BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 3/15

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVESans titre - 5

“Kiarostami’s is the cinema of ideas and subdued feelings, not of narrative propulsion and overt excitement. He teases your brain, forcing your hand as a participant rather than letting you sink back and accept everything as mere entertainment.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“I was enraptured by LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, taken with a visual intelligence and thoughtfulness we seldom see onscreen. I could have watched it all day, until Kiarostami eventually realizes that he has to come up with an ending. ” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

 

The CallTHE CALL

“It’s amazing that this script could have been approved like this or that this cast would agree to it. Did they get some casting director angry at them or are these empty roles really the best they can find?” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The crime here isn’t that Anderson made a bad movie, but that he made a solid one and gave up on it at the end, which is by far a bigger offense.” – Andrew Crump, Go See Talk

 

UPSIDE DOWNUpside Down

“You might feel yourself heating up with annoyance as the running time drags on and the absurdities pile higher by the minute. Indeed, there were moments when I thought I was about to levitate straight out of my chair with sheer aggravation.” – Kilian Melloy, Kal’s Movie Blog

“If you can play along, it’s a beautiful love story. If you can’t, even the best special effects won’t save it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, SciFi Movie Hype

 

The Incredible Burt WonderstoneTHE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

“This is a painfully unfunny movie, in large part because we’ve seen this kind of disingenuous nonsense forced out of Carell before. He’s just doing what he’s famous for without deriving an ounce of joy from it.” – Andrew Crump, Go See Talk

“It’s too insubstantial and unassuming to get that worked up about, but the whole thing still feels like a miss.” – Bob Chipman, The Escapist

“Burt Wonderstone isn’t the most outrageous or depressing sad sack character we’ve seen Steve Carell play to date, but he is certainly the most arrogant. Carell’s ridiculous buffoon act is starting to become a bit tired, though.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse

“Like good magicians, the filmmakers get us to believe that anything is possible in this world, even a comedy that doesn’t insult our intelligence.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Charles SwanA GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III

“I’m not sure if Coppola intended the film as an allegorical account of the last two years of Sheen’s life, as an attempt at image rehabilitation, or a grotesque novelty gag at his star’s expense. Then again, I’m not really sure that it matters.” – Andrew Crump, Go See Talk

 

West Of MemphisWEST OF MEMPHIS

“The case is more intriguing than the film about it, which panders to middlebrow tastes with pedestrian metaphors and pat philosophical statements.” – Jake Mulligan, The Boston Phoenix

 

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