BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/29/2019

01_dumbo_dtlr2_4k_r709f_still_181105.087357_ONLINE.0DUMBO

“Over the years this reviewer has noted certain ‘family films’ as ones where the parents ought to flip a coin with the loser having to take their offspring to the movies. Not this time –– DUMBO is a movie that everyone can enjoy.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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“…successfully tugs at the heartstrings. Best of all, it brings awareness of a horrible tragedy to audiences who might not know about this particular atrocity.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/22/2019

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“US is a formidable horror giant in an already crowded pantheon of modern horror. The genre has always been political, grand, and aggressively honest, and it’s a boon to see that new directors like Peele are ready to carve out their own place in that world.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Jordan Peele has become one of the most talked about men in Hollywood in the past three years, evolving from being a sketch comedy virtuoso to one of the most ambitious horror directors of all time. And in his sophomore film US he does not miss a beat.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

“US may be flawed, but it’s well worth seeing. Indeed, if this had been Peele’s first film, we’d be proclaiming him a talent to watch.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Hopefully, a second — or third — viewing of US will reveal all the answers that just didn’t come across strongly enough the first time. If that’s what it takes, then fine. Even if it never leads you to the big “A-HA!” moment you are looking for, watching US is worth it.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

“And in a subtly humorous nod to the ritual of watching horror movies, Peele even provides us opportunities to scream at the stupid things characters in such films do, and we find ourselves yelling at the screen: Don’t go out there! Keep running! Don’t let that kid out of your sight!” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

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“In ASH IS PUREST WHITE, the relief from the bootheel of Chinese patriarchy is shown with subtlety and not bombast.” – Sam Cohen, Edge Boston

“This massively entertaining melodrama is deceptively direct in presentation, but a closer look reveals that even the simplest scenes contain multitudes.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

aftermathTHE AFTERMATH

“THE AFTERMATH aims for your heart, but it ends up hitting the funny bone. It’s not a bad thing, however, as this incidental effect is what helps an otherwise pedestrian story survive.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/15/2019

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“in execution, the teen romance never packs the emotional wallop it so obviously, self-satisfyingly, believes it does.” – Allyson Johnson, The Playlist

 

 

gloria-bell1GLORIA BELL

“This isn’t a movie of large ambitions or self-important themes. It’s just about life, and how it goes on.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

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“There’s not much wonder in the film, but when it’s there, it’s there.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

 

 

 

woman-at-warWOMAN AT WAR

“The film directs a bitter, humorous eye at the complications between embracing activism and functioning in society, especially in an era of increased global commerce and tech surveillance.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/08/2019

07-captain-marvel-costumes-lede.w700.h467CAPTAIN MARVEL

“Larson has to play a character who is both reclaiming her past and discovering her future. It’s a surprisingly complex role which may be why some of the fan base has been put off by it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“CAPTAIN MARVEL is one of the blandest superhero movies ever released to the masses.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…a drab-looking chase picture awash in tedious exposition and overbearing period pop culture references.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“CAPTAIN MARVEL is by no means the next best superhero movie. But it is a lot of fun, and a solid foundation for a character with plenty of potential in the MCU.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“It’s schlocky, campy, and panders to its fanbase, but if you aren’t burnt out on these movies you’ll be in for a fun ride.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 3/6/2019

Evan Crean interviews Sam J. Jones of FLASH GORDON and LIFE AFTER FLASH

Allyson Johnson reviews LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD and A SILENT VOICE

Bob Chipman talks the history of CAPTAIN MARVEL

Sean Burns looks at Godard’s THE IMAGE BOOK

Robyn Bahr talks animated movies taking on toxic masculinity

Spoilerpiece Theatre offers an Oscar wrap-up and talks CLIMAX and GRETA

Andrew Crump reviews WOMAN AT WAR and THE HOLE IN THE GROUND