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Muscling in: Rijker in Shadow Boxers
photo: Michel Comte
Muscling in: Rijker in Shadow Boxers


Shadow Boxers
Directed by Katya Bankowsky
Cinema Village
Opens May 12

Coming Soon
Written and directed by Colette Burson
A Unapix release
Village East
Opens May 12

The Love Machine
Written and directed by Gordon Eriksen
An Olympia release
Pioneer Theater
Opens May 11

A mockumentary about the Internet, made in the late '90s, during what history will regard as its primitive phase, The Love Machine mixes computer-wonk sophistication with old-fashioned 16mm, the medium that director Gordon Eriksen still prefers. The combination of nonglitzy filmmaking, techno-hip subject matter, humanist progressive politics, and sleazy, near-pornographic imagery is unsettling and oddly satisfying. Evading easy categories, The Love Machine slipped through the distribution cracks, despite winning an enthusiastic audience on the festival circuit. The new Pioneer Theater is opening it for a run, as well as showing in repertory the four features that Eriksen codirected with his partner, Heather Johnston. Lena's Dreams and The Big Dis should not be missed.

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