BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 2/22

SNITCHSnitch

“It has no idea what sort of movie it wants to be. Is it a macho, gritty action movie about two very different men’s ideas of what it means to be responsible for their spouses and children? Or is it a social drama about America’s war on drugs? “- Andrew Crump, Go See Talk

“A perfectly serviceable action movie and Johnson continues to take chances as an actor. He may not be doing HAMLET any time soon, but he keeps trying to stretch himself, which may be why he is the most interesting of the current action stars.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“To me, the movie was just a matter of hollow process. It was just going to get from point A to point B, and I could care less.” – Steve Head, The Post-Movie Podcast

“He’s not a hero, he’s a regular guy who just happens to outweigh other regular guys by 150 pounds. That’s very rare for a C-grade action movie. And, progressive politics or not, this is definitively a C-grade action movie.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

 

John Dies At The EndJOHN DIES AT THE END

“If you like your horror-comedies with drug-induced delusion, disjointed humor and villains made of reconstituted frozen meat, then JOHN DIES AT THE END is your cult movie of the year.” – Norm Schrager, Meet In The Lobby

“Soy sauce, TV psychics, magical Jamaicans, sentient organic computers, meat monsters, Paul Giamatti, and the constant threat of apocalypse: that’s JOHN DIES AT THE END in a nutshell. Or maybe it’s Don Coscarelli in a nutshell. ” – Andrew Crump, Go See Talk

“A hilarious and occasionally icky story that should hit the sweet spot for people who like twisted movies and are fed up with the Hollywood assembly line.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, Sci-Fi Movie Hype

“But with Coscarelli’s kinetic camerawork and drugged-out, comic-book visuals, even the most confounding explanations are made palatable. The trip’s a lot more satisfying than the destination.” – Jake Mulligan, The Boston Phoenix

“A good long soak in the same brine that directors like Stuart Gordon and Sam Raimi must have been pickled on when they created loopy indie comedy-horror projects like RE-ANIMATOR and THE EVIL DEAD.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

 

DARK SKIESDark Skies

“A film that borrows liberally from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, POLTERGEIST, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, SIGNS and even THE BIRDS. What it lacks in originality, it almost makes up for with strong performances.” - Brett Michel, The Boston Phoenix