WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

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“Director Richard Linklater’s adaptation of the 2012 bestseller is a confounding hodgepodge full of talented people and intriguing ideas that never mesh together in any way that makes much sense. This is the kind of movie that sends you out afterward wanting to read the book, if only to figure out what they were all trying to get at here.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/14/2019

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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

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“As teens we often construct our identities around shared pop culture interests, communicating through quotes and music mixes to let artists express that which we’re unable to say. For all its missteps, Blinded By The Light understands the sweet relief of hearing something and feeling less alone in the world, at least for the length of a record.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/13/2019

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THE NIGHTINGALE

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“Pitilessly violent even by the standards of Australian Westerns, which tend to be a bit rougher than the rest. Kent eschews expansive widescreen vistas, opting instead for a boxy, claustrophobic aspect ratio that keeps Clare’s ravaged visage front and center. The characters feel walled-in by these massive trees, the overgrown greens giving a whiff of rot.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/07/2019

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FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW

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“A mismatched buddy picture aspiring to the spirit of 1980s cable staples like Tango & Cash in which the leads spend as much time busting each other’s balls as breaking bad-guys’ heads. A little too PG-13 and way too overstuffed for its own good, but it’s more fun than the last two lackluster Furious films. You can do a lot worse at the movies in August.” – North Shore Movies, 08/03/2019

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ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD

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“Tarantino’s warmest film since Jackie Brown, and his funniest since Pulp Fiction. An elegiac buddy comedy taking place at the tail end of Hollywood’s Golden Age, it’s a dazzlingly extravagant childhood reminiscence akin to Roma or Fellini’s Amarcord, but suffused with a deep, middle-aged sadness as these characters stare down their impending obsolescence.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/25/2019

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THE LION KING

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“I could be heard loudly complaining in the lobby afterwards that you’ve got two beige cats fighting in front of an oatmeal rock with some brown grass on the ground. Every aesthetic choice here has been made to tone down the material, making it less vivid, less expressive, less animated. Eventually they’re gonna run out of stuff to remake, right?” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/18/2019

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CRAWL

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“This trim tale of a daughter and her dad trapped inside their flooding Florida home during a Category 5 hurricane with a bunch of toothy, uninvited guests is exactly the sort of lean, no-frills thriller that feels like sweet relief during a bloated blockbuster summer. Crawl is the best movie of its kind since Blake Lively fought that shark.” – North Shore Movies, 07/13/2019

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