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Boston film critics Evan Crean, Megan Kearns, and David Riedel help you decide what to watch by reviewing movies (and occasionally television) without letting spoilers get in the way of good discussion.

Opening music: "My Life as a God" by Augean Stables.
Closing music: "Pants Party" by Oilhead.

Spoilerpiece Theatre Evan Crean, Megan Kearns, and David Riedel

    • Film Reviews

Boston film critics Evan Crean, Megan Kearns, and David Riedel help you decide what to watch by reviewing movies (and occasionally television) without letting spoilers get in the way of good discussion.

Opening music: "My Life as a God" by Augean Stables.
Closing music: "Pants Party" by Oilhead.

    Episode #293: "Horse Girl," "Incitement," "Gretel & Hansel," and Women in Horror Month

    Episode #293: "Horse Girl," "Incitement," "Gretel & Hansel," and Women in Horror Month

    Dave is on vacation so friend of the show Dede Crimmins returns as a guest this week! She starts off with her picks for Women in Horror Month: THE LODGE (6:47), PELICAN BLOOD (13:00), and DEAD DICKS (14:50). Then Evan reviews INCITEMENT (20:31), a tense thriller from the Boston Israeli Film Festival. Next Megan and Dede tackle GRETEL & HANSEL (30:35), a fun spin on the classic fairy tale. The gang wraps up with HORSE GIRL (45:05), the Netflix thriller starring Alison Brie that's annoyingly ambiguous.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode #292: "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," the Boston SciFi Film Festival, and the Boston Israeli Film Festival

    Episode #292: "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," the Boston SciFi Film Festival, and the Boston Israeli Film Festival

    Hanging chads, pepperoni, and things swingin’ are big topics of conversation this week. Plus, we have lots of movies. Megan talks about PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (4:18), which is FINALLY coming out in the U.S. Then Evan spills the beans about the Boston Israeli Film Festival and the documentary BREAKING BREAD (15:50), the dark comedy FORGIVENESS (19:28), starring what Evan calls Israel’s Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the documentary I WAS NOT BORN A MISTAKE (23:50), about an orthodox trans woman, and the dark comedy BORN IN JERUSALEM AND STILL ALIVE (31:00). Then it’s the Boston SciFi Film Festival, with PROXIMA (38:06) leading off the discussion, followed by THE LONG WALK (47:48), a horror/sci-fi movie featuring an older man and a ghost who helps him to travel through time, and the fallout that results from it. Finally it's AFTER WE LEAVE (55:10), a dystopian future flick that has some good elements and not so good elements

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode #291: "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)," "Les Misérables," and "Miss Americana"

    Episode #291: "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)," "Les Misérables," and "Miss Americana"

    It’s not a first, but it doesn’t happen often. We can recommend all the movies we watched this week! First up is the Netflix documentary MISS AMERICANA (4:45) starring Taylor Swift. Megan successfully spoilerpieces Dave and Evan into wanting to see it. Following is the French film LES MISÉRABLES (19:26), which is NOT a musical about a bunch of poor French people who stole loaves of bread and spent years in prison. Finally, Megan and Dave talk about BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN) (36:30), a movie that is a vast improvement over its predecessor, SUICIDE SQUAD, which, not coincidentally, is the subject of this week’s exclusive audio content at patreon.com/spoilerpiece. And please make sure you watch our Oscars live stream on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at 8 PM ET. Download the FREE HotMic app for Apple or Android or at http://hotmic.io and use the promo code RIEDEL.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode #290: "The Rhythm Section" and "The Turning"

    Episode #290: "The Rhythm Section" and "The Turning"

    This week we have two movies on tap. First Megan reviews THE TURNING (2:35), a gothic horror film starring Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince, which shocks you with brutal violence, sexist tropes, and a controversial twist. Second, everyone reviews THE RHYTHM SECTION (21:10), the Blake Lively action flick that’s raw and realistic, but it’s linear, predictable, and dumb. The whole thing leaves the gang listless, as they wander into tangents about ratings systems and Gloria Estefan.

    • 55 min
    Episode #289: Guy Ritchie's "The Gentlemen"

    Episode #289: Guy Ritchie's "The Gentlemen"

    This week we have but one film - it’s the January dead zone, after all - Guy Ritchie’s THE GENTLEMEN. Are the men gentlemanly? Are there twists and turns? Are there lots of rhymes and non-sequiturs? If you’ve seen any of Ritchie’s gangster pictures, you’ll know what you’re getting and how much you like it depends on how much you like Ritchie’s other London crime underworld movies. We had a lot of fun with this one, and in addition to THE GENTLEMEN, we talk about getting old, Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN series, Clark Kent and Superman, WINTER SOLDIER, and Dave feeling dumb in school.

    • 46 min
    Episode #288: "Underwater," "The Wave," "The Grudge," and "Little Joe"

    Episode #288: "Underwater," "The Wave," "The Grudge," and "Little Joe"

    This week starts with a critique of how this year’s Oscar nominations (2:25) shamefully overlook women and people of color. Then Megan reviews three movies. First, LITTLE JOE (11:15), a sci-fi film with gorgeous cinematography. Second, UNDERWATER (21:25), a fantastic monster movie starring Kristen Stewart. Third, THE GRUDGE (32:45), a reboot that left her wanting more. Lastly, Dave and Evan take on THE WAVE (41:34), a convoluted sci-fi flick with Justin Long that never adds up.

    • 57 min

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