Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Act’ and ‘Granny’s Dancing on the Table’

‘THE ACT’ (HULU) Based on a 2015 homicide case in Missouri that saw a woman murdered by her daughter, reported as stricken with leukemia and muscular dystrophy, as well as a few other conditions, including brain damage that left her mentally incapacitated, “The Act” takes you into their life together in intimate terms. Following their […]

Viewer’s Discretion: “The Breadwinner” and “The Square”

Viewer’s Discretion: “The Breadwinner” and “The Square”

‘THE BREADWINNER’ (AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, NETFLIX, VUDU) Based on the book by Deborah Ellis, this gorgeous Oscar-nominated animated film tells the story of Parvana (Saara Chaudry), a young girl living in Afghanistan during the rule of the Taliban. She usually accompanies her father, a former teacher, to the marketplace to help sell off their belongings […]

Elizabeth King

With a new show at Mass MoCA, Elizabeth King is moving firmly along the path she started long ago. Her work is neither sculpture nor puppetry, but somewhere in-between, with the end result often captured in elegant video animation by King. The Virginia-based artist creates half-scale figures with features and movements that seem uncannily human. […]