EVERYBODY KNOWS

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“The movie was coolly received when it opened last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but I found a fascinating formal tension at play here. Looser and pulpier than Farhadi’s previous pictures, Everybody Knows is what happens when one of our stodgier dramatists teams up with two movie stars who always look like they just finished having sex.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/14/2019

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HIGH FLYING BIRD

HIGH FLYING BIRD

“This fleet-footed entertainment serves as sort of a stealth autobiography for Soderbergh. Ostensibly a movie about an NBA lockout, it’s really about a natural born hustler banging his head against the money men’s office windows, and how when something you love gets stuck in a stalemate, sometimes it’s necessary to knock all the pieces off the board.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/07/2019

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THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

“Jackson and his post-production wizards haven’t just meticulously restored the footage, they’ve colorized and converted it to 3D, reframing it for widescreen and adding a shattering soundtrack. The result collapses the gulf between past and present, bringing history to life in one of the most visceral experiences I’ve ever had in a movie theater.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/31/2019

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COLD WAR

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“A marvel of concision. Here’s a love story spanning almost two decades of seismic geopolitical shifts, but Pawlikowski renders it in clipped ellipses. A movie of furtive kisses and stolen glances, it’s all short, punchy scenes and sad songs with entire years left off-camera to our imaginations. The story skips like a stone across time, to devastating effect.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/18/2019

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HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

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“More concerned with sensorial experience than narrative threads, the film is a collection of jagged, fleeting moments and atmospheric longueurs adding up to something far greater than the sum of its parts. It’s the kind of movie you have to swim around in for a little while. Eventually, you’ll find yourself beginning to feel the muggy air of these summer evenings.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/17/2019

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REPLICAS

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“This is one strange shambles of a movie. The scale is all out of whack, nothing but drab industrial office spaces and a dingy basement. Even the supposedly futuristic scientific tools resemble crummy construction equipment, with Reeves doing his work in a flimsy helmet with a plastic face shield that makes him look like a guy who fixes telephone poles.” – North Shore Movies, 01/12/2019

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DESTROYER

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“The marketing campaign and awards play have centered on Kidman’s transformation, which is the kind of thing critics are supposed to call ‘brave.’ Honestly I found it all a bit silly and way overdone, wallowing in over-deliberate grotesquerie as some misguided mark of integrity. Come to think of it, that’s a pretty good description of the movie itself.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/11/2019

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