DA 5 BLOODS

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“Lee and Willmott are both full-time cinema studies professors, and Da 5 Bloods is as much a movie about war as it is about war movies. Like their previous collaborations BlacKkKlansman and Chi-Raq, the film is constantly in the process of deconstructing its own iconography, capitalizing on our familiarity with the genre to both playful and provocative ends.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/11/2020

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YOU DON’T NOMI

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“Director Jeffrey McHale avoids talking head interviews, relying entirely on archival footage, voice-over narration and artfully manipulated clips from not just Showgirls but the entire Paul Verhoeven canon, picking out patterns and precedents. It might sound like a joke, but this is really a rather thoughtful and enlightening work of film criticism.” – North Shore Movies, 06/11/2020

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TKE KING OF STATEN ISLAND

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“By my watch it’s a full 93 minutes before Scott finally starts hanging out at the firehouse with some of his dad’s old buddies. No points for guessing that our screwed-up kid learns a few important lessons about pride, manhood, and responsibility through his ball-busting banter with FDNY’s finest, which is all pretty cornball and retrograde, but at least it’s a direction.” – North Shore Movies, 06/08/2020

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SHIRLEY

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“As in her 2018 triumph Madeline’s Madeline, Decker takes a destabilizing approach to scenes, eschewing establishing shots and shoving the camera too close to the characters at odd, disjunctive angles. Shirley is only her fourth feature but Decker’s already developed an instantly recognizable visual style that feels like it’s made entirely of elbows.” – North Shore Movies, 06/05/2020

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TOMMASO

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“An almost invasively autobiographical reckoning, the largely improvised film was shot in Ferrara’s own apartment, with his wife Cristina Chiriac playing Dafoe’s spouse and their three-year-old daughter as the young Deedee. So if the movie sometimes feels like you’re eavesdropping on somebody’s most intimate arguments, that’s because you might be.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/04/2020

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THE TRIP TO GREECE

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“I thought I’d run out of patience with the international improv shenanigans of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. And yet somehow The Trip To Greece sat better with me than their previous couple of pictures, which I guess is either a testament to me being worn down by repetition or just the strange circumstances under which the film has been released.” – North Shore Movies, 05/29/2020

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THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

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“Ultimately it’s about how art can change people’s lives for better and worse, altering our perspectives of ourselves and the world around us. But it’s also about how such work isn’t created in a vacuum. The film’s note-perfect final shot illuminates the symbiotic relationship between the artist and the admirers, the seers and the seen, the painters and the thieves.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/21/2020

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CAPONE

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“I developed a weird, contrarian’s affection for the ugliness of this movie. Hardy could so easily be a heartthrob but instead he’s a Mickey Rourke waiting to happen, and in Capone he’s finally found a role that allows him to bleat incoherently like an addled Popeye the Sailor Man while noisily shitting his pants onscreen not once, but twice.” – North Shore Movies, 05/15/2020

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FOURTEEN

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“But life doesn’t really work that way, and most friendships don’t end so much as they just fade away. As you get older people disappear from your life so gradually sometimes you don’t even notice until they’re gone, and writer-director Dan Sallitt’s Fourteen is a movie about a close friendship’s slow dissolve over years that seem to pass in a blink.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/14/2020

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DRIVEWAYS

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“This is a film about how a tiny gesture can make a huge difference to people during a difficult time, and how the most minuscule things sometimes mean the world. Delicately directed by the young filmmaker Andrew Ahn, it’s a movie about neighbors that’s also about what it means to be a neighbor. And it somehow does all of this without ever raising its voice.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/07/2020

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