BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 12/30/2015

Deirdre Crimmins ranks her Top Ten Horror Films of the year

Monica Castillo and Andrew Crump contribute to Paste Magazine’s Best Performances list

Kilian Melloy reviews Blu-rays for NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, BORN FREE and EXTANT – SEASON 2

Sean Burns talks his Top Five of 2015

Bob Chipman talks Amiibos

Andrew Crump gives his Top 20 Movies and 12 Most Memorable Characters

Jared Bowen talks to Gardner Museum director Anne Hawley

BOFCA 2015 YEAR IN REVIEW PODCAST

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Members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association unite to recap the group’s top ten films of the year, overlooked gems and (finally!) get to talk STAR WARS. Happy New Year!

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BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 12/25/2015

THE HATEFUL EIGHTHATEFUL

“The cast is stupendous, the dialogue dazzles, disgusts, and delights in equal measure, and the craftsmanship is peerless – but watching Tarantino unfold Minnie’s various mysteries is close to pure rapture.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“Bennet is painted in a saintly glow that quickly wears thin. At times the movie comes across as a thriller as directed by Frank Capra” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE 

BOFCA MID-WEEK UPDATE 12/23/2015

Bob Chipman counts down Part I of his TOP TEN and looks back on A CHRISTMAS STORY

Andrew Crump looks at 45 YEARS, ASH VS EVIL DEAD and new Criterion releases

Joyce Kulhawik reviews NATASHA and PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS

Sean Burns catches up on YOUTH

Kilian Melloy on SON OF SAUL

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/18/2015

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“The battle scenes had me cheering, the story is layered and leaves enough dark corners to make us wonder what secrets various characters hold, but not so complicated that it takes itself too seriously or pulls us out of the simple pleasures that STAR WARS at its core has always held.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, Abrams accomplishes the herculean feat of transitioning George Lucas’s original STAR WARS films into a new series, while still making his movie feel like a part of the same cinematic universe.” – Evan Crean, Star Pulse

“THE FORCE AWAKENS is a fine movie that fans of the original trilogy will almost certainly fall in love with, but it’s a typical sci-fi movie that should have been more than what it actually is.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“After a Marvel film, I’m usually groaning about their tedious setup for future films. After STAR WARS, however, these groans were replaced with glee. I can’t wait to see what comes next.” – Greg Vellante, Sound & Picture

“…sadly reeks far too often of deja vu and reboot infection by returning to the well of past glory in its narrative theme, storyline and perhaps a tad too many knowing references to memorable moments from the past films.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

“This is the cinema of pre-built parts. If it’s filmmaking, then assembling a LEGO set is architecture.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“…no need to fret about spoilers, because this is déjà vu all over again.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

“Turns out, it is possible to go home again.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

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“ …it’s a movie that lets Gen Xers indulge in their wild youth while reminding them that time has marched on.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies