ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE

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“In what’s bound to be an enormous headache for more serious-minded music historians, Scorsese has combined all sorts of amazing archival footage and half-kidding contemporary interviews with figures both real and fictitious to create a raucous, wildly entertaining collage that spends at least thirty percent of its screen time pulling your leg.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/11/2019

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THE FILMS OF JIM JARMUSCH AT THE BRATTLE

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“One marvels at the persistence of vision, our premier poet of inertia jumping between genres and continents while refining a distinctive style unmistakably his own. It’s a dryly literate, rockabilly beatnik sensibility slowed down to a quarter speed. Stumble upon one partway through and you can tell you’re watching a Jarmusch movie within 30 seconds.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/03/2019

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DEADWOOD: THE MOVIE

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“For fans, these 110 minutes will feel very much like a dream indeed, one full of fond, familiar faces in which old wrongs are righted, amends made and everyone takes a turn on the dance floor before getting a proper, sentimental sendoff. It will be your considerable happiness to see them again. But none of this comes easily. It’s still Deadwood, after all.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/30/2019

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PURPLE RAIN AT THE MFA

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“Dearly beloved, what else is there to say about this thing called Purple Rain? It’s a truly bizarre movie, at once both atrocious and awesome, featuring musical performances so sublime you instantly forgive that the rest is so ridiculous. The quality gulf between onstage exhilaration and backstage soap opera here is roughly the size of Mother Russia.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/28/2019

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REEL FILMS/FAKE BANDS: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS

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“The final product has a strangely schizophrenic quality. Broad pop culture parody alternates with scenes of surprising tenderness. There’s a drug overdose played for wacky laughs which then gets walloped with an emotional sucker-punch by Dern, who at only thirteen years old was already hard at work being the best thing about whatever movie she’s in.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/28/2019

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BEST. MOVIE. YEAR. EVER.

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“Working from interviews both contemporaneous and recent, Raftery rattles off the stories of how these distinctive visions found their way into multiplexes in a bunch of punchy, largely self-contained chapters that read like the surprisingly meaty behind-the-scenes coverage you used to find in Premiere Magazine or Entertainment Weekly back in the ‘90s.” – North Shore Movies, 05/23/2019

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BABYLON AT THE MFA

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“Director Franco Rosso’s rough-and-tumble portrait of immigrant life in the slums of Thatcher’s England is having its belated American theatrical release both 39 years late and depressingly right on time. The gasp-inducing final shot hangs in the air deliberately unresolved, like the racist hatred and police brutality that plague our communities still.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/20/2019

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