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“A kicky throwback to those mischievous, slightly sinister kids’ adventures Steven Spielberg proteges used to churn out on a fairly regular basis three decades ago.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

“Though it’s certain to please the little ones when they tire of trick-or-treating, this film doesn’t capture the full aura of its predecessor.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“If executed properly, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS could have possibly become a surprise hit.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS is exactly what it needs to be: charming and creepy.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest



“LIZZIE has got to be the most bloodless movie ever made about an ax murderer.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…LIZZIE postures with the stuffy importance of most historical biopics, and the clash between biography and thrills ends up feeling exploitative.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“LIZZIE feels like a peek behind the lace curtains of an abusive and ultimately murderous household. It offers a sympathetic view towards an axe-wielding killer, and does so with sensitivity and respect.” – Deidre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“…a film that moves at such a glacial pace that by the time we finally see the murders occur you’re unlikely to care who is responsible. ” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies



“Pitched somewhere between a tall tale and an expose, marinated in the whiskey and cocaine benders of outlaw country music’s juke joint fringe, it’s a richly ambivalent film about artistic expression as its own reward and the bad romance of our most destructive impulses.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery


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“…if your attitude is that life is meaningless and then you die, you may want to give this one a pass. Fogelman clearly believes life has meaning, even if we can’t always see it for ourselves.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies





“To summarize the plot of MANDY would probably take about two sentences and be entirely beside the point. This is an atmosphere picture steeped in dread, punctuated by heavy metal blasts of cathartic carnage.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“But that doesn’t really capture the fever dream that MANDY is, with visuals that suggest that the characters, the filmmakers, or perhaps the audience are having their perceptions altered by drugs.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies


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“THE PREDATOR should have been more fun than it actually ends up being.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“At least the movie’s ridiculous and incomprehensible leaps in action and logic keep things movie at a brisk clip. You won’t make much sense of this hash, but then again you won’t find yourself glancing at your watch.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston


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“All of the negatives prevent A SIMPLE FAVOR from being as great as I thought it could have been.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The stakes feel low, though they’re literally life and death. A SIMPLE FAVOR refuses to take itself seriously, and is an entertaining little film because of that.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Nobody’s taking this silly story very seriously, but Feig is too prudish and (let’s face it) incompetent to provide any compensating sensual pleasures, the way Brian De Palma or David Fincher have in the past with similarly chintzy material.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies


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“There are no traditional establishing shots in the picture, which simply drops us into scenes sometimes halfway through and trusts the audience will suss things out eventually.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery





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“THE NUN is a horror movie that I would watch again even though I can’t definitively recommend it to others.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The scariest thing about THE NUN is that its creative team actually considered this something worthwhile.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston




“Audiences of faith might embrace this film – briefly – but it’s hard to imagine anyone being satisfied with it for very long.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston






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“Burn everything down, or continue a patchwork progress? Kill a butcher for his crimes, or offer him the dignity of a trial? Build a wall against the past or a bridge to the future? These are the questions the film poses, and they’re worth the asking.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“It is in the scenes between Isaac and the protean Ben Kingsley, adding another memorable performance to his filmography as Eichmann, where the film’s dilemma plays out.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“For anyone who knows the real story of Eichmann’s capture and trial, OPERATION FINALE offers little to enhance those facts or turn them into a compelling narrative.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest



“[It] wastes a talented cast in a road movie tarted-up with some superficial science fiction trappings.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The high concept and visual effects add a bit of science fiction to KIN, but don’t let that fool you. This is a film about family and loyalty, and it tells that tale well.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest


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“Pretty much every MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM adaptation stumbles over the supernatural stuff, which is done no favors by the specificity of a movie camera and perhaps needs the abstraction of a stage.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery







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“…a romantic comedy that breathes new life into the genre…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“CRAZY RICH ASIANS is a wonderful escapist romantic comedy that somehow manages successfully to be both romantic and comedic. Even typical curmudgeons like me can enjoy being whisked away from everyday life into this fantasy land of wealth and affection.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Jon M. Chu’s CRAZY RICH ASIANS proves that Hollywood can still produce a glitzy romantic comedy no matter who’s starring in it or where it’s set.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian




“MILE 22 is one of the least engaging action movies I’ve ever seen in my entire life.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…a serviceable late summer action film, likely to be forgotten by Labor Day.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies



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“NEVER GOIN’ BACK is a gross-out comedy that pulls no punches, foul expulsions captured by the eye of a filmmaker who sees art in churning stomachs.” – Andy Crump, Polygon





“…it’s hard to escape the fact that Skate Kitchen drags for a good amount of its running time and fails to present any meaningful performances from its cast.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest




“…the relationship between the movie and its audience is marvelous and symbiotic. The film immerses viewers into this uncomplicated existence, to witness the pleasures of watching a boy and his dog.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest





“The stories are decadent, and Scotty himself is complex, but SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD would have been a much better documentary if it were willing to ask some tough questions.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest