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Film Reviews and Press

Staff Picks for the Week of March 12–18

The Brattle staff have picked a few essential films for you to view this week – see the list after the jump…

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Brattle Film Notes: ‘Paris Was a Woman’

Reviews for ‘Memories of Underdevelopment’

7158“Alternating between immediacy and reflection, fantasy and honesty, lyricism and horror, Memories of Underdevelopment feels like it’s being created before our very eyes.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“This audacious, sensual portrait of an alienated intellectual in the early days of Castro’s Cuba, released in 1968, is one of the great movies of its era.” – Michael Sragow, New Yorker

“A stirring blend of narrative fiction, still photography and rare documentary footage.” – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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Reviews for ‘Have a Nice Day’

have-a-nice-day-poster-1NYT Critic’s Pick! “Leisurely and deliberate, intelligent and casually cruel, ‘Have a Nice Day’ is a stone-cold gangster thriller.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“This deserves to be an animation arthouse hit to equal Waltz With Bashir, and it was the most politically trenchant and artistically fresh thing in Berlin. With the surface of a Tarantino-esque pulp thriller and the heart of a postmodern political art project.” – The Guardian

“You may have seen some of the worst that humanity has to offer, but you’ve seen it through the fresh, distinct and clarifying vision of a gifted new artist.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Steeped in the realities of modern China, Liu Jian’s bleak pop thriller is a gritty animated gem.” – Robert Abele, The Wrap
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Reviews for ‘A Matter of Life and Death’

a-matter-of-life-and-death-poster-0“Asked to make a film promoting Anglo-American goodwill, Powell & Pressburger (The Red Shoes) soared into otherworldly whimsical fantasy, moving from the great Jack Cardiff’s Technicolor-drenched Earthly photography (more dazzling than ever in this new restoration), to a grandiose celestial trial with Raymond Massey as Niven’s snarling prosecutor, in glorious pearly hued black & white.” – Film Forum, NYC

★★★★ “One of the most audacious films ever made.” – Roger Ebert

“Romantic, daring and beautiful.” – Martin Scorsese

★★★★★ “Essential viewing.” – The Times (UK)
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Film Notes: The Future’s Not Set: “Strange Days” and the 90’s Cyber Thriller

Film Notes: The Violent Discord of ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Reviews for ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’

bpm-poster-1“‘BPM (Beats per Minute)’ is about a movement and a moment and the people in it, and it’s also about two faces in the throng and the alchemy that draws them together. The movie’s a social history, a love story, and a call to arms. It’s very sad and it’s very good.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“‘Beats Per Minute’ is the best film opening in Boston today.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

“In spite of its historical specificity, BPM never feels like a bulletin from the past. Its immediacy comes in part from the brisk naturalism of the performances and the nimbleness and fluidity of the editing. The characters are so vivid, so real, so familiar that it’s impossible to think of their struggles — and in some cases their deaths — as unfolding in anything but the present tense.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
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Reviews for ‘Thelma’

thelma-poster-1“Trier torques the narrative tension masterfully, offering glimpses of the natural world (a snake slithering through grass, fish frozen in a winter pond) that are as unsettling as his flashes of action are electric. Thelma doesn’t play with pig’s blood and jump scares; its dreamlike dread is subtler and stranger, and much harder to shake. A-“ – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

“A moody, mannered, and lingering coming-of-age story with a Stephen King-like twist.” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe

“An expertly effective genre exercise that only occasionally feels like an exercise. A lot of the time it feels like an exorcism.” – Sean M. Burns, The ARTery

“Thelma’s story sticks to your bones like a shiver, and sinks deeper for days after the credits have rolled.” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“As a hushed, haunting portrait of a young woman reconciling daughterly duty and her own incipient power, “Thelma” feels like a stylish, timely allegory for the present moment.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
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Film Notes – ‘Thelma’: The Allure and Abhorrence of Coming of Age

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