IFFBOSTON 2019

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“This year’s roster is a characteristically eclectic mix, offering something for everyone to experience in a dark room with strangers who are just friends you haven’t met yet. IFFBoston thrives on this sense of community and camaraderie. We’re awfully lucky to have an event where people can put away their electronic devices and experience art with one another.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/22/2019

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MARY MAGDALENE

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Mary Magdalene tries to put a feminist bent on the Greatest Story Ever Told, but it’s a curiously enervated movie, sleepwalking through the Stations of the Cross with a let’s-get-this-over-with-already energy that reminded me of going to Mass on one of those hot, hungover Sunday mornings when not even the priest can feign interest in being there.” – North Shore Movies, 04/18/2019

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JACK ATTACK! AT THE SOMERVILLE

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Five Easy Pieces set the template for a new kind of leading man, an updated anti-hero seething with self-loathing and discontent. For the first half of that confused, angry decade Nicholson deftly articulated a generational malaise, stewing in the juices of swaggeringly macho characters coming to realize the extent of their own impotence.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/17/2019

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HIGH LIFE

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”This isn’t the slick, crowd-pleasing sci-fi of modern franchise films, but rather a throwback to knotty, 1970s head-scratchers like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth. It’s the kind of movie that’s definitively not for everybody but is downright thrilling if you’re into this kind of thing. I am very much into this kind of thing.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/12/2019

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AMAZING GRACE

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“A documentary chronicle of the two nights in 1972 that the Queen of Soul spent recording her landmark live gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. It’s an astounding cinematic experience, elevational and ecstatic even to a wretch like me. This is a miracle of a movie, and it’s a miracle we got to see it at all.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/10/2019

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DIANE

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“What’s most remarkable about Diane is the autumnal chill conjured by these cozy family dinners with increasing numbers of empty chairs at the table. After a conventionally paced first hour, the movie begins employing audacious temporal leaps much in the way that time seems to speed up as you get older, entire years flying by in what feels like a blink.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/04/2019

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ACCIDENTAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

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”The film makes faint gestures at the popular conventions of a gangster movie while constantly being sidetracked by the bizarre behavioral details and heightened mundanity that were this particular filmmaker’s stock and trade. It’s a movie about a testy, outsider artist and his gang of misfit collaborators, the John Cassavetes biopic once removed.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/03/2019

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