BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP 5/22/2015

TOMORROWLANDtomorowland

“Ugh.” – Killian Melloy, EDGE Boston

“To say that TOMORROWLAND is a disappointment isn’t really fair. If this reviewer was eight years old, it would seem like one of the best movies ever.” – Daniel Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies

“Straddling many ideas and communicating so little.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“Brad Bird’s newest has so many worldviews and agendas battling each other in the narrative — some half-baked and some well fleshed out — that the intriguing inspiration behind the concept of TOMORROWLAND gets sunk under instances of preachy blathering.” – Sam Cohen, Under The Gun

 

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“POLTERGEIST isn’t able to provide an honest source of entertainment for audiences in search of some summertime frights.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…if the only reason you’re remaking a movie is simply because you own the rights, it’s probably not worth doing.” – Daniel Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 5/20/2015

Jaskee Hickman interviews the writer-director of I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS

Joyce Kulhawik on the MAD MEN finale

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and PITCH PERFECT 2

Monica Castillo joins the Village Voice Film Club Podcast for PITCH PERFECT 2 & MAD MAX FURY ROAD and reports on Natalie Portman, B.B. King, MINIONS, Cannes fashion and the Cannes heels controversyDANCING WITH THE STARS, Azealia Banks, MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS and the history of Disney’s TOMORROWLAND

Sean Burns looks at Steven Seagal’s ABSOLUTION

Andy Crump reviews SLOW/WEST and SUNSHINE SUPERMAN and THE COMEDIANS

Bob Chipman talks Retro-Gaming KickStarters

Derek Deskins reviews THE CONNECTION

Jake Mulligan on BREAKING AWAY

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/15/2015

maxresdefault (14)MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

“Miller has made a phenomenal action film with a righteous cause, a movie that layers smart commentary atop jaw-dropping set pieces.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a thrill ride for the ages.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“Miller dropped the mic and then stepped on it.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“This is bold, go-for-broke, visionary filmmaking of such a high order that I’m not really sure where to begin.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“…exceeds all expectations as a super-charged, relentless action assault on the senses that will leave you truly breathless, awe-struck and satisfyingly exhausted…” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

“…a carnivalesque thrill ride down the highways of Hell that’s more meticulously crafted than just about any mainstream motion picture in recent memory.” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

“It’s got the action and explosions of a TRANSFORMERS movie, but makes those films look like complex dramas in comparison.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Few movies live up to the hype, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD laughs in their faces and makes them eat its dust.” – Max Covill, Impassioned Cinema

 

Pitch Perfect 2PITCH PERFECT 2

“While there are plenty of significant similarities between the two films, Pitch Perfect 2 does not simply regurgitate the first film.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“What, one wonders, would Beca – or Anna Kendrick for that matter — have to say about the insulting misogynist jokes and offensive racial stereotypes that make-up most of the ‘humor’ of the first half of the movie?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…a movie that will make you laugh out loud without feeling stupid.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The over-the-top racist caricature feels horribly out-of-sync with the movie’s positive message about girl power and friendship.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

 

Iris-movie_104335IRIS

“If you saw Iris Apfel  pawing through the racks at a Harlem thrift store, you would want to know her story. But does that mean you want to sit through a documentary about her?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“IRIS is a vibrant, lively portrait of an icon in her field, but it’s also a celebration of inner (and outer) uniqueness.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

Bird-LegsI AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY

“…Big Bird is such a huge part of our cultural Gestalt that I defy anyone who has not grown up with this immense character to be unmoved by this movie.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“It is impossible to observe the film’s interviews with Spinney and not be taken aback by the man’s extraordinary sensitivity, and the deeply unhappy childhood that seems still very much with him today.” – Sean Burns, WBUR

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 5/13/2015

Michael Cox reviews SAINT LAURENT

Jared Bowen looks at Worcester Art Museum’s SAMURAI

Monica Castillo reports on Jennifer Lawrence, STAR WARS, the first BARACK OBAMA movie, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, EMPIRE, FIFTY SHADES DARKER, GOTHAM, JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS and THE X-FILES

Bob Chipman talks Marvel’s Black Widow controversyFURY ROAD box-office fears and reviews AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D’s Season 2 Finale

David Riedel on MISERY LOVES COMEDY

Sean Burns on EVERY SECRET THING

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks HOT PURSUIT, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and PLAYING IT COOL

Andy Crump reviews THE COMEDIANS, TOM SWIFT & HIS ELECTRIC RIFLE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and the Ten Most Influential TV Series of All Time

Joyce Kulhawik reports on The Elliot Norton Awards

Derek Deskins on THE WOLFPACK

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/08/2015

UTC_6-6-14_04146.CR2HOT PURSUIT

“I walked out.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Though HOT PURSUIT is not the worst cinematic experience I have had this year, its lack of actual comedy is decidedly cringeworthy.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…a throwback to those old ’80s comedies you always find yourself watching way too often on cable on hungover Sunday afternoons.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“Hilarity ensues – and by hilarity, I mean I laughed twice.” – Monica Castillo

 

dtrainTHE D-TRAIN

“I’m unable to completely slam THE D TRAIN, but I wouldn’t suggest that anyone rush out to theaters to see it since I simply don’t think it’s worth the money.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The film is largely without charm, and it’s brim-full of ‘Oh No They Didn’t!’” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

meeeWELCOME TO ME

“It helps that Wiig uses her well-honed comedic chops and adds a layer of dramatic desperation.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

Maggie-1MAGGIE

“Arnold’s doing Eastwood again, and this is his MILLION DOLLAR ZOMBIE.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

5-flights-up5 FLIGHTS UP

“It really shouldn’t be such a novelty to see a movie about two senior citizens that doesn’t portray them as clumsy, sex-crazed curmudgeons for cheap laughs, but here we are.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine