BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/28/2014

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“How can three men combine into such a thrumming dynamo of idiocy? These dummies can’t even use walkie talkies without screwing up.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Indeed, if any movie deserves to be damned with faint praise, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 is it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Not since TMC showed a triple feature of FRANCIS THE TALKING MULE movies has an audience been subjected to three braying asses like the ones found starring in HORRIBLE BOSSES 2.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The improvisation, and there’s a ton of it, goes on and on and on and on and…repeating a lame joke doesn’t make it funny; it makes it miserable. – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 is an alleged comedy that needs to be skipped by anyone who wants to watch something that’s actually funny.” - Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

 

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“Though based on a true story ripped from the tabloids, Miller’s vision is an effective mediation on power and exploitation.” – Kristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

“It’s a shame that the horror that unfolds deviates so far from reality, at least when it comes to chronology.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

FOXCATCHER is a film that viewers will appreciate for all that it is.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

 

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PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

“This is sheer, unadulterated fun. You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Malkovich’s performance is so over-the-top, and perfect in that way, you almost wish the movie was show in a split screen so you could watch him work.” - John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Instead of appealing to both age groups, PENGUINS uses the presumed wants of each as an excuse to disappoint the other.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

 

 

BOFCA Mid-Week Roundup 11/26/14

Inkoo Kang asks hard questions about pop-culture and Bill Cosby

Spoilerpiece Theatre poured over ROSEWATER and DUMB & DUMBER TO

John Black reviewed POINT AND SHOOT

Bob Chipman talks serialization and franchsies

Norm Schrager observed THE CIRCLE

Jake Mulligan looked at the work of JACQUES DEMY

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/21/2014

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

“There’s plenty of foreshadowing of what is to come but the story doesn’t so much come to an end as have an intermission.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“It’s more interesting than good, but it’s very interesting.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“If the movie is slow and lacking in action, it compensates by being big and dramatic.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“It’s a half-story, and the cliffhanger ending feels made for TV, not the big screen.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“I know they probably like the paychecks and the notoriety they get from these movies, but as actors, they deserve better than what they’re given to work with in MOCKINGJAY PART 1.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

Who knew that if you stripped all the garish clown makeup off Effie Trinket you’d find a compelling performance from Elizabeth Banks?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“What we ultimately get with this installment is not much more than an intermission before the main event.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

 

homesman-tommy-lee-jonesTHE HOMESMAN

“…a stubbornly uncommercial and richly challenging inversion of Americana, this time with an eye towards the pioneer women pushed to the margins of our history books.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Swank is simply marvelous, her lanky frame in billowy dresses as expressive as her hard eyes and yearning mouth.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 11/19/14

Michael Cox has Blu-ray reviews of MOOD INDIGO, THE ONE I LOVE, THE DOG, HAPPY CHRISTMAS, PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, MALEFICENT and SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

Inkoo Kang talked Reality TV for Village Voice

John Black looks at THE BETTER ANGELS

Spoilerpiece Theatre dug into INTERSTELLAR and BIG HERO 6

Bob Chipman looked at the TEN BEST and TEN WORST portrayals of “Gamers” on TV

Tim Estiloz interviews THEORY OF EVERYTHING’s Felicity Jones

Joyce Kulhawik has her Holiday Movie Guide

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/14/2014

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“There are some movies that are able to stay with you well after you watch it for the first time, but THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING isn’t one of them.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is only a routine movie devoted to two extraordinary people, but at least they’ve each been gifted with extraordinary actors to portray them.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“As patchwork, this film has its charms. As biopic, well, it wouldn’t pass muster before a doctoral committee. ” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

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“As admirably cohesive as the story is, it’s far surpassed by the wonderfully committed lead performances.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“It just could be the saddest comedy ever made.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“After this, it’s doubtful anyone will want to do “There’s Something More About Mary.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“ROSEWATER is at once everything and nothing like what we expect from THE DAILY SHOW host Jon Stewart.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“ROSEWATER swings uneasily back and forth between hard drama, silly comedy, social commentary and even fantasy (a few scenes depict Bahari’s early life appearing on the sides of buildings as he walks past them, as if the buildings are movie screens).” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

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“In spite of how it’s been promoted, BEYOND THE LIGHTS is actually a versatile movie that is able to effectively talk about all that it has to say.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“The social commentary dissipates, but never disappears: This is what Nicholas Sparks movies would look like if he had any interest in the culture surrounding his prototypical star-crossed lovers.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

 

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“I never figured that I’d see a movie based on a subject like fatherhood and the assumptions that came with it, but it’s here and I like it very much.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…the film works as a serious, if artistic, inquiry into the expectations people have of one another, realistic and otherwise, and the illusions we maintain to secure our relationships and anchor our identities.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“… a squrimingly funny deadpan comedy of emasculation.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies