Peg Aloi has been a freelance film critic for the Boston Phoenix since 1997. Her reviews have also appeared in Art New England, The Boston Metro, Cinefantastique Online, and the PopMatters website, and she's been the media reviewer for The Witches' Voice website since 1996. She has a film review blog on the Times-Union website, and is the Boston Movie Examiner for Examiner.com. She taught film studies at Emerson College from 1999 through 2009, and is teaching film at the Massachusetts College of Art in 2010. She and writing partner Hannah Johnston are currently collaborating on two projects: co-editing an anthology forthcoming in 2010 from Macfarland Publishing (Bloodlust and Dust: Essays on HBO's Carnivale), and co-writing a book for I. B. Tauris (The Celluloid Bough: Cinema in the Wake of the Occult Revival). She is also a singer and collector of traditional music, and an award-winning poet. Her favorite film of all time is Picnic at Hanging Rock. She's clumsy, easily-distracted, way too opinionated and rarely bored. She lives in Albany.
Ty Burr has been a film critic for the Boston Globe since July 2002. Before that, he spent ten years at Entertainment Weekly as the magazine's chief video critic, also covering film, music, theater, books, and the internet. He began his career at Home Box Office in the 1980s, where he programmed bad Corey Haim movies for Cinemax. Burr's latest book, "The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together," was published by Anchor Books in February, 2007. He is also a member of the National Society of Film Critics.
Jay Carr reviews new movies for New England Cable News and old ones for Turner Classic Movies. A native of New York City, where he grew up in a household that read six newspapers daily, he dreamed of ending his days like the tabloid-famous Collyer brothers of Manhattan, who died in their brownstone, buried under piles of old papers. He is well on his way to this shining goal. Carr prepared for a newspaper career by getting a degree in chemistry (good movies have chemistry, don't they?) and was immediately diverted from his studies by joining one of the two papers at the City College of New York. While there, he started doing journalism for money—although not much—by working as a police reporter at the Jersey City Journal. Then came jobs on the New York Post and Detroit News, with time out for an army hitch (the army's idea, not his). He also was chief film critic at the Boston Globe for 20 years. He won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, awarded by the English department chairmen of Yale, Princeton and Cornell Universities and was named Chevalier, Ordre des Arts et Lettres, by the French government for writings on French film. He edited and contributed to the anthology, The A-List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films. He currently shuttles (shuttles willing) between his home in Somerville and Washington, D.C., where he is affiliated with the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. (Jay sadly passed in May of 2014)
Ethan Gilsdorf is a freelance film critic and feature writer for the Boston Globe, and the film columnist and a contributing editor for Art New England. He also writes about film, pop and geek culture, gaming, books and the arts for The New York Times, BoingBoing, wired.com, Salon.com, PsychologyToday.com, WBUR's "Cognoscenti," and GeekDad, and has also contributed to Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, Christian Science Monitor, Psychology Today, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and Washington Post, Time Out and Fodor's, among dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide. As an expert on the arts and geek culture, Gilsdorf frequently appears on TV, radio and Internet media, including PBS Off Book, WGBH, The Discovery Channel, the French TV network Arte, and several nationally-syndicated National Public Radio programs and in documentary films. He is a lover of ELO and a hater of littering. He enjoys stamp collecting, long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. He is not into yoga. He teaches creative writing at Grub Street, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Follow Ethan’s adventures at www.ethangilsdorf.com or Twitter @ethanfreak.
Inkoo Kang is a freelance film critic and journalist. She is a Contributing Editor at Box Office Magazine, as well as a regular reviewer for the Village Voice and Screen Junkies. Her essays on film have been published in The Atlantic, Salon, and Indiewire. Her great dream in life is to direct a remake of ALL ABOUT EVE with an all-dog cast. (member on hiatus)
Tim Jackson has been a SAG/AFTRA actor for 30 years and a Boston musician with contributions to several film soundtracks for 40 years. His dubious legacy will no doubt include that he was in the 10th row for the Beatles premier on the Ed Sullivan Show, and was in the 11th band to be featured on MTV. He has completed four documentary films as a writer, producer, and director. His first "Chaos and Order: Making American Theater" was selected for archives of the American Theater Wing. His latest American Gurner follows his adventures competing in the world championship Gurning competitions in Egremont, UK. He currently writes for the Arts Fuse. His work can be found at TimJacksonWeb,com. Twitter@ professorjacko
Peter Keough has been Film Editor at The Boston Phoenix since 1989 and has become a familiar figure at the office for his endearing habit of coming to work in pyjamas and pestering people for soup. He describes his position as “the best deal a guy like me could get, being a tick on the butt of the entertainment industry.” He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and The National Society of Film Critics and both organizations regret including him because of his tendency to stuff his pockets with free food from the lunch table during meetings and using his credentials in a vain attempt to pick up women. In his long tenure at The Phoenix he has reviewed thousands of movies, though he admittedly often confuses them with X-rated features he snuck into in the late 60s. Despite his busy schedule he found time to edit the book “Flesh and Blood: The National Society of Film Critics on Sex, Violence and Censorship,” published by Mercury House Press in 1995. Critics raved, declaring it “a book with a long title” and “full of amusing typos, factual errors and misspellings.” It sold over seventeen copies, most to now estranged family members and friends.
Daniel M. Kimmel is a Boston-area film reviewer and past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics. He reviewed for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette from 1984 to 2009. His reviews can be found at North Shore Movies.net. He is also the "Movie Maven" for the Jewish Advocate and is a contributor to Space and Time magazine and Clarkesworld. He has been the Boston correspondent for Variety since 1986. Kimmel's byline has appeared in numerous publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, Film Comment, the Internet Review of Science Fiction and Cinefantastique. He currently teaches at Suffolk University as well as lecturing before various groups. His book on the history of the Fox television network," The Fourth Network: How Fox Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television" (2004) received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include "The Dream Team - The Rise and Fall of DreamWorks: Lessons from the New Hollywood" (2006), "I'll Have What She's Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies" (2008) and "Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and other observations about science fiction movies" (2011).
Loren King is a freelance writer whose reviews appear regularly in The Provincetown Banner and on PlanetOut.com. She also writes about film and theater for The Chicago Tribune and the Cape Cod Times. Since 1996, her film reviews, features and columns have appeared in The Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows and artsMedia among other publications.
Joyce Kulhawik Joyce Kulhawik is best known as the Emmy award-winning arts and entertainment critic for CBS-BOSTON (WBZ-TV 1981-2008). She is currently lending her expertise as an arts advocate and cancer crusader all over the region. Kulhawik has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood. She co-hosted the nationally syndicated movie-review show HOT TICKET with Leonard Maltin, and was a continuing co-host on ROGER EBERT & THE MOVIES. Kulhawik continues to perform as a guest narrator and has performed with The Boston Pops, The New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, The Boston Civic Symphony, and The Concord Orchestra. Kulhawik is the President of The Boston Theater Critics Association, and is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. Look for Joyce’s reviews at JoycesChoices.com.
Ann Lewinson reviews movies for the Boston Phoenix as well as for the Kansas City Star and the Santa Fe Reporter. She was the film critic for the Hartford Advocate for four years, during which she appeared on Hartford's Fox61 morning news and was profiled in Fitness magazine, which thought her recommendation for putting soy sauce on popcorn was just weird. She has written for the Sundance Daily Insider, the Tribeca Film Festival catalogue, The Independent and Willamette Week; her short story "The Kubrick Version," about a lost director's cut of The Shining, was published in AGNI. She studied filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, briefly worked as a sound editor and is finishing her first novel. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and lives in New York. (member on hiatus)
Tom Meek is a longtime contributor at The Boston Phoenix, Cambridge Day and The Charleston City Paper and has appeared regularly on TV (NECN) and radio. His byline can also be found at Film Threat, Web Del-Sol, Cineaste and E!-Online. Tom likes a harmonious universe and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow him on Twitter @ TBMeek3.
Brett Michel writes for The Boston Phoenix. You can always find Brett dressed in black, donning a cap and sitting in the middle of one of the very front rows of the theater.
Wesley Morris is a film critic at the Boston Globe. Previously, he wrote film reviews and essays for the San Francisco Examiner, and, later, the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has also appeared in Film Comment and Slate. He was born in Philadelphia in 1975. He is a graduate of Yale University and now resides in Cambridge. (member on hiatus).
Jake Mulligan is a freelance writer. His reviews and features have been published in Slant Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and the Charleston City Paper, as well as at EDGEBoston.com
Janice Page writes about film for the Boston Globe, where she is also editor of book development. She was previously on staff as an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times and the Providence Journal-Bulletin, and she cut her journalistic teeth as editor of the weekly Old Colony Memorial in Plymouth, Mass., where the most famous attraction is a rock. Her new-media adventures include serving as executive producer of MSN’s now defunct BostonSidewalk.com, which was supposed to have funded her early retirement. A native of Braintree, Janice moved back to Massachusetts in 1997 after Lauren Bacall commanded her to leave L.A. and save her soul. Bacall ended one interview by saying that Boston is home to “real people.” This is true, even if oftentimes you find them sitting in the dark, reviewing torture porn.
Gerald Peary has written a weekly column in The Boston Phoenix called “Film Culture” since 1996. A Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Peary is a Professor of Communications at Suffolk University, where he heads the film program. He is also the Programmer for the Boston University Cinematheque, a former Acting Director of the Harvard Film Archive, and a member of the National Society of Film Critics. An author of eight books on the cinema, and a Fulbright Scholar in Belgrade, ex-Yugoslavia, Peary is completing a documentary feature, For the Love of Movies: the Story of American Film Criticism. Email. Website.
Betsy Sherman first imposed her idiosyncratic taste in movies on other people when she programmed for the Wellesley College film society while an undergraduate in the 1970s. She insisted on running silent film weekends when everyone else just wanted to see Barbra Streisand movies. At one point during her thirteen years writing about movies for The Boston Globe, she was chastised by another journalist for having given Cabin Boy four stars. While she was interviewing Rod Steiger for the Globe, he began to cry. Betsy has also written for The Boston Phoenix, The Improper Bostonian, Art New England, and WBUR online, among others. In 2011, she received a master’s degree from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and she is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. She now writes about movies for the website The Arts Fuse.
Gary Susman has reviewed movies and interviewed filmmakers since 1989 for The Boston Phoenix, where he has also covered music, theater, television, and books. He blogs daily about movies and TV at AOL's Moviefone Blog and TV Squad blogs. He has written about film for such outlets as The Village Voice, The Chicago Sun-Times, People, The Guardian, Life, CNN, and MSNBC. He is still an occasional contributor to Entertainment Weekly, where he was a founder and editor of EW's award-winning Pop Watch blog. He lives in New Jersey. (member on hiatus)
Ed Symkus, a Boston native, is film reviewer for GateHouse Media, Freetime Magazine (Rochester, NY), the Pacific Northwest Inlander (Spokane, WA), and WCAP-AM (980), and writes freelance film features for the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, and GateHouse. He's been offering opinions about movies since he was dropped off at the Franklin Park Theatre in Dorchester when he was 7. His favorite movie is "And Now My Love." The one he despises most is "Liquid Sky." An Emerson College graduate, he's a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, helps plan the annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, is co-author of "Wrestle Radio U.S.A.: Grapplers Speak" (ECW Press), shook hands with Muhammad Ali, and went to Woodstock..
Robert Tremblay has been the film critic at the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham for almost 15 years. During his tenure at the News, which began in 1989, he has been a bureau chief, feature writer, copy editor and business writer. He is also the paper's longtime restaurant critic. Before joining the News, he was as an editor for the Town Crier publications in Sudbury, Weston and Wayland. From 1978 to 1985, Tremblay worked at the Wellesley Townsman, first as a reporter and later as its editor-in-chief. From 1986 to 1988, he lived in Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne. Tremblay is also a longtime member of the Harvard Square Scriptwriters, a screenwriters support group. He is the author of 17 screenplays.
Greg Vellante has been writing film criticism for the Eagle Tribune newspaper since 2007. He is currently a senior at Emerson College with a major in Media Studies, and some of his favorite films include Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill," Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights," and Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas." He is always looking to be surprised and moved by films he has not seen, delighted at the fact that there is always something new to be discovered. He resides in Brighton, MA, though spends most of his time at Boston's legendary Coolidge Corner & Brattle theaters, often found perched up in the very front row. (member on hiatus)
James Verniere (a. k. a. the mysteriously youthful James Verniere), is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University with a Master's Degree in English literature and has been the film critic for the Boston Herald since many of you were little children—and will continue to be when many of you are dead and buried. He is also a member of the National Society of Film Critics. Before becoming critic for the Herald, Verniere was a full-time free-lance writer for such publications as Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Moviegeor's Guide, The Aquarian Arts Weekly, Heavy Metal and Twilight Zone. Among his more noteworthy, non-film-related activities was teaching a semester of Freshman Composition at the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women when the Black Liberation Army member Joanne Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur) staged her escape.
Steve Vineberg writes for The Threepenny Review and Critics at Large (criticsatlarge.ca) and has been published in The Boston Phoenix, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Christian Century, The Perfect Vision, The Oxford American, and many other venues. He is the author of three books: Method Actors: Three Generations of an American Acting Style (winner of the Joe A. Calloway Prize for Best Book in Theatre), No Surprises, Please: Movies in the Reagan Decade, and High Comedy in American Movies: Class and Humor from the 1920s to the Present. He is a Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Humanities at College of the Holy Cross, where he teaches film and theatre.