BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/17/2015

Paul-Rudd-Ant-Man-MovieANT-MAN

“ANT-MAN will likely play just as well on the small screen–so to speak–but for those needing their Marvel fix between THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and the reboot of THE FANTASTIC FOUR, it will do.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“You know, for kids.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“ANT-MAN is ultimately underwhelming even if it’s not necessarily exactly unpleasant.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Like many latter-day Marvel flicks, this one is steeped in plot, but screenwriters Adam McKay and Rudd keep the jokes flying whenever the franchise wheels start spinning.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

trainwreck-judd-apatow-amy-schumerTRAINWRECK

“Schumer’s confidence in this movie and her stand-up is infectious.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“…if  Amy Schumer making sex jokes could be inserted into every run-of-the-mill comedy today, that’d be great.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“The results are standardized to the point of frustration, but don’t take this as a sign you shouldn’t see TRAINWRECK; it’s often hysterical, it’s wonderfully acted, and if you like Schumer there’s no reason not to support her work.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“A romantic comedy that is as sweet as it is sidesplitting should not be so difficult to find. TRAINWRECK fits the bill, and does so with little effort and a lot of maturity.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“As the leader of this talented circus, the blame for not getting enough actual laughs in the film falls squarely at Apatow’s feet.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

tangerineTANGERINE

“…Baker isn’t rejecting that Hollywood tradition—he’s reclaiming it.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“…a lewd, madcap romp tempered with unexpected moments of sweetness and grace.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Baker treats L.A. like a living, breathing character as much as a backdrop for his study of the sex work industry, told from ground-level perspectives.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

mr-holmes-ian-mckellen-860x442MR. HOLMES

MR. HOLMES only has one significant issue that prevents it from being an entertaining drama about the legendary investigator in his later years.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The films works well enough as a drama, in large part because it downplays the mythology of Sherlock Holmes and approaches the character as a real person struggling to shed the outlandish image with which he’s been burdened by fictionalized accounts of the cases he’s solved.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 7/15/16

Andrew Crump looks at DO I SOUND GAY? and COURT, interviews the makers of TANGERINE and offers a movie-year Half-Time Report

Kilian Melloy reviews HIPPOCRATES, 10,000 KM and DO I SOUND GAY?

Monica Castillo reports on Marisa Tomei in SPIDER-MAN, Princess Charlotte, Ron Perlman, EMPIRE Season 2, DOCTOR WHO, GHOSTBUSTERS, SDCC 2015, DEADPOOL, Harley Quinn and JOY

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks STRANGERLAND, A PIGEON, MR HOLMES and MINIONS

Bob Chipman talks classic video-games and Jackie Chan

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/10/2015

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MINIONS

“This bubbly and colorful animation may end up convincing you that, when it comes to a sense of humor, the only difference between us and the neophytes is our ability to spot pop cultural references.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“…MINIONS is enjoyable and funny and a perfect way to beat the heat. Sometimes that’s enough. Indeed, sometimes that’s more than enough.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…just cute and clever enough to keep the wee ones entertained and the parents nodding along to an “Abbey Road” or The Who reference.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

MINIONS turns out to be a fun, loose and highly active movie with a bunch of zany characters finding their way in and out of trouble throughout.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

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AMY will be considered one of the best documentaries that will be released this year at the very least.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“What’s clear is that Winehouse was the opposite of a snob—she was completely herself, a true innocent, sincerely unable to make a false move. It’s remarkable how fake everyone around her looks in comparison.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“The end result is a film that feels more like castigation than celebration.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“As in his previous documentary, SENNA, Kapadia eschews the traditional talking heads format and layers audio interviews over a collage of archival footage. It’s a formal gambit that can feel more like a self-imposed constraint.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

7abbf2e50d5d7bdf93f9384725857564THE GALLOWS

THE GALLOWS is worthless, but that won’t stop Warner Bros. from making some kind of money off of it.” – Jaskee Hickman, CInematic Essential

“…so poorly executed you’d be well within your movie going rights to demand a full refund.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“This is what not trying looks like.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“It just hangs there, dead… and deadly dull.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

ryan-reynolds-in-self-lessSELF/LESS

“…if you are alright with a messy film that finds its footing along the way, and is unconcerned with your preexisting expectations, then you will likely enjoy the mess.” Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“If you’re looking to turn your brain off, you’ve come to the right place.” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 7/8/2015

Kilian Melloy review MERCHANTS OF DOUBT

Jared Bowen talks INFINITELY POLAR BEAR and more

Steve Head podcasts on VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS

Bob Chipman looks back at CAPTAIN N: THE GAME MASTER

Monica Castillo reports on DOCTOR WHO, MOCKINGJAY, ANT-MAN, TERMINATOR, SYTYCD, Disney’s PRINCE CHARMING and EMPIRE

Andrew Crump on Criterion, Best of 2015 So Far, CARTEL LAND and David Gordon-Green

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/03/2015

epcjckx9aql6darbtjvvTERMINATOR GENISYS

“GENISYS winks and nudges so much it’ll bruise your ribs.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“A pointless but not unentertaining diversion, TERMINATOR GENISYS exists for the same reason a dog licks his balls: because it can.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“TERMINATOR GENISYS could have been your next favorite dumb action movie, but it is far too concerned with fitting into the greater Terminator timeline and ultimately the action suffers because of it.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…despite Schwartzenegger’s presence, this film is a big-budget, confusing mess who’s ultimate insult is an ambiguous post-credits final scene trumpeting an unnecessary sequel to come.” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

“TERMINATOR GENISYS may be yet another summer movie sequel, but this one turns out to have been worth the effort.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…much more interested in cheaply calling back to its predecessors, sporting a framework indicative of the superhero genre’s increasingly huge influence on blockbusters, and setting the stage for installments to come.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

 

magic-mike-xxl-channing-tatum-gabriel-iglesiasMAGIC MIKE XXL

“While MAGIC MIKE sold a darker, cautionary tale alongside the fantasy of a buddy band of strippers, MAGIC MIKE XXL makes it all about the fun.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“There’s nothing sadder than a stripper who is past their prime and in MAGIC MIKE XXL, you’re stuck with five of them.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“MAGIC MIKE XXL is eye candy for those who want to see barely dressed men simulating sex. If that’s not you, you needn’t bother.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“MAGIC MIKE XXL isn’t as good of a movie as it’s predecessor, but it’s a way better party.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

infinitely-polar-bearINFINITELY POLAR BEAR

“This may be based on a true story, but the film itself never once succeeds in evoking real experience.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“…nothing’s ever quite so black-and-white in INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, which treats issues of race, mental illness and family dysfunction with nuance.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

Manglehorn_StillMANGLEHORN

“Slyly constructed as a shrine to its star, MANGLEHORN is peppered with shoutouts to Pacino’s filmography.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality