NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

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“Breathtaking in its stripped-down simplicity, the film is a small miracle of inferences and implicit understandings. Hittman’s subtractions become additions in the audience’s imagination. Ultimately it feels like a cousin to the Romanian New Wave masterpiece Four Months, Three Weeks And Two Days by way of Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy And Lucy.” – North Shore Movies, 04/03/2020

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IT STARTED AS A JOKE

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“What makes the movie so moving is that we watch the family learning how to live with the diagnosis, and perhaps more importantly, learning how to joke about it. There’s a raw power in this footage I’m not sure the filmmakers really have a handle on, as it hits upon that primal human need to turn grief into art, to salvage something positive out of all this sadness.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/02/2020

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THE JESUS ROLLS

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“Turturro sprints haphazardly through Blier’s loosey-goosey narrative, rushing down an obligatory checklist of Lebowski references early on as if getting them out of the way, before ditching the bowling alley altogether for a progression of atonal episodes (and usually group sex) with celebrity guest stars and famous friends of the filmmaker.” – North Shore Movies, 03/27/2020

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BACURAU

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”The rococo wonders of Bacurau, with its naked elderly folks wielding shotguns in the shower and a drone camera disguised as a 1950s sci-fi movie flying saucer, are in the service of an underlying optimism that frankly feels like a balm right now. We might all be off the map at the moment, but this movie reminds us that we’ve still got each other.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/25/2020

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SAINT FRANCES

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“O’Sullivan’s screenplay neatly sidesteps the cliches inherent in its narrative hook. But her most astute observation is that everybody’s faking it to some degree or another, and if we all could be more open about our shortcomings then, in Bridget’s words, ‘maybe women wouldn’t feel so f–kin’ lonely all the time.’ This is the kind of movie that makes you feel less lonely.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/25/2020

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BLOW THE MAN DOWN

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“Potboilers are my preferred comfort food, and this nifty Maine-set murder mystery hit the spot. It’s a New England spin on the Coen brothers’ Rube Goldberg crime contraptions with a welcome feminist bent, though Krudy and Cole are less enamored of the Fargo filmmakers’ cosmic absurdity and a bit more sympathetic to their characters’ predicaments.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/20/2020

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BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE

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“It took me a while to come around on Pete Davidson, but seeing Big Time Adolescence at Sundance last year really won me over. He’s got the zonked, wiseacre affectlessness of vintage Bill Murray but with a post-millennial fragility; cocky in a manner that comes off as deeply, touchingly insecure. He’s an underachiever for an anxious age.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/19/2020

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