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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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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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

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“A high-spirited lark of enormous appeal and blessedly little consequence. Shot in bright, primary colors by the great cinematographer Dante Spinotti, Ant-Man And The Wasp isn’t exactly elegant when spinning out all the story threads, but returning director Peyton Reed is smart enough to prioritize the chemistry of his cast over assorted plot nonsense.” – North Shore Movies, 07/05/2018

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TRULY KILLER AT THE COOLIDGE

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“This is one of Lee’s most dynamic pictures, so electric and overflowing with energy it’s damn near exhausting. There’s a reckless vitality to the filmmaking, as if Spike’s as surprised as we are that such a sordid tale would wind up being released by Disney over Independence Day weekend and knows he won’t be getting away with anything like this again.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/04/2018

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