SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN THE MOVIES

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“Wolf’s interviews with actresses are so good you wind up wishing he’d narrowed the focus of the overcrowded film entirely onto them. From Mamie Van Doren to Shannon Elizabeth, he’s got generations of ingenues telling tales of exploitation and empowerment, and for every rightfully embittered Linda Blair there’s a proud Pam Grier.” – North Shore Movies, 08/18/2020

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THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY

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The Burnt Orange Heresy is being re-released exclusively to cinemas during a global pandemic. So in other words, if you want to see this movie you’d better be cool with killing your grandma for the privilege. The film really is a smashing entertainment but I wonder, would I be so quick to recall my favorite moments while intubated? ” – North Shore Movies, 08/07/2020

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SHE DIES TOMORROW

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“It’s movie for our peculiar, frightening moment because it’s about how quickly our concept of normalcy can be ripped away, and what happens when the thoughts that usually only come out late at night start taking over during the day. Yet there’s also warmth that comes from sharing all these things that scare us so. This strange film is strangely comforting.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/06/2020

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YOU NEVER HAD IT: AN EVENING WITH BUKOWSKI

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“Then sixty years old and still in fighting form, his persona honed by European superstardom and all those frambunctious live readings, Bukowski lays it on deliciously thick for Bizio. Their boozy, flirty banter is hardly comprehensive and might mystify the uninitiated, but those who grew up on his slurred words will find much to treasure here.” – North Shore Movies, 08/06/2020

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CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE

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“The conventionality of Crawford’s film starts to make more sense when you realize he’s covering Creem as if it were a great rock ‘n’ roll band, elevating these madmen scribblers to the same heights as the stars they chronicled and reveling in the debauched office shenanigans the way traditional music documentaries dish backstage gossip.” – North Shore Movies, 08/03/2020

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INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO

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“After a harrowing first hour, the rest of the documentary is almost relentlessly upbeat. I was especially taken with tales of Robert De Niro’s generous treatment of his Heat and Machete co-star. He’s said to have told Trejo, ‘Take whatever roles they offer you, because these people have short memories,’ which explains a lot about both of their careers, I guess.” – North Shore Movies, 07/31/2020

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YES, GOD, YES

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“This very funny, semi-autobiographical debut feature from writer-director Karen Maine is about an uptight Catholic schoolgirl trying to make sense of her new downstairs yearnings. There are a lot of bawdy coming-of-age movies but you won’t find many this gentle and sweet. It’s the warmest, fuzziest film I’ve ever seen about masturbating to internet porn.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/23/2020

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THE RENTAL

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Philandering houseguests discovering cameras in their showerheads is actually a pretty good hook for a sicko comedy––one dreams of what Brian De Palma might have done with it––but Franco’s directorial debut is swallowed up in the gloom of Christian Sprenger’s underexposed cinematography. Some movies are hard to watch, this one’s hard to see.” – North Shore Movies, 07/23/2020

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MONEY PLANE

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“Initially I was worried that with such a thrillingly dunderheaded title Money Plane would be another winking exercise in fatuousness, a movie made to be meme’d. So I was flooded with relief during the film’s opening moments to find this is no smarmy, meta-exercise in self-mockery, but rather a feat of genuine incompetence. It comes by its crappiness honestly.” – North Shore Movies, 07/22/2020

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THE PAINTED BIRD

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The Painted Bird is about how war dehumanizes and destroys everything it touches. It crushes spirits and forces people to become their worst possible selves. As a culture we cling to the myth that suffering somehow ennobles people and turns them into better human beings, when mostly it just makes them mean. Some stories are supposed to hurt.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/16/2020

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