BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/03/2015

epcjckx9aql6darbtjvvTERMINATOR GENISYS

“GENISYS winks and nudges so much it’ll bruise your ribs.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“A pointless but not unentertaining diversion, TERMINATOR GENISYS exists for the same reason a dog licks his balls: because it can.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“TERMINATOR GENISYS could have been your next favorite dumb action movie, but it is far too concerned with fitting into the greater Terminator timeline and ultimately the action suffers because of it.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…despite Schwartzenegger’s presence, this film is a big-budget, confusing mess who’s ultimate insult is an ambiguous post-credits final scene trumpeting an unnecessary sequel to come.” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

“TERMINATOR GENISYS may be yet another summer movie sequel, but this one turns out to have been worth the effort.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…much more interested in cheaply calling back to its predecessors, sporting a framework indicative of the superhero genre’s increasingly huge influence on blockbusters, and setting the stage for installments to come.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

magic-mike-xxl-channing-tatum-gabriel-iglesiasMAGIC MIKE XXL

“While MAGIC MIKE sold a darker, cautionary tale alongside the fantasy of a buddy band of strippers, MAGIC MIKE XXL makes it all about the fun.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

 

infinitely-polar-bearINFINITELY POLAR BEAR

“This may be based on a true story, but the film itself never once succeeds in evoking real experience.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“…nothing’s ever quite so black-and-white in INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, which treats issues of race, mental illness and family dysfunction with nuance.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

Manglehorn_StillMANGLEHORN

“Slyly constructed as a shrine to its star, MANGLEHORN is peppered with shoutouts to Pacino’s filmography.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 7/1/2015

Joyce Kulhawik reviews NEWSIES

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks TED 2, BESSIE and A LITTLE CHAOS

Sean Burns on INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE

Monica Castillo talks July Movies on PIX11 and TED 2 on the IBTimes Podcast, reports on Michael Jackson’s heirs, TED 2 references, a possible HOCUS POCUS sequel, STAR TREK BEYOND, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, Donald Trump, James Deen, SCREAM trivia and Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara

Kilian Melloy presents HOWDY STRANGER

Andy Crump on A MURDER IN THE PARK and STUNG

Jaskee Hickman interviews Mark Ruffalo and Maya Forbes of INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

Bob Chipman offers IN DEFENSE OF VIDEO GAMES

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/26/2015

TED 204

Ted 2 is the next stop on the road that MacFarlane has been traveling down since A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, one starting with artistic integrity and ending with delusions of grandeur.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“The pattern beginning to emerge with MacFarlane’s live-action work is that the “elaborate setpiece” gags either land soft or not at all, while the small observational material stands up a lot better.” – Bob Chipman, Moviebob

 

mxMAX

MAX manages to tell a coherent story in spite of the many subplots that are introduced and run side by side with the primary plot.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

A Little ChaosA LITTLE CHAOS

“…a beautifully filmed story about love, loss, pomp and passion brought to live by some terrific acting from the entire cast.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…as schematic and preordained as the classical aesthetics it’s supposedly railing against.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

 

 

the-overnightTHE OVERNIGHT

“…a slender conceit stretched out about as far as it can go…” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“…the sort of film that lets you get to know four people better than you may know your own friends, and it never tries to be anything more than it is.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…rarely goes off into tangents where it would be difficult to reel everything back into the main narrative.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“Turns out that kids really do ruin everything.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

big-game-movie-set-2BIG GAME

“If you’re going to drop a bomb, you might as well drop it with gusto.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“So much of today’s big-ticket filmmaking is designed to pummel you into submission that Helander’s scrappy chutzpah feels kinda soothing. ” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 6/24/2015

John Black encounters THE WOLFPACK

Dan Kimmel reviews Joe Dante’s BURYING THE EX

Bob Chipman asks “Who is Marvel’s WORST Superhero?”

Sean Burns looks at Pacino in MANGLEHORN

Monica Castillo reports on THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, SOAKED IN BLEACH, SUICIDE SQUAD, iZOMBIE, MANGLEHORN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, LIP-SYNCH BATTLE, Netflix expirations, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 and EMPIRE

Jared Bowen interviews Julie Burros

Spoilerpiece Theatre covers INSIDE OUT, DOPE and ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL

Andrew Crump on THE OVERNIGHT, Patrick Brice, CREEP, THE COMEDIANS and the philosophy of INSIDE OUT

Joyce Kulhawik looks at JURASSIC WORLD, TOMORROWLAND and more