BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/01/2015

avengersTHE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

“…a comic book movie, to be sure, but it’s got enough spectacle, wit, and talent on display to make it a most entertaining kickoff to the season.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This film could have been, and indeed given it’s hype and latitude in production, should have been a grand exercise in Marvel excellence. But like Ultron himself, the film lacks heart, passion and comes across as cold and artificial.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

“Those with high hopes may not be as blown away as they were by the first film, and may be disappointed. Those with measured expectations may leave the theater happily surprised that this latest Marvel film was able to maintain consistency of awesomeness.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“There’s the familiarization with the team again, the pulverization by a new foe, the rebuilding of the team, and the big showdown. AGE OF ULTRON is a comic book movie at its most unapologetic.” – Sam Cohen, Sumo Skinny

“ULTRON doesn’t outstay its welcome. It’s fun all around.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“The action is relentless. In fact, there is so much frantic fighting in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON that it’s boring to watch after a while no matter how many different ways writer/director Joss Whedon tries to film it.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The movie is stiff and enervated. It’s all punch-punch, banter-banter, like a sitcom in which cities get leveled.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

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“Thankfully, the House of Dior is filled with people who can humanize the story for the fashionably uneducated, and in a very fascinating way: The women and men who actually make the clothes.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Watching this film is like eating cake and ice cream for 90 minutes and still wanting more.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

 

lambert_and_stamp_dogwoof_documentary_2_800_514_85LAMBERT AND STAMP

“Fans of The Who will probably be familiar with much of what’s hashed over here, but even so there’s a crackle of residual energy that fifty years, and the deaths of Kit Lambert, Keith Moon and John Entwistle have not completely dispelled.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/24/2015

(Note: Time film critic Richard Corliss passed away this Thursday. The Boston Online Film Critics Association extends its condolences toward Richard’s friends and family.)

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“What does it feel like to live a hundred years? Just ask anyone who has sat through THE AGE OF ADALINE.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“… the film is shadowed by a kind of wistfulness and restraint that draws us into what might have seemed melodramatic or sentimental.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

 

The-Water-Diviner-Gallery-01THE WATER DIVINER

“…what the movie lacks in discipline and polish, it more than makes up for in sheer sincerity.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“…when a mixed-bag movie is also this mixed up, you either throw up your hands, turn off your brain, and hope for the best, or seek solace in your soda and popcorn.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“In the end [Russell Crowe's] performance is one of the least problematic aspects of the film, but perhaps it shows that he should stick to acting.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

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“…5 TO 7 is too damn winsome for its own good. Worse than that, it’s disingenuous.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“5 TO 7 starts so wonderfully that its left turn into bologna is all the more disheartening.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“While she certainly has the ability to wrap the audience around her little finger, Marlohoe is far less convincing when the role causes her to be more than charming.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The set up is fascinating, the humor is rich and the camera work is as stylish as the French new wave; there are so many places this movie could go. But where it takes us is unbelievably facile and sentimental.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

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“From a comedic standpoint, you’ll find something to laugh about at certain points during ADULT BEGINNERS, but there isn’t anything to love when looking at the film as a whole.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“This isn’t an actor’s movie, nor much of a screen comedy; it’s a sitcom showcase.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“The comedy fares better, but that’s probably because the drama itself is pat, predictable and underdeveloped.” - David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

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“You’re certain to find better movies to see other than LITTLE BOY, but if you want to see this for some reason, it wouldn’t kill you.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

the-forger-toronto-film-festival-3THE FORGER

“Travolta mopes his way through the title role as Ray Cutter, a brilliant jailbird art forger from those mythical movie-land mean streets of Boston – where everyone talks in outlandish accents and they never seem to have trouble finding a parking space.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/17/2015

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“Do u like scary movies? Lol. Coz OMFG! This 1 is about ppl dying on Skype. Srsly! Like, WTF?!?! #Yolo” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

“Like the cast, we’re trapped in a browser with no means of escape. Even Ctrl+Alt+Del can’t save us.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

 

