The Huntington News

Review: ‘Rambo: Last Blood’: Hopefully the last we’ll see of Rambo

Christopher Kelly, news staff

October 2, 2019

“Rambo: Last Blood” sees the final return of character John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, and marks the utter downfall of the series and the once-great action movie legend. This film is the definition of “cash grab” with its bad pacing, cliched plot and the overall boring execution of...

Review: ‘It: Chapter 2’: Killer clown, killer sequel

Christopher Kelly, news staff

September 23, 2019

“It: Chapter 2” delivered a killer conclusion to the story of the Losers’ Club, seizing the spot for best Stephen King film adaptation. Director Andy Muschietti returned to tell the twisted tale of Pennywise and his merciless attack on the citizens of Derry, Maine. The much-anticipated sequel to ...

Barns Courtney connects with the crowd at Paradise Rock Club

Barns Courtney delivers an energetic performance at Paradise Rock Club on Sept. 10.

Valeria Vazquez, news correspondent

September 19, 2019

The walls to the Paradise Rock Club are covered in the names of early rock legends: U2, Blondie, AC/DC, The Police, even Snoop Dogg. After Barns Courtney’s performance on Tuesday, Sept. 10, it would not be a surprise to see his name among the others. Opening with “Fun Never Ends” from his n...

Broadway in Boston’s “Miss Saigon” goes “above and beyond”

The Company of the North American Tour of

Deanna Schwartz, deputy campus editor

June 24, 2019

How many musical productions can say they feature a real helicopter hovering over the stage? Broadway in Boston’s “Miss Saigon” can. The thrilling staging, playing at Citizens Bank Opera House through June 30, is part of the show’s national tour, stemming from runs in London and on Broadway....

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale opera delivers in victorious adaptation

Offred, played by Jennifer Johnson Cano, sees her room for the first time in Boston Lyric Opera's production of Margaret Atwood's seminal dystopian novel.

Yunkyo Kim, campus editor

May 13, 2019

The operatic rendition of Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid’s Tale” religiously adheres to the original text, going as far as staging the show in a basketball gymnasium where the handmaids in the novel slept. It is this meticulous narrative strategy that makes the opera a truly triumphant adaptation ...

Maren Morris celebrates her ascendance while retaining her roots

Maren Morris performs for a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues on Saturday, April 27.

Dylan Shen, news staff

May 12, 2019

“Don’t. Lose. Your. Halo.” Lyrics from “GIRL,” the titular song of Maren Morris’ second studio album, flashed across a screen spanning the entire stage. On cue, spotlights provided an ethereal halo for Morris as she rose from below the stage, clad in neon pink and flaunting glitter-enc...

Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ gets serious but falls short

Paramount Picture's

Christopher Kelly, news staff

April 11, 2019

“Pet Sematary” begins as most horror movie remakes do, full of respect to the original source material but featuring obvious refinement to set pieces and plot holes. However, despite improvement across the board in terms of acting and writing, the film fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion and, fo...

Springfest 2019 blends genres with 2 Chainz, King Princess and MisterWives

2 Chainz performs Saturday night at Northeastern's Springfest concert in Matthews Arena.

Ali Dusinberre, deputy lifestyle editor

April 10, 2019

Students filed into Matthews Arena Saturday night to see 2 Chainz, King Princess and MisterWives perform live at Northeastern’s annual Springfest concert, hosted by the Council for University Programs, or CUP. From MisterWives’ cheerful melodies to King Princess’ raw, refreshing pop and 2 Chainz...

Walker Hayes’ Dream On It tour marks a dream fulfilled

Pop-country artist Walker Hayes fires up the crowd from the edge of the House of Blues stage.

Riley Robinson, news staff

April 3, 2019

Two years after Walker Hayes’ last performance in Boston, his high-spirited Dream On It tour marked a sweet stage of career metamorphosis. At House of Blues on March 23, the pop-country artist recalled the last time he stood on that stage as the opening act for Dan + Shay’s Obsessed tour in D...

Review: Boston Ballet’s ‘Coppélia’ brings cheerful performance

Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Misa Kuranaga performs with the corps de ballet in a dress rehearsal for

Paige Stern, news staff

March 27, 2019

Rather than a night filled with tear-jerking plot twists and a tragic ending, "Coppélia" provides comic relief for dancers and theatregoers including character hissy fits, humorous love triangles and a happily ever after. On the Boston Ballet’s website, the dance company guarantees that this ...

Review: ‘Spamilton: An American Parody’

Samantha Barry, news staff

February 20, 2019

How does a Needham-raised playwright, actor and director manage to create a show that not only spoofs the mega-hit “Hamilton” but also the entire Broadway industry itself? The answer is simple. Gerard Alessandrini’s musical, “Spamilton: An American Parody,” combines the fast-paced nature of...

Review: The 21st century version of ‘My Fair Lady’ empowers audiences

Vaishnavi Sharma and Eric Tucker perform in theater company Bedlam's production of

Lucy Hoffman, news correspondent

February 13, 2019

Anyone entering the Central Square Theater to see Bedlam’s “Pygmalion” with expectations of Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison singing and walking off into the sunshine together is in for a surprise. “Pygmalion” is the original play by George Bernard Shaw that was adapted into the movie and musica...