the-martian2THE MARTIAN

“THE MARTIAN, like MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, reminds us why going bigger is not always better. See this as soon as you can.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“Although its smattering of science feels more like sci-fi, THE MARTIAN keeps its cool and controls its multi-linear narrative to make the audience cheer for the protagonist’s survival.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“THE MARTIAN is an ironic title for a movie which pays unabashed tribute to the best and most deeply human in all of us, the will to survive, the scope of our intelligence, the consciousness of ourselves as simultaneously significant and minute in the universe.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“OK, put your hand down, because THE MARTIAN isn’t INTERSTELLAR. It’s better than that.” – Brett Michel, Improper Bostonian

“THE MARTIAN is indubitably a crowd pleaser and audiences will wonder why can’t science always be this fun.” – Max Covill, Impassioned Cinema

“Ridley Scott’s film is cool, confident, stylish, and slick—the cinematic equivalent of a pop song, but one that demands you remember it for years, even decades, to come, akin to any classic Bowie track.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

“THE MARTIAN is a decent movie in spite of it not being able to drum up all of the qualities needed to make it spectacular.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“For the first hour or so, The Martian is a gripping space adventure … Unfortunately, The Martian isn’t an hour long adventure movie.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Scott makes us feel both the excitement and potential danger that space crews must face, or will face, once we get serious about leaving Earth again.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The film may not achieve greatness – but that’s not such a fatal flaw when you’re talking about a Mars survival yarn.” – Kilian Melloy, Kal’s Movie Blog


the-walk-joseph-gordon-levittTHE WALK

“Entertaining as it is, there’s a certain technical coldness to THE WALK that keeps it from ultimately capturing your hear the way Zemeckis wants it to.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“THE WALK reminds us of hope, of following our dreams, and all that other cheese that Zemeckis loves pouring into his yarns.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

“While I don’t see myself watching this multiple times, THE WALK ultimately left me satisfied with what was offered up.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential



“If there were a tunnel of light in the darkness, Sicario would be the movie that dashes it away right when you’re most optimistic.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“This film knows how to rattle the senses, and it does so with excellent technical work from all departments.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

“SICARIO is a different sort of action film; one that both raises the body count and asks the audience to keep thinking throughout the film.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“Sheer cinematic satisfaction.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…the closest director Denis Villeneuve has come to mastering the slow burn thriller.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse

“…this is a film that asks us — and then forces us — to face hard questions with no easy moral answers at the ready.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston


99-Homes-still-600x39999 HOMES

“99 HOMES is the kind of movie that doesn’t receive the sort of attention that it should.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential


nyff-timeoutofmind-gere1TIME OUT OF MIND

“…Moverman’s purposefully audacious directorial technique is, on a deeper level, trying to teach us how to look toward those backgrounds and into the corners of the frame of our own lives.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Is the subject matter a downer? Is the film’s erratic progress, and its many poignant, but hopeless, interactions depressing? Yes, fearlessly so, and that’s by design.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“The fact that no one realizes this man is actually Richard Gere speaks volumes about little attention the average person pays to the homeless.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse



“No topic should be off limits to comedy, but maybe they should be off limits to certain individuals.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine





“Only now is a national and widespread political consciousness emerging about the problem; will we do something about it, or simply pin more medals on officers who may be poorly trained, unable to rise to the level of cool-headed professionalism the use of their firepower, body armor, and tanks demands they possess, or even happy to use their authority and their equipment against mere civilians? That’s the question the film asks, but it needs to have made its case more clearly.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston


maxresdefault (19)BREATHE

Breathe is a good film. As Laurent continues to refine her talents behind the camera, it seems more and more likely that she has a great film in her, too.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine


p10-shoji-home-a-20150305COMING HOME

“…an intelligent, culturally provocative weepie of how one family is destroyed by the corruption of their home country during the 1960s.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston




“There is some entertainment value here, but too much of it comes from within the film stable awkwardly from plot point to plot point.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston





“THE INTERN is actually quite sweet, and if you are able somehow to get swept up in its sappiness you will like it.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“All of the heartwarming and humorous aspects that make THE INTERN so entertaining though, are the same ones that distract you from issues with its core story.” – Evan Crean, Star Pulse

“Although there is only one screenwriting credit listed … you get the feeling watching it that the film was actually written, maybe crafted is a better word, by committee.” - John Black, Boston Event Guide



“Describing STONEWALL as merely a crummy biopic would be like describing Pasolini’s SALO as a rom-com.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The indictment of Emmerich’s approach is less that he’s opted to ”print the legend” and more that he’s not printing the right legend.” – Bob Chipman, Movie Bob



“If you’re one of those people who thinks they can handle this type of stuff, THE GREEN INFERNO is a flick that you should surely check out.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential



6053581_review-a-brilliant-young-mind-starring_af0e7701_mA BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND

“…a mélange of familiar tropes and character types that feel as carefully calibrated as a page of equations.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston




“PAWN SACRIFICE is a solid feature that doesn’t have the quality necessary to make it stand out and grab the attention of the public.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential



goodnight_mommy_photoGOODNIGHT MOMMY

“This is a rare feature that has a unique style even though the premise has been done before in a couple of other movies over the years.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential







black.mass_.thm_BLACK MASS

“Watching the film is like reading Whitey’s Wikipedia entry: Here’s a list of some shit that happened.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“The cinematic equivalent of a pistol firing blanks aimlessly into the air.” – Greg Vellante, Sound & Picture

“…the narrative consists of barely-connected sequences that start anxiously and end in lethal violence. It’s a tale told in (often bloody) chunks.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Call it Whitey Bulger: Greatest Hits.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“Like it’s central character, Black Mass is vicious, brutal and dark. It is also marvelously unforgettable.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

BLACK MASS turns out to be a decent picture that leaves you wanting more.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Whitey Bulger had googly eyes. Who knew?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“BLACK MASS is Hollywood fakery at its worst…” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“This is a violent film about a criminally evil person who killed or corrupted almost everyone around him. Depp’s portrayal of him makes this one not to miss.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…the film doesn’t need to put decades of wrongdoing on the screen: It needs to find a compelling reason for being in the first place.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“It’s good to see Depp back to form. Shame about the movie he’s in, though.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“So I say see it– but know that the mythic tale has yet to be captured onscreen in all its gruesome glory, unless THE DEPARTED counts.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices



“The question for THE MAZE RUNNER is whether it will it will be remembered as its own success or will it full under the shadow of the bigger titles in the genre.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“…a monotonously grim follow-up to last year’s equally lackluster first entry of this dystopian sci-fi franchise.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

“…a generic time-waster that should be seen if you’re into fleeting moments of interest and a universe that could give a shit less about what you want out of it.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review


the-second-motherTHE SECOND MOTHER

“…a smart yet subtle portrait of the incalculable riches of a good relationship between parents and children.” – Monica Castillo, Paste Magazine




“It’s a fun premise for a horror comedy, but unfortunately, a fun premise is all it remains.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian





visit-trailerTHE VISIT

“THE VISIT is sheer guilty pleasure, and in the post summer blockbuster calm leading into the awards season storm, sometimes a little shameful indulgence is all we really need.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

THE VISIT is a poorly structured movie that doesn’t have any positive qualities.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“You will see opportunities for the story to progress into much more bizarre fare, but Shyamalan reins it in for a much easier conclusion. Shame, really.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“It lacks the flashiness and giant twists Shyamalan is known for, and this is a big plus for the film.” – Deirdre Crimmins, All Things Horror


7-chinese-brothers-jason-schwartzman7 CHINESE BROTHERS

“Byington’s movie is mopey but frothy, and it weighs about as much as a bag of Popchips.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“I’m sure many who’ve tired of seeing lonesome semi-hip do-nothings onscreen may have thin patience with 7 CHINESE BROTHERS. But if the category still grabs your attention, Schwartzman and cast – plus dog – will really do a fine job holding it for 75 minutes.” – Norm Schrager, Film Racket




“It’s easy to see why Jason Statham has no interest in doing anymore of these.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s the cotton candy of action films. It’s fun while you’re enjoying it, but not something that you’ll remember” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies




“Tomlin’s playing the Billy Bob Thornton role here, as a tough-talking, take-no-prisoners sort on a journey through her checkered past asking for money on her own terms.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“A gripping reminder that accessing abortion is a problem predominantly faced by people with low incomes or few means to travel to a clinic that might be hundreds of miles away.” – Monica Castillo, Bitch Media



“Broad, sitcommy and would by all rights probably be unwatchable if it didn’t happen to star Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality