REPLICAS

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“This is one strange shambles of a movie. The scale is all out of whack, nothing but drab industrial office spaces and a dingy basement. Even the supposedly futuristic scientific tools resemble crummy construction equipment, with Reeves doing his work in a flimsy helmet with a plastic face shield that makes him look like a guy who fixes telephone poles.” – North Shore Movies, 01/12/2019

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DESTROYER

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“The marketing campaign and awards play have centered on Kidman’s transformation, which is the kind of thing critics are supposed to call ‘brave.’ Honestly I found it all a bit silly and way overdone, wallowing in over-deliberate grotesquerie as some misguided mark of integrity. Come to think of it, that’s a pretty good description of the movie itself.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/11/2019

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THE SOPRANOS TURNS 20

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“For me, the ending’s meaning has always been more elusive, making visceral the sensation of having this story and these people we’ve grown to love over many years violently ripped away forever without a moment’s warning, abruptly plunging us into silence and nothingness. It’s a death scene alright, but we’re the ones who got whacked.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/09/2019

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LIFE AND NOTHING MORE

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“As the title might have tipped you off, it isn’t exactly heavy on plot. This largely improvised film has the loose rhythms of day-to-day life, with the director hanging back and regarding his characters in mostly unobtrusive medium shots. A lot of it could pass for a documentary, until upon reflection you realize how carefully Esparza’s set up his story beats.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/04/2019

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VICE

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“The movie presents common knowledge with gasps of shock and awe. It’s like getting a breathless lecture on something you lived through from someone who just learned about it yesterday. McKay never settles on a through-line. It’s just a bunch of stuff that happened, shuffled all out of order and repeated a few times extra loud for the cheap seats.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/25/2018

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

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“The crackerjack ensemble makes a meal out of Baldwin’s prose. Jenkins loves letting his characters speak directly into the lens, lending a gutsy emotional immediacy while James Laxton’s breathtaking cinematography grants even the tackiest 1970s orange and yellow decor an ethereal glow. It’s an achingly beautiful film, and so terribly sad.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/25/2018

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THE MULE

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The Mule ambles along in the unhurried fashion of Clint’s easygoing Americana road pictures like Honkytonk Man or A Perfect World. Always a more thoughtful filmmaker than his often boneheaded public statements would lead you to believe, Eastwood fashions the picture into a sneaky examination of white privilege. There’s a lot going on under the hood here.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/25/2018

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