BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/26/2016


Jane Levy stars in Screen Gems' horror-thriller DON'T BREATHE.DON’T BREATHE

“It keeps you guessing throughout the running time, and has fun playing with the audience’s expectations.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“DON’T BREATHE should be commended for being a film that tries its hardest to be different during a time when familiarity is all too common.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 


a-tale-of-love-and-darkness-natalie-portman-photo-1A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS

“…Portman makes bold visual choices and sticks to a personal, at times trying, aesthetic strategy. She’s a real filmmaker.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“This is a deceptively complex and layered film, calm and dense and fraught with unease.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

mechanicresurrectionMECHANIC: RESURRECTION 

“There’s little to separate MECHANIC: RESURRECTION from a dozen other Jason Statham action movies, other than the obvious lack of effort from all involved to even try and do anything different.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/24/2016

Jake Mulligan talks INTO A DREAM

Evan Crean interviews Eric Latek

Spoilerpiece Theatre digs into WAR DOGS, KUBO and LO AND BEHOLD

Max Covill talks movie trailers and Jai Courtney

Sean Burns reviews THE KILLING JOKE, talks his Ten Best of 1982 and looks back at GET CARTER and POINT BLANK

Joyce Kulhawik reviews THE WITNESS

Andy Crump interviews Ira Sachs and reviews THE LOST ARCADE, THE GET DOWN and Herzog’s LO AND BEHOLD

Bob Chipman talks SPIDER-MAN casting and also in video form

John Hanlon talks Meryl Streep

Deirdre Crimmins interviews Steven Shainberg and wraps up Fantasia Fest

Kristofer Jenson presents Boston Reel Editors’ Picks

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/19/2016

Kubo-and-the-Two-Strings-final-trailer-imageKUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is one of the year’s best films — a singular, soulful and sensational work of visual artistry and impeccable storytelling.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“To say that I enjoyed KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS would be a categorical understatement. The film’s visuals, storytelling, and characters made it a lovely and occasionally tense world to visit.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“This very well might end up being the best animated film 2016 has to offer based on the artistry alone, and to some, one of the best the cinematic year has to offer, period.” – Allyson Johnson, The Mary Sue

“…a tale of monsters and heroes, swords and sorcery, legends brought to vivid life with a surplus of heart, where reckoning with grief is a more daunting feat than slaying a kraken.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Even in a year that has seen some creative and entertaining animated films, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS would be a standout.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies


ben-hur-toby-kebbellBEN-HUR

“In this age of farcically demagogic presidential candidates and Bernie or Busters, a tale of irrationally driven zealots and the calmer voices that seek to contain them ought to resonate; it’s a feat in itself that the film misses that mark, its morale overshadowed by action-oriented set pieces and drowned in sentimental malarky that’s even more mawkish than in the 1959 version of the story.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“And just how fast is Charlton Heston, star of the classic – and definitive – 1959 version of the story spinning in his grave?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“If you want to know why this new BEN-HUR is dead on arrival here’s the answer in a nutshell: Hollywood no longer knows how to do period epics.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

thumbnail_24172WAR DOGS

“…for a true story, it also feels terribly formulaic, especially when it comes to the character dynamics.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston 

“By treating this is as a caper movie, “War Dogs” provides the requisite action and laughs. Yet it glosses over the actual impact of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan…” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“WAR DOGS is a movie about making money during times of war, but it never feels as if there’s a threat to anyone.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

lo-and-beholdLO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

“…perhaps the biggest question left for the viewers to dwell on is: Will our dreams ever stop?” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“You didn’t expect a Werner Herzog documentary about the significance of the internet in our daily lives, and how it might alter our future, to fall in the ballpark of “cheerful,” did you?” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/12/2016

Petes-Dragon-Movie-Disney-2016PETE’S DRAGON

“It’s one thing for the movie to acknowledge Elliot as a character, and another thing entirely for the movie to acknowledge Elliot as a living, breathing entity of empathetic depth.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“… a breath of fresh air in a summer where updates to franchises intended for children and teenagers are all glum, ironic, violent, self-aggrandizing and ultimately hollow.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

“A reimagining of the same studio’s 1977 live-action/animation hybrid, Disney breathes excellent new life into this story in all the right ways—beginning with, of course, the dragon.” – Greg Vellante, Forces of Geek

“Tender, warmhearted and, most importantly, earnest to its core, PETE’S DRAGON hearkens back to old adventure stories, an E.T. for today’s generation of kids that inspires wonder and the want for exploration.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

 

Sausage-Party-trailer-stillSAUSAGE PARTY

“Most of the time, I sat in disbelief at how they got away with this stuff — but I’m so glad they did.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Just when you think this surreal world can’t surprise you any longer, it comes up with something else that may make you gasp or wince but will most likely make you laugh.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“SAUSAGE PARTY is a nasty, crass, and unique movie that only Rogen and Goldberg could concoct.” – Max Covill, Film School Rejects

“Bottom line: This movie is piss your pants funny, and not just because I almost laughed hard enough to do that, because it’s the kind of humor where pissing your pants would actually be the punchline.” – Bob Chipman, Movie Bob

“Respect for other people and their beliefs is something that we shouldn’t have to talk about as adults.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

nullFLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

“…like ED WOOD (1994), it’s a movie in which love of art and kindness of heart triumphs over lack of talent.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Nicholas Martin’s script prompts us to cringe at her, rather than laugh with her.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“Streep, Frears, and company have mounted a tender and revealing spectacle onstage and off, at Carnegie Hall and behind the scenes, and finally on the imaginary stage on which we each see ourselves.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

Jeff-Bridges-Hell-or-High-Water-793x526HELL OR HIGH WATER

“Since humans from every walk of life tend to only view things from their perspective, I guess it’s normal for movies to want to tell us as viewers how to feel, think and behave.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The themes of brotherhood and male bonding are some of the most powerful in Taylor Sheridan’s decidedly smart script.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

 

anthropoidANTHROPOID

“As an entertainment, this film is a mixed bag, but as a lesson in courage, ANTHROPOID makes its case in no uncertain terms.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

disorder-2DISORDER

“From its maelstrom of violence and hyper-vigilance there emerge cunning ambiguities and questions left artfully unanswered.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/10/2016

Deirdre Crimmins revisits THE LAST STARFIGHTER and joins Steve Head on the Diabolique Podcast

Bob Chipman talks ANIMAL MAN

Brett Michel talks Philip Roth

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks BAD MOMS, SUICIDE SQUAD and STRANGER THINGS

Kristofer Jenson offers his Boston Reel Editor’s Picks

Kilian Melloy reviews NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH