BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/22/2017

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“Green could have easily presented Bauman as a fictional construct like Sgt. Saunders, an “inspiring” figure who serves as a hero, but the man he reveals is no saint; instead, Gyllenhaal’s Bauman is simply a person who was at the right place at the wrong time.” -Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“…STRONGER is a worthy tribute to not just Jeff Bauman’s story, but everything his story represented and everyone his story impacted — from the people who witnessed his recovery firsthand, to the bystanders who encountered his story through the media and applied Jeff’s struggles to their own in hopes of making things feel a little bit easier.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

 

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“There’s enough here to run with yet Vaughn and Co. take the easy way out.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“The violence earns the film its R rating–deservedly so–despite its largely cartoonish nature including killer robot dogs and a meat grinder used as a murder weapon.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Overpopulated and overplotted, inflated to an absurd 141-minute running time, it’s just another cruddy franchise picture.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

 

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“FRIEND REQUEST is not only socially irresponsible, it is boring and unimaginative.” – Deidre Crimmins, Film Thrills

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/15/2017

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“Aronofsky has created a work that plays as if Guillermo del Toro was directing a play by Harold Pinter.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“MOTHER! is nothing short of a cinematic triumph. We only get a few of these each year, so pay attention and see this before some internet troll tries to ruin it for you.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“There’s a self-reflexivity in the technique here that I can’t remember seeing in Aronofsky’s prior work. Not enough to signal to the audience that the filmmaker is completely in on the joke but just enough to make things cheekier. After all, it is a two-hour saga about misdirected pain and suffering.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“…through this blistering vision of humanity in decline, there’s no denying that Aronofsky is at the peak of his powers here, delivering what could be one of the most feverishly demented films to ever emerge from a mainstream studio.” – Charlie Nash, Film Thrills

 

 

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“This is a spy thriller for the Trump Era, where rules that are inconvenient are simply brushed aside.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“… a tired, all-too-familiar string of spy tropes that mainly serve as bridge work to the film’s dull, gratuitously violent action sequences, each of which has the exact same formula: Both parties shoot at one another, and if they miss, they start throwing fists before eventually drawing blades that end up either in someone’s neck or abdomen.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/08/2017

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“The bottom line is that IT is one of the better Stephen King film adaptations, but falls short of the pantheon…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“In spite of the monster living behind all of the make-up in this movie not being able to keep up with the previous interpretation, I left the screening satisfied with IT as a total body of work.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“IT feels a bit like a carnival ride; perhaps one you’ve been on a few times, but one that’s still thrilling enough to give you a good jolt.” – Charlie Nash, Film Thrills

 

 

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“Few films are as attentive to the spaces inhabited by their characters as COLUMBUS, a meticulously assured debut from one-named-wonder Kogonada.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“COLUMBUS is one of the year’s best films, a rare gem that deserves to be sought out in what will likely be a limited marketplace for theatrical distribution.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“While you may admire the scenery and learn a bit about COLUMBUS’ architectural history, it’s the superb, understated performances that make the movie’s minimalist plot work.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Kogonada’s spaces are richly conceived, but they’ve yet to find the room needed to emphasize the rich performances within them.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“COLUMBUS is a precious kind of contradiction: both an unabashed mystery and a work completely expected of its author.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

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“…a promising debut for Myers-Shyer, who might want to take on a collaborator for her next script, but has some warm and comic things to say about adults trying to make sense of their lives.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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“We are BEACH RATS’ captive audience. If the film is tender, it’s merciless at the same time.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

“[Eliza] Hittman’s superlatively subjective camera sexualizes all in its path, damp with a New York summer’s cruel humidity and a hazy, exhausted torpor.” – Sean Burns, Boston Reel

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/01/2017

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“Ultimately, the moral of I DO…UNTIL I DON’T is that marriage can be a slog sometimes but if you’re patient it’s worth it in the end. You could say the same about this movie.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“As we warm up to the movie, so too do the members of Bell’s cast, after starting out at odds, warm up to each other.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

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“Like most comedy sequels, GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS cranks everything about the original up a few notches thinking audiences won’t be satisfied unless they get a bigger, louder and more outrageous version of what they enjoyed last time.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/30/2017

Jake Mulligan profiles GOOD TIME’s Safdie Brothers.

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks LOGAN LUCKY, THE PRODUCERS, HEAD and AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL

Nick Casaletto reviews TWIN PEAKS and REMEMORY

Norm Schrager catches up with THE FOUNDER

Bob Chipman talks Nintendo movies and catches up with DAVE MADE A MAZE

Andrew Crump reviews THE VILLAINESS, LEMON, BUSHWICK and helps rank The 50 Best Samurai Movies