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‘Snowpiercer’ reviews

“If Hieronymus Bosch were alive and making movies, his name might be Bong Joon-ho, and ‘Snowpiercer’ might be his ‘Last Judgment.’” –Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“‘Snowpiercer’ barrels along at 1000 mph!” –James Verniere, Boston Herald

★★★★★ ”A stunning, visionary example of dystopian science fiction cinema at its very best.” –CineVue

“Politically provocative and visually spectacular… the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period.” –Andrew O’Hehir, Salon  More »

‘Othello’ reviews

★★★★ “Moor! Moor! Moor!” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe

“Shakespeare is subjected not to a decorous homage but to an enraptured wrestle. There is no excuse not to see it.” – Anthony Lane, New Yorker

★★★★★ “Welles’s blood, sweat and tears are fully evident in each frame… A Shakespeare movie that lives and breathes like few others.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York  More »

‘What Is Cinema?’ reviews

A- “A moving — in both senses of the word — meditation on the art of the cinema.” – James Verniere, The Boston Herald

“Workman, who has created opening sequences for 10 Academy Award shows, casts a spell by combining over 200 gorgeous film clips with filmmaker interviews, music and quotations to create dynamic and evocative montages that deepen the exploration of a question for which there is no definitive answer.” –Kaj Wilson, WBUR’s The Artery

“A compelling, enriching look at visionaries old and new, who continue to forge fascinating new paths in a medium that shows no signs of stagnating. Indeed, WHAT IS CINEMA? isn’t really about where film has been, but where it goes next.” – The Playlist

“An inspirational documentary about the power of the movies.” Tim Jackson, The Arts Fuse

‘Manakamana’ reviews

“(★★★★★) You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“The must-see cinematic experience of the year.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“’Manakamana’ is a haunting experience… that offers spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic rewards beyond the immediate power of words to describe.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe  More »

‘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

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