BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/18/2017

HITMAN2THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

“There are a lot of blazing thrills in this film, from Hayek’s scorching turn to ceaseless weapons fire, to a late-breaking detonation or two (not to mention an unexpected moment featuring a human torch), but despite its fever-pitch sound and fury this action flick is a misfire.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Samuel L. Jackson prevents THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD from falling apart.”- Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

logan-luckyLOGAN LUCKY

“The film has the tossed-off, casual sophistication of an old master’s late work, the kind of thing great directors make when they’ve already forgotten more than a lot of filmmakers will ever know.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…with Soderbergh back in the driver’s seat you know you’re in or an enjoyable ride.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Once more unto the breach he goes with LOGAN LUCKY, which stuck out to this writer as a retooling of what Soderbergh does incredibly well: ensembles.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

 

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“..a sharp, moving dissection of personal identity and self-agency. You don’t need to know Yiddish to make sense of that.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“It immerses us in this community, and by the end of the film, it’s hard not to feel like a part of it.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

nullTHE TRIP TO SPAIN

“It’s all just more of the same, so frequent flyers get rewarded. It’s all a matter of what lens you’re viewing the franchise through.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“These movies have yet to fizzle out and lose their appeal or run out of creative space to explore, and frankly, because they use the lives of two very real people as their bases, they probably never will.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

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“If anything, one might wish the film had gone even farther, but for it to have done what it has — sitting in a pit of its own urban provincialism, hard and bright as a diamond and as alluringly lethal as a hateful smile — is, in itself, nothing short of refreshing.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

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“…you feel active while you’re watching MARJORIE PRIME — engaged in a way you don’t at films that lazily spell everything out for you.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/16/2017

Andy Crump reviews GET SHORTY and talks GAME OF THRONES

Sean Burns looks at a Brattle Women-Directed Comedy Showcase

Spoilerpiece Theater and guest Deirdre Crimmins talks ANNABELLE CREATION and Fantasia Fest

Nick Casaletto debuts a new series of short stories and reviews TWIN PEAKS

Allyson Johnson joins the QUEEN’S LANDING podcast

Bob Chipman talks THE EMOJI MOVIE, Sega Genesis Games and KISS ME DEADLY

Joyce Kulhawik catches up on recent releases and new theatrical productions of 42ND STREET and FINDING NEVERLAND

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/11/2017

Lulu-Wilson-as-Linda-in-Annabelle-CreationANNABELLE: CREATION

“It’s so slow and so predictable that people may start shouting out wisecracks to keep it moving along.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“ANNABELLE: CREATION is fine in some ways, but I know they could have given us more.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

0810_wind-river-1-1000x753WIND RIVER

“What we have in WIND RIVER leads me to believe that Taylor Sheridan could possibly have a successful career as a director should he continue down that path.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“You can’t make a movie about simple retributive justice “important” by reminding us of the films ugly setting. (Which this film does for far too long after its climax.) In this case, a movie becomes condescending cultural misappropriation.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“To be honest, the central mystery of “Wind River” is not all that mysterious and rather quickly solved. What’s more important are the textures of a community devastated by drugs and poverty.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

TGC_D40-4817.rafTHE GLASS CASTLE

“…an unpleasant two hours ending with an image of family unity that may be hard to believe, even if true.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/9/2017

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks DETROIT, SHINING THROUGH and THOR

Greg Vellante reviews COLUMBUS

Nick Casaletto reviews TWIN PEAKS

Bob Chipman talks Andy Serkis’ Oscar chances

Andy Hoglunds looks back on the real story behind DETROIT,

Andrew Crump talks COLUMBUS, TRIP TO SPAIN, COMRADE DETECTIVE,

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/04/17

The_Dark_Tower.0THE DARK TOWER

“The failures of THE DARK TOWER don’t fall at the feet of Idris Elba.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“I know THE DARK TOWER has its set audience out there, I would say between the ages of 10-18. They will flock to the theater for the opening weekend, have a blast, and forget everything about it in less than 24 hours.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“If there is anything to take away from this flick it’s the landscapes and costuming. [Nikolaj] Arcel definitely paints a pretty picture.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

“…this is hardly the excursion to fantastical and enticing places one might hope it to be. “The Dark Tower” feels like lukewarm, greasy takeout.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“It’s a kind of serviceable fantasy/horror film that may work for the middle school set…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…if you’re gonna make a lousy movie I appreciate the courtesy of keeping it brief.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

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“…as a 62 year old white film critic, let me point out that there’s nothing here, other than perhaps some historical details, that black viewers don’t already know. It’s white moviegoers who need to see this instead of turning away.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Tersely and expertly shot to create unparalleled tension and pit-of-your-stomach anxiety, you’ll leave the theater brimming with anger over the injustice you just watched take place onscreen. Unfortunately, you also might leave wondering if Bigelow was really the right person to tell this story.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“I can understand why some people don’t want to see DETROIT. (Let’s face it, if you’re black you already know all this shit far too well.) But given that the film was released on a day when the President of the United States advocated roughing up suspects while uniformed police cheered on live television, I can think of quite a few people who really should.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“In February, Jordan Peele’s GET OUT offered an explosive critique of racism, but his scares were tempered with laughs; Bigelow offers no such release. Sadly, the type of horrors she’s unflinchingly put on display here are as familiar today as they were 50 years ago.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

Kidnap-1KIDNAP

“This film travels a long road to its obvious (and overstated) destination. It tells you something when a film that clocks in at around 80 minutes ends up feeling like a three-hour tour through genre cliches.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

an-inconvenient-truthAN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL

“If this set of documentaries is to become a trilogy, one wonders what the third chapter will be. A decade from now, what was once merely inconvenience might have become irreversible.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston