“If there’s a movie worse than this set for release this year, let’s hope the distributor has the good sense not to do it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Like the movies that preceded it, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is empty in virtually all aspects.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“By the obligatory third-act throwdown, we as an audience have been so nauseated and bored for hours that the final epic battle just feels more like work than enjoying an entertaining summer blockbuster.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“I honestly don’t know how to meaningfully “critique” this nonsense anymore.” – Bob Chipman,



bad-batchTHE BAD BATCH

“THE BAD BATCH is the kind of oddity that arrives early in promising careers, leaving the viewer bewildered but nonetheless eager to see what comes next.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“It’s messy, though astonishingly well-made, but then, maybe we shouldn’t expect a movie where cannibalism plays a central role to be clean.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast




hero_Exception-2017THE EXCEPTION

“You could certainly do worse than to enjoy this film for its brash thrills and sumptuous visuals, while remaining open to its timely message.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston





“Pixar figured out how to sell the same exact toy again, just with a different outfit. If only this franchise justified this blatant marketing ploy, but alas.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“It will keep the young fans happy… but lacks the emotional impact of the far more involving TOY STORY sequels.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies



rough-nightROUGH NIGHT

“Why is “Rough Night” different from all other “friends go on a drunken spree” movies? It generates laughs without having to humiliate its characters, or make you wonder why supposed adults would act like this.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies



jacob-tremblay-in-the-book-of-henryTHE BOOK OF HENRY

“THE BOOK OF HENRY turns into something that never lives up to what it could have been due to there not being enough character development while also trying to do too much with the story.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s not a film for everyone, but something so risky and vicious should be celebrated, and for that, The Book of Henry is great in my book.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“…watching THE BOOK OF HENRY is a lot like noshing on an everything bagel, while driving an airboat through the nightmare tunnel in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory at breakneck speed.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine



full-trailer-mandy-moore-in-47-meters-down-696x46447 METERS DOWN

“47 METERS DOWN manages to squeeze everything it can out of the small amount of material that it actually has to work with.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential




abacussmallenoughtojail_02-h_2016ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

“[Steve] James has always been a filmmaker fascinated by community, and ABACUS doubles as an engrossing glimpse inside cloistered Chinatown customs and an immigrant population looking out for one another because it’s infuriatingly obvious that nobody else will.” – Sean Burns, Boston Reel




kill-switchKILL SWITCH

“Watching Tim Smit’s KILL SWITCH is a lot like watching over your friend’s shoulder as he plays a first-person shooter.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine




17471-1-1100THE HERO

“…THE HERO strains too hard for profundity at times but Elliott’s pitch-perfect performance is one for the books.” – Sean Burns, Boston Reel

“Nevertheless, even if [Brett] Haley is treading through the work of others—and even himself, given some surface similarities to his superior I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS —he’s doing so with great empathy and affection for his characters.” – Brett Michel, Improper Bostonian



“THE MUMMY isn’t a strike out by any means; it’s more like a pop-foul that has the opportunity to learn to make this new universe a more entertaining and fun ride.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“Yeah, it’s karaoke, but the movie gets you drunk enough on its own carefree zeal that the occasional flat notes don’t seem to matter.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Dear Hollywood: Stop.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

“It provides the requisite thrills and chills one would expect without much downtime.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“THE MUMMY certainly isn’t what many would consider a great movie, but it will likely manage to generate interest in Universal’s Dark Universe for plenty of moviegoers.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“A disaster, a movie that almost seems to have intentionally made every decision incorrectly on purpose.” – Bob Chipman,

“…there is no central idea at work in Alex Kurtzman’s Tom Cruise vehicle, so much so that the titular mummy is essentially a side plot in her own movie.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

“…there’s a palpable “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” sigh hanging over this entire enterprise.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality




“Shults uses intimacy as the key to engineering IT COMES AT NIGHT’s nightmarish scheme, trapping us with his characters as their options for survival dwindle and civility devolves into animal savagery.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

“Slow-burning psychological horror that’s built around inevitability rather than twists or jump-scares.” – Bob Chipman,

“IT COMES AT NIGHT will ultimately be viewed as a disappointment even if it’s not all that bad to watch.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“IT COMES AT NIGHT made me feel awful, which then made me angry because I didn’t feel like the movie had earned the right to do so.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…a story that gets under your skin, puts yourself in these real life situations and makes you ask questions about your own humanity and what you would do to survive.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“If fear lies in the unknown, I will leave further details on the film’s plot and surprises unspoiled. Just remember, attention to detail is rewarded and IT COMES AT NIGHT assumes that the audience is intelligent and engaged.” – Deirde Crimmins, Film Thrills



Band Aid - Still 1BAND AID

“Some movies think they have all the answers. This one, more sensibly, settles for asking the right questions.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“When the film gets serious, it gets serious, though at least the seriousness is buttressed by profound insight into relationship politics (and by Lister-Jones’ terrific chemistry with Adam Pally).” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

“It’s a tart comedy for the first hour or so, with writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones and co-star Adam Pally starring as a childless married couple grinding on each other’s last nerve.” – Sean Burns, Boston Reel




“Mara shows the grit of a Marine in combat as well as the feelings of the human being inside, never letting one undercut the other.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies





Wonder Woman (2017)Gal GadotWONDER WOMAN

“What WONDER WOMAN understands far greater than its brethren is that it can be serious without giving way to self-seriousness, it can have stakes while still being funny and can present a message without being cloying or trite.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman through and through, and not only is this the first female superhero to get her own standalone movie; it may be the best one to ever grace the screen.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“WONDER WOMAN is a mediocre picture with significant blemishes that cancel out many of the positives.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“While I tend to keep my reviews as apolitical as possible, and I pride myself on my cold gore-loving heart, I have to admit that WONDER WOMAN made me a little verklempt.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“What makes this a must see for fans of superhero movies is the performance of Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. This is a star-marking turn….” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Ironically, the only reason you can’t also call this a starmaking turn for [Gal Gadot] is that the starmaking already happened when she stole [the otherwise awful BATMAN V SUPERMAN] last year.” – Bob Chipman,

“WONDER WOMAN ultimately leaves us much like the way it leaves Gadot’s Diana, dissatisfied in the present day, looking at old pictures and thinking wistfully about how great things almost were.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality



captainunderpants_main-1280x600CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE EPIC FIRST MOVIE

“The sincere, celebratory backbone of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is this idea that laughter is a magical thing, even if you’re chuckling at the lowest class of comedy.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston




“Overall, the film has a loose, semi-improv quality, and feels like a series of sketch comedy vignettes more or less strung into a story.” – Kilian Melly, Edge Boston

“It’s missing bite, but you’ll appreciate its tender humors all the same.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist





“From the start, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES proves itself to be mediocre.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The damn thing is just a hair over two hours but by the time the house lights came up I felt like I’d been stuck watching it a for goddamn week.” – Bob Chipman,

“As a movie it’s disposable. As this year’s edition of a favorite ride, it will likely satisfy.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The fifth and supposedly final installment turns out to be the best movie in the franchise since THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment



“What hurts BAYWATCH is basically having a first half that fails to impress.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It turns out to be a lot more entertaining than it has any right to be.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“There’s a point where being ironically disposable turns into regular disposable, and BAYWATCH gets there a lot sooner than it needs to.” – Bob Chipman,