FIRST MAN

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“Chazelle diminishes one of humanity’s most astonishing accomplishments into the semi-suicidal refuge of a broken man who refuses to grieve. This dour, unpleasant film wallows in a masochistic self-abnegation similar to the director’s 2014 music school psychodrama Whiplash, except banging on astrophysics instead of drums.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/12/2018

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A STAR IS BORN

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“Particularly now, when the world is too much with us, it can be enormously cathartic to just go into a dark room and sob for a little while. Cooper’s confidently melodramatic remake of A Star Is Born understands this better than most pictures. It’s a big, brashly old-fashioned pop entertainment. This is the kind of movie everybody says they don’t make anymore.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/04/2018

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I AM NOT A WITCH

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“A blisteringly comic critique of hysterical misogyny that plays like a slightly stoned version of The Crucible out in the wild. Rungano Nyoni’s swaggeringly assured debut walks the line between inspired lunacy and abject devastation. I Am Not A Witch is a blast of absurdist outrage that’s seriously funny until all of the sudden it’s not anymore.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/28/2018

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THE BOOKSHOP

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“The novel’s themes are bluntly articulated, yet also too abstractly rendered to play out in a satisfying cinematic context. Stripped of Fitzgerald’s prose, the events as depicted don’t pack much dramatic punch. This is no slight on the source material, just a reminder that not every novel needs to be a movie. In fact, most of them probably shouldn’t.” – North Shore Movies, 09/27/2018

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BLAZE

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“Pitched somewhere between a tall tale and an expose, marinated in the whiskey and cocaine benders of outlaw country music’s juke joint fringe, it’s a richly ambivalent film about artistic expression as its own reward and the bad romance of our most destructive impulses. If a movie could smell this one would reek of old cigarette butts and stale beer.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/21/2018

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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

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“A kicky throwback to those mischievous, slightly sinister kids’ adventures Steven Spielberg proteges used to churn out on a fairly regular basis three decades ago. There’s a modesty to the film that’s becoming, and a real nimbleness to the visual wit. Funny how it took Eli Roth, of all people, to make the best Robert Zemeckis movie in ages.” – North Shore Movies 09/20/2018

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LIZZIE

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“Lizzie has got to be the most bloodless movie ever made about an ax murderer. Smothered in hushed whispers and gloomy shadows, this umpteenth exploration of Fall River’s notorious hatchet job sucks all the salaciousness out of its sordid story, leaving a bone-dry husk of period prestige. It’s a one-note movie and that note is room tone.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/19/2018

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