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  • The Wild Bunch
  • La Dolce Vita
  • GoodFellas
  • Annie Hall

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  • Mr. Majestyk

    ★★★

  • The Wild Bunch

    ★★★★

  • There Are No Saints

  • George Carlin's American Dream

    ★★★

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  • Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue

    ★★★★

    “A masterpiece of alienation returns in all its ragged, unseemly glory. The movie means to be Hopper’s reckoning with the legacy his generation has left for their children, and as far as metaphors go, the original Easy Rider wiping out a bus full of kids while he was wasted isn’t exactly a subtle one. But then, we never admired Dennis Hopper for his understatement.” - WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/11/2022

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    “You’re not going to find a film more aptly titled than Everything Everywhere All at Once. This madcap, maximalist opus from writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert is an exhilarating, exhausting experience. Frantic, philosophical and seriously silly, it’s entirely too much of a movie about how the world can feel like entirely too much. Especially these days.” - WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/31/2022

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  • Montana Story

    Montana Story

    ★★

    “Pained monologues are delivered, pondering the ruins of the white man’s settler colonialism while the minority characters nonetheless remain on the margins, speaking like sentient fortune cookies. It’s all very staid and reverential and rather annoyingly enamored of its own importance. But I’ll tell you, that Haley Lu Richardson sure can pluck a chicken.” - North Shore Movies, 05/19/2022

  • Emergency

    Emergency

    ★★★

    “Dávila’s script won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, I’m guessing on the strength of this premise. Their journey across campus is like a frat comedy remake of The Wages Of Fear, except instead of transporting nitroglycerin through the jungle they’re carrying a passed-out white girl across an ocean of privilege, which might be even more dangerous.” - WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/19/2022

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★

    “Not unpleasant, which is a problem. I’ve never seen a movie full of real people that feels so phony. Nobody ever gets angry. They don’t say swears, get drunk, bear any resentments or do anything at all that might disrupt this soothing appeal to socially conscious Whole Foods shoppers who will undoubtedly feel good about themselves rooting for a Disney movie about homelessness to win the Oscar.” - Spliced Personality, 09/25/2020

  • X

    X

    ★★★½

    “A much better Texas Chainsaw Massacre tribute than that wretched thing on Netflix last month and way smarter about slasher movies than the recent Scream sequel, writer-director Ti West’s X is a deliciously grisly entertainment existing on a level of craft well above most multiplex offerings, genre or otherwise. It is blessedly content to be a blast." - North Shore Movies, 03/18/2022