PEOPLE ONLY DIE OF LOVE IN MOVIES: FILM WRITING BY JIM RIDLEY

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“Reading Ridley’s reviews feels like having a jocular chat with a pal that takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Jim’s excitement was infectious, a conversational tone deftly camouflaging the intellectual rigor beneath his arguments. His emotionally candid insights make Kael’s case for criticism as autobiography in vibrant, often uproarious prose.” – RogerEbert.com, 06/22/2018

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

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“More like one of those off-brand, cheapo sequels from the 1980s than a modern franchise behemoth, the movie feels Frankensteined together from three or four different story ideas that all kind of cancel each other out. You never know what’s going to happen next because the characters’ motivations keep changing from scene to scene.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/22/2018

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STREETS OF FIRE AT THE SOMERVILLE

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“An extravagantly stylized pulp burlesque that is at once an objectively lousy picture and just about the coolest damn thing I’ve ever seen. The pompadours are the size of skyscrapers and every street is lined with neon signs reflecting in the gutters. It’s the kind of movie where two guys have a sword fight with sledgehammers, because it looks awesome.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/20/2018

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

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“At our particular moment in history we’re simply not prepared to receive such straightforward sincerity, devoid of any self-protecting irony. The forthright decency of Mister Rogers feels as if it has been beamed in not from our recent past, but from a distant planet altogether. If you cry during this film it’s because you’re realizing how much has been lost.” – North Shore Movies, 06/15/2018

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OCEAN’S 8

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“Fitfully funny and almost instantly forgettable, director Gary Ross’ distaff caper comedy contains just enough inspired moments to make you wish there were more. It will probably find its true calling in a year or two as one of those pleasant, Sunday afternoon diversions you leave playing on cable TV in the background while you’re doing something else.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/07/2018

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HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

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”A big, boisterous jumble of mixed metaphors and dizzy positivity. Expanded from a svelte Neil Gaiman short story, How To Talk To Girls At Parties crams in so many bonkers ideas and kooky, left field curlicues it feels like there are at least three or four different movies going on during any given scene. A couple of them are even pretty good.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/01/2018

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FIRST REFORMED

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“A diamond-hard distillation of the themes and preoccupations Schrader has been wrestling with throughout his career, it updates and revises his legendary Taxi Driver screenplay for an era of commodified religion and environmental ruin. First Reformed is a major work by a cinema giant, urgently reckoning with issues both current and eternal.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/24/2018

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