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STILL REPPIN’: LOOKING AT THE FRANK CAPRA FORMULA THROUGH ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’

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The sentimental streak of Frank Capra—whose masterpiece, It’s A Wonderful Life, plays at the Brattle this weekend—was so distasteful to the critics of his day that they coined a mocking phrase to define it: Capra-corn. Continue reading

WITH AMC’S MONTHLY MOVIE PASS, A FLICK A DAY JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT CHEAPER

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If you were to actually use the $45 monthly movie pass every day in a 30-day month, you’d be spending $1.50 on each screening – the lowest fare I’ve seen in my lifetime. That said, you don’t need to be a die hard to see the benefits. At IMAX tickets of upwards of $18, going to the theater three times in one month with the pass saves you money. With the $35 pass, you’d only need to go four times. Continue reading

LOUD AND LOCAL: A BOSTON FILM INSPIRED BY THE GREATS

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“A lot of the inspiration in making this picture came from the great American films of the 1970s. We wanted to deal truthfully with interpersonal relationships the way that films rarely do today.” Continue reading

MORE MIDDLE-EARTH: THE CONCLUSION OF PETER JACKSON’S TRYING TRILOGY

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That the movie is at all watchable is praiseworthy—an unlikely attribute of any final entry of a 3D prequel trilogy—but Eru help us all if Peter Jackson ever decides to adapt War and Peace. Continue reading

GENDER EQUAL GENRE: WOMEN FILMMAKERS SPOTLIGHTED AT ETHERIA FILM NIGHT

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The next time you hear someone blame a conspicuous gender imbalance in a given field on a lack of “qualified female applicants,” hold that dude’s feet to the fire and point him to Etheria Film Night, a celebration of women’s contributions to genre filmmaking. Continue reading

CHARLESTOWN DRUG FLICK ‘OXYMORONS’ KEEPS THE WAR ON OPIATES RAGING

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As Charlestown loses more authenticity by the minute to the yuppie invasion, OxyMorons should be placed in a time capsule alongside The Town so as to cautiously preserve a storied criminal past. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: DIRECTOR JENNIFER KENT DISCUSSES HER GENRE-DEFYING HORROR FLICK ‘THE BABADOOK’

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When is a horror movie not a horror movie? When it’s The Babadook, Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s refined and thoroughly stunning feature debut. Continue reading

BOYS AND CURLS: ‘BAD HAIR’ EXPLORES THE COLLISION OF ADOLESCENCE, MASCULINITY AND SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS

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Bad Hair is a fascinating investigation into Venezuela’s—and the world’s—complicated relationship with masculinity, and the awful trauma we inflict on our children by prematurely judging their natural behavior. Continue reading

WRESTLEMANIAC: IN ‘FOXCATCHER,’ EMPTY PATRIOTISM GETS PINNED

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If your only memories of the events that inspired Foxcatcher are vague impressions of tabloid headlines from decades ago, good. The best way to experience the film is with the sense that something will go horribly wrong without knowing how, why, when, or to whom. Continue reading

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