Reviews

July 31, 2020

 

A Most Beautiful Thing

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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At the heart of the film remains Cooper and his barrier-breaking teammates who catch plenty of crabs both on the water and in the streets. What pervades is the notion of team, perseverance and loyalty. Their journey against such stacked odds is truly a most beautiful thing.

– Tom Meek, The Patriot Ledger

One of the most inspiring films I’ve ever seen, and one that speaks directly to this moment.

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Now Playing in the Coolidge Corner Theatre Virtual Screening Room

A singular style, beautiful voice, poetic lyrics and perfectionism in the recording studio has made Gordon Lightfoot a legend.  Fans will find a lot to love in “Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.”

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

Summerland

Available to rent on streaming platforms

The film may be flawed, but it is undeniably lovely.

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

The Secret: Dare to Dream

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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It’s a saccharine, by-the-numbers hunk of wish-fulfillment fantasy — and I enjoyed every ridiculous, predictable minute of it.

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

It’s a weepy where, if the production values and star power were just a notch lower, it would have landed on the Hallmark Channel; as it is with the pandemic upon us and theaters closed, it’s a sizzling summer release.

– Tom Meek, Cambridge Day

July 24, 2020

 

Radioactive

Available on Amazon Prime

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Marie Curie may have discovered radium, but the chief element of “Radioactive” is tedium.

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Beware its unstable script and the resulting half life it sketches of one of the world’s great scientists and the first woman ever to win the Nobel Prize.

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

The film has so much going for it that it’s frustrating when it takes a wrong turn. While focusing on the life of Marie Curie, it is powerful and inspiring. When it tries to transcend her life and times, it reaches for the stars and falls short.

– Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

The Rental

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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“The Rental” is a solid entry in the real estate horror genre and an impressively taut feature directing debut for actor Dave Franco.

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

When the killing starts, the film loses its mojo.

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

“The Rental” demonstrates a certain amount of technical skill on debut director Dave Franco’s part. His more understated approach to suspense shows some promise, even the earliest suggestion of a voice. What he doesn’t have, at least at this stage, is something to say.

– Isaac Feldberg, The Arts Fuse

There’s nothing too deep here, just parts of other works stitched together for lean, mean effect.

– Tom Meek, Cambridge Day

A frightening frolic through moral failure and psychopathic bloodlust, with a side trip through jealousy, voyeurism, xenophobia, cheating and recreational pharmaceuticals at a cliffside hideaway, with enough suspense to keep me on edge.

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

Yes, God, Yes

Now Playing in the Coolidge Corner Theatre Virtual Screening Room

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Flatly filmed, drably lit, and sluggishly paced, “Yes, God, Yes” takes a cheeky premise and slowly lets the air out of it.

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

The film is an amusing, if somewhat slight, exploration of budding female sexuality within a repressive religious environment.

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

Babyspitters

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A “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” for the fertility treatment set, “Babysplitters” is often funnier than it has a right to be.

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Helmut Newton: The Bad & the Beautiful

Now Playing in the Coolidge Corner Theatre Virtual Screening Room

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The documentary helps us understand the development of his proclivities and resulting aesthetic when we learn he came of age in freewheeling Weimar Germany with Hitler on the horizon and Aryan perfection through filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s lens on German Olympians embedded in his mind’s eye.

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

July 10, 2020

 

Greyhound

Available on Apple TV+

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As a window onto an under-acknowledged arena of combat and a starting point for armchair military historians, “Greyhound” is seaworthy enough to make it across.

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Palm Springs

Available on Hulu

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What makes “Palm Springs” fly are the interlocking energies of its leading players, Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti… He is his usual reliable self, grounded and funny. She is a revelation.

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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“Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets” has a rhythm and an energy that sustain its tone of deadpan empathy; the movie’s alive to the humor and calamity of these people and deeply curious about the human need to numb oneself to difficulties of being human. 

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Relic

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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“Relic” is an exemplary entry in the New Horror canon, where psychology and atmosphere count for as much as shocks, where the inner wounds of women often take startling external form, and where less is more until the time comes for more to be more.

– Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

James’s haunted house metaphor doesn’t really work because of the way she’s chosen to employ it in the film’s third act, but her body horror catches us by surprise, not horrific at all in what it finally reveals.  “Relic” attempts something different and if it doesn’t entirely succeed as horror it does move us.

