BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 11/27/2015

CREEDCREED

“Human-scaled, rambling and idiosyncratic, with emotional payoffs larger than life. I spent most of the running time crying my fucking eyes out.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“CREED defies our expectations of its genre even as it fulfills them. You may not see a better crowd-pleaser this season.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“It’s hokey, it’s predictable and, if you’re a fan, it’s surprisingly engaging. A big reason is that Stallone–often an underrated actor whose good performances are sometimes overlooked–underplays the role. ” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Give Ryan Coogler a moving body and he’ll give you a moment worthy of the ROCKY series.” – Jake Mulligan, DIGBoston

“Reestablishes Michael B. Jordan after the FANTASTIC FOUR debacle.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

GOOD DINOTHE GOOD DINOSAUR

“Stories and characters have always been the backbone of the best Pixar films, and here it’s obvious that this was a script done by committee. Literally.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“If it were not for the utterly beautiful background animation this film would be a complete miss.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“While the film’s willful genre hopping isn’t especially disruptive, it is distracting.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

NIGHT BEFORETHE NIGHT BEFORE

“This may not have been the most I’ve guffawed at a film this year, but it’s certainly the hardest.” – Greg Vellante, Sound & Picture

“These are extremely familiar riffs for Rogen, but he happens to still be really good at them.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“This familiar Rogen-style journey did cause me to laugh more than I anticipated.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 11/25/2015

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks TRUMBO, THE NIGHT BEFORE and MOCKINGJAY: PART 2

Sean Burns catches up with SPOTLIGHT

Bob Chipman talks Marvel Villains and revisits the original SPIDER-MAN movies

Norm Schrager looks at JAHAR PANAHI’S TAXI

Andy Crump reviews ASH VS EVIL DEAD, JESSICA JONES, THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Jake Mulligan takes in IN JACKSON HEIGHTS

 

Joyce Kulhawik looks at A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/20/2015

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2

“…a rather disappointing crash and burn for a series that brought attention to positive action role models for young girls.”  - Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“…the war against the Capitol gallops to a finish, the battle for Katniss’ heart concludes long at last, and we can all go home with a sigh of relief that the saga is over.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 is at once just another franchise finale, but at the same time something far more in depth in its thematic focus.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

“If it is the job of fiction to turn a mirror back onto ourselves, then THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 is successful in that vein.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“In spite of the unnecessary padding that led to “Mockingjay” being split in half, the series ends on a strong note.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

secret-in-their-eyesSECRET IN THEIR EYES

“… it’s the movie you go out to during Thanksgiving week when you’ve just got to get out of the house.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

The-Night-Before-starring-Seth-Rogen-Joseph-Gordon-Levitt-and-Anthony-MackieTHE NIGHT BEFORE

“Prudes and PCs need not apply.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

 

 

trumboTRUMBO

“The film tribute to Trumbo is entertaining, swiftly moving, and just as witty as the man himself.” – Deidre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 11/18/2015

Andy Crump visits the set of FINEST HOURS, talks HATEFUL EIGHT boycotts and reviews ENTERTAINMENT, THE MUPPETSASH VS EVIL DEAD, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER

Bob Chipman talks video-games and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sean Burns interviews The Rassmussen Brothers and reviews HEIST and MISS YOU ALREADY

Deirdre Crimmins talks DANGEROUS MEN

Spoilerpiece Theatre looks at BROOKLYN, LOVE THE COOPERS and COBRA vs. BEVERLY HILLS COP

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/13/2015

2b5c1bc6609fda97703223c1d5888cd5THE 33

“It’s hard not to lose interest – perhaps even laugh – at some of the authentic blunders director Patricia Riggen (GIRL IN PROGRESS) made in casting.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“THE 33 is too wrapped up in its theatricality to maintain a sense of authenticity.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“It sounds strange, but THE 33 is the feel-good mining disaster of the movie of the year.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

bytheseajolie_pittBY THE SEA

“Jolie Pitt takes a lot of big swings and quite a few of them don’t connect, but the film is exciting to watch because it comes from someplace daring and real.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

BY THE SEA is a movie that everyone on the planet should skip.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Jolie-Pitt’s screenplay leaves much to be desired as its characters languish under the coastal sun.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

 

love-the-coopersLOVE THE COOPERS

“Watching LOVE THE COOPERS will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy in the same way that looking at those poorly photographed tables of obviously fake food will leave you feeling hungry.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…the most grotesque Christmas film I’ve seen in ages, a lump of coal that not even the naughtiest of children deserve to find in their metaphorical stockings.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

 

1422720813_sundance-2015-brooklyn_2BROOKLYN

“The chemistry on screen feels as if it’s inventing entirely new elements as it goes along.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

BROOKLYN is a soft, affectionate tale about the love and growth that we experience in life.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

heist2015__article-hero-1130x430HEIST

“Competently directed by Scott Mann, HEIST isn’t bad for a brazenly derivative, time-killing knock-off.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine