LES MISÉRABLES

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“It’s a bustling ecosystem of hustlers and hoods, all working at shared interests and cross purposes with the density — if not the detail — you’d find in a Richard Price novel or a David Simon television series. Ly isn’t afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve, with elements of Training Day and La Haine bumping up against memories of Clockers and The Wire.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/16/2020

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UNDERWATER

Kristen Stewart stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Underwater”.

“The secret weapon here of course is Stewart. Wearing a bleach-blonde buzz-cut and a bomber jacket over a sports bra, the former Twilight teen turned international art cinema icon shows no signs of slumming as she applies her trademark inverted-Brando millennial murmurings to the screenplay’s stock scenarios. I loved watching her in this.” – North Shore Movies, 01/10/2019

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1917

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“A visually monotonous experience. It’s cinema as a VR headset, where all the expressive qualities of the art — images staged to convey ideas and juxtaposed for thematic emphasis — have been replaced by a dull literal-mindedness, a quote-unquote immersive trip into unconvincing verisimilitude that makes a lousy substitute for drama.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/08/2020

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INVISIBLE LIFE

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“This is one swarthy, full-throated, four-hanky tear-jerker. Set in 1950s Rio de Janeiro, it’s a tale of two sisters torn asunder by the bullheaded men in their lives. It’s a bold, brassy film of hyper-saturated colors and oversized emotions, thrusting the camera so close to the characters’ faces you can count the beads of sweat on their brows.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/03/2020

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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“The elephant in the room here is that they accidentally made a real movie last time. So of course J.J. Abrams was brought back on board to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. Alas, we’re back to the monomyth and old, tiresome prophecies about chosen ones who will bring balance and everyone in this entire universe is fucking related.” – North Shore Movies, 12/20/2019

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BOMBSHELL

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“Much as you’d probably expect from a #MeToo movie made by men, Bombshell wants to take down the designated misogynist villain while paying no attention at all to the structures and paradigms that allowed him to flourish in the first place. Why on Earth would you make a film about Fox News and leave politics (mostly) out of it?” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/19/2019

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RICHARD JEWELL

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“Clint’s bozo antics at the RNC notwithstanding, his work has always had a hardcore libertarian bent, with Richard Jewell being the latest and perhaps bluntest articulation yet of his go-it-alone philosophy. The movie is mid-tier Eastwood, a classically crafted, crowd-pleasing character study that suffers from one dumb decision threatening to derail the whole thing.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/12/2019

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