BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP 05/17/2019

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“JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM isn’t anywhere near as good as CHAPTER 2 and I don’t think it quite catches the original either. However, it’s just as fun in most instances since it delivers the type of crazy action that’s both familiar and new at the same time.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s not clear if [there's] an end in sight to this saga, or they’ll just play it out until either Reeves or audiences get bored. Until then, no one is likely to be bored with JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“It struggles a bit at the start due to the non-stop dialogue, but NON-FICTION ends up being the type of good little flick that mature audiences will end up liking.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…it’s pure pleasure listening to these people who are so smart about their work, and so dumb about love.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 5/8/2019

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks THE INTRUDER and the best of IFFBoston 2019

Deirdre Crimmins interviews Aaron Schimberg

Jake Mulligan looks at Harvard Film Archive’s “Cinema of Resistance”

Max Covill talks Disney on It’s The Pictures Podcast

Bob Chipman talks SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and the rebooted SHE-RA

Allyson Johnson reviews BLOW THE MAN DOWN

Robyn Bahr reviews THE SPANISH PRINCESS

Joyce Kulhawik reviews THE RETURN

Andrew Crump looks at new releases from Criterion and reviews ASK DR. RUTH

Jared Bowen looks at BLACK ODYSSEY BOSTON and VIETGONE

Transmundane Press interviews Daniel Kimmel on his new anthology contribution

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/03/2019

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“The notion of these two as a cinematic couple seems beyond bizarre and yet, somehow, it works.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

ask-dr-ruth-headerASK DR. RUTH

“It’s normally the director’s job to chronicle their subject; [Ryan White’s] job is to keep up with his, as if he stepped into her path and wound up caught in her nonstop whirlwind of activity.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Dr. Ruth was a staple of 1980s and 1990s television and radio, and was a major cultural figure in the fight for being more open about sexuality. ASK DR. RUTH is a fitting love letter.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

Knock_Down_The_House_01_19_59_04-1000x527KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE

“Compelling as the other stories may be, you kinda can’t help but spend them waiting for [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] to come back onscreen.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

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“The characters are nice enough and the songs catchy enough, but the lackluster animation, ambiguous messaging, and forced humor make UGLYDOLLS something to be tolerated rather than celebrated.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

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“By the time the film’s enormously cathartic closing concert sequence rolls around you really do feel like you’ve been to hell and back with these people, the emotional payoffs stay with you longer for being so intensely earned. HER SMELL lingers.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…his really is a tour-de-force for Moss, playing a character who for much of the film is utterly unsympathetic.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“In contrast to [Alex Ross Perry's] other work, HER SMELL is compassionate, even tender…” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/26/2019

190419101004-avengers-endgame-3-super-teaseAVENGERS: ENDGAME

“AVENGERS: ENDGAME takes a step past pure escapism and into greener, fresher pastures.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“In spite of my legitimate complaints, I ended up having fun with some of what we get from ENDGAME.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“AVENGERS: ENDGAME wonderfully wraps up this decade long chapter in the Avengers saga paying poignant tribute to those who, in varying ways, pass the torch to the next generation of superheroes preparing to assemble in the future.” – Tim Estiloz, Kaleidoscope Reviews

“After a payoff like this, it’s fair to ask where the genre goes from here. This will be a very tough act – if not an impossible one – to follow.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

loder-hailsatan4-800x450HAIL SATAN?

“For a movie about subjects as infuriating as right-wing religious ‘liberty,’ HAIL SATAN? is shockingly funny.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“What does the freedom of religion actually mean, if we’re not free to worship as we believe — or even see fit, at the end of a highly intellectual, if not traditionally spiritual, process?” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

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“Asking audiences to give their understanding to ICP and legions of Juggalos is admittedly a big ask, but Steinel is only interested in Juggalos as far as they provide an extreme foil to offset the film’s roots in the mundane.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“FAMILY offers nothing new to push forward character development or storytelling, but it does offer up some relatably imperfect characters.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

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“Food lets people discover who they really are; that’s nothing new. But food also lets us reconnect with the dead in profound ways. In RAMEN SHOP, a sip of broth and a slurp of noodles means more than a trip down memory lane. It means a second chance to say goodbye to loved ones.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine