BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 9/27

RUSHRUSH

“Maybe director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan thought the literally death defying driving wasn’t enough on its own. Or maybe they saw DAYS OF THUNDER and thought, ‘Man we can do this much, much better, and with real people.’” - David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“For all intents and purposes, a philosophical argument takes place at 140 mph.” – Sean Burns, Improper Bostonian

“What ultimate lesson might be learned from the story is hinted at in the movie, but Howard is too accomplished a filmmaker to hand us a pat moral. He leaves it to us to decide what it all means.” – Dan Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Ron Howard might be the most big-earning, blockbuster-producing, award-winning Hollywood filmmaker to still qualify as underrated.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

 

CLOUDY2CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

“Undiscriminating youngsters may be diverted, but even grownups who were somehow charmed by the original movie will have a hard time swallowing this sorry stew.” – Dan Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies

“CLOUDY 2″ is a one-joke movie — it’s a joke that’s able to continually rephrase itself, but it’s still one-joke all the same.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE

“It’s by no means bad – it’s funny, briskly-paced and visually beautiful – but it’s missing the extra wit and worldliness that elevated its predecessor.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

 

DON JONDON JON

“A barn-door broad burlesque of Joisey stereotypes and holy-cannoli accents.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

“By treating Jon with sympathy but without sentimentality, Gordon-Levitt has given us a daring portrait of modern masculinity.” – Dan Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies

“What is new stems  from the vitality he lends to his production from behind the camera, something that his dabbling in short-form cinema can only hint at.” – Andrew Crump, Go-See-Talk

 

BAGGAGEBAGGAGE CLAIM

“It’s funny enough to earn a “worth watching” designation, but you can’t shake the feeling that a commercial break is going to interrupt any second.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE

“Paying hypocritical lip service to progressive gender politics, BAGGAGE CLAIM turns out to be one of those movies where the woman gets to deliver a big speech about how she doesn’t need a man in order to define herself, while Mr. Wright is waiting in the wings all the same.” – Sean Burns, Metro

enough-saidENOUGH SAID

“Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener has turned an everyday situation into something singular, sweet, and smartly observed.”-Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

“It’s a shame there aren’t more movies like ENOUGH SAID. It’s a touching comedy with moments of drama about people who are actual adults—people with children and responsibilities and jobs—and not just assholes who work in graphic design”- David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter