THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER

“Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of 1990s nostalgia is the anodyne shit that’s being celebrated. I’m especially baffled by folks looking back fondly on Blockbuster Video, a vile, censorious institution that preyed upon local businesses and sucked all the funky individuality out of video store culture, leaving behind thousands of deserted blue-and-yellow storefronts.” – North Shore Movies, 03/24/2021

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ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE

“For better and worse, the kind of deeply personal, idiosyncratic expression that’s normally never allowed to escape from the superhero industrial complex. The gargantuan four-hour running time is absurd, yet also an essential part of Snyder’s enormously overblown, sacramental vision. It is grand. It is ridiculous. It is, by anybody’s definition of the word, cinema.” – North Shore Movies, 03/22/2021

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WOJNAROWICZ: F**K YOU F*GGOT F**KER

“A riveting recollection of an artistic eruption amid the crumbling ruins of New York City in the late 1970s. It’s about the birth of a confrontationally queer sensibility, the quiet tyranny of the donor class and the impossibility of separating politics from art, particularly during a pandemic that’s ravaging parts of the population deemed undesirable by people in power.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/19/2021

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KID 90

“A peek at ‘90s Hollywood kids partying and engaging in various image-incongruous activities that would no doubt horrify their parents and infuriate their agents. However obnoxiously edited, the film offers a touching glimpse of a cultural moment shortly before the paparazzi became fully weaponized and the Internet turned the whole world into a tabloid.” – North Shore Movies, 03/15/2021

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MY SALINGER YEAR

“This is an office entombed by tradition, on the precipice of a great change nobody can see coming. Indeed, what’s most affecting is the wistful evocation of an era in eclipse. The story’s sometimes stock situations take on a melancholy undertow because we know we’re watching a bunch of analog dinosaurs who are about to be wiped out by a digital comet.” – North Shore Movies, 03/09/2021

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COMING 2 AMERICA

“Seeing all these side characters awkwardly shoehorned in reminded me of how Joe Pesci kept showing up in the later Lethal Weapon sequels even though there was no reason for him to be around anymore after the second one. He was just there because it was another Lethal Weapon movie and they figured audiences expected to see him again.” – North Shore Movies, 03/04/2021

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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

“Daniels is less interested in historical particulars than he is fascinated by the woozy, downward spiral of Lady Day. Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody or other such scrubbed, sanitized star bios, this is a fearlessly squalid movie, awash in bloody needles, blackened veins and a smoky, scarily compelling backstage atmosphere of rough sex and casual abuse.” – North Shore Movies, 02/26/2021

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WILLY’S WONDERLAND

“It’s almost as if there are two movies going on here at the same time: a sparse, surrealist spatter film with our silent star fighting mechanical monsters, and a nigh-unwatchable horror comedy in which half a dozen or so obnoxious teens show up to interrupt him, dispensing bad banter and laborious backstory while we wait impatiently for them to die.” – North Shore Movies, 02/14/2021

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BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR

“Inventing its own comedic ecosystem as it goes along, Wiig and Mumolo’s bonkers follow-up to Bridesmaids proceeds as a cockamamie collection of non sequiturs including an orchestra of mice playing the movie’s musical score, a lounge pianist who sings only about ‘boobies’ and sage words of advice from a talking crab voiced by Morgan Freeman.” – North Shore Movies, 02/14/2021

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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

“Director Shaka King has fashioned this harrowing history lesson into a passionate, pulpy crime drama in the mold of The Departed and earlier Warner Bros. gangster pictures, but with a pointed political agenda. Though set in 1969, the film feels like very much a product of our recent, culture-wide reckoning with America’s racist power structures.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/11/2021

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