“The second hour keeps the camera locked firmly on Gere. We watch with morbid fascination as he talks up, down, around and in circles trying to stave off the inevitable. It’s a bravura turn made even more impressive when realizing his Woody Allen mannerisms should by all rights seem silly coming from such a handsome goy.” – North Shore Movies, 05/26/2017
ALIEN: COVENANT * * * *
Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz and Danny McBride. Screenplay by John Logan and Dante Harper. Directed by Ridley Scott.
“As sure-footed and satisfying an entertainment as I’ve seen so far this year, Lone Scherfig’s backstage screwball romance set during the London Blitz balances ensemble comedy and wartime tragedy with sturdy, old-fashioned aplomb. It’s the kind of movie you can point to when people say they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” – North Shore Movies, 05/18/2017
“It’s an almost agonizingly quiet movie, but all that quiet is full of contemplation. The Death Of Louis XIV allows viewers room to bring their own baggage, time and space to meditate on how mortality one day comes for us all. If you can get on this film’s admittedly peculiar wavelength it attains a hypnotic quality, eliciting genuine sorrow.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/18/2017
FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY * * *
Starring Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Hannah Simone and Melanie Lynskey. Written and directed by Jeff Grace.
“What David Lynch is not going to do is gum up the works with too much self-analysis, and he remains constitutionally opposed to interpreting his work for us. The documentary is the portrait of a content man, constantly at work on one project or another, interested mainly these days in artistic expression as its own reward.” – Boston Reel, 05/14/2017
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 * * 1 / 2
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Kurt Russell. Written and directed by James Gunn.