”Subserviently seeks to flatter its target audience with a spectacular array of semi-clever references to cool stuff from their childhoods. Meanwhile an otherwise unremarkable, antisocial, adolescent white boy’s skill at video games and deep knowledge of trivial ephemera will somehow save the world. This is fanboy fellatio and I found it all almost unbearably depressing.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/29/2018
”When Wes Anderson’s meticulous constructions work, the deeply felt emotions stirred up by their stories reverberate against his dollhouse designs in fascinating ways. When they don’t click, you can feel like you’re stuck spending two hours in somebody’s Etsy store. Isle of Dogs is one of the ones that works, for the most part.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/28/2018
“Soderbergh shoots the scare sequences like an old master playing with a new toy, nestling up uncomfortably close to his star with the unfiltered image quality peering into her every pore. He’s got his tiny camera looming above her shoulder or directly under Foy’s face, so it often feels like the movie itself is stalking her.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/23/2018
TOMB RAIDER * *
Starring Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas. Screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alistair Siddons. Directed by Roar Uthaug.
”eXistenZ is a sicko comic puzzle picture, with a labyrinthine conspiracy plot existing mainly to prop-up the filmmaker’s heavily sexualized gross-outs. Leigh in particular is a stitch, constantly kicking off her shoes and playing most scenes in a breathy, erotic thrall. The moment Law tongues the orifice in her back is brave even by this fearless performer’s standards.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/15/2018
A WRINKLE IN TIME * 1 / 2
Starring Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey. Screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell. Directed by Ava DuVernay.
RED SPARROW * * *
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. Screenplay by Justin Haythe. Directed by Francis Lawrence.
“It’s an awful shame because as a kid, the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement awards were how I learned a lot about film history, and they inspired me to seek out movies older than myself and begin to understand that art exists in a continuity. Now instead we have time-suck stunts with Ansel Elgort and a six-foot submarine sandwich.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/05/2018
“For a movie featuring one of Hollywood’s few outspoken right-wingers running around the ghetto in a hoodie shooting brown people, what’s shocking is just how lame and instantly forgettable it is. You’d think such a morally repugnant gun-nut masturbation fantasy would at least be worth getting worked up about, but Death Wish is so wheezy it’s almost pitiable.” – North Shore Movies, 03/03/2018
“Lady Bird is terrific. It’s the best possible version of that movie you can make. I don’t think Greta Gerwig gets as much credit as she should for her direction. The movie is paced almost like a screwball comedy. It flies. I’ve had dumb conversations with people who say the camera doesn’t move enough, as if directing was just acrobatics. There’s a lot more to it.” – Boston.com, 03/02/2018