Black Panther Soundtrack: Diverse, Audacious and Flawed

For many, Black Panther feels like that first breath of oxygen after a long time underwater. Black Panther welcomes a new vision of blackness and presents a new way to comprehend black identity. The soundtrack, titled Black Panther: The Album, Music and Inspired By, undertakes an equally ambitious effort. With African-American rapper, producer, and curator […]

Film Review: A Glowing Intimate Universe in ‘Theory of Everything’

“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” – Stephen Hawking It sometimes feels like everyone knows something about English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, mathematician and best-selling author (to name some but not all his vocations) Stephen Hawking. “A Brief History of Time” (1988) achieved phenomenal worldwide success in the […]

Music Review: Vijay Iyer, vamping in Technicolor in the Land of Oz

It’s hard to believe Oz Arts Nashville is not yet a year old. In short order, this adventurous, forwarding-looking venue for the contemporary arts has fundamentally changed the creative landscape of Music City. Now, anything seems possible. On Saturday night, the renowned composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer was at Oz, exploring the possibilities of […]

Jazz pianist and MacArthur ‘genius’ grant recipient Vijay Iyer debuts at Oz Arts Nashville this weekend

One of the world’s most daring and innovative musicians will be following the yellow brick road to Oz Arts Nashville this weekend. Vijay Iyer, a noted composer, jazz pianist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, will make his Oz debut on Saturday night in two innovative works: Mutations I-X, an extended suite for string quartet, piano […]

Film Review: Fascinating ‘Birdman’ Flies But Doesn’t Soar

“The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then – that’s it. Don’t hang around.” – Billy Wilder Alejandro González Iñárritu is nothing if not very earnest in his storytelling – Biutiful, Babel and 21 Grams are more than enough proof of that. And his piercingly funny-angry comedy-drama […]

Belmont Hosts ‘Gene Kelly: The Legacy’ with Patricia Ward Kelly

The Belmont Theatre and Dance Department has arranged quite a treat for lovers of dance and movies: on Oct. 24 and 25 Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer, will take Troutt Theater guests behind the scenes to share an intimate portrait of the man that changed the look of dance on film forever and […]

Film Review: A Timely Reminder That ‘Love is Strange’

Two longtime lovers marry. That’s the starting point of Love is Strange, the latest feature from director Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On), but while amore may have its unexpected twists, this well-crafted story rightly notes some human behaviors in the wider world are sadly predictable. That’s because the lovers (together for 39 years as […]

Filmmaker Brooke Bernard New Belcourt Development Director

Brooke Bernard is the new development director of Belcourt Theatre, it was announced today. Bernard will plan and implement new and creative strategies to strengthen the Belcourt’s fundraising, including major gifts, annual giving, membership support, sponsorships, corporate and foundation grants, planned giving, and potential capital campaigns. “Brooke joins us at an important time for the Belcourt,” […]

Win Passes to the GONE GIRL Nashville Advance Screening!

ArtsNash and 20th Century Fox Want to Invite You to an Advance Screening of GONE GIRL! GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports […]

Pictorial: Reese Witherspoon and ‘The Good Lie’ at Belcourt Theatre

Hollywood came to Nashville Friday as Music City’s own Academy Award-winning actor Reese Witherspoon and others involved with the film The Good Lie (along with media from around the world, stars from the “Nashville” TV series and many others) descended on Belcourt Theatre. In the feature, Philippe Falardeau (writer and director of the Oscar®- nominated Foreign Language film Monsieur […]

Film Review: Mature Buddies Leisurely ‘Land Ho!’ in Iceland

Ah, buddy movies – where barbs and bonding go together like chocolate and peanut butter. And when one clicks it’s worth going down to the movie theater for some chuckles and a knowing nod or two. Such is the case with Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz‘s Land Ho!, which opens today at Belcourt Theatre. This leisurely look at […]

Film Review: The Powerful Illusion of Reality in Brilliant ‘Boyhood’

Richard Linklater (who turned 54 on Wednesday) is my age group’s great American filmmaker: Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, School of Rock and the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) haven’t been exclusively about us, but they’ve certainly explored our society and, in the case of the Before […]

From the Back Row: Go See ‘Life Itself’ at Belcourt Theatre

Roger Ebert and his longtime print competitor/TV co-host Gene Siskel were often accused of reducing film critique to thumbs up or down. That view of their TV opinions was ultimately ridiculous given the mountains of words they put together in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune regarding good, bad and mediocre cinema. Does that mean they were […]

Film Review: Tedious ‘Third Person’ Focuses on the Self-Absorbed

Writer-Director Paul Haggis’ Third Person provides the umpteenth example of why success in art, no matter who’s involved, is never a sure thing. The gifted man behind Crash and In the Valley of Elah is back with a film full of fine actors where three stories “of love, passion, trust and betrayal” (to quote the […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

Film Review: A Funny and Compassionate ‘Obvious Child’

When I first heard someone talking about writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s new feature Obvious Child I wasn’t sure what to think – a romantic comedy entwined with the subject of abortion? No matter what one’s stance on that hot-button topic, I’m confident I’m not the only one who was wondering how – or if – that […]

Born From the Bomb: Sixty Years of Godzilla, ‘King of the Monsters’

Continuing his six-decade reign of rampage and destruction, Japan’s largest export returns to the screen this weekend to show us why he remains “The King of the Monsters.” Not just any old reptile could sustain sixty years of films, television shows and video games. Even the “zilla” affix has become a part of our everyday […]

Film Review: Loyalty and Friendship in Gentle ‘Ernest & Celestine’

Ernest and Celestine packs a potent message about loyalty and friendship into its soft-pastel look. The Oscar-nominated and Cesar-winning film from the creative team behind Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells is overall a gentle (though entertaining and at times quite boisterous) tale that is certainly geared for children but can be appreciated for its artistic value and thoughtful story […]

Pictorial: Red Carpet for Nashville ‘Fault in our Stars’ Film Preview

“The Fault in our Stars,” the beloved bestselling novel by John Green, comes to the big screen June 6. In celebration of the film’s upcoming release, 20th Century Fox and Tumblr created the “Demand Our Stars” viral contest for fans to “demand the stars” of the movie visit their state. With more than 185,000 Tennessee teens successfully voting, […]

The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]