BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/08/2019

Ewan MacGregor peers through an axe hole in a door in the movie Doctor SleepDOCTOR SLEEP

“It’s an immensely silly story that follows the structure of a Marvel superhero movie more than it does the original horror blueprint of its predecessor, but that doesn’t diminish DOCTOR SLEEP’s merit as a compelling work from a horror director who is always fascinated with the layers beneath the spookiness.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

“As a fan of horror, I would have preferred a genuine scary movie here, but I left feeling satisfied with it being a drama/thriller instead.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Physical and emotional trauma have always been omnipresent in the horror genre. Some filmmakers may use them as a cheap gambit to suck the viewer into whatever harebrained story they’re trying to tell. Others, like directors Rob Zombie and Mike Flanagan, work overtime to make sure their depictions are carefully construed through imagery and dialogue, much of which add to a specifically tailored atmosphere for often-familiar material to play out in.” – Sam Cohen, EDGE Media Network

“…a movie that will attract interest of fans of the novels or the earlier movie but falls short of its epic intentions.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“It’s been a while since such a seriously seductive and evil character has shown up in a horror movie, especially one who scares the crap out of you without depending on makeup or special effects.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

 

Noah Jupe covered in pie in the movie Honey BoyHONEY BOY

I loved thinking about HONEY BOY after watching it, but I wish I could say the same about the act of watching the film itself. – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

 

 

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the movie The IrishmanTHE IRISHMAN

“For all those that derided Scorsese for supposedly making films that support the unchecked male ego, THE IRISHMAN makes the director’s viewpoint even clearer: These violent and broken men are not to be worshipped, as they are constantly twisting the truth to appease the emotional faults that threaten to tear them apart.” – Sam Cohen, EDGE Media Network

 

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver lay in bed with their son in the movie Marriage StoryMARRIAGE STORY

“It’s irrevocably sad and painstakingly honest, resulting in some of Baumbach’s richest and most rewarding storytelling. You don’t just watch it; you feel every single moment.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/01/2019

Cynthia Erivo holds a child and points a pistol at the camera in the movie HarrietHARRIET

“This is a movie where a black heroine defies everyone who tells her she cannot succeed… and then proceeds to do just that.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Mackenzie-Davis-Terminator-Dark-FateTERMINATOR: DARK FATE

“[It] delivers on its promise of mixing action, special effects, and character moments, and treating the series elders with respect and affection.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Edward Norton confronts Willem Dafoe in the movie Motherless BrooklynMOTHERLESS BROOKLYN

“Norton shows himself to as impressive behind the camera as he often is in front of it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP 10/25/2019

Tyrese Gibson and Naomie Harris star in BLACK and  BLUE.BLACK AND BLUE

“While providing plenty of action and suspense, it’s what this film says about race and policing that makes it stand out.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

CountdownCOUNTDOWN

“It’s a cool idea. So what happened? How did an idea with such horror movie potential end up being such horror-free pablum?” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 10/18/2019

Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Jesse Eisenberg hold torches while looking up in Zombieland: Double TapZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

“It may not be THE GODFATHER, PART II, but on its own terms, it’s a worthy follow-up.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“It’s not every day that a guy can say a zombie movie lifted their spirits, but I felt really good after leaving the theater and if you are a fan of the first ZOMBIELAND, you will too.” – Bryon McNeal, NerdCaliber

“Sure it’s chaotic and over-the-top, but that is just what it needs to be to bring this second chapter of the ZOMBIELAND saga to a satisfying close. And if the final scenes leave the door open for a third ZOMBIELAND film, so be it.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

 

A family huddles together folding pizza boxes in Bong Joon Ho's film ParasitePARASITE

“This is how movies should be made.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“You won’t see what’s coming, but when it does, you’ll realize the map that has led you there was embedded in every shot.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

Two brothers sit across from each other at a dark table holding hands in the documentary Tell Me Who I AmTELL ME WHO I AM

“Much of the horror spills out unbidden, and Alex puts many of the pieces together himself, but it’s only here — in this very film — that the brothers finally confront the past, and the truth, in all its brutality… and, in so doing, repair a two-decade rift.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network

 

Aaron Paul looks rough around the edges in the movie El CaminoEL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE

“We didn’t need EL CAMINO, but at the end of the day, I’m glad we got it.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

 

 

Pumpkins movie poster with man with pumpkin head holding a hatchetPUMPKINS

“If you were able to relax and enjoy the first half of PUMPKINS, the payoff of the second half is your reward. While it’s clear the film must have had budgetary constraints tighter than an Elizabethian corset, Metheringham and her cast and crew make up for it with lots of energy and shoestring cinematic ingenuity.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine