Film

Movie, TV, and DVD previews and reviews, From IMAX to Netflix

AMERICA’S NEWEST PSYCHO: JAKE GYLLENHAAL CREEPS IN ‘NIGHTCRAWLER’

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Having shed over 20 pounds and all traces of likability, sporting oily hair and sunken eyes, Jake Gyllenhaal is the cold and calculated—and often richly and darkly comedic—Lou “you-can-call-me-Louis” Bloom. Continue reading

RADCLIFFE STARS IN HALLOWEEN’S STAND-OUT DARK FANTASY

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Despite its flaws, Horns is a step in the right direction for Radcliffe, Aja, and American magical realist cinema (even with its French director, Canadian setting, and English leading man). Continue reading

‘LISTEN UP PHILIP’ … ROTH

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At once humanist and grotesque, elegant and acidic, Listen Up Philip cuts down an entire culture of self-mythologizing white male creators. Continue reading

IN CONVERSATION: A FUTURE OF RADICAL QUEER POSSIBILITIES

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“Film and creative media has the potential to build a kind of urgency around issues that otherwise are not made visible in our daily lives and allows folks from our community to be seen and heard in ways that empower the community.” Continue reading

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BOSTON’S FILM PROGRAMMERS

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As it turns out, there’s an art and a business behind film curation—selecting what plays when, acquiring prints in a preferred format, publicizing screenings, and attracting the right audiences for unique movie nights you won’t find at suburban cinemas. Continue reading

SUPER 8: BOSTON PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH VIGOR

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For as much as the words “Palestine” and “Palestinian” may appear in the news we consume, rarely are they attached to an exploration of the amazing wealth of art, humanity, and creativity in Palestinian culture that is simply waiting for the outside world to discover it. Continue reading

TAPEHEADS: FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BOSTON

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Among FFF’s most newsworthy finds was “Carnival in Rio,” a TV special starring the future Governator as he made a spectacular ass of himself in Brazil without the slightest awareness. Continue reading

BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION: EMERGING ARTISTS TELL NEW STORIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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“The linear structure has always kind of been a deterrent for people of color to express their stories. It’s a structure that’s been indoctrinated by the entertainment industry. Part of making this program was to oppose that, and the stereotypes we’re constantly boxed in, and the lack of ownership we have of over our identities on screen.” Continue reading

THE FINAL FEAST: J. CANNIBAL REFLECTS ON 13 YEARS OF CULT FILMS + HORROR BURLESQUE

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“I’ve thought about hanging up my leopard print pants for a few years now, but felt that, if I were going to go out on a number, it had to be lucky number 13.” Continue reading

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