BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/21/2014

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

“There’s plenty of foreshadowing of what is to come but the story doesn’t so much come to an end as have an intermission.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“It’s more interesting than good, but it’s very interesting.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“If the movie is slow and lacking in action, it compensates by being big and dramatic.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“It’s a half-story, and the cliffhanger ending feels made for TV, not the big screen.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“I know they probably like the paychecks and the notoriety they get from these movies, but as actors, they deserve better than what they’re given to work with in MOCKINGJAY PART 1.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

Who knew that if you stripped all the garish clown makeup off Effie Trinket you’d find a compelling performance from Elizabeth Banks?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“What we ultimately get with this installment is not much more than an intermission before the main event.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

 

homesman-tommy-lee-jonesTHE HOMESMAN

“…a stubbornly uncommercial and richly challenging inversion of Americana, this time with an eye towards the pioneer women pushed to the margins of our history books.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Swank is simply marvelous, her lanky frame in billowy dresses as expressive as her hard eyes and yearning mouth.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 11/19/14

Michael Cox has Blu-ray reviews of MOOD INDIGO, THE ONE I LOVE, THE DOG, HAPPY CHRISTMAS, PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, MALEFICENT and SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

Inkoo Kang talked Reality TV for Village Voice

John Black looks at THE BETTER ANGELS

Spoilerpiece Theatre dug into INTERSTELLAR and BIG HERO 6

Bob Chipman looked at the TEN BEST and TEN WORST portrayals of “Gamers” on TV

Tim Estiloz interviews THEORY OF EVERYTHING’s Felicity Jones

Joyce Kulhawik has her Holiday Movie Guide

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/14/2014

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“There are some movies that are able to stay with you well after you watch it for the first time, but THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING isn’t one of them.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is only a routine movie devoted to two extraordinary people, but at least they’ve each been gifted with extraordinary actors to portray them.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“As patchwork, this film has its charms. As biopic, well, it wouldn’t pass muster before a doctoral committee. ” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

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“As admirably cohesive as the story is, it’s far surpassed by the wonderfully committed lead performances.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“It just could be the saddest comedy ever made.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“After this, it’s doubtful anyone will want to do “There’s Something More About Mary.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“ROSEWATER is at once everything and nothing like what we expect from THE DAILY SHOW host Jon Stewart.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“ROSEWATER swings uneasily back and forth between hard drama, silly comedy, social commentary and even fantasy (a few scenes depict Bahari’s early life appearing on the sides of buildings as he walks past them, as if the buildings are movie screens).” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

DSC_1710.NEFBEYOND THE LIGHTS

“In spite of how it’s been promoted, BEYOND THE LIGHTS is actually a versatile movie that is able to effectively talk about all that it has to say.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“The social commentary dissipates, but never disappears: This is what Nicholas Sparks movies would look like if he had any interest in the culture surrounding his prototypical star-crossed lovers.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

 

force-majeure-cannes-21FORCE MAJEURE

“I never figured that I’d see a movie based on a subject like fatherhood and the assumptions that came with it, but it’s here and I like it very much.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…the film works as a serious, if artistic, inquiry into the expectations people have of one another, realistic and otherwise, and the illusions we maintain to secure our relationships and anchor our identities.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“… a squrimingly funny deadpan comedy of emasculation.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 11/12/2014

Monica Castillo participated in Film 4 Justice’s Twitter Chat on Latin Images in Primetime

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks INTERSTELLAR and BIG HERO 6

Bob Chipman talked censorship on The Big Picture

Tim Estiloz interviews Felicity Jones

Jake Mulligan reviews ALTMAN and DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/07/2014

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INTERSTELLAR

“All of my quibbles aside, INTERSTELLAR is surely to be praised for its scope.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“It’s the best science fiction movie you’re likely to see this year, and quite possibly one of the best films period.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…INTERSTELLAR is big, bold and beautiful, but it’s more confounding than revelatory, and all the organ music in the world can’t save it from not tugging at the heartstrings. – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“INTERSTELLAR is Christopher Nolan’s weakest film to date, but the fact that it’s not terrible says a lot about him and his abilities as a filmmaker.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…overall, INTERSTELLAR is a reasonably enjoyable experience, even as it strains the edges of Nolan’s comfort zone.” – Kristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

“For a film that has so much going for it, the payoff should be blue-sky beyond most viewers’ imaginations. Instead, it plays like someone explaining how to complete a jigsaw puzzle. – Norm Schrager, Meet in the Lobby

“In place of the action the movie needs, Nolan hits us over the head with the simplistic message that love is the most powerful force in the universe. It’s a nice enough notion, but it doesn’t have a chance.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Ultimately, INTERSTELLAR shoots for the stars but barely gets us past the soundstage.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Some space is best left unexplored.” –  Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“You can sense Nolan bursting to match Kubrick’s eerie, effortless combination of the familiar and otherworldly, but there’s nothing doing.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“The movie is so pedestrian it needs to invent a Bad Guy for McConaughey to fist-fight.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

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“BIG HERO 6 works precisely because it seems so familiar, with just enough fresh spin so that it feels like something new rather than a rerun.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“BIG HERO 6 is not a film that’s going to change the way animated flicks are made, but there is a ton of fun to be had by just about everyone who chooses to watch it.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“Thrilling, well-crafted set pieces are only one aspect of what makes blockbusters like this tick. The bond between a boy and his android makes up the rest.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“LAGGIES explores with empathy and warmth the simultaneous feelings of panic and disbelief upon realizing in your late 20s or early 30s that everyone around you is getting married and having children.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“Man, this is a creepy film.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

 

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“… an incredibly personal (if troubling at times) story that challenges its viewers to accept it.” – Monica Castillo, Movie Mezzanine

 

 

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“As DIPLOMACY’s briskly paced duologue proceeds, there’s a growing sense that it would be just at home on stage as on camera.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“We all know that the Nazis didn’t blow up Paris, but that won’t stop audiences from biting their nails watching this brilliant film from director Volker Schlöndorff (THE TIN DRUM).” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

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“The risk of any movie that tries so hard to promote claims of extraordinary or supernatural wisdom (which this film more or less does with its subject) is the likelihood that the claims will far exceed any reliable evidence.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston