IFFBOSTON 2017 WRAP-UP REVIEWS

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“What makes Davyeon feel so different is that writer-director Amman Abbasi transplants hood movie tropes to the Deep South, infusing the bucolic settings with some of the same junkyard lyricism we saw in executive producer David Gordon Green’s George Washington. The movie doesn’t end where you want it to, but it ends when it should.” – Boston Reel, 05/04/2017

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IFFBOSTON 2017 JURY AWARDS SPOTLIGHT

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“In a film where everything becomes a measuring contest, even the boys’ vape clouds are dicks. Hittman’s superlatively subjective camera sexualizes all in its path, damp with the New York City summer’s cruel humidity and a hazy, exhausted torpor. Beach Rats is the most evocative movie I’ve seen so far at the festival. It’s also the saddest.” – Boston Reel, 05/02/2017

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SMALL CRIMES

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“A solid, well-crafted little genre picture, which I assure you in this day and age is nothing to sneeze at. It’s the perfect kind of movie to premiere on Netflix, not quite distinguished enough to warrant a trip to the multiplex but ideal couch company on a rainy afternoon. Such modest virtues should not be underestimated.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/01/2017

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THE CIRCLE

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“There’s nothing in Ponsoldt’s stylistic arsenal to suit the surreal requirements of Eggers’ story, which is sort of a panicky, luddite Invasion Of The Facebook Friend Snatchers. The plotting takes bizarre detours almost into the realm of science-fiction, and yet it’s all shot with the ploddingly earnest, granola aesthetic of a Sundance also-ran about a family farm.” – North Shore Movies, 04/29/2017

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IFFBOSTON 2017 WEEKEND RECCOMENDATIONS

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“The bizarre, improbably moving Sylvio has moments of beauty that border on the sublime. There’s a yearning to the hairy guy’s amazingly uneventful puppet shows, a dream of sophistication that transcends his animal brutishness. The movie’s also funny as hell because, again, it’s about a gorilla wearing sunglasses and people clothes.” – Boston Reel, 04/28/2017

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IFFBOSTON 2017 PREVIEW

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“The fifteenth annual Independent Film Festival Boston begins on Wednesday night, kicking off Holy Week for the city’s cinephiles. Unspooling at the Somerville, Brattle and Coolidge Corner Theatres, the non-profit IFFBoston and its all-volunteer staff showcase independent films at independent venues, far from the madding multiplexes.” – Metro, 04/26/2017

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