FIRST LOVE

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“A diabolically funny romp that sends clichés careening into each other with a prankster’s perversity. Two innocent lovers flee from an ever-expanding gallery of peculiar criminals during an evening of slapstick misunderstandings that come to gruesomely amusing ends. The movie doesn’t have a thing on its mind besides mayhem and I enjoyed it enormously.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/02/2019

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RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL

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“A deliriously twitchy Laurence Fishburne goes way over the top. Cutting his cartel stash to side-hustle a toxic cocktail of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin, this perpetually gacked, hooker-happy horndog is always trying to stay one step ahead of his employers, the feds and his ex-wife’s child support lawyers. As long as the movie sticks with Fishburne it’s a blast.” – North Shore Movies, 09/26/2019

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MONOS

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Monos has a trippy, hypnotic energy that calls to mind such rumbles in the jungle as Apocalypse Now and Aguirre, The Wrath of God. It begins in a place of madness and only goes further out from there. Landes and his cinematographer Jasper Wolf have a knack for making even the simplest interactions look thrillingly, forbiddingly strange.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/25/2019

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RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

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“A reactionary crock even by the standards of this series, and the dullest of all the Rambo movies by several measures. What follows is a hard-R, even more racist re-write of Taken, chock full of trendy, Fox News fear-mongering about our neighbors to the South, complete with loving shots of border walls that land like elbows to the ribs.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/20/2019

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TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

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“The supernatural can also be a salve, making palatable that which would otherwise be unbearable to watch. Such is the case with Tigers Are Not Afraid, a bullet-strewn fairy tale about Mexican orphans of cartel violence. It’s a heightened, harrowing children’s adventure spiked with moments of pure terror, great sadness and pointed politics if you’re listening for them.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/18/2019

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ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

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“I didn’t think I needed to see another zombie movie ever again, but Ueda takes the genre’s oversaturation to giddy new levels of meta. It’s a movie about zombies attacking the set of a zombie movie, captured in a single unbroken shot by a daredevil cinematographer who at one point discreetly tries to wipe blood off the lens. Or at least it is until it isn’t.” – North Shore Movies, 09/12/2019

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THE B-FILM: LOW BUDGET HOLLYWOOD AT THE HFA

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“As time goes on it becomes ever more apparent that the unassuming pleasures of these pictures have aged remarkably well. Lacking lavish resources, the leanest and meanest of these little movies come from hunger, directed by filmmakers with something to prove and occasionally ingenious ways of working around budgetary and censorship restrictions.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/11/2019

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