JOJO RABBIT

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“It’s all emblematic of the movie’s stunted worldview, snickering in-jokes, and deliberate distance from anything resembling reality. Waititi tells us that people are truly good at heart in a movie where Anne Frank lives at the end and dances to David Bowie. This is a deeply, distressingly insulated picture. It’s the Funko Pop Collector’s Edition of Shoah.” – North Shore Movies, 11/01/2019

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MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

Review: 'Making Waves' reveals the sound secrets behind 'Star Wars,' 'Apocalypse Now' and more classic films

“The 94-minute feature offers an entertaining overview of how technological advances in sound impacted movie history, from Al Jolson telling stunned 1927 audiences ‘You ain’t heard nothin’ yet,’ to the digital roars of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Credit Costin for covering an extremely complex subject without getting bogged down in the technical weeds.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/31/2019

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WESTERN STARS

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“Shot in collaboration with Springsteen’s longtime videographer Thom Zimny, it’s an excellent performance that doesn’t radically reinvent any of the orchestral arrangements from the album but rather draws us closer inside them, with the movie theater surround setup really bringing out those stabbing strings and distant, lonely horns.” – North Shore Movies, 10/31/2019

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DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

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“For those of us who grew up on Murphy’s comedy, it feels like a glorious homecoming. He hasn’t exactly made it easy to be a fan over the years, and few are less adept at disguising their contempt for weak material. What a thrill it is to watch him reconnect with his joy of performance, to once again bask in the glow of that naughty, contagious smile.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/24/2019

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

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“The scatological humor and old-timey camera trickery suggest an Adam Sandler comedy directed by Guy Maddin. All this rib-nudging phallic imagery and hopped-up masculine energy make The Lighthouse feel like the world’s most elaborate penis joke, cackling at the erect, elongated title structure and the seamen stuck inside, ready to blow.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/23/2019

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PARASITE

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“Bong’s films turn ideology into action. Think of the class warfare allegory in Snowpiercer as the disenfranchised in the back fought their way to the front of the train, or the giant reptile monster in The Host growing out of a U.S. Army base’s reckless pollution. His stories are his political stances, and every shot in Parasite is some sort of argument.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/18/2019

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QT8: QUENTIN TARANTINO, THE FIRST EIGHT

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“Wood’s collegial approach runs counter to the deliberately provocative content of the pictures being made, and to my mind gives the work short shrift. These are complex films worthy of further discussion than all this anecdotal back-patting. I mean jeez, it’s a two-hour documentary about Quentin Tarantino movies that never once mentions women’s feet.” – North Shore Movies, 10/18/2019

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