BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/06/2015

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SPECTRE

“SPECTRE will more than satisfy Bond fans and may win over some new ones.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“You don’t get to cop-out of not having a good enough idea for your fourth movie by pretending that all the other unconnected bullshit from the other movies was some kind of worldbuilding exercise.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob Reviews

“SPECTRE ends somewhat enigmatically about Craig’s future as 007. After this mostly lackluster and tonally disappointing effort, perhaps that’s not a bad thing.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

“While the flaws in SPECTRE aren’t able to destroy it, they certainly prevent it from being a great James Bond film.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s amazing how a film overflowing with so much stuff can ultimately feel so deflated, empty, and inconsequential.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

“Just for once, it would be nice to see Bond keep it in his pants at least until the world is safe once again.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

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“SPOTLIGHT is already eliciting Oscar buzz, but more importantly it continues to shine a light on the crimes it documents, illuminating the way to those crimes yet to be redressed, while the perpetrators squirm in the glare.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“[McCarthy and Singer] have made a film about the looming terror of spiritual betrayal, set among communities that treat the church as significant components of their collective backbone.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“This film will illuminate, even as it grinds against still-raw wounds, but sometimes that’s part of the healing process.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“It’s obligatory, at this point, that any movie set in or around a newsroom get’s mentioned alongside ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and ZODIAC; the gold standards of the genre. SPOTLIGHT is the first one in a long time to actually belong there.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob

“SPOTLIGHT is both one of the year’s best films and a worthy follower in the footsteps of works like ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN.” – Max Covill, Pop Optiq

“It’s the kind of film that sticks with you not for being overly special, but for being secretly special. I didn’t realize how caught up I was in the film until it was over.” – Greg Vellante, Sound and Picture

 

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“The film won’t redefine the contemporary entertainment landscape or modern animated aesthetics, though it might convince a few 3D illustrators to try out new techniques in the pursuit of their craft.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“With THE PEANUTS MOVIE there’s fun to be had for people of all ages.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“A quietly profound little gem that can’t help but recall other classic child’s-view-of-childhood vignettes like A CHRISTMAS STORY or Bradbury’s DANDELION WINE.” – Bob Chipman, MovieBob

“Essentialists may never be pleased with the updated CGI features or jokes about standardized testing, but the heart and hope of this Charlie Brown remains intact enough to try and kick that football.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

 

welcome-to-leith-6WELCOME TO LEITH

“The movie serves as an anthropological study of a small town and what happens when a caustic outside force comes barreling in.” – Monica Castillo, Paste Magazine

“The story of how white supremacist Craig Cobb took over the tiny town of Leith, North Dakota would be infuriating if it weren’t so goddamn scary.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“WELCOME TO LEITH may not be easy to view, but it’s a vital, important film that exposes the destructively sadistic nature of racial discrimination from white, privileged members of American society.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

 

Tower Records at night 1980ALL THINGS MUST PASS

“…ALL THINGS MUST PASS is something special when it’s conjuring Springsteen’s sentiment, fondly recalling a time when buying music was a communal activity and not just pointing and clicking on things.” - Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

 

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“It’s a slim, shadowy one-woman-show, with Silverman shedding every last vestige of her onstage persona and gazing long into to the abyss.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP FOR 10/28/15

Sean Burns reviews BONE TOMAHAWK, ALL THINGS MUST PASS and reports on IFFBoston’s Fall Focus

Deirdre Crimmins reviews BACKTRACK and THE DIABOLICAL

Kilian Melloy reviews THE EXPERIMENTER, HEART OF A DOG and Blu-rays for SOUTHPAW and DOWNTON ABBEY

Jared Bowen reports on the new director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston’s best performances

Andy Crump reviews THE ASSASSIN, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, WE ARE THE ROOM, THE MUPPETS, new Criterion releases and The 15 Most Ridiculous Horror Movies

Jake Mulligan reviews STRAY DOG

Bob Chipman looks back at THE MANITOU

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks VICTORIA, BEASTS OF NO NATION and THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

Joyce Kulhawik reviews A SMALL GOOD THING