SPECIFIC ABOUT BEING NON-SPECIFIC: BEN WHEATLEY AT THE BRATTLE

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“Scripts are sort of slippery documents. You write this stuff and it’s real easy to write and it’s really, really hard to do. The next step would be storyboarding, but again storyboarding can be full of bullshit as well. It lulls you into a false sense of security that it’s actually doable. So then we built models and stuff and started to plan it out, and I eventually used Minecraft.” – Boston Reel, 04/22/2017

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FREE FIRE

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FREE FIRE  * 1 / 2

Starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor. Screenplay by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley. Directed by Ben Wheatley.

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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

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“You’re always aware this is a mercenary product that has no real reason for being except to make more money and more Furious movies, collecting characters and co-stars like a lint-roller while putting them into increasingly absurd and strangely weightless vehicular cataclysms. It’s got the lugubrious, nothing-matters quality of eighties Bond films.” – North Shore Movies, 04/15/2017

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IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN: FIRE WALK WITH ME AT THE COOLIDGE

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“There’s a way to read the cryptic supernatural elements as Laura’s imagination of an evil that’s at least easier to understand than her father’s abuse, but in typical Lynch fashion he leaves interpretations up to the audience. The movie’s doom-laden orgies and strobe-lit screams attain a hypnotic grandeur that’s pulverizing when seen on a giant screen.” – Metro, 04/13/2017

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TWO BY CRONENBERG AT THE COOLIDGE

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“Both pictures hinge upon their star’s rare ability to engage an audience while playing cards close to his vest, and the films are fraught with doppelgangers and doubles, characters and scenes designed to serve as distorted mirror images of one another. Cronenberg depicts violence as a virus, infecting the pastoral settings and perverting formerly idyllic interactions.” – Metro, 04/07/2017

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