BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 2/18/2015

Spoilerpiece Theatre does FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Monica Castillo talks GHOSTBUSTERSBenedict Cumberbatch, 31 Days of Oscar and female directors

Sam Cohen looks at the Terrence Mallick-produced THE BETTER ANGELS

Bob Chipman reviews LAW & ORDER: SVU’s controversial new episode

Jared Bowen debuts a brand new OPEN STUDIO

Andy Crump breaks down WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, alternate Oscar viewing, Neil Blomkamp’s possible ALIEN movie and AGENT CARTER

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/13/2015

fifty-shades-grey-movie-trailerFIFTY SHADES OF GREY

“What’s important is that the novel began life as “Twilight” fan fiction. That tells you everything you need to know.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“After getting whipped over the rear with the banal story that FIFTY SHADES OF GREY employs, you may walk out of the theater feeling as fatigued as Anastasia.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“It ain’t bad. It isn’t good, either, but it’s also not the train wreck that most people seem to want it to be.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“There’s a really funny, sexy comedy in this big-screen version of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY that would probably have been wonderful were it not also stuck with being an adaptation of the loathsome novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

kingsman-hollywood-film-6-14-6-movies-you-need-to-watch-before-you-watch-kingsman-the-secret-serviceKINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

“Nothing in KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE has the ability to transform into the spectacle that it could have been. It’s an okay movie that could have been made better by simply turning everything up a few extra notches and allowing it to move faster.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE may lack the sophistication of its peers, but damned if it doesn’t know how to have a good time.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Given the gratuitous gravitas that handcuffs most action movies these days – that whole “With great power comes great responsibility” shtick – it’s refreshing to enjoy an unapologetic thrill ride like KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“For once, we have an inspired genre film that is self-aware and focuses more on the love for that genre instead of throwing jabs at its inconsistencies.” – Sam Cohen, Sumo Skinny

“If Bond’s upper lip has grown too stiff for you, Eggsy’s new breed of spy is bound to raise a few eyebrows.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

Valeria Bruni TedeschiHUMAN CAPITAL

“…emotional carnage of all sorts — romantic, sexual, marital — abounds here, the outcome of people keeping secret or holding on to assumptions about others’ worth, or their own.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“The end result is a muddled mess with a few memorable moments” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“If HUMAN CAPITAL is the kind of thing that’s supposed to pass for great foreign cinema these days, we’re all assuredly fucked.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 2/11/2015

Here’s Sean Burns’ Sundance Coverage, parts ONE, TWO and THREE – featuring reviews of GOING CLEAR, MONTAGE OF HECK, MISTRESS AMERICA and more

Andrew Crump looks at Chekov’s Gun, Race-Relations in Film, The United States of Film, The Crisis of Masculinity on Film and reviewed AMIRA & SAM, THE VOICES, BROOKLYN NINE NINE and WYRMWOOD

Killian Melloy reviewed PREDESTINATION and SYNCOPATION

John Black looks at OUTCAST

Spoilerpiece Theatre hits 30 episodes with JUPITER, SPONGEBOB and more

Max Covill analyzes the career of The Wachowskis

Jake Mulligan ruminates on KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE

Monica Castillo reports on The Grammys’ Beck-Troversy and updates her guide to TCM’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR

Jaskee Hickman reports on The Biannual International Online Film Critics’ Poll

Bob Chipman muses on Netflix’s possible LEGEND OF ZELDA series

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/06/2015

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JUPITER ASCENDING

“JUPITER ASCENDING had all the makings of a cyberpunk STAR WARS meets DUNE mashup: royalty that needs rescuing, parental issues, alien life forms, fanciful spaceships and distinct outer planets. What it severely lacks is any sense of cohesion.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

““Jupiter Ascending is big and beautiful, but its story seemed curated from the ebook romance department.” – Max Covill, Fresh From The Theater

“The Wachowskis’ sense of scale, clear inspiration by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ideas for DUNE, and attention to detail all make JUPITER ASCENDING top-notch spectacle.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“There’s a kind of groovy, multicultural, pansexual vibe where all are welcome and the deliberately artificial visuals are to die for.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Is it too early to declare the JUPITER ASCENDING the worst movie of 2015?” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“If you still have a sense of wonder with which a popcorn movie like JUPITER ASCENDING can connect, you’ll have a good time.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The self-indulgent action sequences that clog up the movie only underscore the banality of the tale once the action stops.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

sonSEVENTH SON

“This is a trainwreck, and not the accidental kind. People made this thing on purpose.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“That mumbly/drunken/unintelligible slur coming out of the main character’s mouth really is how Jeff Bridges thinks a witch witch slayer would sound back in medieval times. Don’t let it bother you.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The story is so familiar that even if you haven’t read Joseph Delaney’s THE SPOOK’S APPRENTICE (the film’s source material) you’re never surprised by what happens.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“As bad as SEVENTH SON is, I have to question why it was even released in the first place.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

 

spongebob-film-trailer2-580x303THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

“For those of you who are fans, you may find yourself hollering more than the children and their parents who fill the theater.” – Sam Cohen, Sumo Skinny

“I doubt THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER will be considered one of the best animated films by the time 2015 comes to a close, but it is a movie that promises a good time for children who are fans of the series.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“We know where we’re going, but it takes far too long to get there.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 2/4/2015

Spoilerpiece Theatre is all over A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Bob Chipman says: “American Sniper Sucks (And It’s Okay To Admit That)”

Monica Castillo reviewed MISTRESS AMERICA from Sundance and offers up her Top 5 of the festival

Jared Bowen remembers Boston icon “Sidewalk Sam”

Jaskee Hickman catches up with A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Andrew Crump looks at the trailers for SALVATION and MADAME BOVARY; along with AMIRA & SAM and a look at Chekov’s Gun.

Dan Kimmel will be appearing at Boskone

Jake Mulligan looks back at PORCO ROSSO