly comic “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In this interpretation, Shakespeare and Balanchine conspire to lampoon all manner of hierarchy, tasking the prankster Puck with wreaking havoc in an enchanted forest filled with  ...

Waging Change (2019)

Peabody Award winner Abby Ginzberg’s documentary film, “Waging Change,” tells a compelling story exposing the sordid working conditions in the restaurant industry, focusing on its lowest paid tip wait staff. Customer tips in lieu of employer wages begins on a timeline at the point when slavery ends, and the  ...

Paula Farmer’s Best Movies of 2020

We’ll never know if this year’s list of the “Best Of”/ “Top Ten” Movies of 2020 are what they are because of the oddity of being a pandemic year, or in spite of it. There are plenty of movies that never got released due to theater closings or low  ...

Some Kind of Heaven (2020)

In the unlikely event that there’s an overabundance of merriment in your life under COVID, and nobody in your pod is complaining enough, you might want to see “Some Kind of Heaven.” It’s Darren Arnofsky’s latest exploration of middle-class alienation, this one directed by Lance Oppenheim, with no less  ...

Best of 2020: Movies

If I'm remembering the family lore correctly, my parents brought three-year-old me to a screening of "Love Story" in 1970, meaning that it's literally been half a century since I spent less time in movie theaters than I did in 2020.  Naturally, I had bigger worries than that during  ...