Sean Burns has been Philadelphia Weekly’s Lead Film Critic since 1999, and in 2006 became the Movies Section Contributing Editor for The Improper Bostonian. His work has also appeared in The Metro, Matinee Magazine, Nashville Scene, The House Next Door and Time Out New York. Burns was a recurring guest on the late David Brudnoy’s WBZ 1030 AM Radio Show, and in 2002 received an award for Excellence in Criticism from the Greater Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been called “jocular but serious, more like a 1940′s daily reporter pounding out columns on a manual typewriter than a typical 21st century navel-gazing film critic.” Meanwhile, his sisters still tell him that he “smokes too much and drives like an old lady.” Burns collects his recent work at Spliced Personality.
Monica Castillo is a freelance film critic and the current co-chair of BOFCA. Although she originally went to Boston University for biochemistry and molecular biology before ending up in the sociology department, she now spends a good portion of her time reviewing films for The Phoenix, DigBoston, Paste Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and serving as co-host for the “Cinema Fix” podcast. Monica served as a judge for the 2012 incarnation of the Boston Underground Film Festival. She’s traveled to a few film festivals, met a couple of living legends, and has some great stories about hitch-hiking to red carpet premieres. She can usually be found outside of any Boston movie house talking about the film she just watched.
Bob Chipman has lived and worked in Massachusetts his entire life; and has spent over a decade in the fields of independent film production, film criticism and pop-culture commentary. In addition to producing and performing the webseries “Escape To The Movies” and “The Big Picture” for EscapistMagazine.com; he is the creator of ScrewAttack.com’s “The Game OverThinker” and the political series “American Bob.” He can also be found blogging at moviebob.blogspot.com.
During the day, Evan Crean develops marketing content for a local college, but by night he’s an entertainment journalist for Starpulse.com. He primarily writes movie reviews and celebrity interviews, though he’s recently broken into book reviews as well for his website ReelRecon.com. His endeavors are fueled by a rabid obsession with film trivia and popular culture of the 1970s and 1980s. Even if you don’t agree with one of his articles, He’d love to hear your side of things. Evan never turns down a spirited debate.
Andrew Crump has been writing for the web since casually and covertly firing up a WordPress blog back in 2009, and became a member of the online press in 2012 when he began writing for Go, See, Talk! He’s been a devoted movie lover since high school, when he saw EVIL DEAD 2, 8/12 and HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS for the first time. Andrew tries to keep his cinematic diet steady and varied; put any film in front of him and he’ll happily devour it.
Tim Estiloz is a double Emmy award winning TV, online and print journalist with over a decade of reporting and writing experience. He is a film critic for Boston Latino TV’s broadcast and new media platforms, NCM’s FirstLookOnline.com and Examiner.com. Tim is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association which presents the annually televised Critic’s Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood. In his spare time, Tim is an “Artist In Residence” at Boston Children’s Hospital, drawing cartoons and illustrations for the patients there. Along with the film and entertainment biz, creating art and sketching is Tim’s passion… and receiving a phone call from Pixar wouldn’t hurt.
Stephen Slaughter Head is the host of the Diabolique Radio Show at HorrorUnlimited.com – His middle name, Slaughter, is really his middle name. No joke. He co-created the much loved movie news website IGN FilmForce (now IGN Movies), was a staff writer and content producer for IGN Entertainment (2000-08), and a writer for America Online, Netscape and Propeller.com. He earned a B.A. in History from Providence College. And he helped make some movies, some of which are listed here.
Kristofer Jenson is the Associate Film Editor for DigBoston. He has been writing about film since 2011, when he began the recently-completed AFI 100 project for DigBoston.com. He is a former co-host of UNregular Radio’s Bunch O’ Bullshit, and is an active participant in the Boston music scene as a member of Oilhead. He earned is BA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Vermont and (is almost done with, he swears!) his MA in Linguistics at Boston College. If you have a conversation with him, he’ll remember everything you said except your name. He’s very sorry in advance.
Inkoo Kang is a freelance film critic and journalist. She is a Contributing Editor at Box Office Magazine, as well as a regular reviewer for the Village Voice and Screen Junkies. Her essays on film have been published in The Atlantic, Salon, and Indiewire. Her great dream in life is to direct a remake of ALL ABOUT EVE with an all-dog cast.
Daniel M. Kimmel’s reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years and can now be found at Northshoremovies.net. He is local correspondent for Variety, the “Movie Maven” for the Jewish Advocate and teaches film at Suffolk University. He writes on classic science fiction films for Clarkesworld and Space and Time magazine. His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I’ll Have What She’s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. His latest is Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other observations about science fiction movies which is nominated for a Hugo Award for “Best Related Work.” His first novel, Shh! It’s a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood and the Bartender’s Guide, will be released in January. He is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and current co-chair of BOFCA.
Kilian Melloy reviews film and other media for EDGE Media Network, as well as writing about food, drink, and travel, and writing a weekly column. He has also written for wigglefish, The Celtic Quill, and a number of other publications.
Brett Michel writes for The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Herald and The Patriot Ledger. You can always find Brett dressed in black, donning a cap and sitting in the middle of one of the very front rows of the theater.
Jake Mulligan is a film reviewer for The Boston Phoenix, EDGE Boston, and Charleston City Paper. He graduated from Suffolk University with a degree in film, but the majority of his studies took place at the Brattle and Coolidge Corner theaters. He keeps a viewing log at Letterboxd.
These days David Riedel writes about movies for the Santa Fe Reporter and C-Ville Weekly. He’s also written for DigBoston, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe magazine, the Sacramento News & Review, Columbia Journalism Review, the New York Post, and was managing editor of the New Haven Advocate. Read all his nonsense at dmriedel.com.
Norm Schrager has been reviewing movies online since 1999, most recently as Senior Writer for AMC’s filmcritic.com, where he was a staffer for a dozen years. Norm has written for early Internet film site 24 Frames Per Second, and is the creator of blog site Meet In the Lobby. He’s been honored to provide the occasional script feedback or book contribution, for folks you probably haven’t heard of. His passion for film dates back to watching MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER as a kid, even though his parents forbade it. Now look what they’ve done.