The Fighter

“A low-budget labor of love for producer/star Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter follows The Town and Conviction in this year’s Massachusetts Lampoon Show, in which glamorous movie stars drop their R’s and wear tacky clothes to convey ‘authenticity.’ Blue-collar Bostonian has replaced redneck as Hollywood’s white-trash signifier of choice.” – The Improper Bostonian, 12/15/2010

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“A giddy, sickly comic phantasmagoria that flirts with ridiculousness on its way to the sublime. It’s either the awesomest stupid movie or the stupidest awesome movie I’ve seen all year—but semantic distinctions fall away when you’re caught up in its headlong rush.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/08/2010

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Night Catches Us

“Every once in a while you stumble upon a movie made with the best of intentions, a noble little number that needs critical support to survive in this ridiculously competitive marketplace. So what’s a writer to do with a picture like Night Catches Us, an earnest, locally made, extremely well-meaning indie that just doesn’t work?” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/01/2010

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“Just terrible enough to make you wish it was worse, the ersatz Burlesque plays like a four-lane pileup of hoary showbiz clichés and sexless spectacle. It also has Cher. Sounds would appear to be emanating from this frozen visage, with lips inflated like collagen zeppelins, but I could not for the life of me see how that’s physically possible.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/01/2010

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