Triple-9-Movie-01TRIPLE 9

“TRIPLE 9 manages to be both something that’s decent and something that leaves you wishing there was a little bit more to it at the same time.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…a good, gritty B-movie with a solid A-list cast.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…t’s all perfectly executed excess, almost like a tribute to B-movies like DEATH WISH.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“…a delightful surprise for its economical craftsmanship and an almost complete lack of pretense.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality


1026308-new-gods-egypt-trailer-showcases-stunning-vfx-workGODS OF EGYPT

“…for all its clichés and obvious borrowings… somehow manages to be more fun that you might imagine.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies



only-yesterday-14628-largeONLY YESTERDAY

“Those not expecting to find something filled with magic should be pleasantly surprised at the depth and love that goes into ONLY YESTERDAY.” – Max Covill, Impassioned Cinema

“ONLY YESTERDAY is slow, but it is impeccably measured. Its two-hour running time doesn’t tick by as much as it stands majestically still.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Memories are key to Takahata’s narrative; there’s a sadness that informs many of Taeko’s childhood recollections, from her classmates’ mocking to the awkwardly believable way in which she deals with her first menstruation. ” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian





Tim Estiloz interviews Morgan Freeman

Andy Hoglung looks at Saturday Night Live Oscar connections and the pre-Super Bowl world of TV

Monica Castillo joins Flixwise to talk PIERROT LE FOU.

Kilian Melloy reviews a James Garner western double feature and Blu-rays for WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS and SPOTLIGHT

Joyce Kulhawik looks at Sexy Silents

Kristofer Jenson interviews the director and star of THE WITCH

Sean Burns talks Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar nomination

Andrew Crump interviews the director and star of THE WITCH and talks the reality behind the film, looks back at BOTTLE ROCKET




“[Stephan] James is perfectly cast as Owens, combining his movie star good looks with a steely edge that gives the character believable backbone.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Although the story of Jesse Owens means a lot in terms of historical importance, RACE isn’t the movie that showcases its truly epic stature.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The myth of the Olympics is that it’s not about politics, but that’s nonsense. RACE gives us the story of an athlete who, simply by doing his best, made a powerful political statement that still resonates today.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“RACE has Important stamped all over it, starting with the ham-handed double meaning of its title, but its own feeling of importance cannot overcome the ponderous way the story clumps along, nor the undisciplined sprawl of its narrative.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston


thewitch3THE WITCH

“Lots of horror films try to jolt you for micro moments at a time. THE WITCH coils itself around your soul, through craft, through performance, through authenticity of era as well as feeling, and through narrative candor.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

“The film comes on the wave of enthusiastic reviews from last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and that should be the giveaway. What plays well at this showcase for arty films doesn’t always work elsewhere.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“I found it difficult to identify that many things in THE WITCH that I liked. While I didn’t hate the movie, it certainly doesn’t give me anything to love or even appreciate.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The portrait-esque snapshot of a time without rational hope is as endearing as it is bone-shaking.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“There’s something here, for sure, but I’m not quite sure it all comes to fruition by the end of the story’s 92 minutes. ” – Greg Vellante, Sound & Picture



“A half- baked Biblical epic.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…it’s more the pity that RISEN takes some decidedly lazy shortcuts, and can’t help throwing in some dubious — or downright incorrect — elements.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston


the-club_2THE CLUB

“THE CLUB’s unobtrusive style works well even though it’s handling the kinds of controversial topics that usually lend themselves to being too dramatic and emotional in real life.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…as a muted alternative to Hollywood’s attempt at examining the same atrocity, the film is refreshing for its grand uncertainties.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine


73a44045c897a28aece5878e5181d3a023661d37TOUCHED WITH FIRE

“…there’s an intensity — of joy, of sadness, of hope, or of despair — that fits the characters’ own extremes of mood.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston







Deirdre Crimmins looks at THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Dan Kimmel debuts a new short story.

Andrew Crump talks Meryl Streep, DEADPOOL marketing, Catholic-controversy movies, reviews BROOKLYN NINE-NINE,

Norm Schrager gives an “Oscar Check” to THE REVENANT

Joyce Kulhawik looks at RENT, THE CONVERT & MILK LIKE SUGAR

Sam Cohen reviews SOUTHBOUND


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


maxresdefault (9)ZOOLANDER 2

“…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