STREETS OF FIRE AT THE SOMERVILLE

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“An extravagantly stylized pulp burlesque that is at once an objectively lousy picture and just about the coolest damn thing I’ve ever seen. The pompadours are the size of skyscrapers and every street is lined with neon signs reflecting in the gutters. It’s the kind of movie where two guys have a sword fight with sledgehammers, because it looks awesome.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/20/2018

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

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“At our particular moment in history we’re simply not prepared to receive such straightforward sincerity, devoid of any self-protecting irony. The forthright decency of Mister Rogers feels as if it has been beamed in not from our recent past, but from a distant planet altogether. If you cry during this film it’s because you’re realizing how much has been lost.” – North Shore Movies, 06/15/2018

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OCEAN’S 8

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“Fitfully funny and almost instantly forgettable, director Gary Ross’ distaff caper comedy contains just enough inspired moments to make you wish there were more. It will probably find its true calling in a year or two as one of those pleasant, Sunday afternoon diversions you leave playing on cable TV in the background while you’re doing something else.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/07/2018

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HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

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”A big, boisterous jumble of mixed metaphors and dizzy positivity. Expanded from a svelte Neil Gaiman short story, How To Talk To Girls At Parties crams in so many bonkers ideas and kooky, left field curlicues it feels like there are at least three or four different movies going on during any given scene. A couple of them are even pretty good.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/01/2018

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FIRST REFORMED

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“A diamond-hard distillation of the themes and preoccupations Schrader has been wrestling with throughout his career, it updates and revises his legendary Taxi Driver screenplay for an era of commodified religion and environmental ruin. First Reformed is a major work by a cinema giant, urgently reckoning with issues both current and eternal.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/24/2018

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

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“A breezy summer entertainment that benefits from high spirits and low expectations, Solo works best when it’s not bending over backwards trying to tie itself in with other Star Wars stories. For the most part this is a rousing space Western with a cast of lovable rogues, occasionally interrupted by spasms of shoe-horned references to the previous pictures.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/23/2018

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DEADPOOL 2

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“A significant improvement over the original while still not being particularly good, Deadpool 2 isn’t trying so hard to pretend like it’s something ‘dangerous’ and is perfectly content to be a typical summer superhero smash-up, albeit slightly snarkier than the competition across the hall. For all the vulgar showboating, this is a careful, corporate product.” – North Shore Movies, 05/17/2018

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