BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP 5/22/2015

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“Ugh.” – Killian Melloy, EDGE Boston

“To say that TOMORROWLAND is a disappointment isn’t really fair. If this reviewer was eight years old, it would seem like one of the best movies ever.” – Daniel Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies

“A deeply personal blockbuster – it’s a $190 million summer tentpole named after a Disney theme park attraction, but it comes from someplace real.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Straddling many ideas and communicating so little.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“Brad Bird’s newest has so many worldviews and agendas battling each other in the narrative — some half-baked and some well fleshed out — that the intriguing inspiration behind the concept of TOMORROWLAND gets sunk under instances of preachy blathering.” – Sam Cohen, Under The Gun

“A half-baked lecture in search of a movie to occupy.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob

 

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“POLTERGEIST isn’t able to provide an honest source of entertainment for audiences in search of some summertime frights.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…if the only reason you’re remaking a movie is simply because you own the rights, it’s probably not worth doing.” – Daniel Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/15/2015

maxresdefault (14)MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

“Miller has made a phenomenal action film with a righteous cause, a movie that layers smart commentary atop jaw-dropping set pieces.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a thrill ride for the ages.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“Miller dropped the mic and then stepped on it.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“This is bold, go-for-broke, visionary filmmaking of such a high order that I’m not really sure where to begin.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“…exceeds all expectations as a super-charged, relentless action assault on the senses that will leave you truly breathless, awe-struck and satisfyingly exhausted…” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

“…a carnivalesque thrill ride down the highways of Hell that’s more meticulously crafted than just about any mainstream motion picture in recent memory.” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

“It’s got the action and explosions of a TRANSFORMERS movie, but makes those films look like complex dramas in comparison.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Few movies live up to the hype, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD laughs in their faces and makes them eat its dust.” – Max Covill, Impassioned Cinema

 

Pitch Perfect 2PITCH PERFECT 2

“While there are plenty of significant similarities between the two films, Pitch Perfect 2 does not simply regurgitate the first film.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“What, one wonders, would Beca – or Anna Kendrick for that matter — have to say about the insulting misogynist jokes and offensive racial stereotypes that make-up most of the ‘humor’ of the first half of the movie?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…a movie that will make you laugh out loud without feeling stupid.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The over-the-top racist caricature feels horribly out-of-sync with the movie’s positive message about girl power and friendship.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

 

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“If you saw Iris Apfel  pawing through the racks at a Harlem thrift store, you would want to know her story. But does that mean you want to sit through a documentary about her?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“IRIS is a vibrant, lively portrait of an icon in her field, but it’s also a celebration of inner (and outer) uniqueness.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

Bird-LegsI AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY

“…Big Bird is such a huge part of our cultural Gestalt that I defy anyone who has not grown up with this immense character to be unmoved by this movie.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“It is impossible to observe the film’s interviews with Spinney and not be taken aback by the man’s extraordinary sensitivity, and the deeply unhappy childhood that seems still very much with him today.” – Sean Burns, WBUR

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/08/2015

UTC_6-6-14_04146.CR2HOT PURSUIT

“I walked out.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Though HOT PURSUIT is not the worst cinematic experience I have had this year, its lack of actual comedy is decidedly cringeworthy.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…a throwback to those old ’80s comedies you always find yourself watching way too often on cable on hungover Sunday afternoons.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“Hilarity ensues – and by hilarity, I mean I laughed twice.” – Monica Castillo

 

dtrainTHE D-TRAIN

“I’m unable to completely slam THE D TRAIN, but I wouldn’t suggest that anyone rush out to theaters to see it since I simply don’t think it’s worth the money.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The film is largely without charm, and it’s brim-full of ‘Oh No They Didn’t!’” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

meeeWELCOME TO ME

“It helps that Wiig uses her well-honed comedic chops and adds a layer of dramatic desperation.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

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“Arnold’s doing Eastwood again, and this is his MILLION DOLLAR ZOMBIE.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

