BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 09/04/2020

Jesse Buckley looking concerned with her hand on her chest in the movie I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsI’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

“Is I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS worth seeing? Of course it is; Kaufman is the sort of singular auteur who is always worth checking out […] But what you get out of it probably depends on what you bring into it; to those not on the film’s wavelength, its elliptical structure and feel-bad characters will be an endurance test.” – Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

“I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS is a meticulous film that’s enigmatic, challenging, and haunting. It pushes you to question what’s on-screen.” – Megan Kearns, EDGE Media Network

 

The poster for the documentary Mr. Soul!MR. SOUL!

“The documentary makes the best case for how the arts and a TV show can engender groundbreaking cultural change by reflecting to the community ALL of itself.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

 

Yifei Liu holds poised to fire an arrow in the movie MulanMULAN

“We’ve seen this movie before, and not just because it’s a remake. We’ve seen it before because, at its core, there isn’t much originality in this blockbuster’s bones.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

“Only exceeded in quality and entertainment value by the live-action CINDERELLA; MULAN takes a rather simplistic animated story and elevates it into something more evolved and wonderfully different in many ways.” – Tim Estiloz, Kaleidoscope Reviews

“It’s an expansively shot and handsomely choreographed epic adventure that will inspire all the women (and the men I hope) in your household; it inspires me still, and I know the story well.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

A poster for the documentary Robin's WishROBIN’S WISH

“If you’re searching for a work that attempts to profile the beautiful life of a marvelous soul and succeeds, despite the pedestrian nature of its cinematic construction, ROBIN’S WISH is the ideal fit.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 08/28/2020

The poster for the movie Bill & Ted Face the MusicBILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC

“BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is so silly, corny, fun, and enjoyable that it perfectly matches the tone of the first two films without ever sacrificing its newfound ingenuity and slightly-more-adult tones.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network

“BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is unpretentious silly fun. Their adventures still rule.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

John David Washington and Robert Pattinson basked in red light stare each other down in Christopher Nolan's TenetTENET

“…a humorless, superficially complex film masking a standard plot lacking emotional drive and chemistry between its stars. While enhanced by presentation on the large screen, the film would suffer little if we watched it at home.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 08/21/2020

Ethan Hawke in the movie Tesla with raging waterfalls behind himTESLA

“Admittedly, making a film about the ins and outs of electric current doesn’t immediately leap to mind as thrilling drama, and this biopic wisely attempts to capture much more: the breadth and depth and soul of Tesla’s incandescent genius.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“Director Michael Almereyda uses paintings and blue screen backdrops instead of location filming to give the film a hermetic, artificial feel and suggest, rather than present, the shape of a life. The result is rich in mood, but short on charge.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

 

Taylor Russell and Charlie Plummer dance at prom in the movie Words on Bathroom WallsWORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS

“Despite the lazy arc of some of the secondary characters and the film’s contrived and climactic graduation scene, the film is to be praised for the chemistry of its stars, and its success in humanizing a cruel disease with painful individual and social consequences for teens who suffer its stigma.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 08/14/2020

A boy wearing a Texas lanyard sitting in a large group of boys in the documentary Boys StateBOYS STATE

“The film is a compassionate portrait of several young men dead set on success in politics, with all the virtues– and flaws– that come with it.” – Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

 

Annabelle Wallis as a police officer looking annoyed in the movie The SilencingTHE SILENCING

“…a frustratingly messy movie filled with twists and turns that lead nowhere and ultimately build towards nothing.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

 

 

Fedor Bondarchuk and Oksana Akinshina in the movie Sputnik SPUTNIK

“While I like where we end up in terms of the film’s conclusion, the ending itself is probably more predictable than I would have hoped. I ultimately didn’t mind though as the journey that got us there used a significant amount of unpredictability itself.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Unlike the films of Hollywood’s Cinematic Universe Cycle, it is self-contained and resolutely un-goofy, but unlike the current wave of high-minded horrors, it makes no pretense of being Serious Art. It simply is what it is, and for that, I enjoyed the hell out of it.” – Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 08/07/2020

Mick Jagger dressed in cream colored blazer in the movie The Burnt Orange HeresyTHE BURNT ORANGE HERESY
“These people can’t even say good morning to each other without you expecting the camera to cut away and show a body at their feet.” – John Black, Cinekong Reviews

 

 

Joan Jett in the documentary Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll MagazineCREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE
“It’s fascinating to find out that the people whose stories I loved to read or whose photos I tore out of the magazine to tape on my wall, didn’t have any special training beyond that passion for their subject.” – John Black, Cinekong Reviews

 

Kate Lyn Sheil looks frightened in a purple tinted light in the movie She Dies TomorrowSHE DIES TOMORROW

“I respect SHE DIES TOMORROW, and, on principle, I would love for more weird little movies like it to be made. But, for the most part, I just didn’t enjoy it, and I can’t think of many people to whom I would recommend it.” – Oscar Goff