THE TEN BEST FILMS OF 2018

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“Schrader’s portrait of a small town priest’s spiritual and mental disintegration is the movie that best captured for me what it felt like to be alive in 2018. Hawke gives the performance of a lifetime as a decent man driven mad upon realizing the extent of his powerlessness in the face of climate change, Big Oil and the ever-silent Almighty. Say amen, somebody.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/20/2018

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THE TEN WORST FILMS OF 2018

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“The Battlefield: Earth of gangster epics proceeds from the indefensible notion that the Teflon Don got a bum rap, depicting this murderous dirtbag as an aspirational figure of endangered masculine values in a fallen world of pussies and finks. It’s an astoundingly stupid, boring and ugly-spirited picture, full of angry-old-man axe-grinding and clownish goombah posturing.” – North Shore Movies, 12/20/2018

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BOFCA AWARDS BALLOT 2018

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1. First Reformed   2. BlacKkKlansman   3. You Were Never Really Here   4. The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs   5. Cold War   6. I Am Not A Witch   7. Shoplifters   8. Can You Ever Forgive Me?   9. Mandy   10. Vox Lux

Honorable Mentions:  Annihilation,  Bisbee ’17,  Black Panther,  Blaze,  Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,  En El Séptimo Día,  Hale County This Morning, This Evening,  Happy As Lazzaro,  If Beale Street Could Talk,  Never Goin’ Back,  Nico, 1988,  The Old Man & The Gun,  Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,  A Star Is Born,  Zama – BOFCA, 12/14/2018

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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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BOFCA AWARDS BALLOT 2017

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1. A Ghost Story    2. Phantom Thread    3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri    4. Lady Bird   5. The Florida Project   6. First They Killed My Father   7. BPM (Beats Per Minute)   8. The Beguiled   9. Marjorie Prime   10. Lucky

Honorable Mentions:  After The Storm,  Alien: Covenant,  All These Sleepless Nights,  Colossal,  Columbus,  Get Out,  Good Time,  Jane,  Logan Lucky,  Long Strange Trip,  The Lure,  Nocturama,  On The Beach At Night Alone,  The Post,  Their Finest  –  BOFCA, 12/08/2017

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NASHVILLE SCENE FILM POLL 2016

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“I left a press screening of Hacksaw Ridge four times to complain about the masking. AMC’s reps told me they were ‘working on it and it will be fixed soon.’ They also told another one of my colleagues, ‘Sorry, it’s broken and can’t be fixed.’ This is just how things are now. Chains project movies improperly and straight-up lie to customers. Nobody gives a shit.” – Nashville Scene, 01/05/2017

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THE FIVE BEST FILMS OF 2016

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“The funniest movie ever made about grieving and the saddest movie ever made about the North Shore. Casey Affleck delivers a performance of such private, inarticulate heartbreak it rivals Heath Ledger’s iconic turn in Brokeback Mountain, throwing up emotional walls that keep getting knocked down by a world that stubbornly refuses to stop spinning.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/26/2016

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