OFFICIAL COMPETITION

“In a cleverly counterintuitive choice, the directors keep the camera locked down at a considerable distance from the performers. Any other movie would shove the zaniness in our faces with wacky music and close-ups, but these antics are wryly, amusingly entombed within a still screen full of dead air and empty space. Gargantuan egos have seldom seemed so small.” – North Shore Movies, 06/24/2022

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ELVIS

“It’s a movie about a myth, one in which Elvis represents a dream of liberation — musical, sexual, racial — and how that dream was corrupted and commodified by carny-barker capitalists sociopathically sucking every last dollar dry, leaving the singer a druggy, bloated parody of his former promise, catatonic in front of the television. It’s the story of America.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/23/2022

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HIT THE ROAD

“Abstracting the crimes and potential punishments shifts the threat from a national issue to something more existential, while Panahi’s emphasis on the quotidian, comedic hassles of a family vacation with which we can all identify makes these extraordinary circumstances universal. You realize this could happen to people like us because these people are us.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/22/2022

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THE OFFER

“A tawdry, ten-hour miniseries about the making of The Godfather that’s so hilariously full of shit I can’t take my eyes off it. Normally I like to say there should be no such things as guilty pleasures, and if any work of art brings you enjoyment in this cold, rotten world you’ve got no reason to be ashamed of that. But we’ll make an exception for The Offer.” – North Shore Movies, 06/16/2022

THE RACE TO ALASKA

“Refreshingly irreverent, boasting a more eccentric cast of characters than you’re used to seeing in nature adventure documentaries. That’s probably because you’ve got to be at least a little bit crazy to want to compete in the event in the first place. First prize is ten thousand dollars cash, nailed to a tree at the finish line. Second prize is a set of steak knives.” – North Shore Movies, 06/14/2022

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JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION

“Trevorrow’s inexplicably popular 2015 Jurassic World proceeded from the notion that jaded theme park audiences had grown bored with these majestic creatures, so it makes a sad sort of sense that the filmmakers would eventually as well. Jurassic World Dominion is a dinosaur movie with no particular interest in dinosaurs. The animals serve mainly as nuisances.” – North Shore Movies, 06/10/2022

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A SEXPLANATION

“An ebullient, well-meaning celebration of sex-positivity, if a little thin. Liu’s trying to counterbalance a culture dominated by Puritanical finger-wagging and slut-shaming, but his approach is also tediously one-note and tends to sap all the danger and mystery from human sexuality, defanging the desires that we often allow to run, and sometimes ruin, our lives.” – North Shore Movies, 06/06/2022

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BENEDICTION

“Director Terence Davies’ splendidly scripted, boldly stylized biopic of the early 20th-century war poet Siegfried Sassoon is a movie madly in love with words in all their pleasures and poisons. It’s about words as weapons, how they can prick and protect and give us places to hide. This is a fine film to watch but an even more enjoyable one to listen to.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/03/2022

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FIRE ISLAND

“It’s a kick to watch these characters sashay their way through Austen’s timeless tale with margaritas in hand, peppering the traditional rom-com trappings with some spectacularly naughty banter. Fire Island is proudly, indefatigably dirty in ways that movies about minorities are often too timid to be, weighed down by the burdens of representation and role models.” – North Shore Movies, 06/03/2022

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CRIMES OF THE FUTURE

“You’ll find bits and pieces of a lot of his previous films in this one, which feels like a cross between a greatest hits album and a grand summation of conversations Cronenberg has been having with audiences since the 1970s. It’s all played as a horny, poker-faced comedy of manners, trying to get you turned on and grossed out at the same time.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/01/2022

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