ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

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“I didn’t think I needed to see another zombie movie ever again, but Ueda takes the genre’s oversaturation to giddy new levels of meta. It’s a movie about zombies attacking the set of a zombie movie, captured in a single unbroken shot by a daredevil cinematographer who at one point discreetly tries to wipe blood off the lens. Or at least it is until it isn’t.” – North Shore Movies, 09/12/2019

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THE B-FILM: LOW BUDGET HOLLYWOOD AT THE HFA

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“As time goes on it becomes ever more apparent that the unassuming pleasures of these pictures have aged remarkably well. Lacking lavish resources, the leanest and meanest of these little movies come from hunger, directed by filmmakers with something to prove and occasionally ingenious ways of working around budgetary and censorship restrictions.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/11/2019

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IT CHAPTER TWO

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“A sinking feeling comes with the realization that every cast member is going to get their own set piece before we can get back to the plot that already isn’t moving in any particular hurry, so for the movie’s middle hour-and-a-half we have to sit and watch what is for all intents and purposes the same scene six times in a row. It’s a massive structural miscalculation.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/05/2019

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THE FANATIC

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“This isn’t one of those bad Travolta movies that’s a hoot like Gotti or Speed Kills, it just leaves you feeling icky. The Fanatic labors under a dour patina of self-seriousness one might expect from an artist as dull-witted as Durst, who can at least take solace that no obsessed film fans will be stalking him after this one, unless they’re looking to get their money back.” – North Shore Movies, 09/01/2019

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LA DOLCE VITA AT THE BRATTLE

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“Fellini’s revelers on the Via Veneto could quite easily be updated as Instagram influencers, rolling on molly instead of red wine while taking selfies in the Trevi Fountain. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine Marcello as a TMZ blogger puttering around the fringes of the Fyre Festival, except rather than chain-smoking he’d probably vape. Some emptiness is eternal.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/29/2019

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THIS IS NOT BERLIN

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“Sama shoots this all as a swirl of sensation, with lots of dreamy, sexed-up montages and druggy interludes. The chronology isn’t always entirely clear but what comes through is an intensity of feeling. It’s about the thrill of discovering a sophisticated and dangerous, excitingly new adult world opening up in front of you for the first time.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/28/2019

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APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT

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“Francis Ford Coppola’s continued attempts to revise and undermine his initial, towering achievement remind me of the speech in Six Degrees Of Separation when the second grade art teacher explains that her students all seem like geniuses because she knows when to take the paints away from them. The first cut was the deepest.” – North Shore Movies, 08/25/2019

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