DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

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“Van Sant shuffles pages of the inspirational biopic playbook around into something a bit trickier and a lot more rewarding. It’s got the loosey-goosey, anything-goes energy of My Own Private Idaho along with the meat-and-potatoes melodramatic flair of Good Will Hunting. From scene to scene, the movie has a restless vitality that feels liberating. I liked it a lot.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/19/2018

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SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

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“Boots Riley’s debut feature is an air-horn blast of anti-capitalist subversion with a surreal, midnight-movie twist. It’s like if Get Out got all mixed up with Repo Man, Robert Downey Sr. and scabrous early Brian De Palma satires like Greetings and Hi, Mom! The movie misses almost as often as it hits, but when the big swings land they leave a mark.” – North Shore Movies, 07/19/2018

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LEAVE NO TRACE

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“They say a movie is only as good as its villain. But what about one with no bad guys? Is there drama to be found in a picture about people doing their best to try and help each other out? Debra Granik’s enormously moving Leave No Trace is a sad movie that’s somehow still full of hope. You leave with your heart aching but not quite broken.” – North Shore Movies, 07/19/2018

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SPOILERPIECE THEATRE #209: DOCUMENTARY DOWNLOAD, SKYSCRAPER AND LEAVE NO TRACE

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Had a swell time sitting in with Spoilerpiece boys Dave Riedel and Evan Crean for a jam-packed show. We cover Ant-Man And The Wasp, RBG, Whitney, The King and for some reason the 1992 caper comedy Sneakers. Also discussions of stoner cinema, Neve Campbell’s new movie Skyscraper and Debra Granik’s surprisingly optimistic Leave No TraceSpoilerpiece Theatre, 07/13/2018

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AMERICAN ANIMALS

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“Their scheme is so stupid one could easily see writer-director Leyton turning the tale into a Coen Brothers-y farce in which bad things happen to dumb criminals. But instead American Animals conjures a pit-of-your-stomach dread, like when you know you’ve blown it but there’s no going back. It wallows in the cold, clammy wait to get caught.” – North Shore Movies, 07/12/2018

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THE KING

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“An incoherent chop suey of big ideas and overfamiliar biography. Elvis Presley and America are gigantic, symbiotic symbols that for my entire lifetime have been exhaustingly over-employed to prop up whatever lazy abstractions you may please. Jarecki happens upon this trampled terrain as if he had the Pinta and the Santa María in tow.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/11/2018

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ZAMA

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“An absurdist folly pitched somewhere between Joseph Conrad and Samuel Beckett. Writer-director Lucrecia Martel takes no small pleasure in depicting the gears of colonialism grinding up its own. It’s a very funny movie for those of a certain sensibility, amusing in that bitterly ironic way Barry Lyndon makes some of us giggle ourselves silly.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/06/2018

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