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Brattle Theatre Named “2015 Best Cinema, Independent”

We are thrilled to announced that Brattle Theatre has been named “2015 Best Cinema, Independent” by Boston Magazine‘s Best of Boston awards!

“In a time when Hollywood seems to have lost its way (Mortdecai, anyone?), places like the Brattle Theatre stand as beacons of hope. Rather than subject you to Let’s Be Cops on three screens, the Brattle offers area premieres of independent films, Charlie Chaplin’s 100th birthday celebration, the annual Boston LGBT Film Festival, a week of avant-garde Polish cinema, and a newly restored print of Jaws. All of this, plus the warm feeling you get from supporting a local nonprofit theater, and the additional warmth provided by the local beer and wine available at the concession stand.”

Big thanks to the reviewers at Best of Boston and to you, our audience, for sharing our love of cinema!

Brattle Film Notes for ‘Playtime’

Reviews for ‘Big Game’

Samuel L. Jackson in BIG GAME • Area Premiere June 26 – July 2 at Brattle Theatre★★★★☆ “A sparky romp that recalls the children’s action movies of the 1980s – The Goonies, The Golden Child or Home Alone.” – The Guardian

Big Game is big fun, a terrific genre film that once again shows that the Finns can make films of this nature that rival those from anywhere else in the world.” – Jason Gorber, TwitchFilm

“Even before Samuel L. Jackson shows up as President of the United States and braves the Finnish countryside, it’s clear that ‘Big Game’ will be a special kind of guilty pleasure.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire  More »

Reviews for Kathleen Collins’ ‘Losing Ground’

LOSING GROUND(3½ of 4 stars) “‘Losing Ground’ astonishes with its assurance, subtlety, and style.” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe

“Highly cerebral, thick with abstract and erudite dialogue and also full of charm and sensuality, lingering in landscapes and rooms and savoring the pleasures of music, color and talk.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

“A nearly lost masterwork… plays like the record of a life revealed in real time.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker  More »

Brattle Film Notes for ‘Hardware’

Brattle Film Notes for ‘Smiles of a Summer Night’

Reviews for Lisandro Alonso’s ‘Jauja’

poster for JAUJA, directed by Lisandro Alonso(3½ of 4 stars) “Alonso sustains an atmosphere of otherworldly immanence in a vivid setting, with a style involving long takes with characters posed as if in tableaux vivants.” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe

★★★★★ “Part meditative, realist anti-western, part metaphysical, Tarkovsky-esque head-scratcher.” – Michelle Devereaux, The Skinny

“I never once doubted that I was in the hands of a master filmmaker.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

NYT Critics’ Pick “There is wit and mischief in the way Mr. Alonso plays with the relationship between what we see, what we don’t see and what we expect to see.” – A. O. Scott, New York Times  More »

‘The Outside Man’ Tweaks Genre Expectations

Brattle Film Notes: The Gum Underneath the Shoe

Reviews for ‘Slow West’

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee • SLOW WEST • Area Premiere May 29–June 4“Gorgeously shot, crisply edited, acted with devilish finesse, and blessed with a rawboned musical score that haunts you while you’re watching the movie and taunts you on the way home. It’s all of 84 minutes, but when it’s done, you know you’ve seen something.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“An intriguingly off-center Western… impeccably crafted.” – Variety

“‘Slow West’ often feels like the Coen brothers’ rendition of ‘True Grit,’ if they’d brought Wes Anderson in as a collaborator.” – Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve

“Brilliantly executed! Best defined by its sharp wit, absurdist violence and fairy tale qualities.” – Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

“Slow West is a treasure and a great showcase for Smit-McPhee.” – Vanity Fair

★★★★☆ “Percolates with the constant threat of violence.” – David Ehrlich, Time Out New York  More »

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