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

 

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