THELMA

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“There are some moments of startling terror. The best jolts have an otherworldly, minimalist kick; a strand of hair suspended in a pane of glass, or again, those damn crows. But the greatest horror lies in the movie’s subtext: the internal prison of believing that your desires are destructive. It’s a movie about not being able to be who you are.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/17/2018

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PHANTOM THREAD

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“Panoramic vistas are fine for postcards, but I’m hard pressed to think of a landscape as fascinating as the faces of Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps. This is a fiendishly funny movie, one that’s extremely self-aware and follows its own internal logic to a conclusion that makes perfect sense while being entirely mad. I laughed myself sick.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/12/2018

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THE SHINING HAUNTS THE COOLIDGE

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“It is a film that feels tantalizingly incomplete, missing just a few crucial pieces that you feel certain you’re bound to catch the next time around. Every time I watch The Shining I’m pretty sure I’ve got it almost all figured out and then the whole thing just kinda gets away from me, like the way terrible nightmares dissolve in the morning light.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/11/2018

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THE POST

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“A brassy, swaggering Hollywood entertainment, Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a none-too-thinly veiled polemic insisting that a free and adversarial press is vital to the survival of our democracy, but in the guise of one of those zany newspaper comedies from the 1930s. It’s breathless, a little goofy and an altogether grand old time at the movies.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/04/2018

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THE FIVE BEST FILMS OF 2017

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“Mara and Affleck star as a couple torn asunder by his untimely death, with Affleck hanging around the house for an eternity afterward wearing a morgue sheet over his head like a Peanuts cartoon. Somehow this silly image grows to be quite plaintive and moving, with an element of deadpan Kabuki in the wry observations of a world that refuses to stop turning.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/22/2017

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

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“Playing a suave negotiator who speaks multiple languages, Wahlberg’s lunkhead line-readings elicited titters of laughter at the advance screening I attended. There are still a few days left before the movie opens, so maybe Ridley has time to replace him with Clive Owen, Michael Fassbender or anyone who actually might make sense in the role.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/22/2017

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