BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 1/31/14

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“Something is lost in the translation, because what’s on screen is not believable for a second. It’s made harder to believe by the acting.” – David Reidel, C-Ville Weekly

“Reitman loves to give us characters we think we know and then show us we don’t know them at all.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This risible bit of Harlequin romance is one of the silliest films I have ever watched. It’s pompous, self-serious and inadvertently hilarious.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia City Paper

 

THAT AWKWARD MOMENTAWKWARDMOMENT

“The whole thing has the feel of CHASING AMY-era Kevin Smith, but without the nerdy references and continuity nods that suckered a generation into thinking something interesting was there in the margins.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

“A movie that has no spark and doesn’t have the kind of crass wit necessary to make its viewers blush.” – Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“A lesson for the twenty-somethings who are presumably the target audience. Older viewers may wonder what the fuss is about and much older viewers may start thinking of Maurice Chevalier singing, “I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

GLORIAGLORIA

“Bars. Dancing. Hot sex. Cigarettes. Sounds like a movie that takes place in Miami in the 1980s, but in reality it’s Gloria, a present-day movie about a divorced Chilean woman in her early 50s.” – David Reidel, Santa Fe Reporter

“It’s not so much a day-in-the-life movie – it’s a rhythm-of-life movie.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE

BRATTLE BEST OF 2013 BOFCA PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

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Throughout February (and the last day of January) Harvard Square’s historic Brattle Theater will feature their “(Some of) The Best of 2013″ Repertory Series. Members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association are honored to present introductions to select screenings of these films, scheduled as follows:

1/31 9:15pm ENOUGH SAID presented by Inkoo Kang

2/2 4:45pm MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING presented by Evan Crean

2/2 9:00pm MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING presented by Daniel Kimmel

2/6 7:30pm WADJDA presented by Monica Castillo

2/7 7:30pm SHORT TERM 12 presented by Norm Schrager

2/8 7:00pm THE ACT OF KILLING presented by Kristofer Jenson

2/8 9:30pm THE FAST & THE FURIOUS 6 presented by Kristofer Jenson

2/9 4:45pm THE WORLD’S END presented by Andrew Crump

2/9 7:00pm DRINKING BUDDIES presented by Andrew Crump

2/10 8:30pm DRUG WAR presented by Monica Castillo

The complete schedule, along with additional showtimes and presenters, is available at The Brattle Theater’s website.

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 1/24/14

I, FRANKENSTEINIFRANKEN

“I, FRANKENSTEIN” isn’t a masterpiece, but it is a fast-paced and slickly made film that holds your attention. At this time of year, when genre pictures are released to compete with the Oscar contenders from the previous year, that’s a very good thing indeed.” – Daniel Kimmel, Scifi Movie Page

“Not even good enough at being exactly what it is.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

 

 

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“The problem is that practice and execution live several blocks away from each other, and GIMME SHELTER only makes it about halfway between the two.” – Andrew Crump, Go-See-Talk

 

BOFCA REPERTORY MINI-CAST #8

BLACULA

BLACULA (1972) Showing monday January 27 at The Brattle, part of the “Dead of Winter: Bloodsucking Freaks” repertory series.

BOFCA’s Steve Head, Brett Michel and Bob Chipman brave the January doldrums to bring you a fun-size sampling Boston-area movie events for the remainder of Holiday Recuperation Month. Check it out HERE:

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 1/17

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUITJACKRYAN

“Probably won’t set the world on fire, but for early-year rebooting entertainment, it could be a lot worse.” – Andrew Crump, Go-See-Talk

“Even as escapism, it’s deficient: So what if the hero saves us from the financial depredations of the Russkies? It’s Wall Street that just about sank us in 2008.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

“Has no idea what it wants to be and settles for boring and pointless.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist 

 

RIDEALONGRIDE ALONG

“Kevin Hart is a movie star, but no movie has yet found a way to let him play anyone other than Kevin Hart.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE

 

 

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“The eternal story of wanting what you’re not supposed to have, grasping at something that might bring everything down round you, and being someone in private quite different from your public persona. That’s a state of affairs one need not live in Victorian times to appreciate.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

“Instead of a contemporary view of 19th century social graces or an indictment of cultural mores, we get lots of grimacing and heavy breathing and dead babies. Such is life.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter