THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH AT THE COOLIDGE

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“Time passes quickly and without warning in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Roeg and screenwriter Paul Mayersberg elide entire years sometimes during a single scene, with the supporting cast drifting into old age within the space of an edit. The movie is far more interested in conjuring moods of mystery and melancholy than explicating a prosaic plot.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/16/2019

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CRAWL

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“This trim tale of a daughter and her dad trapped inside their flooding Florida home during a Category 5 hurricane with a bunch of toothy, uninvited guests is exactly the sort of lean, no-frills thriller that feels like sweet relief during a bloated blockbuster summer. Crawl is the best movie of its kind since Blake Lively fought that shark.” – North Shore Movies, 07/13/2019

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MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE

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“Broomfield isn’t nearly so adept at hagiography, and Words Of Love really could’ve used a director less enamored of Leonard Cohen’s legend. But then that would deprive us of the pointless, often unintentionally hilarious asides during which the filmmaker presents flattering photos of his studly, twenty-year-old self in his subject’s bedroom.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/10/2019

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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

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“Whenever Far From Home chills out for long enough to be an easygoing teen comedy, you’re tantalizingly teased with how much fun these Marvel movies can be when they cool it on the overbearing mythology and apocalyptic showdowns. There’s an incredibly charming high school romance here, but it’s buried under Iron Man 4.” – North Shore Movies, 07/03/2019

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UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

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“It’s a millennial, movie-mad hall of mirrors that’s designed to drive you a little bit crazy. The sidewinding structure mimics similar L.A. sunshine noirs in the hazy, addled-detective tradition of Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, except that instead of a private dick Sam’s just kind of a regular one.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/03/2019

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MIDSOMMAR

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“Transplanting a cringe-inducing relationship comedy into Wicker Man territory, Aster conjures some of the summer’s sickest laughs. Amid all the entrails and ritual sacrifice, Midsommar is also a droll comedy of manners, an irresistible revenge fantasy and a warning to bad boyfriends everywhere. It’s the best breakup movie I’ve seen in ages.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/01/2019

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THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE

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“A shambles, featuring far too many interview subjects to keep straight and a wobbly sense of rhythm that sometimes seems to forget about Berg for big stretches of screen time. There’s an overreliance on familiar stock footage and the kind of chintzy production music you hear in industrial videos. It feels like something you’d be forced to watch in school.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/26/2019

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