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  • Coming 2 America

    Coming 2 America

    ★★½

    "Seeing all these side characters awkwardly shoehorned in reminded me of how Joe Pesci kept showing up in the later Lethal Weapon sequels even though there was no reason for him to be around anymore after the second one. He was just there because it was another Lethal Weapon movie and they figured audiences expected to see him again." - North Shore Movies, 03/04/2021

  • FTA

    FTA

    ★★★

    "Like Hope’s USO shows, it’s a mix of bawdy comedy sketches and vaudevillian song parodies, with a few serious speeches and folk tunes peppered amid the silliness. Honestly, the show seems like something that would be a lot of fun if you were in the room, but that energy doesn’t exactly translate to the screen.” - WBUR's The ARTery, 03/04/2021

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  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    ★★★

    "Daniels is less interested in historical particulars than he is fascinated by the woozy, downward spiral of Lady Day. Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody or other such scrubbed, sanitized star bios, this is a fearlessly squalid movie, awash in bloody needles, blackened veins and a smoky, scarily compelling backstage atmosphere of rough sex and casual abuse." - North Shore Movies, 02/26/2021

  • The World to Come

    The World to Come

    ★★★½

    I interviewed Casey Affleck about The World to Come: “When Katherine’s character starts talking to Vanessa, they have this beautiful, expressive way of speaking to each other. My character says what he’s gotta say in as few words as possible. He’s very brusque and curt, which I enjoyed. It's the communication equivalent of when he gives her a birthday gift of sardines and a tin of raisins.” - WBUR's The ARTery, 02/17/2021

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★

    “Not unpleasant, which is a problem. I’ve never seen a movie full of real people that feels so phony. Nobody ever gets angry. They don’t say swears, get drunk, bear any resentments or do anything at all that might disrupt this soothing appeal to socially conscious Whole Foods shoppers who will undoubtedly feel good about themselves rooting for a Disney movie about homelessness to win the Oscar.” - Spliced Personality, 09/25/2020

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ½

    “It's all emblematic of the movie’s stunted worldview, snickering in-jokes, and deliberate distance from anything resembling reality. Waititi tells us that people are truly good at heart in a movie where Anne Frank lives at the end and dances to David Bowie. This is a deeply, distressingly insulated picture. It's the Funko Pop Collector’s Edition of Shoah.” - North Shore Movies, 11/01/2019