THE WORLD OF BOB FOSSE AT THE HFA

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“The first time I saw All That Jazz I was zonked on cold medicine with a high fever and afterward figured I must have hallucinated most of it. The movie is a geyser of flowing images, often cut counter-intuitively against the beat of the soundtrack songs and following movements and transitions that defy linear logic while making perfect emotional sense.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/13/2017

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BOFCA AWARDS BALLOT 2017

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1. A Ghost Story    2. Phantom Thread    3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri    4. Lady Bird   5. The Florida Project   6. First They Killed My Father   7. BPM (Beats Per Minute)   8. The Beguiled   9. Marjorie Prime   10. Lucky

Honorable Mentions:  After The Storm,  Alien: Covenant,  All These Sleepless Nights,  Colossal,  Columbus,  Get Out,  Good Time,  Jane,  Logan Lucky,  Long Strange Trip,  The Lure,  Nocturama,  On The Beach At Night Alone,  The Post,  Their Finest

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

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“Enchanting and annoying in equal measures, this perversely adult fairy tale plays like a collection of the filmmaker’s private fetishes spackled over with an unconvincing coat of feel-good whimsy. The Shape Of Water is one of those peculiar movies that clearly means a lot to the person who made it, but leaves the audience stranded on a distant shore.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/08/2017

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WONDER WHEEL

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“Such self-plagiarism is nothing new for Woody Allen, who these days mostly seems to be mixing and matching scenes and themes from his previous pictures more out of habit than inspiration. Wonder Wheel runs down a checklist of the filmmaker’s tired pet obsessions while occasionally playing like a parody of post-war Broadway miserabilism.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/07/2017

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THE DISASTER ARTIST

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“It’s very entertaining, borrowing bits of Bowfinger and of course Ed Wood while putting a happy face on our misfit moviemakers and their oversized dreams. What it doesn’t do is probe the darkness bubbling underneath all the bungling. The movie meticulously re-creates The Room’s most famously botched scenes, but shies away from its tortured soul.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/01/2017

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