Rise-of-skywalker-headerSTAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

“STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER isn’t anything special, but it fits in with most of the other STAR WARS movies.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Of course fans will want to see it, whether to embrace it or criticize it, but it’s not likely to lead to demands to continue the story of the surviving characters.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This is a film erected on a preexisting structure with no structure of its own.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine



“… the movie reduces Ailes to the status of a cartoon villain, though some outstanding performances overcome a script that misses the mark.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“[Jay] Roach’s commodification of this horror show is in the worst taste.” – Andy Crump,



“CATS may not be the worst film of 2019, but it’s going to earn a spot on many 10 worst lists, and deservedly so.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies





spider-man-_far_from_home-publicity_still_10-h_2019SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

“In spite of me not liking the direction they take as much as I wanted to, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM  HOME is a movie that I liked overall.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“There’s an incredibly charming high school romance in FAR FROM HOME, but it’s buried under IRON MAN 4.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

“…may not be the best movie to ever come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it would be hard to find a more necessary one.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine



“With MIDSOMMAR, A24’s struggles with horror movies continue.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

” At a time where the studios play it safe with lot of pre-sold sequels, MIDSOMMAR takes a chance on something different.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Amid all the entrails and ritual sacrifice, MIDSOMMAR is also a droll comedy of manners, an irresistible revenge fantasy and a warning to bad boyfriends everywhere.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“MIDSOMMAR plays like a slow and inevitable train wreck. It may not surpass Aster’s previous film, but it does show us that not all horrors live in the dark.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest


0703_under-silver-lake-4-1000x419UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

“Part of the reason I think everybody’s arguing about UNDER THE SILVER LAKE is because it’s a movie very much worth arguing about.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

a shimmering paranoiac fever dream, where [the protagonist’s] quest for the truth (of why girls don’t like him) is told in the languages of hard-boiled detective noir as well as surrealist horror…” – Andy Crump, Polygon



“Rough around the edges it might be, like its heroine, but WILD ROSE is a song worth listening to.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“Familiarity isn’t a bad thing, mind, and WILD ROSE presents a version of that star-is-born narrative that works in spite of it…” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine





“If you’ve enjoyed the series, this will work, but beyond that it’s hard to see this entry winning new converts.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Most scary movies aren’t really. A lot of people go into them wanting them to be, but we ultimately just want to have a good time. If you can do that, you’ll keep us coming back for more.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“We’ve seen plenty of haunted house movies and plenty creepy doll movies, and plenty of babysitting gone amuck movies, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more, so long as it’s done right. ANNABELLE COMES HOME does it right.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“This isn’t a movie in search of a greater meaning. It just needs to be entertaining. But it does both, and better still, it bothers to be creative.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine



“YESTERDAY is a tribute to the Beatles as well as a rich comedy… it’s one of the best movies you’re likely to see this year.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“While some of it is undeniably heavy-handed, much of the film’s philosophy has a tender touch.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture


0626_moe-berg-1-400x536THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE

“The flat, functional visuals and deliberately artless presentation had me thinking more than once this might be better off as a podcast. Maybe the third Moe Berg movie will finally get it right.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery





“This is precisely the type of movie you’ll forget you saw, even if you don’t dislike watching it.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“If there’s a reason to see this, it may be to watch Hemsworth continue his emergence as more than beefcake, but a genuinely funny performer.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies



0612_dead-dont-die-3-1000x563THE DEAD DON’T DIE

“This is the first Jarmusch film that feels behind the curve instead of ahead of it.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“What’s increasingly odd about the casual nature of the plot and aesthetic of THE DEAD DON’T DIE is that it, like a zombie, wants to sneak up on you and leave a mark.” – Sam Cohen, Edge Boston

“It is, in every way, a zombie film only [Jim] Jarmusch would make. But defying its own hype, that’s a bug instead of a feature.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine



“Ultimately, SHAFT is much more fun than I thought it was going to be.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s a movie where the action and the comedy are more important than the plot.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

Emma Thompson appears in <i>Late Night</i> by Nisha GanatraLATE NIGHT

“While it might seem formulaic to some extent, the film works because the characters are complex and sharply defined.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies



“In these times especially, “5B” is a reminder of the best of who we are — and why our faith, and the courage of our convictions, matters.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network


THE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL is one of the better movies I’ve seen so far in 2019.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential


GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERSrev-1-gkm-vfx-0001r_high_res_jpeg-h_2019

“I didn’t love KING OF THE MONSTERS, but the action and the destruction that’s being showcased is enough for me to recommend it to anyone who’s interested.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The effect of Dougherty’s filmmaking is to marry monsters of imagination with monsters of reality.” – Andy Crump, The Week

“…it’s all just marking time until the main event, which is Godzilla battling King Ghidorah at Fenway Park.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies


“The film’s smörgåsbord of a plot and blend of humor and horror could have easily been a failure on all fronts. Instead, we have the rare example of ambition and commitment coming together wonderfully.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“I don’t normally suggest watching movies that I don’t see as being good, but MA is an exception.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential