BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/29/2016

MD-06487.CR2MOTHER’S DAY

“Audiences who like a shred of cohesive story telling or characterization, or even a chuckle during a supposed comedy, should stay very far away.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“The film is harmless, yes, but also irrelevant and insignificant, even when it tries to toss in the occasional social comment.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 


chicago-jewish-film-festival-dough-movie-700x600DOUGH

“Questions aside as to the suitability of such secular, adult treats when it comes to religious communities and children, the film rattles along deftly, tracing its obvious story arcs with verve and humor.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“DOUGH is the very definition of “bang for your buck,” assuming that hodgepodge is your thing.” - Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 


watch-the-first-trailer-for-papa-hemingway-in-cuba-001PAPA: HEMINGWAY IN CUBA

“…when you get down to it, the movie has a hollow core puffed by little more than hot air.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/22/2016

huntsman-winters-war-trailerTHE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

“The story may not be deep, but it remains visually arresting….” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is a disheveled heap of scenes with vague relation to one another more than it is an actual, whole movie.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

“…THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is indicative of a disease running rampant in theaters today.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

 

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“SING STREET is endlessly charming, a truly uplifting gem, but it earns its charms and uplift through the desperation of failure.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

elvis-nixon-kevin-spaceyELVIS & NIXON

“For all these failings, comedy remains the film’s oeuvre and it is a pretty funny film.” – Kilian Melly, Edge Boston

“…a small comic gem in which two twentieth-century icons get to confront each other and, possibly, learn something about themselves.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 4/15/2016

THE JUNGLE BOOKJUNGLEBOOK

“It’s almost like a direct retort to all of the other dire pieces of big budget garbage people have to sit through every weekend.” – Sam Cohen, Under The Gun

“Favreau turns out to be the ideal director for this material as he’s used to dealing with special effects movies like the IRON MAN series, while presenting the characters as something more that just tricks for the camera.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Feels so instantaneously classic and modern that to describe its appeal is somewhat difficult to accurately nail on the head.” – Greg Vellante, Forces of Geek

 

CRIMINALCRIMINAL

“Neither smart nor exciting, but it does not try to be either. In that regard, it is a success, but were the bar set even slightly higher it would be a complete miss.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/08/2016

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HARDCORE HENRY

“…the film is pure fun enlivened by — rather than dominated by — inventive chaos.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Luckily though, the movie is committed to its own crazed insanity that it actually becomes kind of admirable.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“The most interesting part of HARDCORE HENRY is the level of violence that’s being displayed.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“HARDCORE HENRY just wants to dazzle us with conceit, and your mileage will vary based on your capacity for tolerating Naishuller’s gimmickry.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

 

 

bossTHE BOSS

“…an atonal mess, with a few respectable laughs mixed in.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

 

MTM3NzMzMjY0MjI2OTg1NjMxTHE INVITATION

“THE INVITATION’s constructed world is as constricting as its closed-door setting. Maybe that’s why nobody thought to leave.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“We feel like we’re intruding on the melancholic privacies of Kusama’s characters, and yet she locks the doors and keeps us trapped inside with them.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

april-720x389APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

“The true magic to APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD is that it has an endgame worthy of its ambition.” – Norm Schrager, Film Racket

“…a beautiful film that reminds us of the aesthetic value of traditional animation and the necessity of human ingenuity, all without treating its audience like idiots. ” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/01/2016

EVERYBODY WANTS SOMEEVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

“… a hangout movie with a high blood alcohol concentration—a descendant of National Lampoon’s most famous off-campus romp, and all the guy-gang comedies that followed it.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is a fun-loving feature that paints a positive picture about being yourself and understanding the importance of building relationships.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…the film’s flimsiness is made frustrating by the fact that we know [Linklater] can do so much better.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

 

midnight-special-test-xlargeMIDNIGHT SPECIAL

“Unfortunately, just as he did in TAKE SHELTER, Nichols pushes too far into an ending that may have been best left offscreen, unvisualized.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“The film is a symphony of theme and mood that grows and grows, much like the excellent score which evolves from the backbone of a simple piano motif to booming bass synths only to arrive at orchestral culmination in the final act. ” - Greg Vellante, Sound & Picture

“Writer/director Jeff Nichols has grand ideas, but they lack hard edges.” - Killian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Sometimes we’re asked to do things that are beyond us. Too bad for Nichols that glorifying his own influences proves beyond him.” - Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“This is a glum bit of business, with a few more nods to the original TERMINATOR movie than were perhaps necessary. What’s also missing is a sense of wonder.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

theclan4-xlargeTHE CLAN

“There’s a GOODFELLAS vibe here, as horrific violence and criminal incompetence combine. In the end, however, the film — which is based on true events and the crimes of a real family — is more a tragedy than either a comedy or a caper.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston