BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/19/2015

Tim Estiloz previews his illustrations for the new children’s book TROUBLE ON THE LOOSE

Sean Burns reviewS FORT TILDEN

Bob Chipman performs a post-mortem on FANTASTIC FOUR

Kilian Melloy looks at the new video for Tom Goss’ BREATH & SOUND

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, PHOENIX and SHAUN THE SHEEP

Andy Crump on YOUTH, PRINCE and FINAL GIRL

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/14/2015


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“The audience needs no prior knowledge of the original television show to enjoy Ritchie’s snippy and engaging spy flick.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“[They] got it exactly right, introducing the characters to moviegoers who may have never heard of them while not insulting the memories of those who have.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The film stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer  as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two slick superspies who have reduced the Cold War to a manhood measuring contest…” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Like the TV series, the tone is light but never entirely loses a sense of deadly seriousness.” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

 

straight-outta-compton-trailer1STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

“The movie is a straightforward biopic, full of dramatic confrontations, off-the-rails scenarios and takes certain artistic license to follow [N.W.A.] through their different careers.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“It’s an epic, all right, but one that’s not nearly as cohesive as the album it’s named after.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“…when STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON the movie revolves around the conception and birth of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON the album, it benefits enormously from the reduction in scope.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“…STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON is a cinematic success.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The film is enormous fun to watch – full of electrifying numbers and gigantic, bold-stroke storytelling, teetering on melodrama and providing all the soapy satisfactions one could possibly ask for from an unabashedly old-fashioned MGM picture.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

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“…the kind of film that changes gears in the last act; perfectly capturing the adventurous nature of childhood in the beginning and then diverging into a generically consequential thriller in the end.” – Sam Cohen, Under the Gun Review

“…the movie, like the car itself, kind of just idles on the side of the road for the remainder of the running time.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“It doesn’t matter if the shot misses its mark by a bit. You still didn’t see it coming.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

 

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“…the film stands as a worthy tribute to a monumental talent, reminding us how much we had, how much was squandered, and how much was lost.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

 

WILLIAM BUCKLEY;GORE VIDALBEST OF ENEMIES

“…the film endorses neither poor sportsmanship nor celebrity opprobrium. In its fashion, it’s actually tragic.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Kind of a missed opportunity, really, but it’s hard to assign demerits because it’s so fun to watch.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/12/15

Jaskee Hickman looks at SAMBA

Joyce Kulhawik reviews THE RUNNER

John Black looks at ASSASSINATION

Bob Chipman looks at Forgotten Video-Game Heroines

Sean Burns reviews COP CAR and PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID

Sam Cohen reviews THE END OF THE TOUR

Jared Bowen looks at WAITRESS and David Lynch

Monica Castillo reports on AWKWARD Season 5

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks FANTASTIC FOUR and SHAUN THE SHEEP

Andy Crump looks at HOUSE and the Best of Criterion’s New Releases

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/07/2015

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FANTASTIC FOUR

“…a mutant born out of haphazard screenwriting, poor direction and rushed special effects.” - Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“FANTASTIC FOUR is unimaginative and indiscernible from every other blow-’em-up blockbuster and does nothing to make you think otherwise.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“Such a tragic disaster that there ought to be stuffed animals and votive candles piled up in front the theatre.” - Bob Chipman, Moviebob

“What’s the worst thing you can say about a superhero movie? It’s dull. THE FANTASTIC FOUR is deadly dull.” - Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“FANTASTIC FOUR is not unwatchable the first time around, but I do think it would be nearly impossible to sit through it again.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…Trank tries to reinvent the wheel and comes up with a round ponderous unimpressive rock.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

“Calling it “bad” does badness a disservice. The film exists to exist, with no ulterior motive beyond waging a property rights war.” – Andy Crump, A Constant Visual Feast

 

End-of-TourTHE END OF THE TOUR

“…Ponsoldt has a soft touch, so even when we’re in the actors’ faces, we’re always just out of reach.” - Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“What we have here is two very smart guys talking around each other for a couple of hours, each trying to negotiate their roles in what’s essentially a transactional relationship. ” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

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“RICKI AND THE FLASH fails even though it had all of the elements to find success.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“[Jonathan] Demme doesn’t take sides here – there are no heroes and no villains in this film – just a bunch of flawed, decent people trying their best to muddle through a painful situation.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“[Jonathan Demme] cuts deeper into his characters with establishing shots than most filmmakers do with whole scenes.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

 

 

Shaun-The-Sheep-MovieSHAUN THE SHEEP

“…a movie with as much imagination, smarts, charm and tenderness as any gargantuan Disney affair (or worse, DreamWorks affair).” - David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

SHAUN THE SHEEP is a short animated flick that kids will be able to follow and get into even though there’s no one actually speaking in any understandable language.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“People looking for family entertainment that the whole family actually can enjoy will want to put this one on their list.” - Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

The-Gift-TrailerTHE GIFT

“Exploring character motivation and the histories of complex relationships makes for an unexpected and absorbing film.” - Deidre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

 

Charlize-Theron-Dark-Places (1)DARK PLACES

“The potential for excitement with no audience pay-off makes for an overall underwhelming film.” - Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 8/5/2015

Sean Burns looks back at Robert Altman’s POPEYE and reviews LISTEN TO ME MARLON

Bob Chipman was profiled in The New Yorker

David Riedel looks at A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Andy Crump reviews BEST OF ENEMIES and PAULO COELHO’S BEST STORY

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION

Charlie Nash reports from Fantasia International Film Festival: I AM THOR, A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY, HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY and THE BLUE HOUR

Deirdre Crimmins reports from Fantasia International Film Festival: JERUZALEM, OBSERVANCE, CASH ONLY and CHERRY TREE