5-flights-up5 FLIGHTS UP

“It really shouldn’t be such a novelty to see a movie about two senior citizens that doesn’t portray them as clumsy, sex-crazed curmudgeons for cheap laughs, but here we are.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/01/2015

avengersTHE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

“…a comic book movie, to be sure, but it’s got enough spectacle, wit, and talent on display to make it a most entertaining kickoff to the season.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This film could have been, and indeed given it’s hype and latitude in production, should have been a grand exercise in Marvel excellence. But like Ultron himself, the film lacks heart, passion and comes across as cold and artificial.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

“Those with high hopes may not be as blown away as they were by the first film, and may be disappointed. Those with measured expectations may leave the theater happily surprised that this latest Marvel film was able to maintain consistency of awesomeness.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“There’s the familiarization with the team again, the pulverization by a new foe, the rebuilding of the team, and the big showdown. AGE OF ULTRON is a comic book movie at its most unapologetic.” – Sam Cohen, Sumo Skinny

“ULTRON doesn’t outstay its welcome. It’s fun all around.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“The action is relentless. In fact, there is so much frantic fighting in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON that it’s boring to watch after a while no matter how many different ways writer/director Joss Whedon tries to film it.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The movie is stiff and enervated. It’s all punch-punch, banter-banter, like a sitcom in which cities get leveled.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“There’s plenty to love with this latest entry into the Marvel Universe, but hopefully we haven’t already experienced the peak of the franchise.” – Max Covill, Fresh From the Theatre

 

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“Thankfully, the House of Dior is filled with people who can humanize the story for the fashionably uneducated, and in a very fascinating way: The women and men who actually make the clothes.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Watching this film is like eating cake and ice cream for 90 minutes and still wanting more.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

 

lambert_and_stamp_dogwoof_documentary_2_800_514_85LAMBERT AND STAMP

“Fans of The Who will probably be familiar with much of what’s hashed over here, but even so there’s a crackle of residual energy that fifty years, and the deaths of Kit Lambert, Keith Moon and John Entwistle have not completely dispelled.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/24/2015

(Note: Time film critic Richard Corliss passed away this Thursday. The Boston Online Film Critics Association extends its condolences toward Richard’s friends and family.)

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“What does it feel like to live a hundred years? Just ask anyone who has sat through THE AGE OF ADALINE.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“… the film is shadowed by a kind of wistfulness and restraint that draws us into what might have seemed melodramatic or sentimental.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

 

The-Water-Diviner-Gallery-01THE WATER DIVINER

“…what the movie lacks in discipline and polish, it more than makes up for in sheer sincerity.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“…when a mixed-bag movie is also this mixed up, you either throw up your hands, turn off your brain, and hope for the best, or seek solace in your soda and popcorn.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“In the end [Russell Crowe's] performance is one of the least problematic aspects of the film, but perhaps it shows that he should stick to acting.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

5to7-Movie5 TO 7

“…5 TO 7 is too damn winsome for its own good. Worse than that, it’s disingenuous.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“5 TO 7 starts so wonderfully that its left turn into bologna is all the more disheartening.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“While she certainly has the ability to wrap the audience around her little finger, Marlohoe is far less convincing when the role causes her to be more than charming.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The set up is fascinating, the humor is rich and the camera work is as stylish as the French new wave; there are so many places this movie could go. But where it takes us is unbelievably facile and sentimental.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

 

download (12)ADULT BEGINNERS

“From a comedic standpoint, you’ll find something to laugh about at certain points during ADULT BEGINNERS, but there isn’t anything to love when looking at the film as a whole.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“This isn’t an actor’s movie, nor much of a screen comedy; it’s a sitcom showcase.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“The comedy fares better, but that’s probably because the drama itself is pat, predictable and underdeveloped.” - David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

Little Boy FilmLITTLE BOY

“You’re certain to find better movies to see other than LITTLE BOY, but if you want to see this for some reason, it wouldn’t kill you.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

the-forger-toronto-film-festival-3THE FORGER

“Travolta mopes his way through the title role as Ray Cutter, a brilliant jailbird art forger from those mythical movie-land mean streets of Boston – where everyone talks in outlandish accents and they never seem to have trouble finding a parking space.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality