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Lights, Camera, AKA!

Enjoy Weekly Film Screenings, Curated by Max Markowitz, founder of moviecritic.today

AKA is thrilled to announce new, exciting, and curated programming at a.cinema, our exclusive on-site theaters.

To bring the very best of film to our guests, we’ve partnered with Boston-based critic, Max Markowitz, founder of moviecritic.today. Max utilizes his lifelong love of film to bring a wide range of genres to AKA’s guests, from award-winning fare and modern classics to small independent features and foreign films.

"I have great respect for everyone involved in making a film. For that reason, I never leave a film until every credit has rolled. I write my reviews with the reader in mind. I want to go beyond a trailer and add color, context and depth to create a vivid picture."

- Max Markowitz, your a.film critic 


Our intimate cinemas feature oversized leather reclining seats, surround-sound, and deluxe screens.

Weekly screenings, accompanied by Max's reviews of feature films will be available at the following a.cinemas: AKA Central Park, AKA Sutton Place, AKA Rittenhouse Square, AKA University City, AKA White House, Hotel AKA Alexandria, AKA Beverly Hills, and AKA West Hollywood.

AKA has a deeply-rooted passion for film and is the go-to for entertainment industry insiders seeking accommodations during film production. In 2017, building upon its longstanding partnerships with Tribeca Film Festival, BAFTA Los Angeles, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Philadelphia Film Society, AKA launched a.films.

A Word from Max

"Great filmmaking involves the tireless effort and commitment of countless individuals. Therefore, everyone involved in the making of a film is worthy of great respect and admiration.  For that reason, I never leave a film until every credit has rolled. In analyzing a film and writing my reviews, I do so always with the reader in mind. It is essential to go beyond a trailer so to add color, context and depth to create a vivid picture. This way one can best value and appreciate all aspects of a film from the score to the cinematography, film editing and of course to the performances. To me, the most interesting aspects about a film are the characters. I like to explore and analyze characters. I see myself more as a film analyst rather than a movie critic. My approach is to focus on the characters, their uniqueness, their relationship to other characters and to offer my perspective on what may be motivating them as individuals. I often draw comparisons between cinema and current events. I don't think many reviewers share their personal perspective. This is a high priority for me. To me, many reviews are just too lofty and technical. At the end of the day, I think people want to read something that is relatable to their own experiences and decide if the film is worth their while."

- Max Markowitz

To read Max's latest reviews, visit movecritic.today