REVIEW ROUND-UP 10/18

CARRIE (2013)CARRIE

“The most unnecessary remake since Gus van Sant’s peculiar shot-for-shot remake of PSYCHO in 1998.” – Dan Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“A complete waste of time and energy for everyone involved and for the audience unfortunate enough to watch it.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

“However despite their [Moretz and Moore] efforts, they cannot overcome director Pierce’s misguided vision for this bloody mess of a remake.”-Tim Estiloz, Examiner

 

ESCAPE PLANESCAPE PLAN

“The picture makes gestures to trope-subversion and social awareness, but it’s filler, not commentary.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“This is the action version of those movies with ensemble casts of older British actors being adorably British together.” – Dan Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The Italian Stallion is stuck carrying the burden of exposition, mumbling semi-intelligibly about structural engineering while The Governator goes hog-wild, stealing scenes with reckless abandon.” – Sean Burns, Metro

 

THE FIFTH ESTATEFIFTH ESTATE

“Keeps its own perspective unmistakably clear; praising the ideals behind WikiLeaks while damning its figurehead as an icy, intemperate megalomaniac.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

“As riveting as a ‘tweet’ on Twitter. It might grab your attention for the moment but it has no staying power.” – Dan Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…stutters along for the span of its running time, alternating between working perfectly and operating clunkily in fits and spurts before shuddering to a helpless climax long after overstaying its welcome.” – Andrew Crump, Go-See-Talk

 

DRUGWAR1DRUG WAR

“To’s worked around the censors by imbuing his societal criticism into the mood and tone of the piece, rather than the text.”- Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“The stark consequences and eventual pile-up of dead bodies gunned down in front of a schoolyard say all we need to know about this dead-end trade. DRUG WAR is cold, hard and impeccable.”- Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

BOFCA REPERTORY PODCAST #3

Wong Kar-wai

Listen as Monica Castillo, Steve Head, David Riedel and Bob Chipman take you on a tour of Boston’s repertory movie screenings. On deck: Coolidge Corner’s showings of ANNIE HALL, THE BLUES BROTHERS, MONSTER SQUAD, BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON and more. The Brattle is bringing out 12 ANGRY MEN, ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, as well as a double feature of THE SHINING and ROOM 237, and the Burt Lancaster Centennial series. The HFA has a massive Hitchcock Retrospective and LE PONT DU NORD, along with their film noir tribute, Noir All Night. Over at the MFA, it’s The Works of Wong Kar-Wai; and finally, the Somerville Theatre is screening JAWS, PIRANHA, THE GATE, THE ROAD WARRIOR, THE WARRIORS and the Silents Please Series.

This Month’s Episode:

Listen to the whole podcast HERE.

BOFCA REPERTORY PODCAST #2

Bring It On

And they’re back! Critics Monica Castillo, Daniel Kimmel, and Steve Head discuss films coming to the Coolidge @fter Midnite series including FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII, BRING IT ON, and TAXI DRIVER. They also look over the Brattle Theatre’s DCP Debut series. The group revisits the Somerville Theatre’s Silents Please! and the Cinema Slumber Party series before calling it a night over at the Harvard Film Archive’s Alfred Hitchcock and Burt Lancaster retrospectives.

This Month’s Episode:

 

BOFCA REPERTORY PODCAST #1

Ladies 2

In continuing our efforts to provide Boston with diverse viewpoints on our local cinema scene, we at the Boston Online Film Critics Association are launching a monthly podcast focusing on our city’s repertory programming. We’re looking on both sides of the river for the classic, foreign, and cult films that get us excited to go to the movies on our free time.

Stay tuned! There’s much more to come in the next few weeks.

This Month’s Episode:
Critics Monica Castillo, Evan Crean, and Steve Head discuss films coming to the Coolidge @fter Midnite series including THE BLOB (1988), THE FACULTY, and this past weekend’s pick, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS. They also looked over the Brattle Theatre’s Reunion Weekend picks including THEY LIVE! and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD as well as their upcoming Tarantino retrospective. On the last leg of the tour, they look at the two new series at the Somerville Theatre: the Silents Please! slate of films and the Cinema Slumber Party list of midnight movies.