HANKSGIVING AT THE BRATTLE

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“‘I’ve been thinking a lot about Hanks in relation to the silent comedians,’ the Brattle’s creative director Ned Hinkle explained. ‘He’s like Buster Keaton but with a face made of rubber rather than stone. His commitment to the physical comedy is astounding, but from the very beginning he was able to connect with the real emotions that drive these characters.'” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/20/2017

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JUSTICE LEAGUE

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JUSTICE LEAGUE  * 1 / 2

Starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller. Screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon. Directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon.

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

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Three Billboards is the most consistently surprising film I’ve seen this year not because of its plot twists, but because these characters are constantly revealing unexpected sides of themselves. It’s a movie full of furious folks acting out with moral certainty and righteous indignation, all of them only slowly learning just how little they know.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/17/2017

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LAST FLAG FLYING

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“These are productive conversations that feel depressingly necessary at a cultural moment when patriotism is once again being conflated with blind obeisance. The characters in Last Flag Flying love this country enough to question what they fought and bled for, demanding that we in the audience honor their sacrifice by doing the same.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/17/2017

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SPOILERPIECE THEATRE #175: JUSTICE LEAGUE, LAST FLAG FLYING AND THE BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

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Continuing in my role as the Billy Preston of the Spoilerpiece gang, I sat in with friends Dave Riedel and Evan Crean and tried to guess what happens in Justice League without having seen it yet. Dave and I reccomended Last Flag Flying while Evan shared highlights from the 29th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival. We also talked about Near Beer. – Spoilerpiece Theatre, 11/17/2017

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I LOVE YOU, DADDY

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“What’s shocking is just how lame and unfunny the movie is, a near-total misfire that keeps tripping over thinly veiled resentments. While it doesn’t exactly read as a full-on confession, the icky experience of watching I Love You, Daddy does feel a bit like one of those procedurals where the serial killer is deliberately leaving clues for the cops, trying to get caught.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/14/2017

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