BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 7/22/2016

Star Trek BeyondSTAR TREK BEYOND

“Defines itself as the first of the new TREK that firmly grasps what makes the old so special and how to play that against the more modernized take.” – Allyson Johnson, TYF

“If at first the muscle car dude might seem a strange choice for TREK, remember that he’s coming off of four films in which a diverse ensemble accomplishes impossible feats thanks to friendship and teamwork, so when you stop and think about it he’s pretty much the only guy for this job.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“With both its humor and action, STAR TREK BEYOND provides what’s needed for it to be absorbing and delightful.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As worthy an entry in the STAR TREK canon as we’ve had in well over a decade (probably the best overall movie in the franchise since THE VOYAGE HOME in 1986.” – Bob Chipman, Geek.com

“There’s no complex ethical conundrum at the movie’s core, but there is a reliable message: Fear can be used to manipulate entire civilizations, and there are bad guys out there willing to exploit it for just that reason.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

“Longtime fans will remember that there used to be a rule of thumb about the movies: the “even ones” were the good ones.  Now with the reboots it looks like the rule will be look out for the “odd ones.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Easily completes its mission as a fun and energetic sequel that will keep the audience entertained and thrilled during its 120-minute running time.” – John Hanlon, Townhall

 

ice age 5ICE AGE COLLISION COURSE

“Probably the laziest to date, but it still manages to provide a tolerable enough time at the movies that to hate it feels excessive, and to love it or even like it feels superfluous as well.” - Greg Vellante, EDGE

“For the first time there’s enough humor for the adults to make it bearable enough to sit through with the kids.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies 

 

the fitsTHE FITS

“She’s got a watchful gaze and a naturally commanding screen presence; imagine if Steve McQueen was an eleven-year-old black girl and you’re starting to get the idea.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

abfab movieABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

“Echoes the TV version on a larger and more lavish scale — look! Edina’s kitchen leads out into a garden! — but it all comes back to the characters.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

“Spends far too much time trying to get the audience to care about these characters we have been gleefully emotionally distant from, and it sacrifices precious screen time in doing so.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

 

cafe societyCAFE SOCIETY

“Allen’s best since “Midnight in Paris,” and they’d make a great double bill, both films interrogating a warm and fuzzy nostalgia that’s incredibly soothing and ultimately useless.” – Sean Burns, WBUR

 

microbe and gasolineMICROBE AND GASOLINE

“Gondry’s intentions (and young actors) are good, even as this likable film suffers from a pesky lack of cohesiveness.” – Norm Schrager, Film Racket

“There are singular moments — like waiting in line at the beginning of the school year, making awkward eye contact with peers, studying how people have changed — that transported me back to my youth like a cinematic catapult.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE