Robyn Bahr is a freelance film and television critic who has written for The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Slate, The Guardian, and VICE, among others. She specializes in women-centered narratives and feminist analysis, although she enjoys all kinds of stories and perspectives. Her very first piece of criticism was a contrarian review of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 for her high school newspaper, which included the very astute line, “Moore claims to be presenting the truth, but who really knows what the truth is?” She currently studies children’s media at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and writes about pop culture and food at Yentavision.com.
John Black has been writing about movies for almost 30 years, making his mark in the reviewing world with a critique of the sloppy satanic thriller Angel Heart, directed by Alan Parker and starring Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel and and Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre. He hated it then, but has since grown to appreciate its awfulness and watches it at least once a year. Currently he writes about film for Boston Event Guide and Color Magazine. He is also the proud co-host, with fellow BOFCA member Stephen Slaughter Head, of the Post-Movie podcast where he rants and raves in what he hopes is an entertaining way.
Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen is an Emmy-winning reporter with WGBH-TV’s nightly news magazine program, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, and appears regularly on 89.7 WGBH, where he covers the latest happenings in Boston film, theater, art, music,and dance for Boston Public Radio and on WGBH’s Morning Edition every Thursday. In February 2013, Jared debuted in his own weekly arts series, Open Studio with Jared Bowen, featuring a blend of local and national stories and profiles. He is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association and he serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has won two New England Emmy Awards for his arts reporting and is a recipient of the 2013 Commonwealth Award, recognizing achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences. Jared also is a guest contributor to Boston Common magazine.
Sean Burns is a Staff Writer for WBUR’s The ARTery and a Contributor at Boston Reel. He was Philadelphia Weekly’s Lead Film Critic from 1999 through 2013, and worked as the Movies Section Contributing Editor at The Improper Bostonian from 2006 until 2014. His reviews, interviews and essays have also appeared in Metro, The Boston Herald, Nashville Scene, The House Next Door, Time Out New York, Philadelphia City Paper and RogerEbert.com. A 2013 nominee for the National Society of Film Critics, 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 “swears too much and drives like an old lady.”
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 having produced and performed the webseries “Escape To The Movies” and “The Big Picture;” he is the creator of ScrewAttack.com’s “The Game OverThinker” and “In Bob We Trust” He can also be found blogging at moviebob.blogspot.com.
Sam Cohen is a freelance film critic and senior at Fitchburg State University. Adding to his workload at school, he writes regularly for Sumo Skinny Magazine, Under The Gun Review, and Substream Magazine. Growing up near the ocean on Cape Cod didn’t do much for Sam, as he opted to stay inside and watch movies all day. You can most likely find him at the local theaters in Boston (especially when a Cronenberg or Lang is playing), constantly learning about film history. He maintains a viewing log on Letterboxd and empties out his thoughts onto a blog. Michael Mann is his favorite, so he tells people.
Max Covill is a freelance journalist and he dedicates his life to sharing his love of film through the written word and behind the lens. He began writing for the web in 2011 at his blog Impassionedcinema. He is currently a columnist at Film School Rejects and has had work published by Movie Mezzanine and Fresh from the Theatre. He enjoys all types of cinema, but more often than not, the more challenging films that come from all hemispheres are his weapon of choice.
Michael Cox is a filmmaker who writes about the arts for EDGE Media Network. In addition to working in film production and marketing, including commercials, series television and on the festival circuit, his own documentaries and short narratives have been screened in film festivals throughout the world. He has a Master’s Degree in Film Studies.
Evan Crean is a founding member of BOFCA and the organization’s current treasurer. Since 2009, he has written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for Starpulse.com. He has also contributed pieces to NewEnglandFilm.com and maintains an active Letterboxd account. In addition to his short form work, he is a co-author of the lighthearted self-help books for film fans, Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, he co-hosts and edits the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with BOFCA members David Riedel and Kristofer Jenson. Last but certainly not least, he is the marketing director and a contributor for Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. You can follow him on Twitter as @reelrecon and find links to all his work at his site Reel Recon.
Deirdre Crimmins moved to Boston in 2004. She obtained a Master’s degree in Media Studies from Emerson College after studying the evolution of George A. Romero’s zombie films. While in graduate school, she began reviewing film and literature for Open Letters Monthly. Though she appreciates all types of film, she has focused her attention on horror film and its history. She currently is a staff writer for FilmThrills (formerly All Things Horror), regularly contributes to Birth.Movies.Death., Rue Morgue Magazine, Cinematic Essential, and BtchFlcks.com. Deirdre is also a programmer for the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival and helps manage social media for Boston Underground Film Festival. She has spoken on film at academic conferences and World Science Fiction Conventions, but feels most at home at a film festival. Though she has relocated to Cleveland, she stays an active member of both BOFCA and the larger Boston film community.
Andy Crump has been writing about movies online since casually and covertly firing up his WordPress blog, A Constant Visual Feast, in 2009, and became a member of the online press in 2012 when he began writing for Go, See, Talk!. In recent years, he has gone on to contribute to outlets like Paste Magazine, The Playlist, Birth. Movies. Death., and Movie Mezzanine. He’s been a devoted movie lover since high school, when he saw ARMY OF DARKNESS, 8/12 and HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS for the first time; since then he’s developed a voracious appetite for masterworks of schlock, highbrow fare, arthouse darlings, and everything in between. Currently, he has given up on shaving. He is also primarily composed of craft beer.
Derek Deskins was the only engineer at Northeastern University taking a class on German film and turning a sociology research paper into an examination of Scorsese’s work. He began writing about film irregularly on Tumblr in 2010 to prevent mental prolapse while unemployed. In 2013, following a lucky meeting at Independent Film Festival Boston, he began contributing to his first outlet, LonelyReviewer.com, where he continues to write today. Since then, he has contributed to WhatCulture.com, Starpulse.com, and NextProjection.com, where he is a senior film critic, editor, and Director of News. He continues to fight the stigma that being good at math means you are not any no good at writing. I good write, very much.
Tim Estiloz is a two-time Emmy Award winning TV entertainment reporter, producer, writer and artist / illustrator with nearly two decades of experience in the broadcast, print and online industries. His broadcast resume includes work for NBC, Comcast, freelance reporting for E! Entertainment Television and a variety of Boston-area TV outlets. He’s also a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Tim has interviewed dozens of Hollywood’s A-List actors including Robert Downey Jr., Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Will Smith and many more. His celebrity video interviews can be found on You Tube at FilmFanTV. He also appears as a TV reporter in Ben Affleck’s acclaimed film, “GONE BABY GONE” His reviews appear in El Mundo Boston, PopWrapped, Examiner and TimEstiloz.com.
Eli Fine is a freelance film and television critic currently writing for The Playlist and The Young Folks, as well as his very own, absolutely riveting Twitter feed. Eli’s favorite movie of 2017 thus far is a French indie about cannibal sisters in veterinary school (“Raw”). Extrapolate from that what you will about his taste.
John Hanlon is a freelance film and TV critic whose work can be found at JohnHanlonReviews.com. He began writing movie reviews in late 2009 and has been published on CNN.com, The Week.com and USAToday.com. He has also frequently written for WheretoWatch.com. Hanlon has also been featured on the national radio shows “The Dennis Miller Show” and “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” He has also appeared on the Reelz television program, “Mark at the Movies.” Hanlon can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon and on Facebook here.
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.
While Jaskee Hickman started reviewing films in 2011, he was officially added onto Boston’s movie press list in 2012. Since that time, this lifelong fan of cinema has not only been reviewing films, he’s also added interviewing filmmakers to his list of credits. As of right now, you can find his work on The Movie Picture Show, but he’s hoping to one day expand on his cinematic endeavors by making feature films of his own as a writer/director
Andy Hoglund is a public relations executive in Boston, where he works at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications. His work can be seen in The Daily Beast, BDC Wire (The Boston Globe), Vice, and Newsweek.
Kristofer Jenson is the founder and editor of Boston Reel, the hub for independent film culture in Boston. He is a contributing writer to C-Ville Weekly and co-host of weekly podcastSpoilerpiece Theatre with fellow BOFCA members Dave Riedel and Evan Crean. In 2011, Kristofer began reviewing a film every week from the American Film Institute ‘100 Years…100 Movies’ for DigBoston, where he was then Associate Film Editor from 2013 to 2015. As a freelance writer, his work has appeared in Newsweek, Somerville and Cambridge Scout, MC Weekly, and others. He is the former host of DigJenson on Dig Radio Boston, and Bunch O’ Bullshit on UNregular Radio. He has a BA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Vermont and an 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. Follow him on Twitter at @EtTuBurrite, and follow Boston Reel on Twitter, Facebook, and Medium.
Allyson Johnson is a New Englander, feminist, writer and film critic. She’s the film section editor for TheYoungFolks.com where she’s been writing since 2012. A 20 something, Suffolk University graduate, her writing and criticism over the past few years can be found at TheMarySue.com, btchflcks.com, CambridgeDay.com, Uproxx, WeGotThisCovered, BlastMagazine and more. She’s a freelance writer and theater critic for Seacoast Media Group and the film critic for the new streaming radio station, Edge Radio. She spends her time list making, movie watching and ranting about television on her twitter.
Megan Kearns is a feminist vegan blogger and freelance writer living in Boston. In addition to writing for Bitch Flicks, she spearheads its social media strategy. Megan blogs about feminism and veganism at the site she founded The Opinioness of the World. She writes about feminist issues as a Regular Blogger at Fem2pt0. She’s a member of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. Megan’s work has also appeared at Arts & Opinion,Everyday Feminism, Feminist Magazine on KPFK radio, Feministing’s Community Blog,Italianieuropei, Open Letters Monthly, A Safe World for Women and Women and Hollywood. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from UMass Amherst and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Politics and Public Policy from UMass Boston. You can follow all of Megan’s unapologetically opinionated thoughts — Leslie Knope’s awesomeness, the idiocy of anti-choice legislation, and where to find the best vegan doughnuts — on Twitter at @OpinionessWorld as well as on Facebook,Tumblr, Google +, Instagram and Pinterest.
Daniel M. Kimmel’s reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years and can now be found at Northshoremovies.net. He has worked as the local correspondent for Variety, did the “Movie Maven” column for The Jewish Advocate and taught film at Suffolk University. He writes on classic science fiction films for 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, I’ll Have What She’s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies, and is Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other observations about science fiction movies which was a finalist 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, was nominated for the Compton Crook Award for best debut science fiction novel. He is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and served as founding co-chair of BOFCA.
Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-Winning Arts & Entertainment critic for CBS Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), is currently lending her expertise as a critic, arts advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader all over the region. Kulhawik is president of the Boston Theater Critics Association, and a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. Kulhawik has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, reporting live from The Oscars, The Emmys, and The Grammys. Nationally, Kulhawik co-hosted the syndicated movie-review show “Hot Ticket” with Leonard Maltin and was a continuing co-host on “Roger Ebert & The Movies.” Joyce has appeared in her capacity as a movie critic on WGBH Radio and TV, WBUR’S “The Artery” online, & WBZ Radio. Every year Joyce helps judge The 48 Hour Film Fest! She also moonwalks and yodels. Look for her reviews online at JOYCESCHOICES.
Byron McNeal is UMASS Lowell alum who has spent the last 17 years, living and working in the Boston area. His reviews have been featured on sites like Nerd Caliber and Herotaku. Byron is also an artist with a fondness for illustartion and sculpture, as well as theater. In his spare time, Byron is an avid gamer, poet, and fiction writer. Byron also loves any chance to share his love of film with the world.
Kilian Melloy serves EDGE Media Network as Assistant Arts Editor, staff writer, film critic, and lead theater critic. Kilian also publishes short fiction, social commentary, and arts-related think pieces at EDGE, and contributes theater criticism to WBUR’s ARTery. In addition to BOFCA, Kilian’s professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association’s Elliot Norton Awards Committee.
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 freelance writer. His reviews and features have been published in Slant Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, EDGE Boston, Charleston City Paper, as well as at MovieMezzanine.com. 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.
Charlie Nash is a freelance film critic. After graduating from Emerson College with a degree in Media Studies, he’s been attending as many film festivals as possible, and currently works as a contributing writer for Movie Mezzanine, EDGE Media Network, All Things Horror and Cinematic Essential. In addition to writing about movies, Charlie also co-hosts a bunch of podcasts for Film Geek Radio where he reviews various television shows on an episode-by-episode basis. When he’s not cuddling with his cat or re-watching Mulholland Drive, he can often be found at any of the local theatres in Boston. 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.
Greg Vellante has been writing film criticism professionally since before graduating high school. For six years he was the chief film critic for the Eagle Tribune newspaper, writing reviews, interviews, and film-related features. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Greg moved on to explore the dizzying labyrinth of Los Angeles for just about two years, before returning back home to Boston (because it’s better). He now produces regular freelance work for EDGE Media Network, Forces of Geek, Cinematic Essential and Sound & Picture Magazine. Greg pursues music, creative writing, and filmmaking in his free time, and has penned five unproduced screenplays. His favorite film of all time is Paul Thomas Anderson’s MAGNOLIA. Follow him on Twitter: @GregVellante