BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/26/2020

Lorn Macdonald and Cristian Ortega partying in a black and white still from the movie BeatsBEATS

“And it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, a raver or an easy listening fan, Scottish or not, BEATS is worth both your time and your attention.” – John Black, Cinekong Reviews

 

Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell sing back to back in the movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga  EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA

“(McAdams) approaches even the sillier moments in the movie with genuine enthusiasm and, as a result, sells the story in ways the script doesn’t.” – John Black, Cinekong Reviews

Steve Carrell and Rose Byrne stand face to face as she angrily holds him by the tie in the movie IrresistibleIRRESISTIBLE

“Stewart takes no shots at all the easy targets who’ve either skewered themselves by their own idiocy or have been gutted by the current crop of capable late-night talk show hosts. Stewart is after bigger game, and it hinges on our understanding the game to begin with.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/19/2020

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt sitting in a plan cockpit with a bloody arm looking behind him in the movie 7500“With the help of a small cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Patrick Vollrath manages to take a small budget and construct a tension-filled thriller that remains consistent throughout.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“By design, 7500 is a real bummer, but that doesn’t make for a great reason to watch it.” – Nick Johnston, Vanyaland

“By the time it ends, you won’t have any energy left to think of anything else but finding your happy place so you can calm down.” – John Black, Cinekong Reviews

 

Kevin Bacon holds Avery Tiiu Essex in his arms in the movie You Should Have LeftYOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT

“The fault here doesn’t lie with the actors: instead, it’s almost wholly Koepp’s issues that sink the film.” – Nick Johnston, Vanyaland

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/12/2020

Delroy Lindo looks sweaty and tired in the movie Da 5 BloodsDA 5 BLOODS

“Like in his previous two works, CHI-RAQ and BLACKkKLANSMAN, Lee tears apart any notion that fiction should be separate from the world around us. He’s as much a political tactician as he is a cinematic technician. Lee isn’t just asking important questions. He’s demanding immediate action.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

 

THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND
Pete Davidson shirtless with sunglasses and arms outstretched in the movie The King of Staten Island

“Obviously, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is not a typical comedy. But it is funny. It’s also sad, empowering, fascinating, and frustrating.” – John Black, Cinekong Reviews

“There’s a lot to enjoy about THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND despite its many faults, but there’s an even more interesting collision between Apatow-branded dramaturgy and Davidson’s own stream of consciousness style of comedy that really makes things fall in place quite nicely.” – Sam Cohen, EDGE Media Network

THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND would be much easier to recommend if it wasn’t so unnecessarily long.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND shows another side of Apatow, as a director in control of his film. There is much more attention paid to how a scene is filmed, blocked, and edited to reflect shifting attitudes and power dynamics.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

“Apatow has always had a hard time telling the difference between good fat and gristle, and THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is no exception to that rule.” – Nick Johnston, Vanyaland

“Apatow’s raunchy humor often makes me squirm. But here, he tenderizes his comedic chops, with a good deal of insight and even grace, holding these characters loosely and lovingly in his sights.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/13/2020

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BLOODSHOT

“If you go into BLOODSHOT with low expectations while also realizing that you’re not going to get an amazing work of art, you might like some of what you get here.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s dumb, predictable, but not without its charm.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

 

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“Except for those snowflakes on the left and the right who can’t brook any criticism or incorrectness, it’s a satisfying, visceral send-up of our current politics.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

first-cowFIRST COW

“FIRST COW shows viewers a glimpse at what manhood looked like two centuries ago, when men were expected to be tough and those who weren’t were prey and sport for the rest.” – Andy Crump, The Week

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/06/2020

The Way BackTHE WAY BACK

“THE WAY BACK isn’t exactly what I was anticipating, but it’s a film that works and accomplishes most of what it wants to.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

OnwardONWARD

Although the comedy isn’t the best, ONWARD gets just about every other important aspect it implements correct.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s the filmmakers striking that balance between pathos and goofiness that makes the movie work.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies