THE TEN WORST FILMS OF 2019

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“The un-kitty valley CGI turning these performers into Island Of Dr. Moreau half-feline hybrids is deeply creepy, with their monkey tails and the not-to-scale sets making you wonder if anyone involved has ever seen a cat. This may sound like a kitsch classic, except remember the show is just the same scene over and over and feels like it’s never going to end.” – North Shore Movies, 12/31/2019

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THE TEN BEST FILMS OF 2019

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“It’s a movie about waking up one morning and realizing you’ve gotten old, that your career never really worked out and that the culture has passed you by. It’s also a movie about how much this director loves all sorts of things I likewise adore: drinking buddies, old Westerns, neon lights, movie theater marquees, bubblegum pop hits and pretty girls’ feet.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/23/2019

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INDIEWIRE CRITICS SURVEY / OFCS BALLOT 2019

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1. Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood  2. The Irishman  3. Ash Is Purest White  4. Little Women  5. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire  6. Parasite  7. Atlantics  8. High Life  9. Diane  10. Dolemite Is My Name

Honorable Mentions:  Amazing Grace,  Apollo 11,  Climax,  Dragged Across Concrete,  The Farewell,  Her Smell,  The Hottest August,  The Image Book,  The Lighthouse,  Monos,  Non-Fiction,  Pain And Glory,  Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese,  Tigers Are Not Afraid

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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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