Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen is an Emmy-winning reporter with WGBH-TV’s nightly news magazine program, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, and appears regularly on 89.7 WGBH, where he covers the latest happenings in Boston film, theater, art, music,and dance for Boston Public Radio and on WGBH’s Morning Edition every Thursday. In February 2013, Jared debuted in his own weekly arts series, Open Studio with Jared Bowen, featuring a blend of local and national stories and profiles. He is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association and he serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has won two New England Emmy Awards for his arts reporting and is a recipient of the 2013 Commonwealth Award, recognizing achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences. Jared also is a guest contributor to Boston Common magazine.
Sean Burns is the Movies Section Contributing Editor for The Improper Bostonian. His work has also appeared in Metro, Philadelphia Weekly, Nashville Scene, The House Next Door, Time Out New York and RogerEbert.com. Burns was a recurring guest on the late David Brudnoy’s WBZ 1030 AM Radio Show, and in 2002 received an award for Excellence in Criticism from the Greater Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been called “jocular but serious, more like a 1940′s daily reporter pounding out columns on a manual typewriter than a typical 21st century navel-gazing film critic.” Meanwhile, his sisters still tell him that he “smokes too much and drives like an old lady.” Burns collects his recent work at Spliced Personality.
Monica Castillo is a freelance film critic and the current co-chair of BOFCA. Although she originally went to Boston University for biochemistry and molecular biology before ending up in the sociology department, she now spends a good portion of her time writing about films for DigBoston, WBUR, The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Movie Mezzanine, and serving as co-host for the “Cinema Fix” podcast. She’s traveled to a few film festivals, met a couple of living legends, and has some great stories about hitch-hiking to red carpet premieres. Monica can usually be found outside of any Boston movie house talking about the film she just watched. She keeps a viewing log at Letterboxd.
Bob Chipman has lived and worked in Massachusetts his entire life; and has spent over a decade in the fields of independent film production, film criticism and pop-culture commentary. In addition to producing and performing the webseries “Escape To The Movies” and “The Big Picture” for EscapistMagazine.com; he is the creator of ScrewAttack.com’s “The Game OverThinker” and the political series “American Bob.” He can also be found blogging at moviebob.blogspot.com.
Michael Cox is a filmmaker who writes about the arts for EDGE Media Network. In addition to working in film production and marketing, including commercials, series television and on the festival circuit, his own documentaries and short narratives have been screened in film festivals throughout the world. He has a Master’s Degree in Film Studies.
During the day, Evan Crean develops marketing content for a local college, but by night he’s an entertainment journalist for Starpulse.com. He primarily writes movie reviews and celebrity interviews, though he’s recently broken into book reviews as well for his website ReelRecon.com. His endeavors are fueled by a rabid obsession with film trivia and popular culture of the 1970s and 1980s. Even if you don’t agree with one of his articles, He’d love to hear your side of things. Evan never turns down a spirited debate.
Deirdre Crimmins moved to Boston in 2004. She obtained a Master’s degree in Media
Studies from Emerson College after studying the evolution of George A. Romero’s zombie films. While in graduate school, she began reviewing film and literature for Open Letters Monthly. Though she appreciates all types of film, she has focused her attention on horror film and their history. She currently is a staff writer for All Things Horror, regularly contributes to the Brattle Theater Film Notes blog, and has contributed feminist film critiques to BtchFlcks.com. Deirdre, along with All Things Horror, co-hosts the annual Etheria Film Festival, which showcases science fiction and fantasy films created by women filmmakers. She has spoken on film at academic conferences and
World Science Fiction Conventions, but feels most at home at a film festival.
Andy Crump has been writing for the web since casually and covertly firing up a WordPress blog back in 2009, and became a member of the online press in 2012 when he began writing for Go, See, Talk!. More recently, he has expanded his reach as a critic by contributing to Screen Rant, In Review Online, Movie Mezzanine, and Paste Magazine. He’s been a devoted movie lover since high school, when he saw ARMY OF DARKNESS, 8/12 and HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS for the first time; since then he’s developed a voracious appetite for masterworks of schlock, highbrow fare, arthouse darlings, and everything in between. Currently, he has forsaken shaving.
Tim Estiloz is a double Emmy award winning TV, online and print journalist with over a decade of reporting and writing experience. He is a film critic for Boston Latino TV’s broadcast and new media platforms, NCM’s FirstLookOnline.com and Examiner.com. Tim is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association which presents the annually televised Critic’s Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood. In his spare time, Tim is an “Artist In Residence” at Boston Children’s Hospital, drawing cartoons and illustrations for the patients there. Along with the film and entertainment biz, creating art and sketching is Tim’s passion… and receiving a phone call from Pixar wouldn’t hurt.
