LA DOLCE VITA AT THE BRATTLE

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“Fellini’s revelers on the Via Veneto could quite easily be updated as Instagram influencers, rolling on molly instead of red wine while taking selfies in the Trevi Fountain. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine Marcello as a TMZ blogger puttering around the fringes of the Fyre Festival, except rather than chain-smoking he’d probably vape. Some emptiness is eternal.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/29/2019

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THIS IS NOT BERLIN

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“Sama shoots this all as a swirl of sensation, with lots of dreamy, sexed-up montages and druggy interludes. The chronology isn’t always entirely clear but what comes through is an intensity of feeling. It’s about the thrill of discovering a sophisticated and dangerous, excitingly new adult world opening up in front of you for the first time.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/28/2019

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APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT

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“Francis Ford Coppola’s continued attempts to revise and undermine his initial, towering achievement remind me of the speech in Six Degrees Of Separation when the second grade art teacher explains that her students all seem like geniuses because she knows when to take the paints away from them. The first cut was the deepest.” – North Shore Movies, 08/25/2019

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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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