PAIN AND GLORY

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“The bad boy melodramatist from Madrid turned sixty last month, and this is the kind of picture an artist makes when they’re getting on in years and taking stock of things. It’s a gentle, episodic movie about mending fences and making peace, and how part of getting older is realizing there are some things you should apologize for and some you still shouldn’t.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/16/2019

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EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE

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“Enormous fun to watch even if it has no real reason to exist, El Camino is an agreeably stripped-down affair, more like an epilogue to the series than a standalone feature of its own. Written and directed by Gilligan, the movie conjures that familiar Breaking Bad mojo of characters constantly escaping out of a dangerous situation into an alternative that’s infinitely worse.” – North Shore Movies, 10/12/2019

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LUCY IN THE SKY

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“Attempting to inflate this tawdry true crime tale into some sort of metaphysical meditation, Hawley leaves out the diaper detail, which is a shame because the movie’s so full of shit it could’ve used one. It’s impossible not to wonder what the hell he was trying to get at here, overloading every scene with show-offy camera tricks and empty intonations.” – North Shore Movies, 10/10/2019

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THE LAUNDROMAT

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“An oddball, archly comic examination of the 2016 Panama Papers scandal, this is in many ways a typical Soderbergh picture, in that it’s a sardonically amusing tale of economic malfeasance fixated on process and procedure. But it’s also weirdly half-baked and under-realized, the most slapdash of the director’s efforts since his 2002 Full Frontal.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/10/2019

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JOKER

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“A monotonous slog that won’t stop patting itself on the back for being ‘edgy’ when really it’s just another dull corporate product gussied up with adult-ish affectations and dorm room philosophizing about ‘society, man.’ Joker carries on as if it’s imparting some sort of serious social commentary while being extremely careful not to actually say anything at all.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/03/2019

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FIRST LOVE

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“A diabolically funny romp that sends clichés careening into each other with a prankster’s perversity. Two innocent lovers flee from an ever-expanding gallery of peculiar criminals during an evening of slapstick misunderstandings that come to gruesomely amusing ends. The movie doesn’t have a thing on its mind besides mayhem and I enjoyed it enormously.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/02/2019

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RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL

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“A deliriously twitchy Laurence Fishburne goes way over the top. Cutting his cartel stash to side-hustle a toxic cocktail of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin, this perpetually gacked, hooker-happy horndog is always trying to stay one step ahead of his employers, the feds and his ex-wife’s child support lawyers. As long as the movie sticks with Fishburne it’s a blast.” – North Shore Movies, 09/26/2019

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