ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD

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“Tarantino’s warmest film since Jackie Brown, and his funniest since Pulp Fiction. An elegiac buddy comedy taking place at the tail end of Hollywood’s Golden Age, it’s a dazzlingly extravagant childhood reminiscence akin to Roma or Fellini’s Amarcord, but suffused with a deep, middle-aged sadness as these characters stare down their impending obsolescence.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/25/2019

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THE LION KING

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“I could be heard loudly complaining in the lobby afterwards that you’ve got two beige cats fighting in front of an oatmeal rock with some brown grass on the ground. Every aesthetic choice here has been made to tone down the material, making it less vivid, less expressive, less animated. Eventually they’re gonna run out of stuff to remake, right?” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/18/2019

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THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH AT THE COOLIDGE

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“Time passes quickly and without warning in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Roeg and screenwriter Paul Mayersberg elide entire years sometimes during a single scene, with the supporting cast drifting into old age within the space of an edit. The movie is far more interested in conjuring moods of mystery and melancholy than explicating a prosaic plot.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/16/2019

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CRAWL

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“This trim tale of a daughter and her dad trapped inside their flooding Florida home during a Category 5 hurricane with a bunch of toothy, uninvited guests is exactly the sort of lean, no-frills thriller that feels like sweet relief during a bloated blockbuster summer. Crawl is the best movie of its kind since Blake Lively fought that shark.” – North Shore Movies, 07/13/2019

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MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE

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“Broomfield isn’t nearly so adept at hagiography, and Words Of Love really could’ve used a director less enamored of Leonard Cohen’s legend. But then that would deprive us of the pointless, often unintentionally hilarious asides during which the filmmaker presents flattering photos of his studly, twenty-year-old self in his subject’s bedroom.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/10/2019

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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

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“Whenever Far From Home chills out for long enough to be an easygoing teen comedy, you’re tantalizingly teased with how much fun these Marvel movies can be when they cool it on the overbearing mythology and apocalyptic showdowns. There’s an incredibly charming high school romance here, but it’s buried under Iron Man 4.” – North Shore Movies, 07/03/2019

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UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

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“It’s a millennial, movie-mad hall of mirrors that’s designed to drive you a little bit crazy. The sidewinding structure mimics similar L.A. sunshine noirs in the hazy, addled-detective tradition of Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, except that instead of a private dick Sam’s just kind of a regular one.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/03/2019

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