SPOILER SPECIAL: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD

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“Writing a spoiler-free, pre-release review of Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood felt a bit like typing with one hand tied behind my back. Only a bastard would dare divulge the shocks and delights that make a first viewing of this film such a raucous rollercoaster ride, so if you haven’t yet had the pleasure please stop reading right away. I’m about to be that bastard.” – North Shore Movies, 08/22/2019

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WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

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“Director Richard Linklater’s adaptation of the 2012 bestseller is a confounding hodgepodge full of talented people and intriguing ideas that never mesh together in any way that makes much sense. This is the kind of movie that sends you out afterward wanting to read the book, if only to figure out what they were all trying to get at here.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/14/2019

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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

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“As teens we often construct our identities around shared pop culture interests, communicating through quotes and music mixes to let artists express that which we’re unable to say. For all its missteps, Blinded By The Light understands the sweet relief of hearing something and feeling less alone in the world, at least for the length of a record.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/13/2019

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THE NIGHTINGALE

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“Pitilessly violent even by the standards of Australian Westerns, which tend to be a bit rougher than the rest. Kent eschews expansive widescreen vistas, opting instead for a boxy, claustrophobic aspect ratio that keeps Clare’s ravaged visage front and center. The characters feel walled-in by these massive trees, the overgrown greens giving a whiff of rot.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/07/2019

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FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW

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“A mismatched buddy picture aspiring to the spirit of 1980s cable staples like Tango & Cash in which the leads spend as much time busting each other’s balls as breaking bad-guys’ heads. A little too PG-13 and way too overstuffed for its own good, but it’s more fun than the last two lackluster Furious films. You can do a lot worse at the movies in August.” – North Shore Movies, 08/03/2019

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HEAT AT THE COOLIDGE

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“Dudes love to talk about Heat. I often joke that the film has been watched on more black leather couches in man caves than any other movie except maybe The Godfather or Goodfellas. It’s an intricately plotted, 170-minute cat-and-mouse game with over seventy speaking roles and at least two of the decade’s defining action set-pieces.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/01/2019

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