BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 05/27/22

The poster for The Bob's Burgers Movie which has all the characters screaming except for BobTHE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE

“BOB’S BURGERS is not a show which lends itself to big narrative swings; there’s no ‘lore,’ and, apart from a handful of runners and call-backs, it is blessedly non-serialized. Instead, THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE wisely focuses on what has made the show such an enduring success: the interplay between, and surprising warmth of, its core characters.” – Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

 

 

Tom Cruise holds up his fist in triumph and yells while wearing a flight suit and aviators in the movie Top Gun: MaverickTOP GUN: MAVERICK

“The action and the technology afforded the filmmakers today might make the movie visually better than the first, but since it’s stuffed with derring-do we’ve seen so many times before it fails to be memorable outside of its nostalgia.” – Randy Steinberg, Blast Magazine

“While it doesn’t skimp on the high-flying action sequences that made the first film a hit, it goes it one better by focusing on the obvious: Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is a lot older.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The looks on those actors’ faces captured by cameras in cockpits? Real. They all had skin in the game, so I did too. Visceral reality pops right through the screen in a way that CGI does not. ” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 05/20/2022

The poster for the documentary The Found Footage Phenomenon. It looks like it's showing a video camera's viewfinder with battery and time code.THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON

“You may come to the end of THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON with your mind unchanged about the quality or value of such movies, but you will also have a greater understanding of the challenges they present both to filmmakers and to audiences and why such films will continue to be made.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

Jessie Buckley looking terrified in the movie MenMEN

“While it’s a tour-de-force by Kinnear, one is left asking…why? Without giving anything away, it seems to be a heavy-handed allegory.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Samara Weaving and Eugenio Derbez stand together in formal clothes in the movie The ValetTHE VALET

“Once it gets rolling, it takes its frankly unbelievable premise and goes to town, providing laughs and not a little social commentary. It’s the sort of movie that probably wouldn’t make a splash in theaters but is ideal for the streaming age (premiering on Hulu).” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 05/13/2022

A black and white still of Mel Brooks as a young man drinking coffee at an Automat restaurant in the documentary The AutomatTHE AUTOMAT

“For those who remember it, this will bring back the sights and memories of the tastes from the past. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to learn its history and – while its passing was inevitable – what was lost.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

A little blond girl in a yellow jacket looks frightened in the Norwegian movie The InnocentsTHE INNOCENTS

“The writer-director of THE INNOCENTS, Eskil Vogt, makes this film on the heels of his highly regarded script for THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, which was a romantic drama of sorts. The transition in genres for Vogt is easily accomplished, but that’s because, subcutaneously, the issues are similar.” – Randy Steinberg, Blast Magazine

 

The cast of the movie Operation Mincemeat with Colin Firth standing in the middleOPERATION MINCEMEAT

“Where it falters is in creating fictional subplots, which slow down the film and prove to be a distraction.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Donald Cline from the documentary Our FatherOUR FATHER

“Unfortunately, director Lucie Jourdan doesn’t trust the material she has and follows a path that is become increasingly common in documentaries, using actors playing many of the people in “reenactments.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Rebel Wilson stands smiling wearing a cheerleader's outfit in the movie Senior YearSENIOR YEAR

“It’s a clever if somewhat contrived premise, but thanks to Wilson and a spirited cast, the movie is a winner for Netflix.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 04/29/2022

Liam Neeson walks away from an explosion whild holding his phone in his hand in the movie MemoryMEMORY

“For those who have despaired for fear of never getting to see Liam Neeson tackle a serious role as an actor ever again, MEMORY is a bit of a surprise. Yes, it’s yet another action movie, but it’s one where he doesn’t have to carry the film alone, and which actually has an engaging plot.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard TapesTHE MYSTERY OF MARILYN MONROE: THE UNHEARD TAPES

“There’s some bits of information around the edges that might be deemed new, but a moment’s thought should let you know there isn’t going to be any big reveal here. If some blockbuster information was uncovered by a reporter in 1982, would he really have sat on it for four decades?” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies