BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 4/12/2024

CIVIL WAR

“Alex Garland asserts that a dying soldier on the battlefield doesn’t cling to the politics of his situation, but instead to a hope for survival. Civil War reminds you that no matter the politics of its existence, in war people die, and to forget the horror of death is to forget the reason for living.” Derek Deskins, EDGE Media Network

“The new film Civil War is a horribly cynical, violent and carelessly incendiary waste of 109 minutes masquerading as a thinly veiled cautionary tale for the politically paranoid.” Tim Estiloz, Kaleidoscope Reviews

“If you’re planning on seeing Civil War, see it fast. This is a movie that’s going to divide audiences, and that people will have strong reactions to, even as they come up with different associations and interpretations for what it ‘really means.’ ” Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

REMEMBERING GENE WILDER

Remembering Gene Wilder is a fitting tribute to the a comic icon, taking us through the various phases of his life and career. It is a love letter that the late actor’s fans (he died in 2016) won’t want to miss.” Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 4/5/2024

EARLYBIRD

“With a better script, Earlybird might have been a standout indie film. Instead, while it has some moments where the cast gets to shine, it falls short of its modest ambitions.” Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

FAREWELL, MR. HAFFMANN

“War, other than its obvious physical and kinetic tapestry, can provide a remarkable opportunity for exploring the fragility of human relationships. Farewell, Mr. Hauffmann does this masterfully.” Randy Steinberg, Blast Magazine

INDIGO GIRLS: IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL

“Their music has been a lifeline for generations of queer people.”– Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network

 

 

HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS

Housekeeping for Beginners is Goran Stolevski’s finest film to date, and further evidence of the maturation of an important voice in world cinema.”– Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 3/22/2024

FEMME

“It’s into the gulf between core truth and performative identities that the writing and directing team of Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping delve in Femme, a revenge drama that starts with a gay bashing but then heads into emotionally tumultuous terrain where love, rage, hate, and fear collide.”– Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 3/15/2024

FRENCH GIRL

“French Girl is a serviceable romantic comedy that could have been better, with a solid cast that makes the most of its benefits and does its best with its deficits.” Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

ONE LIFE

“Some may find the film overly sentimental, but it earns those emotions honestly. It’s hard not to be moved to tears at the moment when the elder Winton is confronted with the enormity of what he accomplished.” Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

UPROAR

“From the outset, Uproar, directed by Paul Middleditch and Hamish Bennett, captured my imagination and stole my heart. While it certainly has much to say about the characters’ time, place, and culture, Uproar does it with a universal voice.”John Black, Cinekong

ESCAPE

Yes, there are women in bikinis who get kidnapped by a ruthless (and creepy) gang of criminals, and some of them fire guns before the film ends. But thanks to writer/director Howard J. Ford, Escape is nothing cheap or salacious; it’s all about empowerment—and bloody, well-deserved revenge.John Black, Cinekong

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 3/8/2024

GLITTER & DOOM

“What’s not to love about a musical that draws all its songs (and a fair amount of its dialogue) from the Indigo Girls’ body of work, gives us Ming-Na Wen in an eyepatch, and sprinkles in a bunch of fun cameos?” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network

CABRINI

“Now is precisely the right time for a movie about the patron saint of immigrants, who demanded that such people be treated with dignity and respect for their humanity.” Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

KUNG FU PANDA 4

“This was an earnest love letter to generations of fans.” Byron McNeal, On The Reel On Tumblr