BOY ERASED

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“A mix of murky interior shots that fails to establish any sense of day-to-day life in this Christian community. There’s a severe paucity of detail, with drab sets and nondescript locations. Everyone here is exactly who they first appear to be, which along with the absence of surprises in the story makes sitting through the picture feel like running out the clock.” – North Shore Movies, 11/08/2018

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MONROVIA, INDIANA

“I’m finding it hard to shake all the studiously polite interactions conducted through downturned, unsmiling faces. A tone of stagnancy pervades throughout the picture, which feels exhausted. It’s not Wiseman’s style to overtly editorialize, but the film’s frequent visits to a local cemetery draw a line under what’s already obvious: This place is dying.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/02/2018

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MUSEO

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“Cheerfully disregarding a lot of the true-crime particulars, Ruizpalacios has fashioned a slippery meditation on questions of ownership, heritage and history as plunder. He’s got a gift for writing a certain breed of over-educated and under-motivated young male suffering from a surly disaffection that’ll feel awfully familiar to fellow Gen Xers.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/01/2018

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SUSPIRIA

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“The movie is logy and feels interminable. Guadagnino and cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom avoid Argento’s vivid palette in favor of a dreary beige blur. This Suspiria is awfully ugly to look at, and replacing Goblin’s manic prog rock score with Thom Yorke’s droning and moaning is another energy sap that makes these two-and-half hours drag like five.” – North Shore Movies, 11/01/2018

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WANDA AT THE BRATTLE

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“Of course she is an exasperating woman who makes terrible choices. Loden isn’t asking that you admire the character or applaud her decisions. Wanda just wants you to acknowledge that she exists. Spend a little time in this person’s company and maybe even leave the theater with a feeling for what she’s going through. That’s what art’s for.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/25/2018

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MID90S

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“Wispy and underwhelming, there’s a lackadaisical, conflict-averse quality to Jonah Hill’s directorial debut that leaves a galling aftertaste. It is a film short on incident but long on carefully curated period details. There isn’t much here in the way of compelling drama, but if you like to gawk at Air Jordans and old CDs this is will be 84 minutes of heaven.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/24/2018

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SPOILERPIECE THEATRE #223: SPOOKY-PIECE THEATRE HALLOWEEN EDITION

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Had a grand old time sitting in with pals Kris Jenson and Evan Crean to talk about Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives and John Carpenter’s original 1978 Halloween before discussing my recent journey through some of its shoddy sequels and how much we all improbably enjoyed director David Gordon Green’s nifty new installment. – Spoilerpiece Theatre, 10/19/2018

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