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Evan Crean
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Film critic. Craft beer enthusiast. Zombiephile.
Film critic. Craft beer enthusiast. Zombiephile.

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Honored that my alma mater's student newspaper wrote a wonderful piece on Your '80s Movie Guide to Better Living, the book that I co-authored with +Bryan Krull. http://www.berkeleybeacon.com/arts/2016/9/8/80s-movies-inspire-alums-selfhelp-book

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Episode #112 of +Spoilerpiece Theatre is up! Dave is under the weather so fan favorite Dede Crimmins guest stars this week. She and Kris lead off with their favorite films from the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival before she transitions into COMPLETE UNKNOWN, a movie with a fascinating main character, but an overly simplistic plot. Next, Kris explores THE INNOCENTS, a heavy film about the scars war leaves behind. Then Evan and Dede review THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, a long, slow drama that features Michael Fassbender as a brooding lighthouse hunk. Dede wraps everything up with MORGAN, a poor mashup of SPLICE, EX MACHINA, and BLADE RUNNER directed by Ridley Scott's son. http://wp.me/p4PJKq-gl

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In Episode 110 of +Spoilerpiece Theatre, we review Werner Herzog’s documentary LO AND BEHOLD REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, WAR DOGS, and KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS. http://wp.me/p4PJKq-g0

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Episode 105 is up! This week is Paul Feig's remake of GHOSTBUSTERS. It's not perfect -- I liked it more than Kris -- but both us agree that there are some standout moments, the new gadgets are neat, and the camaraderie between the stars steals the show. Kris then dives into CHEVALIER, a "bone-dry" Greek comedy about male insecurity and competition that is one big metaphorical dick joke in the most spectacular way. Next up is Dave to discuss Joe Berlinger's TONY ROBBINS: I’M NOT YOUR GURU. Dave shares some insights from his interview with Berlinger, including the decision to film one of Robbins's seminars like a concert movie. I close with THE INFILTRATOR, a tense undercover caper with Bryan Cranston, where the cops are barely one step ahead of the crooks. http://wp.me/p4PJKq-f2

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Last week on +Spoilerpiece Theatre me and +Kristofer Jenson  explained what “Rick Rolling” is to Charlie, who was filling in for Dave. Then we speculated on why INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE wasn’t screened for the press. After that, we jumped into Nicolas Winding Refn’s THE NEON DEMON, a twisted picture that we love, even though it’s vile in every sense of the word. Our conversation about a dead body in that film allowed for a convenient transition into SWISS ARMY MAN, a movie where Paul Dano learns to survive by using Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse. Finally, Charlie wrapped up with his quick thoughts on MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, which played at the Brattle Theatre. http://wp.me/p4PJKq-es

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Proud to share the first features on Boston Reel, a new venture I'm involved with that promotes independent film and film events in the Boston area! Both are great pieces by +Kristofer Jenson on #IFFBoston. One is on New England films that will be playing at the festival this week and the other on panels that you can attend during the fest. Check em out! https://goo.gl/7b9jRX

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Episode #74 of +Spoilerpiece Theatre is live with Dave back from sick leave! First up is Ron Howard's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA staring the Greater Hemsworth (Chris). I hated it, Kris found himself enjoying it, while all three of us try (and fail) to steer clear of "seaman" jokes. Next up is the 2015 Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) Awards. Dave, Kris, and I share our Top 10 lists and delve into some of the categories which had the least consensus, such as Best Foreign Film and Best Documentary. Highlights include PEACE OFFICER, FINDERS KEEPERS, STRAY DOG, and JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI. Check it out! http://wp.me/p4PJKq-8C

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Last week we got caught up in +Boston Online Film Critics awards excitement, so we didn't have a chance to share our latest episode. Thankfully you still have a couple of days to listen before our new one, so check out our chat with special guest Sean Burns about the bonkers film YOUTH, the Spike Lee-helmed CHI-RAQ, the tearjerker ROOM, and the Tom Hardy vehicle LEGEND. http://wp.me/p4PJKq-8b

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Make sure not to miss Episode 68 of +Spoilerpiece Theatre! I talk about BURNT, a predictable picture where there are gratuitous montages of mundane things. Then +Kristofer Jenson discusses OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, a political film that’s reminiscent of PCU, but without George Clinton. And finally, I saw +Dave Riedel's favorite movie, HIDING OUT, so the two of us give it the full Spoilerpiece treatment. http://wp.me/p4PJKq-7I

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The new episode of +Spoilerpiece Theatre is live! This week, I cover the single-take German heist drama VICTORIA, which takes too long get going, gets effectively tense in a promising second act, only to overstay its welcome. +Dave Riedel  jumps in to describe Cary Fukunaga’s heavy and horrifying — but effective — BEASTS OF NO NATION. +Kristofer Jenson then dissects THE LAST WITCH HUNTER’s magical dismemberment and why he loves Vin Diesel so much. We close out the show with a new segment, “Riedel’s Recaps,” where Dave offers counterpoints to films Kris and I discussed on his weeks off. Check it out!
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