“Three Billboards is the most consistently surprising film I’ve seen this year not because of its plot twists, but because these characters are constantly revealing unexpected sides of themselves. It’s a movie full of furious folks acting out with moral certainty and righteous indignation, all of them only slowly learning just how little they know.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/17/2017
“These are productive conversations that feel depressingly necessary at a cultural moment when patriotism is once again being conflated with blind obeisance. The characters in Last Flag Flying love this country enough to question what they fought and bled for, demanding that we in the audience honor their sacrifice by doing the same.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/17/2017
“What’s shocking is just how lame and unfunny the movie is, a near-total misfire that keeps tripping over thinly veiled resentments. While it doesn’t exactly read as a full-on confession, the icky experience of watching I Love You, Daddy does feel a bit like one of those procedurals where the serial killer is deliberately leaving clues for the cops, trying to get caught.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/14/2017
“One of the most important parts of growing up is realizing what a pain in the ass you were as a kid. The prickly protagonist of Lady Bird doesn’t quite get there until the film’s final moments, but Greta Gerwig’s screamingly funny semi-autobiography looks back with clear-eyed compassion and great warmth. As soon as it was over, I wanted to watch it again.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/09/2017
“An oddball two-and-a-half hour provocation, the film begins ostensibly as a satire of Sweden’s modern art scene before expanding outward to reveal larger, wobblier aims. Östlund’s Force Majeure gleefully dismantled its protagonist’s unearned machismo, and The Square similarly takes a wrecking ball to our hero’s blithe delusions of noblesse oblige.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/02/2017
THOR: RAGNAROK * * 1 / 2
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett. Screenplay by Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost and Eric Pearson. Directed by Taika Waititi.
WONDERSTRUCK * *
Starring Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael and Michelle Williams. Screenplay by Brian Selznick. Directed by Todd Haynes.