BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/17/2015

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“Do u like scary movies? Lol. Coz OMFG! This 1 is about ppl dying on Skype. Srsly! Like, WTF?!?! #Yolo” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

 

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“What starts out as a smart psychological thriller with an edge of speculative fiction proves to be a clockwork amusement built from standard parts and not wound sufficiently to get it through its full running time.” - Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“With all of the complaining that I do in this review, you might think that I hate EX MACHINA, but that’s not true.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As a film that utilizes misdirection and provokes users to seek through layers of subtext, EX MACHINA proves to be intellectually appealing without materializing into a thesis on one’s own ideas.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

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“That [Hill and Franco] are pals gives TRUE STORY an existential stink, but they, and the movie, acquit themselves well.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“The film wants to feel important, and it flirts with being a procedural — but it would have done better to stick with celebrating the slippery interface between facts and the human truths we construct from them.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“The laughably telegraphed revelations wouldn’t cut it as CBS prime-time fodder.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

Clouds-of-Sils-Maria-still-3CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

“It’s a movie you’ll find yourself turning over in your mind for quite some time after the closing credits roll, marinating in the heady swirl of ideas and defiantly unresolved resolutions.” – Sean Burns, The Artery

 


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“Diliberto doesn’t hand-hold in the slightest. He does, however, deploy background carefully. Attentive viewers should have no trouble keeping pace with his brio.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

 

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“The subtle, empowering themes at the core of this latest Disneynature film are heartening and certainly something to share with our children (much more politically correct than stories of princesses).” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 4/15/2015

Monica Castillo talks Beamly, Tribeca and THE COMEDIANS,

Sean Burns on DANNY COLLINS

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks Scientology, Nicholas Sparks and climate change

Andy Crump revies THE COMEDIANS, 5 TO 7, THE DEAD LANDS, REBELS OF THE NEON GOD and interviews Glenn Morshower

Bob Chipman’s REALLY THAT GOOD covers DIE HARD

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/10/2015

 

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THE LONGEST RIDE

“THE LONGEST RIDE tells a romance narrative, but the relationship isn’t the primary focus. This is a movie about a body.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“If you are sucker for romances, anything written by Nicholas Sparks, and cowboys, the contemporary segments of THE LONGEST RIDE has been manufactured specifically for you.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

download (11)WHITE GOD

“The best thing to do is save the money you’d spend to see White God and donate it to a local shelter instead.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“There’s no manipulation here, no chicanery, no falsehood, just a frank, stylized attempt at critiquing man’s dominion over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Andy Crump, Cinematic Essential

 

simon_pegg_kriv_stenders_kill_me_three_timesKILL ME THREE TIMES

“…a dark comedy that would make a bucket of scorpions look like a tea party.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Murder, blackmail, revenge…and Simon Pegg in a Fu-Manchu moustache. What else do you need?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“You know what, let’s just say that there isn’t many redeemable qualities here.” - Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 4/8/2015

Norm Schrager reviews ATARI: GAME OVER

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks FURIOUS 7 and WOMAN IN GOLD

Sean Burns reviews CUT BANK

Kilian Melloy reviews LAMBERT & STAMP and interviews the makers of HIDE AND SEEK

Andrew Crump looks at 5 TO 7, interviews Seth Green about YELLOWBIRD and reports on AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s (supposed) lack of post-credit scene

Brett Michel reviews WE ARE YOUNG

John Black looks at MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES

Monica Castillo talks the late Paul Walker, EMPIRE spoilers, FURIOUS 7 box-office, MAD MAX sequels, 007: SPECTRE, DOCTOR WHO and iZOMBIE

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/03/2015

furious-7-rockFURIOUS 7

“The stakes are raised in terms of possible mortality of the main players, the cars are more expensive and harder to wreck, and the overlying theme about family as the source of adrenaline-induced fury is enough to destroy a whole urban city (literally).” - Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“The franchise has evolved into pure action spectacle. It has transformed from a car show into a gun show.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“…the filmmakers forgot Chekhov’s rule that if The Rock says “I’m gonna put a hurt on him so bad he’ll wish his mother kept her legs crossed” in the first act, you need to pay that off in the third.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Everything included in FURIOUS 7 allows fans of this lengthy series to jump right in the driver’s seat of this action packed cinematic vehicle and embrace all of the entertainment that these movies are looking to offer.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential 

“The first movie franchise to ever successfully transition to self-parody; mostly by doing so in such a ‘subtle’ (after a fashion) kind of way that anyone who might’ve been annoyed by that transition probably didn’t notice.” – Bob Chipman, Movie Bob Reviews

 

WOMAN IN GOLDWOMAN IN GOLD

“…a hokey piece of cinema that uses the horrors of the Holocaust for little else but yanking the viewers’ heartstrings.” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

“…WOMAN IN GOLD is harmless and mildly arresting thanks to the efforts of its leads. It just doesn’t rise much above being more than just half-cocked schmaltz, which is a bummer at best and an insult to Altmann’s struggle at worst. ” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The film lets us see the tensions and sadness that are inevitable in a story like this, but also offers some wry humor.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate

 

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“EFFIE GRAY isn’t an easy viewing experience, but it has the goods for a patient audience. It will stay the dragons awhile.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

 

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“Although it stumbles on the details, though, the one thing that Workman’s movie does quite effectively is give us a sense of the independence spirit that Welles brought to all his art, whether they were successful or not.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide