BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/03/2019

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“The notion of these two as a cinematic couple seems beyond bizarre and yet, somehow, it works.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

ask-dr-ruth-headerASK DR. RUTH

“It’s normally the director’s job to chronicle their subject; [Ryan White’s] job is to keep up with his, as if he stepped into her path and wound up caught in her nonstop whirlwind of activity.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Dr. Ruth was a staple of 1980s and 1990s television and radio, and was a major cultural figure in the fight for being more open about sexuality. ASK DR. RUTH is a fitting love letter.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

Knock_Down_The_House_01_19_59_04-1000x527KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE

“Compelling as the other stories may be, you kinda can’t help but spend them waiting for [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] to come back onscreen.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

uglydolls-880x320UGLYDOLLS

“The characters are nice enough and the songs catchy enough, but the lackluster animation, ambiguous messaging, and forced humor make UGLYDOLLS something to be tolerated rather than celebrated.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

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“By the time the film’s enormously cathartic closing concert sequence rolls around you really do feel like you’ve been to hell and back with these people, the emotional payoffs stay with you longer for being so intensely earned. HER SMELL lingers.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…his really is a tour-de-force for Moss, playing a character who for much of the film is utterly unsympathetic.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“In contrast to [Alex Ross Perry's] other work, HER SMELL is compassionate, even tender…” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/26/2019

190419101004-avengers-endgame-3-super-teaseAVENGERS: ENDGAME

“AVENGERS: ENDGAME takes a step past pure escapism and into greener, fresher pastures.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“In spite of my legitimate complaints, I ended up having fun with some of what we get from ENDGAME.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“AVENGERS: ENDGAME wonderfully wraps up this decade long chapter in the Avengers saga paying poignant tribute to those who, in varying ways, pass the torch to the next generation of superheroes preparing to assemble in the future.” – Tim Estiloz, Kaleidoscope Reviews

“After a payoff like this, it’s fair to ask where the genre goes from here. This will be a very tough act – if not an impossible one – to follow.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

loder-hailsatan4-800x450HAIL SATAN?

“For a movie about subjects as infuriating as right-wing religious ‘liberty,’ HAIL SATAN? is shockingly funny.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“What does the freedom of religion actually mean, if we’re not free to worship as we believe — or even see fit, at the end of a highly intellectual, if not traditionally spiritual, process?” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

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“Asking audiences to give their understanding to ICP and legions of Juggalos is admittedly a big ask, but Steinel is only interested in Juggalos as far as they provide an extreme foil to offset the film’s roots in the mundane.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“FAMILY offers nothing new to push forward character development or storytelling, but it does offer up some relatably imperfect characters.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

films_4-19_ramen-shop_carousel-3-900x506RAMEN SHOP

“Food lets people discover who they really are; that’s nothing new. But food also lets us reconnect with the dead in profound ways. In RAMEN SHOP, a sip of broth and a slurp of noodles means more than a trip down memory lane. It means a second chance to say goodbye to loved ones.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/19/2019

00thecurse-1-facebookJumboTHE CURSE OF LA LLORONA

“…a competently made horror film that probably wouldn’t have attracted much notice if it wasn’t billed as part of THE CONJURING universe.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The movie doesn’t try to be the next great horror film of the year. Still, it’s hollow at its core, void of mythology and social intention.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

Disneynature "Penguins"PENGUINS

“For the Disneynature films, it’s not about survival of the fittest, but the survival of the cutest.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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“…writer/director Nia DaCosta has written a script that neither exalts nor vilifies its heroines; they just have to do what they have to do to survive.” – David Riedel, City Weekly

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/29/2019

01_dumbo_dtlr2_4k_r709f_still_181105.087357_ONLINE.0DUMBO

“Over the years this reviewer has noted certain ‘family films’ as ones where the parents ought to flip a coin with the loser having to take their offspring to the movies. Not this time –– DUMBO is a movie that everyone can enjoy.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

hotel_mumbai_0hero-h_2018HOTEL MUMBAI

“…successfully tugs at the heartstrings. Best of all, it brings awareness of a horrible tragedy to audiences who might not know about this particular atrocity.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/22/2019

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“US is a formidable horror giant in an already crowded pantheon of modern horror. The genre has always been political, grand, and aggressively honest, and it’s a boon to see that new directors like Peele are ready to carve out their own place in that world.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Jordan Peele has become one of the most talked about men in Hollywood in the past three years, evolving from being a sketch comedy virtuoso to one of the most ambitious horror directors of all time. And in his sophomore film US he does not miss a beat.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

“US may be flawed, but it’s well worth seeing. Indeed, if this had been Peele’s first film, we’d be proclaiming him a talent to watch.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“In ASH IS PUREST WHITE, the relief from the bootheel of Chinese patriarchy is shown with subtlety and not bombast.” – Sam Cohen, Edge Boston

“This massively entertaining melodrama is deceptively direct in presentation, but a closer look reveals that even the simplest scenes contain multitudes.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

aftermathTHE AFTERMATH

“THE AFTERMATH aims for your heart, but it ends up hitting the funny bone. It’s not a bad thing, however, as this incidental effect is what helps an otherwise pedestrian story survive.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture