BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/01/2016

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

“THE LEGEND OF TARZAN fails to inspire or even engage.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“What we get is something cobbled together by a committee—earnest and admirable but flaccid in execution.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“…a bland and unoriginal adaptation.” – John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews

“It’s a movie so painfully bloated, misguided and built upon empty money, that you may as well run it for the GOP ticket and call it the presumptive nominee.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Think of Brewer and Cozad’s screenplay as a chore list instead of a blueprint for visual storytelling. That’s the viewing experience of THE LEGEND OF TARZAN in a nutshell.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“…was this really a movie worth making at our particular moment?” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

the-bfg-large_trans++VrUpGShtiMSOrgRE1UXhxwvm66VPBZpv7lQVy_JwGVITHE BFG

“Thankfully Disney and Steven Spielberg decided to tackle the giant story, and the results are magical.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…the film marks a reunion of Spielberg and Mathison, the team behind E.T. Their new collaboration is an emotionally powerful one — a classic tale of childhood, fantasy, innocence and adventure.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Every single moment of THE BFG is characterized by contrasts of scale (like a giant wearing a circus tent as a shirt) and contrasts of appearance (like a digital monster trading fart jokes over tea with a flesh-and-blood Queen).” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“Many of Dahl’s darker edges have been sanded off by Mathison and Spielberg, who’s working with Disney for the first time. But if you loved the fart jokes in Dahl’s book, well, Spielberg apparently did too!” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/24/2016

 

1213-id4-teaser-810x960INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

“Like most Emmerich films, it’s chintzy, annoying and seems to go on forever.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

 

the-free-state-of-jonesFREE STATE OF JONES

“With its epic sweep and powerful perfomances shedding light on a little-known chapter of American history, this would have seemed like prime Oscar bait for an autumn release. Instead, its being thrown away now, where it will not likely last long in theaters.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

1-jUNDeTEvI8L-iWHG0NnPrATHE NEON DEMON

“…it’s Refn at his most unwieldy and funny; like if Dario Argento decided to remake SHOWGIRLS and did so with the questionable moral ethics of Stanley Kubrick’s LOLITA.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“[Refin's] film is a Terry Richardson print that’s been slathered in gore and stationed under a strobe light.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“THE NEON DEMON is not easy to watch or easy to follow, but its dark humor and even darker opinion of humanity makes it one of the best films of 2016.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

 

unlocking-the-cage-1UNLOCKING THE CAGE

“It’s sobering stuff that invites our compassion instead of baiting it.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

 

 

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“…minor To is better than major films by most any other contemporary filmmaker you can imagine. It’s also better than no To at all.” - Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/17/2016

videothumbnail_findingdory_disney_b330d055FINDING DORY

“FINDING DORY is a solid effort and a nice comeback from last year’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, but make no mistake––unlike last year’s brilliant “Inside Out,” this is not the best American animated feature we’ve seen this year.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The best parts of the film are the too few occasions when it pauses for long enough to let us drink in the majesty of what we’re being shown.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“FINDING DORY is a weird entry for Pixar in that it feels like it should actually be a lot darker than it is.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob

“Overall, there is a good movie for kids here that more than likely will not disappoint.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

12273632_1000448093351815_5346996537441224620_oCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

“Thanks in no small part to these two lead performances, the movie has a heart as big as its Johnson.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Hart and Johnson both have a real gift for effortlessly grooving with other performers, so giving them a stage to groove on naturally lends itself to easy viewing.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“In the end, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE works mainly because it knows what it is, but it still manages to try a few new things.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE is a buddy comedy done right. For a change, there was some intelligence on both sides of the camera.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

de-palmaDE PALMA

“One of the best movies ever made about making movies, DE PALMA s not a film for those who wish to retain romantic notions about an artist’s process.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“De Palma is a great artist, but the greatest pleasure of DE PALMA is that he never speaks like one.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/10/2016

3067950-img1WARCRAFT

“Too compelling in its misbegotten grandeur to be dismissed, too grim and determined of its own importance to be called a farce; the only fair description of WARCRAFT is a tragedy.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob

“By the time the credit roll, you feel as though you’ve just watched half a season of some sort of bargain basement fantasy-action cable series.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

MK1_4047.dngTHE CONJURING 2

“…for those seeking some summer thrills and chills without rivers of blood and gore, THE CONJURING 2 is a solid successor to the original.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The film is a blast as a funhouse-style genre exercise, but there’s very little holding it all together.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“In spite of the clear issues, James Wan and the gang ultimately succeed by being able to conjure up some entertainment by allowing this sequel to do what sequels are known to do.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

now-you-see-me-2-_0NOW YOU SEE ME 2

“No one will confuse NOW YOU SEE ME 2 for an art film. It is, however, damn good entertainment.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Who’d have thunk they could have pulled a terrific sequel out of the surprise hit that was the original?” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“It’s all harmless enough, I guess. Also pointless and more than a little bit strained.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/03/2016


teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-2-out-shadowsTEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

“While this isn’t an excellent picture, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS does manage to make noticeable improvements over its most immediate predecessor.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The resulting dissonance feels like somebody dubbed a vocal track from BANANAS IN PAJAMAS over a particularly Ramsay-heavy episode of GAME OF THRONES.” – Bob Chipman, Movie Bob

 

maxresdefault (31)POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

“…a delightfully silly breath of fresh air to remind us that Hollywood is capable periodically removing its own head from its ass.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…the film is constantly teetering the lines between brilliantly stupid and just dumb.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“THIS IS SPINAL TAP this is not, but there are so many hints at greatness here that you may not care.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

 

maxresdefault (30)ME BEFORE YOU

“Yet thanks to its two leads, it is a film that should score with its intended audience even if it doesn’t get much respect.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

maggies-plan-1024MAGGIE’S PLAN

“…one can’t help but wonder what Gerwig and FRANCES HA co-writer and director Noah Baumbach—her creative and romantic partner—might have accomplished with MAGGIE’S PLAN’s premise. ” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

thewailing_trailer1THE WAILING

“In THE WAILING, it doesn’t matter whether you believe in evil or not. Evil believes in you.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine