KONG: SKULL ISLAND

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND  * *

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. Screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

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SPRING FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW 2017

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“The Boston Underground Film Festival kicks off the season with its nineteenth annual celebration of the bizarre and insane. This year’s ‘Cinematic Sensory Onslaught on Cambridge’ begins at the Brattle with Prevenge, writer-director Alice Lowe’s pitch-black British comedy about a pregnant woman coached into a killing spree by her misanthropic unborn baby.” – Metro, 03/10/2017

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SATURDAY MATINEE: E.T. AT THE ARCHIVE

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“But what makes the movie a masterpiece is the intensely visceral way in which Spielberg conveys these children feeling adult emotions for the first time. The film’s final image is notably not of E.T.’s departing spaceship, but rather a medium shot of Henry Thomas’ Elliott; the Lost Boy growing up and waving goodbye to Peter Pan.” – Metro, 03/09/2017

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THE LURE

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“This is a film of dazzling, garish colors that bops to an electric New Wave beat. The whole thing throbs with such overheated sexual energy that about halfway through, the story stops dead for a montage where everybody drops what they’re doing and gets it on. More movies should do this. It’s like an intermission, but better.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/09/2017

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2016 MURIEL AWARDS: BEST PICTURE

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“The problem with our accelerated media culture is that we quickly run out of angles with which to feed the content maw, and attention spans aren’t what they used to be. These films get picked to the bone during the Bataan Death March to Oscar Night, and contrary takes are what get clicks, which is why you see bizarre headlines calling La La Land fascist.” – The Muriel Awards, 03/05/2017

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LOGAN

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LOGAN  * *

Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant. Screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green. Directed by James Mangold.

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BOFCA REPERTORY PODCAST: MARCH 2017

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Talking with fellow Boston Online Film Critics Association members Bob Chipman, Steve Head and Greg Vellante about this month’s repertory offerings. Topics include The Women Who Built Hollywood at the Brattle and trolling the president at the Coolidge. We also digress to discuss the Oscars and the passing of beloved actor Bill Paxton. – BOFCA, 03/01/2017

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