maxresdefault (8)DEADPOOL

“DEADPOOL is an inspired piece of cinema that hits on both humor and action in a way that many people would want it to.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Much of the success in bringing it off is due to Ryan Reynolds, whose film career often seen him trapped in roles that didn’t make good use of his talents…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Underneath the surface-level fourth wall-breaking conceit lies a self-satisfaction that consistently gets in the way of the film saying or doing anything ‘different.’” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review


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“…a bloated, convoluted, self-indulgent assault of tired, often deadly unfunny jokes and repetition…” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

“Depending on your threshold for inanity and slapstick you’ll either find this hilarious, or just mildly amusing.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

ZOOLANDER 2 is a movie that I don’t hate as much as I probably should since I did manage to laugh/smile a handful of times.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential


howtobesingleHOW TO BE SINGLE

“For young women setting out on a journey to “find themselves” (whatever that means) it is good to see a movie that gives them plenty of life stories to relate to, all with different but mostly happy endings.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential





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“It is goofy fun, and fans of the original will be impressed by just how much of Austen is preserved.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is such a gallimaufry of ideas and styles and classifications that the film stands no chance of converting skeptics into believers, particularly when those skeptics are either fluent in Romero, or Austen, or both.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES suffers from poor execution in just about every way.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“there’s no ‘joke’ to be told in the movie-proper that’s any funnier than the mere fact that it actually IS a movie and not a 2 ½ minute Lonely Island skit.” – Bob Chipman, The MovieBob


thumbnail_23310HAIL, CAESAR!

“…like watching Turner Classic Movies while under the influence. ” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“HAIL, CAESAR! is one of the most ambitious films [the Coen brothers] have attempted recently and they certainly pull it off, swimmingly.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“The movies don’t necessarily give us answers to our woes, but they always give us diversion, and that just might be answer enough.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

“…HAIL, CAESAR! is ultimately about the folly of searching for meaning in a cruel and indifferent universe.” – Sean Burns, The Artery

“…the Coens’ script allows the worst fears of the midcentury left and right to be literally realized.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston


Spoilerpiece Theatre goes over MOJAVE, FINEST HOURS and THE MARTIAN

Monica Castillo talks Sundance Diversity and looks at the best of the festival

Bob Chipman says Marvel studios should make a Western

Andrew Crump reviews BROOKLYN NINE NINE, the 24 most-anticipated shows of 2016 and THE CLUB

Charlie Nash gives his Best of Sundance

Sean Burns reviews MOJAVE

Joyce Kulhawik reviews AN OCTOROON



Bob Chipman, Megan Kearns, Evan Crean and Steve Head talk the Boston repertory screening scene for February 2016




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“Disney has made a family-friendly movie that treats its characters with respect, but anything in the script resembling grit or rough edges has been sanded away by the Disney Machine.” – David Riedel, Salt Lake City Weekly

“What a breather in a new year marked by murkier depths than ever before.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“…there’s something to be said for blockbusters that validate life instead of treating it as disposable.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

“It tells us more about heroism in real life than many a Hollywood fiction.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“… the whole thing may be a bit wobbly but it delivers on the promise of telling an untold story of stone-faced sailors overcoming insurmountable odds.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review


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“While none of it is going to change how we look at animated films, there’s some good stuff in KUNG-FU PANDA 3 that people will be able to find value in.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“You’ll see worse animated offerings this year, and you’ll definitely see better, but you may not see many that are quite so tragically lackadaisical. ” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast



Mojave Movie (4) MOJAVE

“…a halfhearted attempt at giving Hollywood’s studio system what it deserves.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“One ultimately wonders how much of the movie is Monahan indulging in a bit of sardonic self-flaggelation for all his success in an industry that he doesn’t seem to respect very much.” – Sean Burns, The Artery

“Luckily, MOJAVE has so many out-of-left-field tricks that you can’t help but admire its scattered approach.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review


The-Lady-In-The-Van-ReviewLADY IN THE VAN

“See it for Smith’s performance, stay for the genuine twists on a tired and old tale of friendship despite warring personalities.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review