FIRST MAN

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“Chazelle diminishes one of humanity’s most astonishing accomplishments into the semi-suicidal refuge of a broken man who refuses to grieve. This dour, unpleasant film wallows in a masochistic self-abnegation similar to the director’s 2014 music school psychodrama Whiplash, except banging on astrophysics instead of drums.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/12/2018

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A STAR IS BORN

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“Particularly now, when the world is too much with us, it can be enormously cathartic to just go into a dark room and sob for a little while. Cooper’s confidently melodramatic remake of A Star Is Born understands this better than most pictures. It’s a big, brashly old-fashioned pop entertainment. This is the kind of movie everybody says they don’t make anymore.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/04/2018

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ONE HEAT MINUTE: EPISODE #87

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Honored to join host Blake Howard on his epic discussion of Michael Mann’s magnum opus, one minute at a time. We talk about the electricity of opening night, the strangeness of two New York guys starring in a Los Angeles crime saga and the peculiarities of Pacino’s performance, including his poor phone manners and some of the all-time great gum acting.One HEAT Minute, 10/01/2018

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I AM NOT A WITCH

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“A blisteringly comic critique of hysterical misogyny that plays like a slightly stoned version of The Crucible out in the wild. Rungano Nyoni’s swaggeringly assured debut walks the line between inspired lunacy and abject devastation. I Am Not A Witch is a blast of absurdist outrage that’s seriously funny until all of the sudden it’s not anymore.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/28/2018

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THE BOOKSHOP

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“The novel’s themes are bluntly articulated, yet also too abstractly rendered to play out in a satisfying cinematic context. Stripped of Fitzgerald’s prose, the events as depicted don’t pack much dramatic punch. This is no slight on the source material, just a reminder that not every novel needs to be a movie. In fact, most of them probably shouldn’t.” – North Shore Movies, 09/27/2018

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BLAZE

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“Pitched somewhere between a tall tale and an expose, marinated in the whiskey and cocaine benders of outlaw country music’s juke joint fringe, it’s a richly ambivalent film about artistic expression as its own reward and the bad romance of our most destructive impulses. If a movie could smell this one would reek of old cigarette butts and stale beer.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/21/2018

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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

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“A kicky throwback to those mischievous, slightly sinister kids’ adventures Steven Spielberg proteges used to churn out on a fairly regular basis three decades ago. There’s a modesty to the film that’s becoming, and a real nimbleness to the visual wit. Funny how it took Eli Roth, of all people, to make the best Robert Zemeckis movie in ages.” – North Shore Movies 09/20/2018

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