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  • The Wild Bunch
  • La Dolce Vita
  • GoodFellas
  • Blue Velvet

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  • The Hustler

    ★★★★

  • The Whale

    ★½

  • The Eternal Daughter

    ★★★½

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

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  • A Couple

    A Couple

    ★★★½

    “On the surface this might seem an inversion of the filmmaker’s entire modus operandi, the bustling casts of coolly observed ordinary people replaced by a single performer reading scripted lines, alone in a garden with a running time a fraction of his usual three or four hours. And yet A Couple is still spiritually a Frederick Wiseman film through and through.” - WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 12/01/2022

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★½

    “I’ve seldom seen a film that has so little faith in its audience. It gently spits the pre-chewed meanings of scenes into the viewers' mouths like we’re little baby birds at feeding time. The Fabelmans is the kind of movie that a lot of critics are going to love because it’s done all the interpretation for you in advance. Attendance is barely mandatory, our attention optional.” - North Shore Movies, 11/23/2022

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  • History Is Made at Night

    History Is Made at Night

    ★★★★

    “There’s a kamikaze quality to History Is Made At Night, a breathless, anything-can-happen flood of events that mirrors the headlong feeling of falling in love for the first time. The preposterous plot follows an unassailable emotional logic, so what sounds insane in synopsis seems perfectly reasonable onscreen, like a love story that starts with a phony kidnapping.” - Crooked Marquee, 12/02/2022

  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★½

    “It's an insanely uneven picture, conjuring a genuinely disturbing menace when not wallowing in sappy, po-faced YA tropes. Only Guadagnino would think that shooting Stephenie Meyer’s Trouble Every Day was a bright idea, and yet the movie’s gross-out romantic climax boasts such a birdbrained commitment to the bit that I begrudgingly surrendered.” - North Shore Movies, 11/23/2022

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★

    “I don’t begrudge anyone for not wanting to sit through a movie this miserable and intentionally upsetting, but the trigger warning is right there in the NC-17 rating and there’s no shame in not being tall enough for the ride. There should be a place for films like Blonde to explore unpleasant images and ideas for an adult audience, preferably one that knows how to behave in public.” - WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 09/27/2022

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★

    “The rest of the film is given over to an unimaginative quest for revenge and advertisements for upcoming Disney content, eventually coming back around to familiar Marvel dogma that the most powerful weapons in the world are best left unchecked in the hands of royal families and benevolent billionaires, who will always have our best interests in mind.” - WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 11/08/2022