Stephen Slaughter Head is the host of the Diabolique Radio Show at HorrorUnlimited.com – His middle name, Slaughter, is really his middle name. No joke. He co-created the much loved movie news website IGN FilmForce (now IGN Movies), was a staff writer and content producer for IGN Entertainment (2000-08), and a writer for America Online, Netscape and Propeller.com. He earned a B.A. in History from Providence College. And he helped make some movies, some of which are listed here.
While Jaskee Hickman started reviewing films in 2011, he was officially added onto Boston’s movie press list in 2012. Since that time, this lifelong fan of cinema has not only been reviewing films, he’s also added interviewing filmmakers to his list of credits. As of right now, you can find his work on The Movie Picture Show, but he’s hoping to one day expand on his cinematic endeavors by making feature films of his own as a writer/director
Kristofer Jenson is the Associate Film Editor for DigBoston. He has been writing about film since 2011, when he began the recently-completed AFI 100 project for DigBoston.com. He is a former co-host of UNregular Radio’s Bunch O’ Bullshit, and is an active participant in the Boston music scene as a member of Oilhead. He earned is BA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Vermont and (is almost done with, he swears!) his MA in Linguistics at Boston College. If you have a conversation with him, he’ll remember everything you said except your name. He’s very sorry in advance.
Inkoo Kang Inkoo Kang is a film critic for TheWrap.com, the Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as the News Editor of Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog. She has also written about movies and television for The Atlantic, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and Vulture. She tweets @thinkovision
Megan Kearns is a feminist vegan blogger and freelance writer living in Boston. In addition to writing for Bitch Flicks, she spearheads its social media strategy. Megan blogs about feminism and veganism at the site she founded The Opinioness of the World. She writes about feminist issues as a Regular Blogger at Fem2pt0. She’s a member of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. Megan’s work has also appeared at Arts & Opinion,Everyday Feminism, Feminist Magazine on KPFK radio, Feministing’s Community Blog,Italianieuropei, Open Letters Monthly, A Safe World for Women and Women and Hollywood. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from UMass Amherst and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Politics and Public Policy from UMass Boston. You can follow all of Megan’s unapologetically opinionated thoughts — Leslie Knope’s awesomeness, the idiocy of anti-choice legislation, and where to find the best vegan doughnuts — on Twitter at @OpinionessWorld as well as on Facebook,Tumblr, Google +, Instagram and Pinterest.
Daniel M. Kimmel’s reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years and can now be found at Northshoremovies.net. He is local correspondent for Variety, the “Movie Maven” for the Jewish Advocate and teaches film at Suffolk University. He writes on classic science fiction films for Clarkesworld and Space and Time magazine. His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I’ll Have What She’s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. His latest is Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other observations about science fiction movies which is nominated for a Hugo Award for “Best Related Work.” His first novel, Shh! It’s a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood and the Bartender’s Guide, will be released in January. He is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and current co-chair of BOFCA.
Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-Winning Arts & Entertainment critic for CBS Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), is currently lending her expertise as a critic, arts advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader all over the region. Kulhawik is president of the Boston Theater Critics Association, and a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. Kulhawik has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, reporting live from The Oscars, The Emmys, and The Grammys. Nationally, Kulhawik co-hosted the syndicated movie-review show “Hot Ticket” with Leonard Maltin and was a continuing co-host on “Roger Ebert & The Movies.” Joyce has appeared in her capacity as a movie critic on WGBH Radio and TV, WBUR’S “The Artery” online, & WBZ Radio. Every year Joyce helps judge The 48 Hour Film Fest! She also moonwalks and yodels. Look for her reviews online at JOYCESCHOICES.
Kilian Melloy reviews film and other media for EDGE Media Network, as well as writing about food, drink, and travel, and writing a weekly column. He has also written for wigglefish, The Celtic Quill, and a number of other publications.
Brett Michel writes for The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Herald and The Patriot Ledger. 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.
Jake Mulligan is freelance writer. His reviews and features have been published in Slant Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, EDGE Boston, Charleston City Paper, as well as at MovieMezzanine.com. He graduated from Suffolk University with a degree in film, but the majority of his studies took place at the Brattle and Coolidge Corner theaters. He keeps a viewing log at Letterboxd.
These days David Riedel writes about movies for the Santa Fe Reporter and C-Ville Weekly. He’s also written for DigBoston, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe magazine, the Sacramento News & Review, Columbia Journalism Review, the New York Post, and was managing editor of the New Haven Advocate. Read all his nonsense at dmriedel.com.
Norm Schrager has been reviewing movies online since 1999, most recently as Senior Writer for AMC’s filmcritic.com, where he was a staffer for a dozen years. Norm has written for early Internet film site 24 Frames Per Second, and is the creator of blog site Meet In the Lobby. He’s been honored to provide the occasional script feedback or book contribution, for folks you probably haven’t heard of. His passion for film dates back to watching MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER as a kid, even though his parents forbade it. Now look what they’ve done.