“A documentary chronicle of the two nights in 1972 that the Queen of Soul spent recording her landmark live gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. It’s an astounding cinematic experience, elevational and ecstatic even to a wretch like me. This is a miracle of a movie, and it’s a miracle we got to see it at all.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/10/2019
“What’s most remarkable about Diane is the autumnal chill conjured by these cozy family dinners with increasing numbers of empty chairs at the table. After a conventionally paced first hour, the movie begins employing audacious temporal leaps much in the way that time seems to speed up as you get older, entire years flying by in what feels like a blink.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/04/2019
“So is Dumbo supposed to be Burton’s cautionary tale about throwing one’s lot in with such sinister corporations? A Disney blockbuster ending with celebratory shots of a theme park in flames would seem to be a statement of some sort, and if Tim Burton was still the filmmaker he was back in the 1990s I bet he probably could have pulled it off.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/01/2019
“The Beach Bum doesn’t have a story so much as a series of slight speed bumps that barely slow down our libertine hero’s full bongo McConaughey-isms. Whether you’ll find it all enormously entertaining or mindlessly monotonous depends on your tolerance for this sort of thing. I had a good time but will admit it makes for a long 95 minutes.” – North Shore Movies, 03/29/2019
“Writer-director Jia Zhangke’s expansive, melancholy gangster epic is deceptively direct in presentation, but a closer look reveals that even the simplest scenes contain multitudes. This massively entertaining melodrama is a deeply moving and fiercely ambivalent picture about old loyalties, new beginnings and the damnable passage of time.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/20/2019
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE * * * 1 / 2
Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson. Written and directed by S. Craig Zahler.
“A heaping plate of meat-and-potatoes comfort food, Triple Frontier is a throwback to the sort of solid, mid-budget action pictures studios used to crank out during the spring and fall off-seasons back before everything had to be a godforsaken franchise. Unpretentious, unassuming and a bit better than expected, it’s the kind of movie you talk about with your dad.” – North Shore Movies, 03/15/2019