BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/17/2017

landscape-1485831848-hbz-batb-new-1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

“They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but here it feels more like flatulence.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is far from spectacular, and it’s certainly leagues away from touching the iconography of the 1991 animated version, but it’s more than fine as a beautiful and touching homage to a film the writers, directors and stars clearly adore.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“…the best movie musical in years, and one that deserves to be seen on the big screen.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

the_sense_of_ending_stillTHE SENSE OF AN ENDING

“Nostalgia can be hazardous to one’s health, but as demonstrated by [Ritesh] Batra, those hazards can also be healing when met with the right demeanor.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

personal-shopper-1PERSONAL SHOPPER

“…audience members willing to embrace it are in for something special: a film happy to meditate on the process of grief through a genuine cinematic mold.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“As it stands now, I found PERSONAL SHOPPER to be an ambitious piece of filmmaking that is much more than meets the eye.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

 


chilefilm2-master675NERUDA

“It’s stuff and nonsense, and yet all of that stuff and nonsense is precisely what makes NERUDA, a living poem given shape and form through cinema, so darn good.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

the-belko-experiment-tiff-2THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

“… if you are in the age bracket of 12-17, you will more than likely think this is the best movie ever.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/10/2017

heaps-of-kong-skull-island-photos-clipsKONG: SKULL ISLAND

“For some ungodly reason, what should be a straight-line journey to the evacuation point at the other end of the island is made a mess by constantly splitting up these countless characters and sending them in opposite directions for stupid, screenplay-generated reasons until we don’t know which way is up.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“SKULL ISLAND knows exactly what type of film it wants to be, and never loses steam or tries to be something more than what it is.” -Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“Serves its purpose and will likely satisfy most viewers who know not to expect something that contains a compelling amount of depth.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I would’ve enjoyed this even more if it really was just a guy in a dumpy gorilla suit stomping around on miniature sets and wrestling with foam-rubber monsters.” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

“So grab the popcorn and sit back like a kid at a Saturday matinee. KONG: SKULL ISLAND is the real deal.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

The-last-word-700x300THE LAST WORD

“Stale as the ingredients are, the film offers just enough tart freshness to be enjoyable.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

the-lureTHE LURE

“If you’re only going to see one sexed-up, cannibal-mermaid disco musical this year, make sure it’s THE LURE.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

Brimstone_Trailer1BRIMSTONE

“…a dark and engaging story of two people who won’t give up, one for his evil ends, the other for her chance of survival.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/03/2017

fda587652334bfb84c32665ae9b23e4525e5fa99 LOGAN

“LOGAN is gritty, and it’s dark but it’s far from being full of despair, despite the horrors the characters witness as the film progresses.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“…the most varied, earnest and interesting take on a comic book character since THE DARK KNIGHT.” – Andy Hoglund, Movie Mezzanine

“Regardless of its flaws, LOGAN is without question one of the better superhero films in recent memory.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“If I haven’t stressed this enough, this isn’t a comic book movie for your kids.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“After a while, it was hard not to notice that LOGAN was having a difficult time keeping up with the level of quality that had been delivered in the first act.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“For fans of the X-MEN, this is easily the best entry in the series in some time, a film that’s more interested in the characters than in the special effects.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Typically I tend to adore violent movies with tons of cussing, but none of the explicit gore or profanity feels at all organic to the picture here.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

beforeifall_TRAILERBEFORE I FALL

“It treats its characters with respect, and understands the trials and tribulations that high school can bring.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“…adequate entertainment for the current crop of teens and tweens, but it’s not one that their younger siblings will be wanting to see a few years from now.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 


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“…when the camera isn’t lingering on some unforgettably gruesome sights, it’s busy tending to a core of genuine human sadness, encapsulated by the fears of its characters.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/24/2017

Film Title: Get Out

GET OUT

“I would barely call GET OUT a horror movie, that’s simply dumbing it down to one particular adjective. This is a risk in modern day cinema, and a damn great one at that.”- Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“Mixing horror, humor, and satirical perspective with an artful ease, GET OUT cements Jordan Peele as a real deal to watch in the cinematic realm.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“As far as judging based purely on its cinematic qualities, GET OUT is a movie that’s well done and sure to get reactions from its audience.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s to Peele’s credit that he’s able to set up certain expectations and then pull the rug out from under us.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Peele’s cutting use of iconography is what you’ll be discussing when the movie’s over. ” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“When we’re exposed to the whole truth of GET OUT’s race dynamic, it feels like a gut punch instead of a bombshell.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

TheRedTurtle_clip_attackTHE RED TURTLE

“Filled with magical realism, THE RED TURTLE is a meditative feature that’s concerned with nature and the natural rhythms and wonders of life.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“…a masterclass in intricacies and what it means to tell a full and honest story, one that is both celebratory of human nature but also can pinpoint the flaws which lead to our own distress.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“You can unpack its subtleties and puzzle over its meaning as much as you like, but in the end you’re better off just surrendering to the experience of watching it.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

 

istanbulcatsKEDI

“KEDI may not be an obvious head scratcher, but it may be the film you need to take a deep breath and think for a moment that everything is going to be okay.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

 

 

rockdog_cROCK DOG

“The inspiring tale of how a talking canine learns to follow his dreams AND saves a small village from genocide through some sweet, sweet guitar licks.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

 

Bitter-Harvest-2Max-IronsBITTER HARVEST

“The film begins and ends with the tolling of a village bell used to warn the peaceful inhabitants of danger. We should be listening to that bell here in the Western world of the 21st century, and taking it seriously.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/17/2017

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“…a gonzo, over-the-top, thriller that slowly morphs into a horror film. Viewers able to buy into this waking nightmare will find themselves amply rewarded.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“the second and third acts of A Cure for Wellness make up for that convoluted first hour with some of the most impressive, insane and remarkable storytelling in recent memory.” – Nick Casaletto, We Live Entertainment

“A CURE FOR WELLNESS is a strikingly ambitious work—one of the most daring and inspired mainstream releases of recent memory.” – Greg Vellante, Forces of Geek

“Director Gore Verbinski will never be accused of going small.” – Brett Michell, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

Charlie-Day-and-Ice-Cube-in-Fist-FightFIST FIGHT

“Although the film gets a little to bogged down in toilet humor and silly sex jokes, there’s an energy to it all that makes even the most shamelessly stupid gags kind of fun to watch.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“…it’s just too damn bad Keen doesn’t strive to ascend higher peaks of lunacy in a film designed to do so.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

the_great_wallTHE GREAT WALL

“The joys of the film are both visceral and subtle. The subtlety is in the interplay between Chinese and Western expectations, both for the characters and for audiences.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“THE GREAT WALL is an insanely generic movie that will likely be considered mediocre at best. There’s a lot going on, but nothing that with the ability to captivate.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…a dumb movie about monsters invading medieval China and the brazenly anachronistic army tasked with staving it off, like someone fell asleep during THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS and attempted to recreate the Battle of Helm’s Deep based only on the subsequent dreams.” – Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville Weekly

“ If this is gonna be the future of blockbusters then I hope they all at least look this good.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

tonierdmann3TONI ERDMANN

“TONI ERDMANN climaxes with a comic set-piece so screamingly funny yet perfectly true to the characters, it’s not hyperbole to say that I was gasping for air and my sides were hurting afterwards.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Crude humor paves the way to an exorcism of sorts, and the hijinks glide to graceful closure.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“And now, a high concept comedy from the country that invented comedy, Germany, in which a career woman’s ambition is pitted against her free-spirited dad’s waggishness. ” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine