BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/19/2014

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A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

“I think there’s an audience for A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. Not only because it’s Liam Neeson, but it’s also just an interesting movie to watch.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“What a grisly delight, to have the second Liam Neeson film released in 2014 plumb such gruesome depths.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“At this point, Neeson — a walking spectre of regret — feels a bit like a special spice you add onto otherwise tired action movies. Need some pathos? Just sprinkle some Liam on it.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“So yes, on one level this is another film in which Liam Neeson has “a certain set of skills,” but part of what makes A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES so interesting is how hard he’s trying not to have to use them.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

thisis_aTHIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

“In an ensemble cast this large it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, but Levy manages to give each of the main characters their due.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The clichéd nature of THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU does some legitimate damage here, but it’s only one of the many issues that are put on display.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“No sooner has a moment of almost genuine contact between two characters appeared than it’s canceled out by the next scatological joke or mortifying sexual mishap.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

the-maze-runner-movie__spanTHE MAZE RUNNER

“Despite its racial diversity, instead of forging a new trail, THE MAZE RUNNER follows a fairly formulaic and familiar story filled with tired tropes.” – Megan Kerns, Bitch Flicks

 

 

hero_DisappearanceOfEleanorRigbyThem-2014-1THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY

‘THEM’ was created in the editing room, with Benson splicing together scenes from ‘HIM’ and ‘HER’. If this plodding, gloomy version is any indication of Benson’s aims, it appears he’s prioritized quantity over quality. – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“Occasional neutrals, like when the couple is shown in happier times, are fair, but nothing stands out in the hodgepodge of the he-said, she-said half-gossiped yarn.” – Monica Castillo, Movie Mezzanine

 

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THE SKELETON TWINS

“Despite dipping into formula, THE SKELETON TWINS still pulls off the miracle of remaining funny while honestly dealing with the subject of depression.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Johnson and Heyman’s screenplay shoves these two through enough traumas, revelations and reconciliations that at times, it feels like they just decided to shoot the entire Sundance catalog.” - Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

 

TUSKTUSK

“Outside of some of the lengthy dialog heavy scenes, I didn’t find myself having that many problems with TUSK.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“TUSK’s biggest strength is that it knows what the audience’s expectations are and it exceeds each of them. It is preposterous, disgusting, and hilarious.” - Deirdre Crimmins, All Things Horror

“The point is to experience the rare thrill of a movie that manages to go to the wildest extremes of its premise while never taking itself seriously.” – Kristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

 

 

Last-Days-in-Vietnam-MovieLAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

“No matter how mediocre Kennedy’s filmmaking, it’s hard not to get swept up in some of these stories — in the haunted reminiscences of some damn good men who bent the rules as far as they could to save as many people as possible.” - Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“Watching Rory Kennedy’s brilliant new documentary, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, you quickly learn that the final chapter of the story begins where your basic knowledge of the Vietnam War ends.” – John Black, Boston event Guide

 


hero_GreenPrince-2014-1THE GREEN PRINCE

“As thrilling as it becomes to watch, though, it is the feeling the film leaves you with when it is over that really matters.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide
 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/12/2014

The Drop Movie (5)THE DROP

“What you have here in THE DROP is a solid film that does a bunch of things well, but nothing really amazing.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“Sometimes you need coincidence for the sake of a good thrill, and THE DROP has thrills to spare.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“It’s a flabby Boston noir transplanted to Brooklyn for budgetary purposes, starring Tom Hardy as a sad-sack bartender who finds a new lease on life when he discovers an abused puppy pitbull stuffed in a garbage can.” - Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“…THE DROP is a classy, intelligent genre exercise, and a worthy sendoff for Gandolfini.” – Kristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

 


DolphinTale2DOLPHIN TALE 2

“You could accuse DOLPHIN TALE 2 of trying to have its kelp and eat it too. But the whole thing just works; the film gets pretty close to the Platonic ideal of accessible but still meaningful edutainment.” - Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“…as a story that’s designed for kids, this movie conveys important messages on the values of treating sea creatures as animals that belong in their natural habitat, as opposed to exotic pets that exist merely for our own entertainment.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

“The characters are sympathetic, the families care about one another, the theme of not letting your disabilities own you is so resonant that it’s allowed to be as overt as it is, and there’s even a genuine struggle as difficult as the grimmest of grown-up movies.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

“If you don’t have youngsters in tow, there’s no reason to waste any time with this.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Terry (Taraji P. Henson)  Colin (Idris Elba) in Screen Gems' NO GOOD DEED. NO GOOD DEED

“Much of the scant 84-minute running time is wasted on loud noises: a crash here, a car alarm there.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

BOFCA Review Round-Up: 09/05/2014

15-6-4930.JPGLOVE IS STRANGE

“If the struggle for gay marriage has taught us anything, it’s that love is patient, love is kind, but same-sex love is a fount of bureaucratic nightmares.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“How long did Lithgow and Molina film before their relationship felt so lived in? Within the first few moments of separation, we can see the anguish etched into the actors’ faces.” – Monica Castillo, Movie Mezzanine

 

robinhood29f-2-webTHE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD

“Structured clunkily as a series of flashbacks, as Florence relates the story to a writer looking to wring a sensationalistic book out of the scandal, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD has a workmanlike feel and, often, a tin ear.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“The best thing THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD does is focus on the Aadlands and how they were affected by this man’s (waning) power and influence.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

 

700237_035INNOCENCE

“The story has (Kelly) Reilly go from being the standoffish headmistress to banging Beckett’s dad with no real dramatic reason – or real reaction from anybody else in the film. It’s unbelievable, but so is most of what you see.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/29/2014

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THE NOVEMBER MAN

“Sure, it’s dumb. You already knew that. But it’s worse than that.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

“Donaldson knows the nuts and bolts of his craft and, perhaps more importantly, knows when to stay out of the way.” - Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Because of the fact that they take no risks with THE NOVEMBER MAN, the vast majority of the audience who sees it will come out realizing that there is also no reward.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“It’s significant because one’s expectations for the releases just before Labor Day is that they are trash being swept out the door by the studios.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

As-Above-So-Below-Movie-StillsAS ABOVE, SO BELOW

“There’s so much about this film that sounds right on paper that it’s amazing how much it gets mangled in execution.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“AS ABOVE/SO BELOW is easily one of the worst movies of the year.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…if you like those amusement park rides, or want to enjoy the feeling of claustrophobia from the comfort of a roomy movie theater, AS ABOVE, SO BELOW does say “boo!” often enough to provide a few jolts or nervous laughs.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

aeaf6affe8406a3b06e01d14d01cdbe12e637109LIFE OF CRIME

“Life of Crime is an entertaining movie featuring adult content, but it’s actually relatively safe for something that’s mainly about kidnapping and extortion.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…while there is a nice bit of turnabout at the end—it is a Leonard plot, after all—the
rest of the picture lacks the precise comic beats that made other Leonard adaptations so memorable.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and John Hawkes work very well together…at least as actors. The dialogue they share sparkles, especially as their plan starts to go astray and it seems only a matter of time before their words turn deadly.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

Rob Brydon and Steve CooganTHE TRIP TO ITALY

“…it’s difficult to imagine how anyone with even a mild affinity for dry English wit and ennui could be turned off by Brydon’s and Coogan’s sharp brand of self-aware, self-deprecating banter; these guys have the rapid fire ebb and flow of witty discourse down to a science.”  – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“While two middle aged men driving around listening to Alanis Morissette may be a funny idea, it doesn’t work at all in the movie, although Coogan and Brydon seem to disagree and milk it dry with increasingly little to laugh about every time they bring it up.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

Much of the joy in THE TRIP TO ITALY revolves around Coogan and Brydon doing spotless impersonations of famous actors (Brydon’s Hugh Grant is so good you’d swear he was there), and taking barbed but loving jabs at each other’s abilities. – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

The-One-I-Love-MovieTHE ONE I LOVE

“Terrific ideas for setups don’t always come with equally terrific notions for resolutions.”  - Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

THE CONGRESS

“Bashir’s flights of fancy in the animated half can be dazzling, until it returns to the plot that it never fully established.” - the-congress-wright-bw-planeKristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

“A free-flowing, wackadoo meditation on stardom, identity, illusions, ageism, technology, the life and work of Robin Wright, chemical dependency, kites and whatever else crossed the filmmaker’s mind at any given moment. Then about halfway through it becomes an animated adaptation of a Stanislaw Lem book. Yeah, there’s a lot going on here.” - Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

A-Letter-to-Momo-01A LETTER TO MOMO

“…while the story and acting is all top notch in the movie, the real stars of A LETTER TO MOMO may just be the team of artists and animators who spent seven years making the movie.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

Adults will quickly be able to decode the central mystery here, or suss out the details enough to make an educated guess, but A Letter to Momo really isn’t for them. It’s for their kids. If you need proof, then let the film’s one well-timed fart joke do the talking. Your whippersnappers will probably laugh their pants off. - Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine