BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 7/22/2016

Star Trek BeyondSTAR TREK BEYOND

“Defines itself as the first of the new TREK that firmly grasps what makes the old so special and how to play that against the more modernized take.” – Allyson Johnson, TYF

“If at first the muscle car dude might seem a strange choice for TREK, remember that he’s coming off of four films in which a diverse ensemble accomplishes impossible feats thanks to friendship and teamwork, so when you stop and think about it he’s pretty much the only guy for this job.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“With both its humor and action, STAR TREK BEYOND provides what’s needed for it to be absorbing and delightful.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As worthy an entry in the STAR TREK canon as we’ve had in well over a decade (probably the best overall movie in the franchise since THE VOYAGE HOME in 1986.” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

“There’s no complex ethical conundrum at the movie’s core, but there is a reliable message: Fear can be used to manipulate entire civilizations, and there are bad guys out there willing to exploit it for just that reason.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

“Longtime fans will remember that there used to be a rule of thumb about the movies: the “even ones” were the good ones.  Now with the reboots it looks like the rule will be look out for the “odd ones.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Easily completes its mission as a fun and energetic sequel that will keep the audience entertained and thrilled during its 120-minute running time.” – John Hanlon, Townhall

 

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“Probably the laziest to date, but it still manages to provide a tolerable enough time at the movies that to hate it feels excessive, and to love it or even like it feels superfluous as well.” - Greg Vellante, EDGE

“For the first time there’s enough humor for the adults to make it bearable enough to sit through with the kids.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies 

 

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“She’s got a watchful gaze and a naturally commanding screen presence; imagine if Steve McQueen was an eleven-year-old black girl and you’re starting to get the idea.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

abfab movieABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

“Echoes the TV version on a larger and more lavish scale — look! Edina’s kitchen leads out into a garden! — but it all comes back to the characters.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

“Spends far too much time trying to get the audience to care about these characters we have been gleefully emotionally distant from, and it sacrifices precious screen time in doing so.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

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“Allen’s best since “Midnight in Paris,” and they’d make a great double bill, both films interrogating a warm and fuzzy nostalgia that’s incredibly soothing and ultimately useless.” – Sean Burns, WBUR

 

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“Gondry’s intentions (and young actors) are good, even as this likable film suffers from a pesky lack of cohesiveness.” – Norm Schrager, Film Racket

“There are singular moments — like waiting in line at the beginning of the school year, making awkward eye contact with peers, studying how people have changed — that transported me back to my youth like a cinematic catapult.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 7/15/2016

GHOSTBUSTERS2016GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

“Those naysayers have been undermined by the quality of this reboot, which hopefully will relaunch the series and it’s obvious that the writers here had fun playing up the hatred of those commentators” – John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews

“It may be called GHOSTBUSTERS, but the Bill Murray and Harold Ramis comedy that this remake most resembles is the military send-up STRIPES; in as much as both feature two solid acts’ worth of really funny people mining hilarious jokes from training sequences and character interactions that then kind of falls apart when the plot takes over in Act 3.” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

“There’s no getting around how inadequate Wiig and McCarthy are. The breakout here is “SNL” star McKinnon, who needs co-stars who could keep up with her.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“What makes GHOSTBUSTERS a pleasure to watch is how much these women obviously enjoy working with one another, generously feeding each other straight lines and setups as opposed to other comics who too often compete for attention.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“As a quick guilty pleasure, it’ll do. But unlike the original, it’s easily forgettable.” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

“Doesn’t have a ghost of chance of saving this lackluster summer movie season, but it’s a chance to see some of the best comedic actors working today have a little fun while we’re all waiting for SOMETHING of biblical proportions to hit the big screen– before the fall.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

INFILTRATORTHE INFILTRATOR

“If only the quality of the film could match the quality of Cranston, who unearths enough underlying emotion from the character to make up for what the script fails to say.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“Bryan Cranston has become a character actor who can command attention in leading roles, and he shows why here.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Overall, a forgettable experience becomes memorable only in its pitfalls.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

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“The intention isn’t to celebrate Disney as a brand, or as a market entity, but to acknowledge the objectively massive role the studio’s output has played in [Owen Suskind's] life.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/08/2016

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MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

“Mike and Dave may need wedding dates, but their narrative pursuit exists in a movie that’s in need of so much more to even consider it worthy of your time.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“The plot doesn’t really make sense, and the characters are forgettable.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“In a year where a Presidential candidate brags about his genital size in the midst of a debate it’s quite possible we have not yet hit bottom.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

The-Secret-Life-of-Pets-trailerTHE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

“Although, as in the TOY STORY films, the main premise is that the characters have complicated lives when the humans aren’t around, what we really learn from THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS is that they need us as much as we need them.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“There’s no inspiration here, just prosaism. Not every animation outfit can be Pixar, of course, but they should have more imagination than this.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

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

“It’s all rather flat and predictable, a story we’ve seen many times before even if you’ve never seen a TARZAN movie.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“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

“THE BFG will undoubtedly find an audience, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to pretend this giant is less big and friendly than boring and flat.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

“THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR does hint at a sequel, and given what’s going on in the real world, sadly, there should be plenty of inspiration for it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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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