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Joyce Kulhawik

Contributor, The ARTery, WBUR

Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), is currently lending her expertise as an arts critic/advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader. Kulhawik is president of the Boston Theater Critics Association, a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, and reviews for NPR on WBUR.

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 has co-hosted syndicated movie-review programs with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin. Look for her arts and entertainment reviews online at JoycesChoices.com.

A three-time cancer survivor, Kulhawik testified before Congress on the 20th anniversary of the National Cancer Act. Since 1983 she has chaired the American Cancer Society’s largest spring fundraising campaign, serves on the ACS advisory board, and continues to help raise millions of dollars for the ACS first “Hope Lodge” in Boston. The ACS has honored Kulhawik with its national bronze medal for her work.

The recipient of countless awards, Joyce holds an honorary doctorate in communications from her alma mater Simmons College, and has an endowed scholarship in her name at the Berklee College of Music. In 2010 Kulhawik received the N.E. Emmy’s Governor’s Award for her distinguished career, and in 2007 was an inaugural inductee into the Mass Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Kulhawik has performed as a guest narrator with the Boston Pops, the New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Civic Symphony, and the Concord Orchestra. Kulhawik also moonwalks and yodels.

Recent stories

Steven Maler’s Free Shakespeare Earns Him Elliot Norton Prize; A.R.T. Leads The Nominees

April 15, 2016
The immersive set of "Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812" at the American Repertory Theater. (Courtesy Gretjen Helene/American Repertory Theater)

This year, the American Repertory Theater leads with 15 nominations across five productions, with five nominations for “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” alone.

Attention Female Filmmakers: Flicks4Chicks Is Here

March 23, 2016
The Flicks4Chicks contest is part of the Different Faces/Different Voices Film Festival developed by Harvard Square Script Writers in collaboration with Women in Film and Video/New England. (Courtesy Harvard Square Script Writers)

It’s raining men in Holllywood, both in front of and behind the camera. But the Flicks4Chicks contest is meant to alter the balance.

With A Few Missteps, A Revived 'Pippin' Finds Its Groove

February 05, 2016
The cast of the national tour of "Pippin." (Courtsey Broadway in Boston)

The cast delights with acrobatics and lively spectacle that outshines a cruel, odd and downcast second act, says critic Joyce Kulhawik.

A Good Storm And Dazzling Heroics Make ‘The Finest Hours’

January 29, 2016
Eric Bana, Chris Pine and Kyle Gallner in a scene from "The Finest Hours," a new film based on the true story of a daring Coast Guard rescue off the coast of Massachusetts. (Claire Folger/Disney via AP)

It all happened right off the coast of Massachusetts, so beware the accents, though they don’t wreak as much havoc as the nor’easter that led to this true story of a daring rescue.

‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ Dives Into Conversation That Illuminated Hitchcock’s Skill

December 09, 2015
This 1962 image shows Francois Truffaut, left, and director Alfred Hitchcock in a scene from Kent Jones’s documentary, "Hitchcock/Truffaut." The new documentary by critic, filmmaker and New York Film Festival head Kent Jones, is about that extraordinary meeting and its long reverberations through cinema. (Philippe Halsman/Cohen Media Group)

Director Kent Jones deftly points out what a turning point their conversation was: “Hitchcock freed Truffaut as an artist, and Truffaut reciprocated by freeing Hitchcock from his reputation as a light entertainer.”

A Sensitive Cast Brings The Powerful ‘Spotlight’ Investigation To Life

November 04, 2015
Michael Keaton as Walter "Robby" Robinson, Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfieffer, John Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr., and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll in "Spotlight." (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films)

The new film “Spotlight” is a multifaceted and lucid account of what it took for the Globe’s investigative unit to uncover the sex abuse scandal, says film critic Joyce Kulhawik.

How Can We Live Better? The Film ‘A Small Good Thing’ Tries To Find Out

October 26, 2015
Tim Durrin in "A Small Good Thing." (Courtesy)

“A Small Good Thing” (screening at the MFA Oct. 28 to Nov. 6) explores the metrics of happiness and fulfillment by following the lives of several people living in the Berkshires.

Bulger Biopic ‘Black Mass’ Finally Arrives. But Does It Deliver?

September 14, 2015
Joel Edgerton as FBI Agent John Connolly and Johnny Depp as “Whitey” Bulger in ‘Black Mass.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

Johnny Depp is excellent as James “Whitey” Bulger, but “Black Mass” falls short of other cinematic crime epics, says Joyce Kulhawik.

Woods Hole Film Fest Brings ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ And Other Local Films To Cape Cod

July 21, 2015
Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana in "Infinitely Polar Bear." (Courtesy)

With more than 100 films, the 24th annual Woods Hole Film Festival still emphasizes movies with New England connections including Cambridge-bred director Maya Forbes’ “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

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