BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/24/2015

(Note: Time film critic Richard Corliss passed away this Thursday. The Boston Online Film Critics Association extends its condolences toward Richard’s friends and family.)

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“What does it feel like to live a hundred years? Just ask anyone who has sat through THE AGE OF ADALINE.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

 

The-Water-Diviner-Gallery-01THE WATER DIVINER

“…what the movie lacks in discipline and polish, it more than makes up for in sheer sincerity.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“…when a mixed-bag movie is also this mixed up, you either throw up your hands, turn off your brain, and hope for the best, or seek solace in your soda and popcorn.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“In the end [Russell Crowe's] performance is one of the least problematic aspects of the film, but perhaps it shows that he should stick to acting.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

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“…5 TO 7 is too damn winsome for its own good. Worse than that, it’s disingenuous.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“5 TO 7 starts so wonderfully that its left turn into bologna is all the more disheartening.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“While she certainly has the ability to wrap the audience around her little finger, Marlohoe is far less convincing when the role causes her to be more than charming.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The set up is fascinating, the humor is rich and the camera work is as stylish as the French new wave; there are so many places this movie could go. But where it takes us is unbelievably facile and sentimental.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

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“From a comedic standpoint, you’ll find something to laugh about at certain points during ADULT BEGINNERS, but there isn’t anything to love when looking at the film as a whole.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“This isn’t an actor’s movie, nor much of a screen comedy; it’s a sitcom showcase.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

 

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“You’re certain to find better movies to see other than LITTLE BOY, but if you want to see this for some reason, it wouldn’t kill you.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

the-forger-toronto-film-festival-3THE FORGER

“Travolta mopes his way through the title role as Ray Cutter, a brilliant jailbird art forger from those mythical movie-land mean streets of Boston – where everyone talks in outlandish accents and they never seem to have trouble finding a parking space.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 4/22/2015

Norm Schrager talks IFF Boston 2015 and MORPHINE: JOURNEY OF DREAMS

Sam Cohen talks to the director of EX-MACHINA

Monica Castillo talks BEAUTY & THE BEAST, STAR WARS, UNFRIENDED, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Weinstein, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and more

Kilian Melloy talks to director Alex Garland and reviews THAT MAN FROM RIO

Sean Burns reviews MISERY LOVES COMPANY and interviews David Chen of THE PRIMARY INSTINCT

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks UNFRIENDED, TRUE STORY and STAR WARS

Andy Crump talks ageism in recent films, WHERE’S MAMA’S BOY?, THE COMEDIANS and DEAD LANDS

Joyce Kulhawik talks COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/17/2015

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“Do u like scary movies? Lol. Coz OMFG! This 1 is about ppl dying on Skype. Srsly! Like, WTF?!?! #Yolo” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

“Like the cast, we’re trapped in a browser with no means of escape. Even Ctrl+Alt+Del can’t save us.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

 

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“What starts out as a smart psychological thriller with an edge of speculative fiction proves to be a clockwork amusement built from standard parts and not wound sufficiently to get it through its full running time.” - Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“…there’s an underlying ickiness to the entire film, and not just the inherent “OMG, THE ROBOTS ARE LIKE PEOPLE” ickiness. There’s an undercurrent of sexism that’s unpalatable.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“With all of the complaining that I do in this review, you might think that I hate EX MACHINA, but that’s not true.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As a film that utilizes misdirection and provokes users to seek through layers of subtext, EX MACHINA proves to be intellectually appealing without materializing into a thesis on one’s own ideas.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

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“That [Hill and Franco] are pals gives TRUE STORY an existential stink, but they, and the movie, acquit themselves well.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“The film wants to feel important, and it flirts with being a procedural — but it would have done better to stick with celebrating the slippery interface between facts and the human truths we construct from them.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“The laughably telegraphed revelations wouldn’t cut it as CBS prime-time fodder.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

Clouds-of-Sils-Maria-still-3CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

“It’s a movie you’ll find yourself turning over in your mind for quite some time after the closing credits roll, marinating in the heady swirl of ideas and defiantly unresolved resolutions.” – Sean Burns, The Artery

 


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“Diliberto doesn’t hand-hold in the slightest. He does, however, deploy background carefully. Attentive viewers should have no trouble keeping pace with his brio.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

 

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“The subtle, empowering themes at the core of this latest Disneynature film are heartening and certainly something to share with our children (much more politically correct than stories of princesses).” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 4/15/2015

Monica Castillo talks Beamly, Tribeca and THE COMEDIANS,

Sean Burns on DANNY COLLINS

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks Scientology, Nicholas Sparks and climate change

Andy Crump revies THE COMEDIANS, 5 TO 7, THE DEAD LANDS, REBELS OF THE NEON GOD and interviews Glenn Morshower

Bob Chipman’s REALLY THAT GOOD covers DIE HARD

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/10/2015

 

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THE LONGEST RIDE

“THE LONGEST RIDE tells a romance narrative, but the relationship isn’t the primary focus. This is a movie about a body.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“If you are sucker for romances, anything written by Nicholas Sparks, and cowboys, the contemporary segments of THE LONGEST RIDE has been manufactured specifically for you.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

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“The best thing to do is save the money you’d spend to see White God and donate it to a local shelter instead.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“There’s no manipulation here, no chicanery, no falsehood, just a frank, stylized attempt at critiquing man’s dominion over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Andy Crump, Cinematic Essential

 

simon_pegg_kriv_stenders_kill_me_three_timesKILL ME THREE TIMES

“…a dark comedy that would make a bucket of scorpions look like a tea party.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Murder, blackmail, revenge…and Simon Pegg in a Fu-Manchu moustache. What else do you need?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“You know what, let’s just say that there isn’t many redeemable qualities here.” - Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review