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Well, it's summer and I'm seeing a lot of movies. Not just the big summer blockbusters, either. These are the benefits of being situated in a part of Boston with easy access to a few art house movie theaters along with big ass stadium seating multiplexes.

Rather then create a thread for each one, I'm just lumping these inevitably-lesser-seen indy films together.

Let me know if you've also seen any of these and what you thought:

THE TREE OF LIFE

I'm a fan of Terrence Malick but I had a hard time sitting through his latest. It felt like being pinned under a tree and forced to stare at the stars and ponder the immensity of Creation.

Review with SPOILERS: http://www.backofthehead.com/2011/06/tree-of-life.html

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Woody Allen's latest. It's being heralded, overly so, as one of his best films. It's enjoyable froth, but it's no Match Point. Still, it's fun.

Review with SPOILERS: http://www.backofthehead.com/2011/06/tree-of-life.html

BEGINNERS

What to do when your elderly father reveals he's gay and has terminal cancer. Even with that downer of a central plotline, there's a bit of humor and a sweet, complicated romance between Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent.

Review with SPOILERS: http://www.backofthehead.com/2011/06/beginners.html

THE ART OF GETTING BY

Disappointing teen drama starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts set in New York City. The script starts off smartly but as the movie lurches forward I found just about everything lacking overall.

Review with SPOILERS: http://www.backofthehead.com/2011/06/art-of-getting-by.html



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Midnight In Paris isn't one of Woody's best overall, but it's certainly his best in a long while. It's just fun -- Owen Wilson is, in my opinion, captures the 'faux-Woody' main character better than any of the other faux-Woodies in Allen's recent films.



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