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‘Grand Piano’ reviews

“Breathtaking, dazzling, splendid. An utter joy of high concept, artfully composed and absolutely thrilling pure cinema.” – Sam Zimmerman, Fangoria

“A pulse-pounding experiment in terror.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Endlessly engaging. It’s probably the best Brian De Palma movie he never made.” – Todd Gilchrist, The Playlist

“Hugely entertaining! An acting and directing tour de force that holds the viewer in its vice-like grip from start to finish.” – Chris Tilly, IGN  More »

‘A Field in England’ reviews

“Trippy adventure grows in ‘Field’” –James Verniere, The Boston Herald

“A hallucinogenic B&W psycho-horror film set in 17th-cent. England? Hi-ho, director Ben Wheatley is back in town.” –Ty Burr, The Boston Globe (via Twitter)

‘The Square’ reviews

★★★½ “What does a revolution feel like from the inside? I’m not sure we’ll ever get closer than ‘The Square.’” —Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Grade: A “Like lightning in a bottle.” —James Verniere, The Boston Herald

★★★★ “An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics.” —Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“‘The Square’ is inner-world-shaking.” —David Edelstein, New York Magazine

NYTimes Critics’ Pick “This fearless exercise in political reportage is also a formidable, if necessarily raw, work of political thought.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“As thrilling and urgent as a film can be, this documentary crackles with the velocity of history as it happens.” —Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal  More »

‘A Touch of Sin’ reviews

★★★☆ “‘A Touch of Sin’ bubbles with tension, carnage.” —Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

(NYT Critics’ Pick) “A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, ‘A Touch of Sin’ is at once monumental and human scale.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Jia Zhangke, China’s most important dissident filmmaker (Still LifeThe WorldPlatform), does what he does best in A Touch of Sin. He makes trouble.” —Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse  More »

“‘Umbrellas’ is something to sing about!”

Mark Feeney reviews the new digital restoration of UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG for The Boston Globe.
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7 Reasons To Love ‘The Complete Coens’

Kaj Wilson of WBUR’s The ARTery lists 7 terrific reasons to love our ‘Complete Coens’ series. Read the Article

‘American Promise’ reviews

★★★☆ “An academic “Hoop Dreams,” a kind of reality TV that actually confronts such realities as inequality in educational opportunity and the ambivalent goals of the black middle class.” —Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

“The film ends on up notes, but its strength is that it’s not really a feel-good movie, instead shining a light on both how far we have come in terms of race in America and how very far we still have to go.” —Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice

Critics’ Pick! “it is hard not to be fascinated by this intimate look at how particular families deal with the great parental challenge of shepherding their children through the all-important educational experience.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

‘I Used to be Darker’ reviews

“★★★½” —Boston Globe

“Best of Sundance… A true original!” —Indiewire

“By taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of a fractured family, [Porterfield] has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal.” —Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“The songs performed here function as the creative end point of emotional trauma, revealing pain gradually transfigured into art.” —Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine

‘Good Ol’ Freda’ reviews

★★★☆ “Vivacious and fun!” —Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe

“Pure joy for Beatles fans!” —John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“A love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool.” Review by Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

‘Blue Caprice’ reviews

★★★½ “A cinematic punch to the gut, a mind-bending meditation on how to mold a killer, and one of the most potent and provocative true-crime movies ever made.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

★★★☆ “‘Blue Caprice’ looks into Beltway snipers’ minds.” Review by Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“A disturbing, masterfully controlled thriller.” —David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“‘Blue Caprice’ — A Scary Evocation of Killing Field Senselessness.” Review by Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse  More »

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