BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/21/2017

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“DUNKIRK is able to show all of Christopher Nolan’s strengths while completely avoiding almost all of his weaknesses.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“DUNKIRK is a spectacle, a cinematic event that will be sure to please not only fans of Nolan, but those of us who appreciate film on a technical level.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“What DUNKIRK is, more than anything else, is a portrait of heroism, and to paint it Nolan looks in some improbable places.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“No matter the talent of the actors, cinematographer or composer, the star of DUNKIRK is undoubtedly Nolan’s work as director.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“DUNKIRK instantly enters the pantheon of great modern war films, like PLATOON and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“DUNKIRK is Nolan’s leanest and most impressive film, boasting his most audacious structural gambit to date.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

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“Existential ennui is as important a detail in the fabric of Jodorowsky’s film as unapologetic weirdness, and the two enjoy more overlap than not.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/14/2017

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

“These movies aren’t just serious, they’re *serious* in a young man’s overcompensating manner that becomes monotonous.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“It’s clear that Reeves…has studied up on the Westerns of Sergio Leone, films like THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, since he loves getting in tight on Caesar’s eyes, much like Leone did on Clint Eastwood’s.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“…as an example of crisp and compelling storytelling, this WAR is a loss.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is a nice finish to a trio of solid movies.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES takes every aspect of the films preceding it and improves on it in every way possible.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

 

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“The PG-13 rating disservices the genre, the film has no real target audience, and I don’t expect to be seeing WISH UPON staying at the multiplex for too long.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“Because WISH UPON is taken so seriously, it ends up becoming a semi-decent comedy.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…in a brisk 90 minutes it provides its audiences with a few shudders at the real horror show–high school.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“This little low-budget film begins to contain multitudes, with the white sheet of Affleck’s costume becoming a blank slate upon which we are free to project our own yearnings and anxieties.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/07/2017

 

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“The best bits are the ones where the main characters are out of their costumes and being human instead of manically flying around the screen being an all-powerful superhero.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is a harmlessly fun time that reminds us all that Spider-Man is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“Aunt May seems to have discovered the Fountain of Youth. Once played by Rosemary Harris, who was 75 at the time of SPIDER-MAN (2002), she was succeeded by Sally Field, who was 66 in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012). Here she’s become Marisa Tomei, age 53. At this rate Aunt May will soon be younger than her nephew.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Overall, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is a balanced mix of welcomed ingenuity that works and familiar mechanisms that seem unavoidable at this point when it comes to these damned universe-building studio blockbusters.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Because of the way it’s all set up and how well they use the characters to build the world that is shown to us, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING provides more depth and quality than the vast majority of movies regardless of genre that are being released at the moment.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“In a world of heroes, where myths sling magic hammers and summon lighting, playboy millionaires build an army of robots that threaten to take down the world, super soldiers gets frozen in ice and a green and growling “exposed nerve” can crush those demigods with a well-thrown punch, Spider-Man remains remarkably human.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is far more than an obligatory restart, and if you are a newcomer to the series, it is a perfect place to start.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

“Because this is an MCU movie, HOMECOMING is full of plants and setups for upcoming installments, including a post-credits scene that Captain America himself makes fun of you for staying to watch.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/30/2017

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BABY DRIVER

BABY DRIVER is a good source of entertainment that’s easy to appreciate right from the very beginning.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“I guess calling him CAR-LORD would’ve been a bit on the nose.” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

“Does the film ever live up to the bliss of its opening moments? Not quite; but, I’ll be damned if it doesn’t try and succeed in, at the very least, being one of the coolest movies I’ll likely see this year.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“For a director of such awesome technical proficiency, Wright demonstrates with every precision-tooled edit that he knows how to make a movie, but he can’t seem to convey a compelling reason why.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…the proverbial summer action movie, but done with enough wit and flair that you don’t feel like you’ve seen it over and over again…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“THE BEGUILED’s portraiture of the Southern belle archetype isn’t an endorsement. It’s a mounting indictment verging on satire.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The film is full of wry observations about the countless little ways women become competitors once a man is introduced into the picture.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

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“We are even ‘treated’ to a scene where a drunken (man) takes samples of Okja flesh, cooks it up and then feeds it to taste testers who proclaim it the best pork they’ve ever eaten…It’s all pretty disgusting.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“In OKJA, Bong Joon Ho has created an imaginative film that’s well crafted and delivers much of what you might be hoping for.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Love him or hate him, there’s nobody else making movies quite like this guy.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

The-Big-Sick-movie-1THE BIG SICK

“If you were to spend just under two hours telling me this same story at a party, I’d be making up an excuse to leave the conversation. Just because you decide to film it doesn’t necessarily mean it was worth being filmed in the first place.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“This isn’t a *bad* movie per se, but it is an extremely frustrating one that left me longing for the days when rom-coms weren’t structured like THE RETURN OF THE KING.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

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“Mainly due to the characters and their zany antics, DESPICABLE ME 3 works far better than it probably should have.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“This seems like a funny concept, but it turns out to be a handful of tired clichés, accented with some catchy ’80s pop music.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“The real strength of the films is the writing and animation, which manage to provide laughs for all age levels from slapstick to sly pop culture references.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 6/29/2017

Tim Estiloz interviews Kumail Nanjiani

Dierdre Crimmins joins a podcast on Mummy movies

Andrew Crump interviews Ana Lily Amirpour and Trey Edward Shults

Kilian Melloy reviews new Blu-ray releases for THE VALACHI PAPERS, BRIDGE AT REMAGEN, T2 TRAINSPOTTING, THE LODGER and THE QUIET AMERICAN

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks WAR MACHINE, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT and THE BAD BATCH

Bob Chipman talks SPIDER-MAN and Classic Gaming

Dan Kimmel has a new short story

Joyce Kulhawik reviews FAT PIG, THE EFFECT and DAYS OF ATONEMENT