BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/18/2019

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“The problems with GLASS are impossible to ignore and detrimental to the overall film.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As with Shyamalan’s other films, characters don’t act like human beings but are simply plot devices.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This glass isn’t half full, per se, but I’ll be damned if it still didn’t leave me feeling parched.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“If Shyamalan’s career pattern repeats itself, he’ll produce another amazing film in a few years, but we have to suffer through GLASS in the meantime.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“If dull tones are your thing, then prepare for a visual smorgasbord.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

 

0117_coldwar1-1000x750COLD WAR

“A sprawling, three-hour epic crammed into 88 minutes, writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski’s COLD WAR is a marvel of concision.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Ennui and the search for reprieve from oppressive institutions weigh down the 1950s, interrupted on brief occasion by bursts of joy expressed through dance, music, culture writ large, and lovemaking.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“STAN & OLLIE is a nice little movie that most people will probably enjoy if they get a chance to see it.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

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“Both times I’ve seen the picture, it has left me at a loss for words, which is pretty inconvenient considering it’s supposed to be my job to talk about these things.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING demands much of its audience on a first watch, to say nothing of a second or third watch. You won’t unravel its meaning after a single viewing, either. But that’s the film’s greatest pleasure.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/11/2019

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“The definitive upside of THE UPSIDE is that it finally ends, but not before reminding us that ‘Phillip and Dell remain friends to this day.’” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

“There may be an audience of people who are satisfied with THE UPSIDE, and find the story of a paralyzed man discovering beauty in the small things in life both original and inspirational, but I’m not one of them.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“The film is predictable in too many ways, but when it works it’s because of the rapport that develops between Phillip and Dell, which is to say Cranston and Hart.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“…I found it all a bit silly and way overdone, wallowing in over-deliberate grotesquerie as some sort of misguided mark of integrity — which, come to think of it, is a pretty good way to sum up the movie itself.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The story never feels like it connects and all the supporting characters do is pad out a melodramatic crime drama.” – Max Covill, Film School Rejects

“DESTROYER fails to live up to the sum of its parts.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“There’s a superb 90-minute movie woven through DESTORYER’s two-hour run time, tight-knit and tense, free of excess flab and much, much meaner by consequence. We don’t have that movie.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

dogs-way-homeA DOG’S WAY HOME

“If it isn’t a great artistic achievement, it is a well-crafted movie that achieves exactly what it sets out to do. If you find such material appealing, it will work.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/28/2018

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“Its obvious strength is a bravura performance by Christian Bale as Cheney.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Magazine

“It’s just a bunch of stuff that happened, shuffled all out of order and repeated a few times extra loud for the cheap seats.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Winter movie season inevitably brings a deluge of dreadful issue-based movies that turn subtext into text and jam sentiment down viewers’ throats. VICE is no exception.” – Andy Crump, Men’s Health

 

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“…an achingly beautiful film, and so terribly sad.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The year is drawing to a close, but one of 2018’s finest films is just hitting theaters.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/21/2018

 

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“…dizzying, delightful, and completely bonkers.” – Andy Crump, Men’s Health

“As superhero origin stories go, it’s actually an improvement over most of the movies based on DC comics.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“I don’t mind the direction they chose to take AQUAMAN as a character. Momoa isn’t a great actor by any stretch, but he’s proven to be the least of their worries in both this movie and the future.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s a shame his film stinks like yesterday’s tuna.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

Welcome-to-Marwen_Universal-Pictures.Courtesy-900x580WELCOME TO MARWEN

“The unspoken message of WELCOME TO MARWEN seems to be that we’re lucky that Hogancamp was brutalized and nearly died because, as a result, he’s now making imaginative art.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…WELCOME TO MARWEN shows us that even when the story has been practically reinvented for the purposes of telling that story, it can still fail on all accounts.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“…an ineffective, emotionally aggressive, self-important and baffling experiment that is Zemeckis’ most similar film to the overrated FORREST GUMP since, well, FORREST GUMP.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

mary-poppins-returnsMARY POPPINS RETURNS

“…less than a sequel than a muddled attempt to clone the elements of the original film.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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“If you’re looking for romance, watch COLD WAR. If you’re looking for comedy, watch GAME NIGHT. If you’re looking for romantic comedy, watch CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Whatever you do, don’t waste a second on this SECOND ACT.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest