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Reviews for Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’

“The culture’s caught up to Gilliam. Everybody’s doing Orwell now. But Gilliam’s appropriation feels both aptly skeptical and unfashionably utopian.” – Wesley Morris, Grantland

“A perfect complete masterpiece… Terry Gilliam’s greatest work since BRAZIL.” – Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News

“The most satisfying movie [Gilliam's] made for years.” – Philip Kemp, Total Film  More »

Reviews for ’20,000 Days on Earth’

NYT Critics’ Pick “It is as intimate and honest a portrait of a rock artist’s creative roots as any film has attempted.” –Stephen Holden, New York Times

★★★★★ “The film conceals as much as it reveals, and its beauty is that it pretends to do nothing else. It embraces a mystery and protects it, and it’s thrilling to behold.” – Dave Calhoun, Time Out London

★★★★☆ “A beguiling vision of a musician considering the meaning of his own art.” – Ed Frankl, CineVue  More »

‘The Congress’ reviews

Robin Wright stars in THE CONGRESS • Exclusive Boston Area Premiere September 5–11, 2014“An ambitiously trippy and compulsively watchable dystopian saga.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“One of the most startling uses of the medium to come along in years… [a] spectacular achievement, an ode to wonders of cinematic invention.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Ari Folman’s genre mash-up ‘The Congress’ could use a freakier title, something either more appealing or appalling to go with the weird, sometimes wonderful visions flowing through it.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times  More »

The Globe’s Mark Feeney previews our upcoming tribute to cinematographer Gordon Willis

“Garmes, Daniels, Toland, Alton, Coutard: These are [Gordon] Willis’s peers. In art, no less than in society, you can judge a person by the company he keeps. What each did for his own period, Willis did for the ’70s. Having helped define one decade, he’s informed subsequent decades. Maybe it’s time to bestow on him a new nickname: Prince of Decades.” – Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe. Read the article

Mellé explored unorthodox sounds for ‘The Andromeda Strain’

“Wise wanted a score devoid of conventional musical signposts, but still effectively atmospheric… Mixing synthesized and musique-concrète elements, Mellé’s score paralleled the film’s eerily antiseptic tone.” Matthew Guerrieri profiled groundbreaking electronic music composer Gil Mellé for an article in yesterday’s Sunday Globe. Read the article

Reviews for Catherine Breillat’s ‘Abuse of Weakness’

★★★½ “Huppert’s amazing performance not only masters the physical rigors and deformations of her character, but more importantly captures her cold capriciousness and the enigmatic innocence that one of Maud’s friends labels ‘perverse.’” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

★★★★☆ “Another fascinating entry in the director’s ongoing exploration of the sadistic and masochistic facets of human behavior.” Keith Uhlich reviews Catherine Breillat’s ABUSE OF WEAKNESS for Time Out New York: http://bit.ly/1rqiTN8

“With clinical dispassion and narrative elegance, Breillat has constructed what she calls ‘a thriller about denial.’” Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“A fascinating, nicely restrained look at what in retrospect was a parasitic relationship.” – Betsy Sherman, The Arts Fuse  More »

‘Rich Hill’ reviews

★★★½ “‘Rich Hill’ might fairly be called ‘Boyhood: The Documentary,’ and, not surprisingly, it offers a reality harsher than — if just as compassionate as — Richard Linklater’s dreamy time-lapse drama.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“A deftly detailed, compassionate portrait.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

★★★★ “[Rich Hill] emerges as an artistic statement as multi-faceted, nuanced and hauntingly original as any of its fictional counterparts.” – Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

“A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations.” – Katie Walsh, The Playlist

★★★½ “Frustrating, at times agonizing, the film is nonetheless dappled with a sad beauty. It’s one of the best documentaries of the year.” – Kyle Smith, New York Post  More »

Reviews for the new restoration of William Friedkin’s ‘Sorcerer’

★★★★ “Friedkin’s film maudit shows the director at his most brilliant and original.” –Peter Keough, Boston Globe

“It’s all terrified eyes boiling in stoic-faced men as mud-caked wheels skirt crumbling cliff sides, each shot like something Friedkin had to hack out of the rainforest.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“A wild movie of extraordinary faces and amazing sounds.” –Jason Solomons, The Observer  More »

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