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  • La Barracuda

    La Barracuda

    ★★

    La Barracuda is one of the promising, yet ultimately disappointing movies of IFFBoston. It cannot seem to decide what genre it belongs in. Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin’s film is partially country music tribute, partially family drama, and partially psycho-stalker thriller. In trying to encompass all of these elements, the film fails to cohere. This is disappointing because the premise is compelling and the style intriguingly macabre.

    Read my full review at The Independent.

  • For Ahkeem

    For Ahkeem

    ★★★★

    Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s documentary, For Ahkeem, is a commentary on race, class, and the inequities of the educational and criminal justice systems for people of color in the United States. The filmmakers are never hyperbolic or overly-sentimental. Instead, they offer a moving slice-of-life tale that chronicles one teenager’s struggle to complete high school, while raising a baby with her boyfriend in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Read my full review at The Independent.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    The Grand Budapest Hotel might be Wes Anderson's best film yet. Not only is it a shining example of his signature style, but it also happens to be an action-packed adventure that engages you from start to finish with its entertaining story-within-a-story premise. One part murder mystery and one part heist film, The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson's typical formula operating at peak efficiency. Its narrative is briskly paced, its dialogue is snappy, its characters are zany yet charming, its…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★★

    Holy shit! Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room is fucking intense. His terrifying film is a tight 90 minute tale about a punk band fighting white supremacists for survival.

    The movie starts appropriately slow and keeps you in a state of persistent emotional peril as you watch this band of underdogs played by Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner try to win a nearly impossible battle, where they’re outnumbered and outmatched. In the process, Saulnier builds to a…