ABSOLUTION

Absolution

“I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with Steven Seagal lately, but it’s fun checking in every now and again in that mean way that the Germans have a word for, because the dude got really fat. Like, he’s getting Brando heavy. Filmmakers go to great lengths to not make him move around much. This is kind of a problem when you’re an action star.” – Movie Mezzanine, 05/14/2015

I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY

Big Bird

“It is impossible to observe the film’s interviews with Spinney and not be taken aback by the man’s extraordinary sensitivity, and the deeply unhappy childhood that seems still very much with him today. That this vulnerability manages to come through an eight-foot-tall fluffy bird costume is testament to what a brilliant performer Caroll Spinney is.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/13/2015

EVERY SECRET THING

Every Secret Thing

“This middling little number feels like a rejected pilot for one of those sex-crime-fixated, baby-napping network procedurals designed to scare the crap out of senior citizens and security moms for ratings gold. But at least that kind of garbage has a pulse. The only mystery here is how so many talented people wound up working on this dreck.” – Movie Mezzanine, 05/13/2015

HOT PURSUIT

hot pursuit sofia vergara and reese witherspoon

“These two gals are constantly being underestimated, Vergara for her sheer va-va-voom and Reese for her clenched, constipated carrying-on. (It’s a glorious comedic performance, as if all Tracy Flick’s Type A tendencies imploded into a twangy black hole of Witherspoonian repression.) And yet when push comes to shove, they rise to the occasion.” – Movie Mezzanine, 05/08/2015

5 FLIGHTS UP

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“It feels like a Hallmark Channel movie that just so happened to land a couple of cinema legends in the leading roles. Swaddled in burnished cinematography and cozy music cues, 5 Flights Up is not an unpleasant film; watching Freeman and Keaton is too much of a treat. But it is a false one that was tantalizingly close to being true.” – Movie Mezzanine, 05/07/2015