SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTHOUSE (AND FILM CRITICS)

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While you can usually find us holed up in the trenches of the press row, we do like to come out and support the local film scene here in Boston. In a joint effort with the Boston Society of Film Critics, we will help introduce a number of the films in The Brattle Theatre’s (Some of) The Best of 2012 series. Check out what you might have missed last year or come again for a favorite. You’re also more than welcome to come and say hello.

These are the confirmed screenings with introductions by BOFCA members:

Fri, Feb 1              BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD at 7:30 pm by Greg Vellante

Fri, Feb 1              MOONRISE KINGDOM at 9:30 pm by Greg Vellante

Sat, Feb 2            THE AVENGERS at 6:30 pm by Bob Chipman

Sat, Feb 2            THE DARK KNIGHT RISES at 9:15 pm by Dan Kimmel

Sun, Feb 3           WAKE IN FRIGHT at 7:00 pm by Brett Michel

Sun, Feb 3           DAISIES at 9:30 pm by Brett Michel

Mon, Feb 4           THIS IS NOT A FILM at 7:30 pm by Norm Schrager

Mon, Feb 4           AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY at 9:15 pm by Monica Castillo

Wed, Feb 6          THE DAY HE ARRIVES at 7:15 pm by Brett Michel

Wed, Feb 6          OSLO, AUGUST 31st at  9:00 pm by Brett Michel

Thu, Feb 7            LOOPER  at 7:00 pm by Evan Crean

Fri, Feb 8              THE RAID: REDEMPTION at 9:30 pm by Steve Head & John Black

Sat, Feb 9            HOLY MOTORS at 7:30 pm by Monica Castillo

Sat, Feb 9            COSMOPOLIS at 9:45 pm by Sean Burns

The full schedule of the (Some of) The Best of 2012 series can be found on the Brattle’s site. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website or help support their Kickstarter to help buy digital equipment for the theater. Hope to see you out there supporting independent cinema!

-Monica Castillo

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 11/2

WRECK-IT RALPH

“A big win, striking a near-perfect balance between fan service and geniunely satisfying moviemaking.” – Bob Chipman, The Escapist

“It’s brilliantly animated and has some nice character moments, but all in all, it goes nowhere.” – Greg Vellante, The Eagle Tribune

“John C. Reilly not only gives his character personality, but soul. It makes all the difference.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“One of those cartoons that works at a variety of levels, so that it really is something the whole family can enjoy.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies.net

“At times overly cutesy and leans too heavily on sophomoric humor, though it is a visually striking, well-crafted flick.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse

“It’s a colorful nostalgia trip for those of us who still store our NES and Sega Genesis in our attics or basements.” – Monica Castillo, Bitch Magazine 

“Too bad the obligatory bromide of being yourself wrecks the pleasure of character cameos from gaming’s past and present.” – Brett Michel, The Boston Phoenix

 

FLIGHT

“The best movies featuring addiction are about the characters and not the Problem. FLIGHT is about the Problem.” – Sean Burns, The Improper Bostonian

“Washington follows the director’s lead by taking just about every cliché there is for playing a drunk on screen and cranking it up to 11.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“The film’s less zippy pace after the crash almost causes you to lose interest at certain points, and The Rolling Stones tunes feel too much like a Scorsese rip-off.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse

“At well over two hours, this is a movie that could have used someone urging Zemeckis and company to cut to the chase.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies.net

 

HOLY MOTORS

“As confounding as it is pleasurable; as melancholic as it is invigorating… one of the freshest visions the big screen has seen in years, perhaps decades.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“Cinema is dead. Long live cinema.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

 

A LATE QUARTET

“Aims to tell a bigger story and suffers from its own ambition, relying on a framework too flimsy to support its own weight.” – Norm Schrager, Meet in the Lobby

“All they’ll get from me is the world’s smallest violin playing for their troubles.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse

“What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, just about everything. And the less said about the way Walken looks sawing his bow across the cello, the better.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

THE DETAILS

“Comes off as a film about how much it sucks having to deal with women and minorities.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“The movie’s smarminess lingers like a hangover. When it was over, I wanted nothing more than a shower.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

 

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

“It’s RZA who holds the picture back. He’s trying too much – too many disparate styles and tones, too many characters, too many CGI effects.” – Jake Mulligan, The Boston Phoenix

“It’s unfathomable that Crowe would ever stoop to being in a picture like this, and even weirder that it looks like the most fun he’s had in years.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly