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Saturday, February 2, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: Ted Bundy, Archetypal Sociopath by Peg Aloi

What is admirable about Conversations with a Killer is that it is as compelling an exploration of the monster's victims as it is of Ted Bundy. The post WATCH CLOSELY: Ted Bundy, Archetypal …

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Film Preview: The Brattle Theatre’s Dead of Winter — Time for Tales of the Beast by Peg Aloi

These films will no doubt raise your spirits in the dead of winter. The post Film Preview: The Brattle Theatre’s Dead of Winter — Time for Tales of the Beast appeared first on Th…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Film Review: “Cold War” — Love, Etched by Art by Peg Aloi

Cold War is a timeless story of romantic love, and its persistence in the face of upheaval. The post Film Review: “Cold War” — Love, Etched by Art appeared first on The Art…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Film Review: “Destroyer” — A Jolting Ride by Peg Aloi

This hardscrabble crime thriller is also a powerfully subtle character study.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: New and Old Spring Shows Worth Being Excited About by Peg Aloi

Here is what a smart, savvy viewer who likes high-quality entertainment is looking forward to on TV this year.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: Sabrina’s Solstice, and Other Dark Seasonal Gems by Peg Aloi

Where do you go once you’ve watched the classic Xmas films? Some suggestions.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Film Review: “Ben is Back” — Raising an Addict by Peg Aloi

Films like Ben is Back will not foster an understanding of how drug addiction ravages the lives of the poor, the incarcerated, the uneducated, and the less fortunate.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Film Review: “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” — Media Mogul, Serial Sociopath by Peg Aloi

This blistering new documentary manages to offer a fairly balanced portrait of a man who, at the end of his life, was widely demonized.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Film Review: “Becoming Astrid” — An Ode to Perseverance by Peg Aloi

This is one of the year’s most heartwarming films; not sentimental, but projecting a profound sense of resilient joy at its heart.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: Orson Welles — “The Other Side of the Wind” by Peg Aloi

The Other Side of the Wind may inspire brooding melancholy in some, but it’s also pretty damned fine.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: The Coen Brothers and the Enchanting Western by Peg Aloi

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs demonstrates the Coens’ consummate skill for reinventing classic genre tropes, dovetailing deep affection with inspired re-interpretation.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Film Remembrance: William Goldman — Master Storyteller, Hollywood Legend by Peg Aloi

William Goldman was known as a consummate Hollywood insider, who nevertheless maintained a reputation as a literary-minded purveyor of exceptional cinema.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: “Manaic” — A Deliriously Clever Futuristic Fable by Peg Aloi

Maniac is mind-bending entertainment that's also an invitation to muse on infinite possibilities.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: Hallowe’en Horror From Your Couch by Peg Aloi

A handpicked list of cinematic horror gems for you to watch over the next 26 days.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Film Review: “Madeline’s Madeline” — Creative Intensity by Peg Aloi

Indie filmmaker Josephine Decker has come up with a brilliant showcase for Helena Howard, whose performance is electrifying.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Film Review: “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” — Gentleman, Hustler by Peg Aloi

The film is full of salacious details from Hollywood’s heyday, but it is also a tender look at an elderly man whose current existence would be seen by many as difficult.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: Netflix’s “Dark” — Childhood Horrors, Revisited by Peg Aloi

Dark is not a German version of Stranger Things; its historical vision is distinctive.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Film Review: “Nico, 1988” — Decay of a Counterculture Star by Peg Aloi

Nico, 1988 lays bare the ravaged body and brooding soul of a woman who may yet be remembered as among the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: “A Very English Scandal” — All You Need Is Love by Peg Aloi

The most compelling reason to tune in to this series is the jaw-droppingly great cast, led by Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Film Review: “Cold Water” — An Early Masterpiece from Olivier Assayas by Peg Aloi

A prescient work that introduces themes and imagery (particularly youth, nostalgia and urban angst) that have become central to Olivier Assayas’ oeuvre.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Film Review: “Custody” — When Home Isn’t Safe by Peg Aloi

Viewers who have endured abusive domestic family situations may find their throats swelling, their hearts thudding, and their hands shaking.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: “Fleabag” — Sex and the City of London by Peg Aloi

Fleabag is a clever, frenetic and coolly smart series, balancing humor with an increasingly dark intensity.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Film Review: “Leave No Trace” — Hiding in Plain Sight by Peg Aloi

Director Debra Granik’s focus on young women whose lives have been steeped in nature and hardship, forced to lead their families forward despite scant resources, posits a refreshing femini…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Film Review: “Hereditary” — The Scary Surface of Things by Peg Aloi

Hereditary has top notch acting, a gorgeous look, and some genuinely terrifying moments that linger.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Film Review: “Damsel”– A Wild West of the Absurd by Peg Aloi

Some may think that the western-genre-turned-arthouse-gimmick has been played out, but Damsel's fresh energy and pioneering spirit offers redemption.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Film Review: “Nancy” — Getting a Life is Hard by Peg Aloi

Nancy is mystifying, but in this case the inexplicable has its fascinations.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Film Review: “Summer 1993” — Stolen Childhood by Peg Aloi

Summer 1993 is provocative, both for the raw depth of the emotions it evokes and the directness of its storytelling.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: Anthony Bourdain — An Exhaustive Passion by Peg Aloi

In contrast to the contrived food shows of today, Anthony Bourdain brought class and vigor as well as creativity to his fascinating stories of food and travel.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Film Review: “Beast” — Dark Forest of the Heart by Peg Aloi

Writer-director Michael Pearce’s debut feature is self-assured and finely-wrought. Beast written and directed by Michael Pearce. Screening at Kendall Square Cinema, Coolidge Corner The…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Film Review: “Little Pink House” — Working Class Heroine by Peg Aloi

There is real suspense and pathos in this political drama, beneath the standard cinematography and pacing.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: “Roseanne” — In Trumplandia, Women are the Losers by Peg Aloi

For me, the experience of watching Roseanne is annoying and unpleasant.

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