BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/25/2019

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“THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is charming, playful, and the exact kind of movie that both kids and adults can appreciate equally.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Pedestrianism aside, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING has plenty of moments that delight, thrill, and captivate. But its construction feels wholly artificial, and it’s hard not to imagine what this film would’ve been like as a hard-R-rated romp akin to ATTACK THE BLOCK…” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“…something that should please school-age viewers and should be tolerable for parents who may accompany them.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/18/2019

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“The problems with GLASS are impossible to ignore and detrimental to the overall film.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As with Shyamalan’s other films, characters don’t act like human beings but are simply plot devices.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This glass isn’t half full, per se, but I’ll be damned if it still didn’t leave me feeling parched.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“If Shyamalan’s career pattern repeats itself, he’ll produce another amazing film in a few years, but we have to suffer through GLASS in the meantime.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“If dull tones are your thing, then prepare for a visual smorgasbord.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

 

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“A sprawling, three-hour epic crammed into 88 minutes, writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski’s COLD WAR is a marvel of concision.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Ennui and the search for reprieve from oppressive institutions weigh down the 1950s, interrupted on brief occasion by bursts of joy expressed through dance, music, culture writ large, and lovemaking.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“STAN & OLLIE is a nice little movie that most people will probably enjoy if they get a chance to see it.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…the jaw-dropping performance here is that of John C. Reilly as Ollie. Sure, he’s in a fat suit and with a lot of latex makeup to become the heavy-set comic, but it’s his acting, not the latex, that is amazing.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

1-1000x563HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

“Both times I’ve seen the picture, it has left me at a loss for words, which is pretty inconvenient considering it’s supposed to be my job to talk about these things.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING demands much of its audience on a first watch, to say nothing of a second or third watch. You won’t unravel its meaning after a single viewing, either. But that’s the film’s greatest pleasure.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/11/2019

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“The definitive upside of THE UPSIDE is that it finally ends, but not before reminding us that ‘Phillip and Dell remain friends to this day.’” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

“There may be an audience of people who are satisfied with THE UPSIDE, and find the story of a paralyzed man discovering beauty in the small things in life both original and inspirational, but I’m not one of them.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“The film is predictable in too many ways, but when it works it’s because of the rapport that develops between Phillip and Dell, which is to say Cranston and Hart.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“…I found it all a bit silly and way overdone, wallowing in over-deliberate grotesquerie as some sort of misguided mark of integrity — which, come to think of it, is a pretty good way to sum up the movie itself.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The story never feels like it connects and all the supporting characters do is pad out a melodramatic crime drama.” – Max Covill, Film School Rejects

“DESTROYER fails to live up to the sum of its parts.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“There’s a superb 90-minute movie woven through DESTORYER’s two-hour run time, tight-knit and tense, free of excess flab and much, much meaner by consequence. We don’t have that movie.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

dogs-way-homeA DOG’S WAY HOME

“If it isn’t a great artistic achievement, it is a well-crafted movie that achieves exactly what it sets out to do. If you find such material appealing, it will work.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 1/9/2019

Spoilerpiece Theatre breaks down the hosts’ respective top ten of 2018

John Hanlon offers his Top Ten for Townhall.com

Sean Burns talks THE SOPRANOS and interviews Antonio Méndez Esparza

Bob Chipman looks at loot box laws and Louis CK’s bizarre comeback attempt

Daniel Kimmel offers his Ten Best and Ten Worst of 2018

Max Covill looks at the future of fighting games

Robyn Bahr reviews LINDSAY LOHAN’S BEACH CLUB

Joyce Kulhawik delivers her Top 10

Andy Crump looks at VOX LUX and A STAR IS BORN versus BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY