BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/17/2017

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“…a gonzo, over-the-top, thriller that slowly morphs into a horror film. Viewers able to buy into this waking nightmare will find themselves amply rewarded.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“the second and third acts of A Cure for Wellness make up for that convoluted first hour with some of the most impressive, insane and remarkable storytelling in recent memory.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“A CURE FOR WELLNESS is a strikingly ambitious work—one of the most daring and inspired mainstream releases of recent memory.” – Greg Vellante, Forces of Geek

“Director Gore Verbinski will never be accused of going small.” – Brett Michell, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

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“Although the film gets a little to bogged down in toilet humor and silly sex jokes, there’s an energy to it all that makes even the most shamelessly stupid gags kind of fun to watch.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

 

 

the_great_wallTHE GREAT WALL

“The joys of the film are both visceral and subtle. The subtlety is in the interplay between Chinese and Western expectations, both for the characters and for audiences.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

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“TONI ERDMANN climaxes with a comic set-piece so screamingly funny yet perfectly true to the characters, it’s not hyperbole to say that I was gasping for air and my sides were hurting afterwards.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Crude humor paves the way to an exorcism of sorts, and the hijinks glide to graceful closure.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“And now, a high concept comedy from the country that invented comedy, Germany, in which a career woman’s ambition is pitted against her free-spirited dad’s waggishness. ” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/10/2017

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

“If the trend of late is to give superheroes more somber cinematic treatments, then THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is a reminder that fun need not be traded for po-faced melodrama to come up with something meaningful.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Audiences universally will surely be entertained, and us comic book fans will get a little extra with the plethora of nods to the genre.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“…this may be one of the very best films based on the DC Comics universe.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 


John-Wick-Chapter-2-2017-Wallpaper-11045JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

“It is rare that a sequel lives up to the hype generated by its predecessor, but then again, it is rare to have an action hero as slick and unbeatable as John Wick.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“It works for the simple reason that the characters take the rules of their world seriously, even if we find them preposterous.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 is one of the rare situations where simply raising the stakes works.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

fifty-shades-darker-elevator-1481131638FIFTY SHADES DARKER

“…the film’s idea of “kinky sex” is laughably tame.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

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download (21)RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER

“The brisk editing in some sequences make the violence almost avant-garde, like you’re the one controlling the scenarios. A shot never holds for more than three seconds as if the player is skipping all the cutscenes to get to more killing. Bless.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

 

 

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“Mercurial this film may be, and shiny in spots, but all that glitters is not GOLD.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

dogs-purpose21A DOG’S PURPOSE

“It’s a perfectly mediocre film with sweet intentions and silly execution — a piece of commerce solely designed to appeal to the large demographic of people who use Facebook primarily to share cute videos of animals.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/20/2017


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“Taking a page from the FAST AND FURIOUS series, which started out lackluster and then took off in the later entries, this jumpstarts the franchise and gives it new life.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE  does such a good job installing indulgence as its backbone that it’s hard not to admire the film’s commitment, its gusto and, therefore, its ability to get away with pretty much anything.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Decent in terms of action and anything else you may expect from something like this.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

split-mcavoy-turtleneckSPLIT

“SPLIT is a deeply flawed but fascinating film, perhaps Shyamalan’s most interesting work to date.” – Greg Vellante, Forces of Geek

“Perhaps the most charitable way to look at SPLIT is that is a cry for help by its director. “Stop me before I film again,” he seems to be saying.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

the-founder-movie-2016-trailer-michael-keatonTHE FOUNDER

“Reports indicate we already have an early frontrunner for our new president’s favorite film of 2017.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“It tells us the story behind a business we all know, or think we know, and gives Michael Keaton one of his best roles ever. Don’t miss it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/13/2017

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LIVE BY NIGHT

“…doesn’t so much break new ground in the gangster film as deepen explorations into areas opened by others.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“LIVE BY NIGHT is not an amazing movie, but as a testosterone-driven piece of genre narrative this film has many moments of humor, style and character acting bravado that make it a pleasure to watch, and satisfactorily drive the viewer to the next plot point.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

 

don-t-think-it-don-t-say-it-how-true-is-the-story-of-the-bye-bye-manTHE BYE BYE MAN

“The plot is pretty dumb, the monster disconnected, and the victims forgettable. All of these missteps in the same film add up to either two experiences: you either dig how bad it is and decide to laugh at the film, or you are frustrated that you wasted time and money on such an uninspired, disposable flick.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

 

 

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“…more about commerce than art, but for parents wanting to find something to do with their kids on a wintry afternoon, it will do the trick.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

julieta-pedro-almodovarJULIETA

“The deeply moving conclusion that Almodóvar builds to might strike some as a bit too open-ended, but he finishes as he began, with two lovers in an enclosed compartment, traveling forward on yet another journey toward destiny.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“It’s always a rapturous pleasure to watch a master filmmaker work their magic and exercise their craft, and JULIETA, the latest film from the great Pedro Almodóvar, is no exception.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist