BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/24/2016

 

1213-id4-teaser-810x960INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

“Like most Emmerich films, it’s chintzy, annoying and seems to go on forever.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

 

the-free-state-of-jonesFREE STATE OF JONES

“With its epic sweep and powerful perfomances shedding light on a little-known chapter of American history, this would have seemed like prime Oscar bait for an autumn release. Instead, its being thrown away now, where it will not likely last long in theaters.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

1-jUNDeTEvI8L-iWHG0NnPrATHE NEON DEMON

“…it’s Refn at his most unwieldy and funny; like if Dario Argento decided to remake SHOWGIRLS and did so with the questionable moral ethics of Stanley Kubrick’s LOLITA.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“[Refin's] film is a Terry Richardson print that’s been slathered in gore and stationed under a strobe light.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“THE NEON DEMON is not easy to watch or easy to follow, but its dark humor and even darker opinion of humanity makes it one of the best films of 2016.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

 

unlocking-the-cage-1UNLOCKING THE CAGE

“It’s sobering stuff that invites our compassion instead of baiting it.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

 

 

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“…minor To is better than major films by most any other contemporary filmmaker you can imagine. It’s also better than no To at all.” - Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 6/22/2016

Allyson Johnson launches the Finding Her Voice podcast

Derek Deskins reviews SLASH

Sean Burns looks at DE PALMA

Kristofer Jenson looks at THE DYING OF THE LIGHT and offers his Boston Reel Editor’s Picks

Megan Kearns made Screen Queen’s List of 15 Women Film Critics You Should Be Reading

Bob Chipman looks back on The X-MEN Movies

Brett Michel reviews DHEEPAN

Kilian Melloy talks Fiddlehead Theatre Company and Bedlam’s Twelfth Night

Andrew Crump looks at RAIDERS! and The 100 Greatest Westerns of All Time

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks FINDING DORY, FERRIS BEULLER and THE UNTOUCHABLES

Joyce Kulhawik looks at The Tony Awards, Boston’s Summer Stage Scene and MATILDA

Jake Mulligan digs into Lucio Fulci’s CAT IN THE BRAIN

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/17/2016

videothumbnail_findingdory_disney_b330d055FINDING DORY

“FINDING DORY is a solid effort and a nice comeback from last year’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, but make no mistake––unlike last year’s brilliant “Inside Out,” this is not the best American animated feature we’ve seen this year.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The best parts of the film are the too few occasions when it pauses for long enough to let us drink in the majesty of what we’re being shown.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“FINDING DORY is a weird entry for Pixar in that it feels like it should actually be a lot darker than it is.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob

“Overall, there is a good movie for kids here that more than likely will not disappoint.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

12273632_1000448093351815_5346996537441224620_oCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

“Thanks in no small part to these two lead performances, the movie has a heart as big as its Johnson.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Hart and Johnson both have a real gift for effortlessly grooving with other performers, so giving them a stage to groove on naturally lends itself to easy viewing.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“In the end, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE works mainly because it knows what it is, but it still manages to try a few new things.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE is a buddy comedy done right. For a change, there was some intelligence on both sides of the camera.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

de-palmaDE PALMA

“One of the best movies ever made about making movies, DE PALMA s not a film for those who wish to retain romantic notions about an artist’s process.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“De Palma is a great artist, but the greatest pleasure of DE PALMA is that he never speaks like one.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/10/2016

3067950-img1WARCRAFT

“Too compelling in its misbegotten grandeur to be dismissed, too grim and determined of its own importance to be called a farce; the only fair description of WARCRAFT is a tragedy.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob

“By the time the credit roll, you feel as though you’ve just watched half a season of some sort of bargain basement fantasy-action cable series.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

MK1_4047.dngTHE CONJURING 2

“…for those seeking some summer thrills and chills without rivers of blood and gore, THE CONJURING 2 is a solid successor to the original.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The film is a blast as a funhouse-style genre exercise, but there’s very little holding it all together.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“In spite of the clear issues, James Wan and the gang ultimately succeed by being able to conjure up some entertainment by allowing this sequel to do what sequels are known to do.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

now-you-see-me-2-_0NOW YOU SEE ME 2

“No one will confuse NOW YOU SEE ME 2 for an art film. It is, however, damn good entertainment.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Who’d have thunk they could have pulled a terrific sequel out of the surprise hit that was the original?” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“It’s all harmless enough, I guess. Also pointless and more than a little bit strained.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 6/8/2016

Kristofer Jenson looks at Boston-area independent filmmaking

Joyce Kulhawik reviews LETTUCE & LOVAGE

Bob Chipman speculates on JAMES BOND

Kilian Melloy reviews STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, HAIL, CAESAR!, VINYL and GAME OF THRONES Season 3 and Season 4 on Blu-ray

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks THE LOBSTER, POP STAR, NEW JACK CITY and TENACIOUS D

Andrew Crump interviews Anna Rose Holmer, writer/director of THE FITS