THE REPORT

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“This is one of those movies where terrific character actors wear lanyards and stride purposefully down hallways speaking to one another in hushed tones. I love this kind of stuff, and Burns keeps the pace percolating with the jittery handheld energy and slinky synthesizer sounds associated with Soderbergh, if not his mentor’s gift for indelible images.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/15/2019

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THE IRISHMAN

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“A gangster movie to end all gangster movies, akin to Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in that it finds a filmmaker reflecting on the genre he helped define, issuing what feels like his final word on the subject. It’s sprawling, enthralling and often hilarious when it isn’t busy being deeply, unfathomably sad.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/13/2019

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DOCTOR SLEEP

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“Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep is a 2010 for The Shining, a doggedly prosaic sequel to a movie that defies understanding. There’s a plodding logic and a grounded, workmanlike approach to the material. I find Flanagan’s sensibility a bit on the drab side but it’s perhaps ideal for more literal-minded genre fans who haunt Reddit threads and Vox explainers.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/08/2019

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JOJO RABBIT

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“It’s all emblematic of the movie’s stunted worldview, snickering in-jokes, and deliberate distance from anything resembling reality. Waititi tells us that people are truly good at heart in a movie where Anne Frank lives at the end and dances to David Bowie. This is a deeply, distressingly insulated picture. It’s the Funko Pop Collector’s Edition of Shoah.” – North Shore Movies, 11/01/2019

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MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

Review: 'Making Waves' reveals the sound secrets behind 'Star Wars,' 'Apocalypse Now' and more classic films

“The 94-minute feature offers an entertaining overview of how technological advances in sound impacted movie history, from Al Jolson telling stunned 1927 audiences ‘You ain’t heard nothin’ yet,’ to the digital roars of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Credit Costin for covering an extremely complex subject without getting bogged down in the technical weeds.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/31/2019

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WESTERN STARS

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“Shot in collaboration with Springsteen’s longtime videographer Thom Zimny, it’s an excellent performance that doesn’t radically reinvent any of the orchestral arrangements from the album but rather draws us closer inside them, with the movie theater surround setup really bringing out those stabbing strings and distant, lonely horns.” – North Shore Movies, 10/31/2019

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IFFBOSTON FALL FOCUS 2019

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“They’ve saved the best for last, closing with Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. It’s a swooningly romantic, thrillingly sexy movie with a lot on its mind about what it takes to really look at someone, and what it means to be truly seen. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up a weekend of movies than with one so adroit about the act of watching.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/28/2019

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