BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 1/4

ZERO DARK THIRTYZero Dark Roundup

“It’s a political Rorschach test, an experiment in the malleability of audience response. This is Kathryn Bigelow’s masterpiece; the film her whole career has built to.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“The result is a remarkably thorough, unexpectedly cinematic, two-and-half-hour chronicle of American persistence.” – Norm Schrager, Paste Magazine

“A phenomenal white-knuckle thriller; a precision-tooled machine that left me breathless both times I saw it. Hell of a thing to be on the edge of your seat when everybody in the world already knows the ending.
” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

“A seriously excellent piece of work. One of the sharpest, smartest, most thrilling and flat-out best movies of the year.” – Bob Chipman, The Escapist

“A lot of people have argued with me that the reason this movie is so great is because it’s so restrained and it recounts everything as it happened without sensationalizing. But that’s exactly why I find it boring.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse

“Bigelow presents the events passively, but superbly, without judgement nor opinion. One of the year’s best film achievements and a crowning jewel in Kathryn Bigelow’s already noteworthy resume.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Movie Examiner

“Politicians who have yet to see a movie should shut up about it and avoid embarrassing themselves.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies.net

“What will it take to win this new kind of warfare? And to what extent do we dare allow ourselves to be shaped and defined by conflict this intense and pervasive? These questions are worth pondering.” – Kilian Melloy, Kal’s Movie Blog

 

The ImpossibleTHE IMPOSSIBLE

“After a while this movie wears you out — not because of the physical and emotional demands of the story, but rather because of the shallow and predictable cinematic conventions to which it clings.” – Kilian Melloy, Kal’s Movie Blog

“It’s time for American audiences to grow up. Every story in the world is not about English-speaking WASPs.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies.net

“An event of such massive impact deserves a hell of a lot more consideration than the thinly drawn, manipulative THE IMPOSSIBLE.” – Norm Schrager, Meet In The Lobby

“Everything but the carnage is cheap. The hokum can wear you down worse than the tsunami.” – Jake Mulligan, The Boston Phoenix

 

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (2013)Alexandra Daddario stars as 'Heather Miller'TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D

“It converts around five minutes of grainy film footage from Hooper’s 1974 movie into 3D. Then the truly gross digital cinematography takes over, and you have a new film to forget.” – Brett Michel, The Boston Phoenix

“Typical slasher film. It wasn’t abysmal. You get what you pay for.” – Steve Head, The Post-Movie Podcast

 

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