MARY MAGDALENE

Mary Magdalene - 2018

Mary Magdalene tries to put a feminist bent on the Greatest Story Ever Told, but it’s a curiously enervated movie, sleepwalking through the Stations of the Cross with a let’s-get-this-over-with-already energy that reminded me of going to Mass on one of those hot, hungover Sunday mornings when not even the priest can feign interest in being there.” – North Shore Movies, 04/18/2019

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HIGH LIFE

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”This isn’t the slick, crowd-pleasing sci-fi of modern franchise films, but rather a throwback to knotty, 1970s head-scratchers like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth. It’s the kind of movie that’s definitively not for everybody but is downright thrilling if you’re into this kind of thing. I am very much into this kind of thing.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/12/2019

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AMAZING GRACE

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“A documentary chronicle of the two nights in 1972 that the Queen of Soul spent recording her landmark live gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. It’s an astounding cinematic experience, elevational and ecstatic even to a wretch like me. This is a miracle of a movie, and it’s a miracle we got to see it at all.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/10/2019

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DIANE

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“What’s most remarkable about Diane is the autumnal chill conjured by these cozy family dinners with increasing numbers of empty chairs at the table. After a conventionally paced first hour, the movie begins employing audacious temporal leaps much in the way that time seems to speed up as you get older, entire years flying by in what feels like a blink.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/04/2019

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DUMBO

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“So is Dumbo supposed to be Burton’s cautionary tale about throwing one’s lot in with such sinister corporations? A Disney blockbuster ending with celebratory shots of a theme park in flames would seem to be a statement of some sort, and if Tim Burton was still the filmmaker he was back in the 1990s I bet he probably could have pulled it off.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/01/2019

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THE BEACH BUM

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The Beach Bum doesn’t have a story so much as a series of slight speed bumps that barely slow down our libertine hero’s full bongo McConaughey-isms. Whether you’ll find it all enormously entertaining or mindlessly monotonous depends on your tolerance for this sort of thing. I had a good time but will admit it makes for a long 95 minutes.” – North Shore Movies, 03/29/2019

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ASH IS PUREST WHITE

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“Writer-director Jia Zhangke’s expansive, melancholy gangster epic is deceptively direct in presentation, but a closer look reveals that even the simplest scenes contain multitudes. This massively entertaining melodrama is a deeply moving and fiercely ambivalent picture about old loyalties, new beginnings and the damnable passage of time.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/20/2019

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