BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP 6/22/2018

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOMfallenkingdom

“The number of times I slapped my forehead during this film is equivalent to the number of times I sighed and glanced at my watch during Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 effort. For this alone, “JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM” is the superior film.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE

“We get way too much of the stuff no one came to see to fill the time up.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Credit where due to FALLEN KINGDOM – it at least finally feels like they’ve left the story in a place they can’t take back.” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

“It raises some interesting questions, all the while providing the requisite thrills from volcanoes, runaway dinosaurs, and duplicitous humans.” – Daniel Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies

“It’s an idiotic plan that nobody in the writing process ever quite cracked how to justify.” – Sean Burns, WBUR

 

damselDAMSEL

“A ”men on a mission” film devoid of true men or a true mission, and it deploys wit and slapstick to put masculinity on trial.” – Andrew Crump, TheWeek

 

 

THE ENDLESSendless

“Moorhead and Benson show how sustained paranoia and foreboding can keep an audience hooked as effectively as special effects.” – Andrew Crump, Paste Magazine

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 6/24/2015

John Black encounters THE WOLFPACK

Dan Kimmel reviews Joe Dante’s BURYING THE EX

Bob Chipman asks “Who is Marvel’s WORST Superhero?”

Sean Burns looks at Pacino in MANGLEHORN

Monica Castillo reports on THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, SOAKED IN BLEACH, SUICIDE SQUAD, iZOMBIE, MANGLEHORN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, LIP-SYNCH BATTLE, Netflix expirations, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 and EMPIRE

Jared Bowen interviews Julie Burros

Spoilerpiece Theatre covers INSIDE OUT, DOPE and ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL

Andrew Crump on THE OVERNIGHT, Patrick Brice, CREEP, THE COMEDIANS and the philosophy of INSIDE OUT

Joyce Kulhawik looks at JURASSIC WORLD, TOMORROWLAND and more

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 6/17/2015

Steve Head looks at Blaxploitation Cinema

Kilian Melloy reviews LIVE FROM NEW YORK, THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING and PROJECT ALMANAC on Blu-ray; plus GEN SILENT, CUPCAKES and WILD TALES

Sean Burns gives his Mid-Year Top 10 and reviews HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

Bob Chipman’s GAME OVERTHINKER talks Video Game Violence

Joyce Kulhawik looks at SWEET AND SAD

Jared Bowen checks out the Local Arts Scene

Monica Castillo reports on THE MARTIAN, JURASSIC WORLD, STAR WARS toys, EMPIRE, X-FILES, FURY ROAD, iZOMBIE, GAMBIT, INDIANA JONES, PITCH PERFECT 3, Pixar’s INSIDE OUT and THE FORCE AWAKENS

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks JURASSIC WORLD and THE CONNECTION

Andrew Crump looks at THE COMEDIANS, HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT and Movies You Need To See Twice

Jake Mulligan looks at HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT and SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS

Derek Deskins check out THE WOLFPACK

Norm Schrager reviews RESULTS

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/12/2015

Jurassic World

JURASSIC WORLD

“Spectacularly silly, as though tweaking the noses of genre-fans who demand every last franchise tumble down into Gritty Realism Land was a Priority 1 note pinned to the screenwriter’s monitor.” – Bob Chipman, MOVIEBOB

“…harebrained but never boring, and unlike the last two sequels, it has a proper if overstated reverence for Steven Spielberg’s original classic. ” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“While it clearly (and predictably) fails to come close to JURASSIC PARK, JURASSIC WORLD does manage to provide a great deal of entertainment for those of us who are interested.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The plotting and characterization is about an inch deep, but it does raise some interesting points along the way to its mega-dinosaur smackdown finale.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“If CGI creature fighting, close-call moments upended by heroic feats and spurts of nostalgia callbacks are your bag, then you might enjoy this scaleless attempt at carrying on a brand name instead of a unique film series.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“As pure escapist popcorn spectacle, JURASSIC WORLD hits its intended mark of throwing lots of action onto the screen; but beyond the chaos, there’s little meat on the bone for this story.” – Tim Estiloz, El Mundo Boston

“Fleeting glimpses of joy are the strongest segments of JURASSIC WORLD, a theme park and movie that is about filling seats and crunching numbers.” – Max Covill, Impassioned Cinema

“There’s a high level of craft going on here but also a cynical shrug.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“…predictability stunts the narrative from becoming anything that would inspire Spielberg-esque awe.” – Monica Castillo, International Business Times

“The plot is as fossilized as the bones that paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) was digging up in the desert at the beginning of JURASSIC PARK way back in 1993, but so what?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

The-Connection-reviewTHE CONNECTION

“Jimenez hasn’t exactly broken the period-crime/thriller mold, but he’s built a solid entertainment, with techniques well absorbed from the American movie tradition.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

 

heaven-knows-whatHEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

“Cinema lets us engage with difficult subject matter through a veneer of security. But something like HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT pierces that veil. By its very nature, it pushes the boundaries of our personal comfort.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT may not be a pleasant viewing experience, but it is an enormously compelling one, and with exceptional artistry forced me to look at and consider people from whom on the street I too often look away.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“This is a movie made up of the places, the actions, and the people that we look away from.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

 

LIVE FROM NEW YORK!

LIVE FROM NEW YORK!

“…there is a story to be told here about how these rebels became the establishment, but it’s not one Nguyen nor any of the (surprisingly few) participants have any interest in telling.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“There are murmurs here of SNL having lost its edge, and it’s true that there have been periods of stagnation in that long four-decade run, but that essential, transgressive aura remains bright and intact.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

farewellTHE FAREWELL PARTY

“Don’t think about THE FAREWELL PARTY as a movie about anything in terms of your own personal stand – pro or con – about assisted suicide; think of it, instead, as a beautifully rendered tale about friendship and the lengths friends will go to for each other.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide