BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 4/8/2015

Norm Schrager reviews ATARI: GAME OVER

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks FURIOUS 7 and WOMAN IN GOLD

Sean Burns reviews CUT BANK

Kilian Melloy reviews LAMBERT & STAMP and interviews the makers of HIDE AND SEEK

Andrew Crump looks at 5 TO 7, interviews Seth Green about YELLOWBIRD and reports on AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s (supposed) lack of post-credit scene

Brett Michel reviews WE ARE YOUNG

John Black looks at MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES

Monica Castillo talks the late Paul Walker, EMPIRE spoilers, FURIOUS 7 box-office, MAD MAX sequels, 007: SPECTRE, DOCTOR WHO and iZOMBIE

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/03/2015

furious-7-rockFURIOUS 7

“The stakes are raised in terms of possible mortality of the main players, the cars are more expensive and harder to wreck, and the overlying theme about family as the source of adrenaline-induced fury is enough to destroy a whole urban city (literally).” - Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“The franchise has evolved into pure action spectacle. It has transformed from a car show into a gun show.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“…the filmmakers forgot Chekhov’s rule that if The Rock says “I’m gonna put a hurt on him so bad he’ll wish his mother kept her legs crossed” in the first act, you need to pay that off in the third.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Everything included in FURIOUS 7 allows fans of this lengthy series to jump right in the driver’s seat of this action packed cinematic vehicle and embrace all of the entertainment that these movies are looking to offer.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential 

“The first movie franchise to ever successfully transition to self-parody; mostly by doing so in such a ‘subtle’ (after a fashion) kind of way that anyone who might’ve been annoyed by that transition probably didn’t notice.” – Bob Chipman, Movie Bob Reviews

 

WOMAN IN GOLDWOMAN IN GOLD

“…a hokey piece of cinema that uses the horrors of the Holocaust for little else but yanking the viewers’ heartstrings.” – Charlie Nash, Cinematic Essential

“…WOMAN IN GOLD is harmless and mildly arresting thanks to the efforts of its leads. It just doesn’t rise much above being more than just half-cocked schmaltz, which is a bummer at best and an insult to Altmann’s struggle at worst. ” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The film lets us see the tensions and sadness that are inevitable in a story like this, but also offers some wry humor.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate

 

effie gray review dakotaEFFIE GRAY

“EFFIE GRAY isn’t an easy viewing experience, but it has the goods for a patient audience. It will stay the dragons awhile.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

 

magicianorsonwelles1_25789c91-ac2f-e411-add3-d4ae527c3b65MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES

“Although it stumbles on the details, though, the one thing that Workman’s movie does quite effectively is give us a sense of the independence spirit that Welles brought to all his art, whether they were successful or not.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 4/1/2015

Jaskee Hickman interviews the director of WOMAN IN GOLD

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks GET HARD

John Black reviews KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER

Bob Chipman debuted his new series REALLY THAT GOOD with a look at GHOSTBUSTERS

Monica Castillo talks April movies, SXSW 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown, The Walking Dead and Ming-Na Wen’s live-action MULAN campaign

Kilian Melloy interviews André Schneider

Sean Burns looks at THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

Andy Crump looks at THE SALVATION, RIOT CLUB, Noah Baumbach’s WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Q&A

Joyce Kulhawik looks at GOD’S EAR and the new theatrical production of BIG FISH

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/27/2015

GET HARDget-hard-trailer

“GET HARD is the comedic equivalent of listening to a couple of bros regurgitate prison rape jokes at a family dinner table.” – Sam Cohen, Sumo Skinny

“What [Cohen] lacks in insight he almost makes up for in moxy (and an endless supply of dick jokes).”  - Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Will Ferrell needs to be stopped.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“At least Hart and Ferrell have solid comic chemistry.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“While I wish it offered more intellectually in the form of a meaningful story, GET HARD does provide legitimate entertainment.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

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“HOME is not going to be anyone’s new favorite film from Dreamworks. It will, however, serve as a really fun time out with your kids to the theater.” - Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“…a charming entertainment for children that should amuse the adults that have to accompany them.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies


Serena with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer LawrenceSERENA

“…director Susanne Bier never veers from a tone of mournful humorlessness, sticking firmly to prestige-picture blandness when the material clearly calls for something much soapier and wilder. ” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“certainly a mixed bag, but has enough in it to keep me interested, and another chance to see these two actors at work.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“Some guys just don’t look good in hats.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Handsome to look at, but saddled with tonally inconsistent plot points and performances, SERENA falls short, and falls flat.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston