BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/23/2019

Gerard Butler frantically talking on the phone in the movie Angel Has FallenANGEL HAS FALLEN

“…the point of the series is that it provides visceral and violent action, delivering plenty of jolts mixed in with a dash of humor.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“ANGEL HAS FALLEN is what I’m sure most people probably expect it to be.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

Samara Weaving in a wedding dress holding a gun in the movie Ready or NotREADY OR NOT

“In some ways, this is covering the same ground – albeit in a horror context – as last year’s CRAZY RICH ASIANS” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“READY OR NOT is a beautiful film to look at, even after the blood starts to spray across the family heirlooms.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

“READY OR NOT is great fun within a package of biting wit and criticism; it’s a film that ultimately communicates the lengths that the rich will go to maintain their fortune and reputation, even if it comes at the expense of others.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

“There’s not a whole lot wrong with READY OR NOT, but it could have been more than what it is.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/16/2019

(from left) Lucas (Keith L. Williams), Max (Jacob Tremblay) and Thor (Brady Noon) in Good Boys, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Stupnitsky.GOOD BOYS

It is believed to be the first time a movie got an R rating for sex, drugs, and language ‘all involving tweens.’ This is no AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

GOOD BOYS tries its best to make you laugh and never attempts to extend its reach too far beyond that.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Much of GOOD BOYS follows the idea of plunging its protagonists into a world unknown, where drugs, sex, and romantic relationships start penetrating their lives as they begin their first steps toward growing up. It’s scarily accurate to the middle school experience, especially in how it navigates the concept of crushes and confusion about one’s evolving hormones.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

Cate Blanchett stands with sunglasses and her arms crossed in the movie Where'd You Go Bernadette?WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE

“Blanchett is one of the finest actresses working in film today, easily moving between comedy and drama, and who threads the needle here in handling both.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP: 08/14/2019

Spoilerpiece Theatre and special guest Deirdre Crimmins look at SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, LUZ and Fantasia Fest (and catch up with last week’s episode featuring Kris Jenson and Meagan Kearns)

Daniel Kimmel blogs on writing

Bob Chipman looks at politicized attacks on THE HUNT and violent video games following the El Paso mass-shooting tragedy

Robin Bahr talks veteran actors at The 2019 Emmys and reviews WHY WOMEN KILL and OUR BOYS.

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/09/2019

A creepy creature crawling downstairs glimpsed from the shadows in the movie Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkSCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

“It doesn’t work, whether you are a devotee of the Schwartz books or just a genre fan looking for a bit of film fun.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

“SCARY STORIESdidn’t turn out to be one of those rare PG-13 horror movies that’s actually good.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Although the book series remains popular, the road is littered with would-be movie franchises that never got beyond the first episode.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This PG-13 scare-fest may be geared toward teens (a more mature GOOSEBUMPS, if you will), but there are still some images in the film that will be hard to shake for some time. Let’s just say, it’ll be a while before I want someone to hug me again.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish are ready for business in the movie The KitchenTHE KITCHEN

“As a crime film it’s a mild diversion, but nothing special. As a metaphor for women struggling to find a place in the world, it takes some surprising turns.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Rigorously entertaining yet stupendously dumb, this is a film that delivers in completely unintentional ways and is more enjoyable because of its flaws.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

Aldis Hodge holds Sherri Shepherd in the movie Brian BanksBRIAN BANKS

“…a thoughtful movie that celebrates those who persevere over injustice, but also allows us to see what’s being done in our name.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies