HAIL, CAESAR!

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“Another epistemological prank from cinema’s snarkiest philosophers, Hail, Caesar!  is a Passion Play played for giggles, with the Golden Age of Hollywood serving as the garden of Gethsemane for yet another in the Coens’ long line of put-upon, serious men. Like most of their films, it’s about the folly of searching for meaning in a cruel and indifferent universe.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/08/2016

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MOJAVE

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“An elliptical and at times preposterously entertaining load of hooey that both sends up and embraces every chest-beating trope in that old alpha ‘He-Man Of Letters’ tradition. Mojave is probably what Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance might’ve been like, if only Tough Guys Don’t Dance hadn’t been one of the worst movies ever made.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/28/2016

WERNER HERZOG AT SUNDANCE

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Legendary director Werner Herzog unveiled his latest documentary, Lo And Behold: Reveries For A Connected Age, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. After an introduction explaining that he didn’t make his first phone call until the age of seventeen, the filmmaker returned for a wide-ranging and often hilarious Q&A. Here are some edited highlights:

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BOFCA REPERTORY PODCAST: JANUARY 2016

Against all odds

Talking with fellow Boston Online Film Critics Association members Bob Chipman, Steve Head and Jake Mulligan about this month’s repertory offerings. Topics include The Brattle’s neo-noir series, Jane Fonda at The Coolidge, Tarantino after midnight and the cinephiliac white whale that is Jacques Rivette’s  Out: 1. Apologies in advance to girls named Madison.BOFCA, 01/08/2016

SEX & DEATH & VENETIAN BLINDS AT THE BRATTLE

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“Middle finger aloft, De Palma cast the daughter (Melanie Griffith) of one of Hitchcock’s iconic blondes as a porn star and has the villain penetrating helpless women with a massive power drill held at crotch-level as the most unsubtle phallic symbol in the history of cinema. If you can get on its perverse wavelength the film is screamingly funny.”  WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/05/2016