AFTER THE STORM

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“This insistently compassionate filmmaker has spent the past twenty-odd years crafting the kind of modest, humane dramas that even indies have all but abandoned. Kore-eda films aren’t sexy or controversial, but in their small, observational ways offer unexpectedly complete emotional journeys. When they’re over, you feel like you’ve been somewhere.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/05/2017

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THE ASSIGNMENT

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THE ASSIGNMENT  * * 1 / 2

Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Caitlin Gerard, Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub. Screenplay by Denis Hamill and Walter Hill. Directed by Walter Hill.

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BOFCA REPERTORY PODCAST: APRIL 2017

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Talking with fellow Boston Online Film Critics Association members Bob Chipman, Greg Vellante, Evan Crean and Charlie Nash about this month’s repertory offerings. Topics include double-shots from Cronenberg and Lynch at the Coolidge, the Arrival-esque shittiness of Robert Zemeckis’ Contact and going to the movies when you “got tired”  beforehand. – BOFCA, 04/01/2017

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GHOST IN THE SHELL

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“The searching, philosophical qualities of the original have been tossed aside in favor of bold-stroke, blockbuster battles between good and evil, less concerned with what it means to be human than with showing Friday night audiences a grand old time. As far as dumb action movies go this is a great-looking one, but it should have been so much more.” – North Shore Movies, 03/31/2017

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IT’S KIND OF A STURBRIDGE VILLAGE THING: ACCOMPANIST JEFF RAPSIS

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“Remember, these films were made when the only place to see them was in a theater, usually with a lot of other people. To really understand why people first fell in love with the movies, you need to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and recreate the whole experience: the big screen, the live music, and, most importantly, the shared experience of the audience.” – Metro, 03/31/2017

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