BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/23/2016

magnificent-seven-2016-cast THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

“Awash in chintzy CGI, the film has a sickly avocado sheen to it, as if it was color-corrected in post-production to look like a can of Bud Lime.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Stylistically, this is a fun, if fluffy, movie — broadly realized and often absurd. In other words, it its the bill for its particular sub-genre of the action-adventure Western. What it lacks is true panache. This SEVEN won’t be galloping to classic film status.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“An old-time western with a modern sensibility. Unlike all too many remakes, it fully justifies its existence.” – Dan Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is entertaining all the way through.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Deconstructionist realism has been the default for this particular genre long enough, and Fuqua’s approach here lands comfortably in the heightened-reality zone between HOPALONG CASSIDY and the original DJANGO.” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

 

 

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“Check, and mate: This Disney QUEEN has more to offer than a raft of “Princess” movies.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

Nick-Jonas-Goat-BB4-beat-2016-billboard-620GOAT

“GOAT could function as a great companion piece to SPRING BREAKERS if it decided on what movie it wanted to be. But instead, it’s a meandering attempt at exposing a nationwide sickness.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“What [Andrew] Neel shows us isn’t fraternity. It’s a barnyard chorused by barking, braying and snarling, an animal house we’ll never want to go back to.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

The-Dressmaker-Gallery-02THE DRESSMAKER

“Ultimately, the film is a Saturday morning screwball meets Western meets melodramatic soap opera meets whatever else you decide to take from it.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

 

storksSTORKS

“If your child is old enough to know where babies come from, he or she is too old for STORKS.” – Dan Kimmel, North Shore Movies

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/16/2016


snowden-movie-joseph-gordon-levitt-shailene-woodleySNOWDEN

“The weight of the film, though, is on Gordon-Levitt and Woodley and these are easily two of the best performances of the year.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Unlike last year’s Academy Award-winner SPOTLIGHT, where the visual and narrative techniques never make you question the truth of the subject matter. SNOWDEN’s storytelling and visual style continually make it suspect.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“I’m afraid it’s already safe to say that, as a film, SNOWDEN isn’t going make the contribution to the national conversation its director intended. You’ve got to admire Oliver for taking a swing, though.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

Blair-Witch-Image303BLAIR WITCH

“Suspension of disbelief was key in enjoying the original, but now everyone knows the bag of tricks.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“Although there isn’t much to like, simply seeing BLAIR WITCH as a huge disappointment would be a bit disingenuous from my viewpoint.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

BridgetJonesBaby_Trailer2BRIDGET JONES’ BABY

“The result is less a date night movie than one better suited for “girl’s night out.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/09/2016

download (20)SULLY

“Eastwood is a fine, fine filmmaker who delivers incredibly polished and crafted works regularly.” – Greg Vellante, Forces of Geek

“SULLY extols all the classically Eastwoodian virtues of going to work and not making a big goddamn deal out of it.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“SULLY is a wonderfully crafted exercise in skillful, understated film direction and acting by both Hanks and director Eastwood that thankfully shies away from the sensational. ” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

“The real drama here is that of an ordinary man thrust into extraordinary circumstances and finding this his skills and lifetime of experience has prepared him to meet the challenge.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…the issues the film and the event raise in the ongoing battle between warm-blooded humans and the increasingly sophisticated machines they create–is important, and the denouement more than satisfying– uplifting.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“I don’t know how much credit I can actually give the people behind SULLY. I say that because it’s kind of simple and pieced together in that way.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

morris-from-americaMORRIS FROM AMERICA

“…an unassuming crowd-pleaser that doubles as a fish-out-of-water comedy.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Looking at what MORRIS FROM AMERICA is, you have a quality movie of substance that proves to be one of the better feature films about growing up that you’re going to see in terms of actual development and growth of a character. ” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/02/2016

the-light-between-oceans-fassbender-vikandaTHE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

“[It] tells us loud and clear that summer is over and it’s okay for grown-ups to go to the movies again.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The film often looks lovely. But all of that loveliness is a cover for a creaky narrative.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The film, despite its unquestionable beauty, is nothing but a skeleton of a great and timeless romance.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

 

morgan-katemara-labMORGAN

“This is a thriller haphazardly disguised as sci-fi, all leading to the same boilerplate pseudo-philosophical revelation that humans’ god complex can only bring ruin.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“MORGAN is the flip side of EX MACHINA… making it part of a lively debate rather than the “ripoff” or “clone” that some critics will inevitably claim.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

42de97ca684a714a_000070.26554.16724_Hollars_still1_JohnKrasinski_AnnaKendrick__byJonnyCournoyerTHE HOLLARS

“Even if Krasinski’s skills as a filmmaker need honing, chutzpah could have taken him, and his film, someplace interesting.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“This would be a good date movie for audience members too wrapped up in their dates to pay attention to what’s on the screen. For anyone else… well, maybe once it’s on cable. Or, more likely, not.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“THE HOLLARS deals in misplaced things—misplaced drama, misplaced comedy, misplaced farce, and even misplaced Anna Kendrick. It’s a crushing tide of inept parts coming together, sinking the talented people with it.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

 

complete-unknown-sundance-2016COMPLETE UNKNOWN

“A jagged poem with broken rhythms, to be sure, something that catches you off guard and keeps you there, but at the same time a work of disconcerting potency. ” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/26/2016


Jane Levy stars in Screen Gems' horror-thriller DON'T BREATHE.DON’T BREATHE

“It keeps you guessing throughout the running time, and has fun playing with the audience’s expectations.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“DON’T BREATHE should be commended for being a film that tries its hardest to be different during a time when familiarity is all too common.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“A seemingly limited premise is rendered utterly riveting and tense as hell. ” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

“Less is more, because each item on your plate is divine to the palate, assuming that uncontrollably squirming in your seat is to your taste.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“…an adrenaline rush of a film, a taut 88-minute thrill ride.” - Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 


a-tale-of-love-and-darkness-natalie-portman-photo-1A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS

“…Portman makes bold visual choices and sticks to a personal, at times trying, aesthetic strategy. She’s a real filmmaker.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“This is a deceptively complex and layered film, calm and dense and fraught with unease.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

mechanicresurrectionMECHANIC: RESURRECTION 

“There’s little to separate MECHANIC: RESURRECTION from a dozen other Jason Statham action movies, other than the obvious lack of effort from all involved to even try and do anything different.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide