Spoilerpiece Theatre Episode 142: THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

“Spoilerpiece Theatre” is a weekly movie podcast where I talk about new releases with fellow BOFCA critics Dave Riedel and Kris Jenson. We don’t give a shit about spoilers. We just want to talk about the movies.

In Episode 142 below, we review The Zookeeper’s Wife and talk about the Boston Underground Film Festival. A sing-along of songs from camp veers into unexpected territory for us this week. Before we get into any movies though, we turn our attention to television, as I explain my mad quest to watch as many X-Files episodes as possible for before the show leaves Netflix streaming. After that Kris recaps his time at the Boston Underground Film Festival aka BUFF (at 9:14), where he highlights a number of notable films including Prevenge, Dark Song, Buster’s Mal Heart, She’s Allergic to Cats, The Void, and Dave Made a Maze. Lastly, we tackle The Zookeeper’s Wife (at 20:00), a movie about a couple played by Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh who smuggle Jews in Poland to safety during the Holocaust, which does all the things you’ve seen before and wraps them in a story you haven’t. We compare the film to others about the Holocaust like Schindler’s List, and are disappointed with familiar aspects of those pictures that seep into this movie, but we still laud its moving performances and excellent cast.

Evan Crean

Hello! My name is Evan Crean. By day I work for a marketing agency, but by night, I’m a film critic based in Boston, MA who has been at it since 2009. I have written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for Starpulse.com. I have also contributed pieces to NewEnglandFilm.com. In addition to publishing short form work, I am a co-author of the book Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, I co-host and edit the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with two other Boston film critics. I’m a founding member and the current treasurer for the Boston Online Film Critics Association as well. Lastly, I’m the marketing director and a contributor to Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. Have any questions or comments about my work? Please feel free to email me (Evan Crean) at: ecrean AT reelrecon DOT COM .