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“What starts out as a smart psychological thriller with an edge of speculative fiction proves to be a clockwork amusement built from standard parts and not wound sufficiently to get it through its full running time.” - Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“…there’s an underlying ickiness to the entire film, and not just the inherent “OMG, THE ROBOTS ARE LIKE PEOPLE” ickiness. There’s an undercurrent of sexism that’s unpalatable.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“With all of the complaining that I do in this review, you might think that I hate EX MACHINA, but that’s not true.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As a film that utilizes misdirection and provokes users to seek through layers of subtext, EX MACHINA proves to be intellectually appealing without materializing into a thesis on one’s own ideas.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

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“That [Hill and Franco] are pals gives TRUE STORY an existential stink, but they, and the movie, acquit themselves well.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“The film wants to feel important, and it flirts with being a procedural — but it would have done better to stick with celebrating the slippery interface between facts and the human truths we construct from them.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“The laughably telegraphed revelations wouldn’t cut it as CBS prime-time fodder.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

Clouds-of-Sils-Maria-still-3CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

“It’s a movie you’ll find yourself turning over in your mind for quite some time after the closing credits roll, marinating in the heady swirl of ideas and defiantly unresolved resolutions.” – Sean Burns, The Artery

 


the_mafia_only_kills_in_summer_a_lTHE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER

“Diliberto doesn’t hand-hold in the slightest. He does, however, deploy background carefully. Attentive viewers should have no trouble keeping pace with his brio.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

 

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“The subtle, empowering themes at the core of this latest Disneynature film are heartening and certainly something to share with our children (much more politically correct than stories of princesses).” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/10/2015

 

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THE LONGEST RIDE

“THE LONGEST RIDE tells a romance narrative, but the relationship isn’t the primary focus. This is a movie about a body.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“If you are sucker for romances, anything written by Nicholas Sparks, and cowboys, the contemporary segments of THE LONGEST RIDE has been manufactured specifically for you.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

download (11)WHITE GOD

“The best thing to do is save the money you’d spend to see White God and donate it to a local shelter instead.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“There’s no manipulation here, no chicanery, no falsehood, just a frank, stylized attempt at critiquing man’s dominion over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Andy Crump, Cinematic Essential

 

simon_pegg_kriv_stenders_kill_me_three_timesKILL ME THREE TIMES

“…a dark comedy that would make a bucket of scorpions look like a tea party.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Murder, blackmail, revenge…and Simon Pegg in a Fu-Manchu moustache. What else do you need?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“You know what, let’s just say that there isn’t many redeemable qualities here.” - Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/03/2015

furious-7-rockFURIOUS 7

“The stakes are raised in terms of possible mortality of the main players, the cars are more expensive and harder to wreck, and the overlying theme about family as the source of adrenaline-induced fury is enough to destroy a whole urban city (literally).” - Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“The franchise has evolved into pure action spectacle. It has transformed from a car show into a gun show.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“…the filmmakers forgot Chekhov’s rule that if The Rock says “I’m gonna put a hurt on him so bad he’ll wish his mother kept her legs crossed” in the first act, you need to pay that off in the third.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Everything included in FURIOUS 7 allows fans of this lengthy series to jump right in the driver’s seat of this action packed cinematic vehicle and embrace all of the entertainment that these movies are looking to offer.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential 

“The first movie franchise to ever successfully transition to self-parody; mostly by doing so in such a ‘subtle’ (after a fashion) kind of way that anyone who might’ve been annoyed by that transition probably didn’t notice.” – Bob Chipman, Movie Bob Reviews

 

WOMAN IN GOLDWOMAN IN GOLD

“…a hokey piece of cinema that uses the horrors of the Holocaust for little else but yanking the viewers’ heartstrings.” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

“…WOMAN IN GOLD is harmless and mildly arresting thanks to the efforts of its leads. It just doesn’t rise much above being more than just half-cocked schmaltz, which is a bummer at best and an insult to Altmann’s struggle at worst. ” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The film lets us see the tensions and sadness that are inevitable in a story like this, but also offers some wry humor.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate

 

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“EFFIE GRAY isn’t an easy viewing experience, but it has the goods for a patient audience. It will stay the dragons awhile.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

 

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“Although it stumbles on the details, though, the one thing that Workman’s movie does quite effectively is give us a sense of the independence spirit that Welles brought to all his art, whether they were successful or not.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide