HIGH LIFE

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”This isn’t the slick, crowd-pleasing sci-fi of modern franchise films, but rather a throwback to knotty, 1970s head-scratchers like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth. It’s the kind of movie that’s definitively not for everybody but is downright thrilling if you’re into this kind of thing. I am very much into this kind of thing.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/12/2019

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AMAZING GRACE

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“A documentary chronicle of the two nights in 1972 that the Queen of Soul spent recording her landmark live gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. It’s an astounding cinematic experience, elevational and ecstatic even to a wretch like me. This is a miracle of a movie, and it’s a miracle we got to see it at all.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/10/2019

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DIANE

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“What’s most remarkable about Diane is the autumnal chill conjured by these cozy family dinners with increasing numbers of empty chairs at the table. After a conventionally paced first hour, the movie begins employing audacious temporal leaps much in the way that time seems to speed up as you get older, entire years flying by in what feels like a blink.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/04/2019

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ACCIDENTAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

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”The film makes faint gestures at the popular conventions of a gangster movie while constantly being sidetracked by the bizarre behavioral details and heightened mundanity that were this particular filmmaker’s stock and trade. It’s a movie about a testy, outsider artist and his gang of misfit collaborators, the John Cassavetes biopic once removed.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/03/2019

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DUMBO

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“So is Dumbo supposed to be Burton’s cautionary tale about throwing one’s lot in with such sinister corporations? A Disney blockbuster ending with celebratory shots of a theme park in flames would seem to be a statement of some sort, and if Tim Burton was still the filmmaker he was back in the 1990s I bet he probably could have pulled it off.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/01/2019

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