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

We Are Little Zombies!

Now Playing in the Coolidge Corner Theatre Virtual Screening Room

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It’s a fizzy mashup of retro video game effects, pop culture and pop-up book innocence, a new way into age-old questions about life and death prompted by human suffering–and it’s a trip!

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

July 3, 2020

 

Hamilton

Available on Disney+

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“The result is a stunning, exhilarating, technical and artistic triumph. The musical’s power, brilliance, and relevance has been cinematically galvanized for a country again on the brink of revolution.”

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

June 26, 2020

 

Irresistible

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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The film is a call to action, and it’s going to take a lot of resistance  if we are going to see our way out of an irresistible but losing game.

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

The film manages to skewer several sacred cows without going to the left or the right, but instead–in the best tradition of satire–holds up a mirror to ourselves, making us laugh and think.

– Daniel Kimmel, Northshore Movies

My Spy

Available on Amazon Prime

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It’s far too violent for youngsters and it’s far too tame for adult action fans. Bautista is a lot of fun in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, but he has yet to develop the range of, say, Dwayne Johnson. Seeing him on a seesaw with a bunch of kids is a sight gag, not a character moment. He may be capable of more, but this movie does not provide him the opportunity to show it.

– Daniel Kimmel, Northshore Movies

Mr. Jones

Available on Amazon Prime

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Director Agnieszka Holland deftly presents a vision of genocide that is hard-hitting but never manipulative: the horror pervades the monochrome beauty of snow, skeletal trees, and pale, sunken faces.

– Peg Aloi, The Arts Fuse

 

June 19, 2020

 

You Should Have Left

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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Once the film trades its eerie minimalism for excessive nightmares, it loses its unique bite. 

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

Miss Juneteenth

Now Playing in the Coolidge Corner Theatre Virtual Screening Room

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Writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples makes her feature debut with a beautiful character study of perseverance and generational change in what it means to be a Black woman in the American South.

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

June 12, 2020

 

The King of Staten Island

Available to rent on streaming platforms

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Apatow, known for punchy comedic hits such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005) and “Knocked Up” (2007), and Davidson, whose wide-eyed edginess shines on “Saturday Night Live,” dial up one long “finding yourself” dramedy (almost two and a half hours) that’s unfortunately a tad slight on the laughs and way too long on the melodrama.

– Tom Meek, Cambridge Day

This isn’t a laugh-a-minute comedy, instead a dramedy where tattoos both artful and inelegant draw the biggest guffaws.

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

It may not be regal, but eventually you warm up to the royal pain in the butt at its predictably soft center. But I did not melt.

– James Verniere, The Boston Herald

Probably the least rambunctious film that could possibly have been made on the subject of a mentally-ill pill-dealing 24-year-old working his way through a manic period, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND delivers hollow blue collar romanticism from a director that’s only depicting these people in a film because they’re pawns in the origin story of a comedian who for a brief moment was fashionable enough to get a studio picture financed on his behalf.

– Jake Mulligan, digboston

Apatow’s raunchy humor often makes me squirm. But here, he tenderizes his comedic chops, with a good deal of insight and even grace, holding these characters loosely and lovingly in his sights.

– Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

Da 5 Bloods

Streaming on Netflix

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“Da 5 Bloods” may not be Lee’s finest film, but it comes at the right time.

– Tom Meek, Cambridge Day

A big, sprawling, ever changing epic that lands with the force of a bomb.

– Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

The film is many things — a derivative, too familiar Vietnam war movie, a genuine history lesson and a love letter to “Apocalypse Now” with plugs for Curtis Mayfield and Morehouse College. It is also a reminder of a great sacrifice made on behalf of a country that must see ghosts, too.

– James Verniere, The Boston Herald

Sometimes Always Never

Now Playing in the Coolidge Corner Theatre Virtual Screening Room

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The film, which is uniquely quirky, is in love in general with the English language and in particular with the names of four Greek letters, which are two-letter words and are allowed in Scrabble. Please meet Mu, Pi, Nu and Xi. Use them.

– James Verniere, The Boston Herald

Tommaso

Now Playing in the Coolidge Corner Theatre Virtual Screening Room

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An imaginative work of creative psychotherapy that swings from delight to frenzy.

– Tim Jackson, The Arts Fuse