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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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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BETWEEN THE LINES AT THE BRATTLE

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“The movie’s best joke is that there’s not much idealism left here to be corrupted, with everyone seeming to agree that the paper’s glory days are long in the rearview. This deceptively breezy film is really a sneaky generational portrait of young radicals running out of steam in their thirties. It has a wistful, end-of-an-era vibe that time has only sweetened.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/15/2019

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT REVISITED

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“I often wonder how the picture would have played had it been released just one year later, after the 2016 election revealed what the extent to which these hatreds and divisions still smolder in our midst. Seen post-Charlottesville it’s alarming just how prescient this movie’s view of the past was regarding what our future was about to hold.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/25/2019

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