BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP 10/11

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

“The name to note, though, is Paul Greengrass. [He is] a filmmaker with a solid vision behind the camera, and this ought to secure his position in the current front ranks of filmmakers.” – Dan Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“What we have here is a bait-and-switch: a man who wants to criticize a particular mode of American thinking while pitching his movie at a tenor that will allow him to make money off the exact audience he’s trying to undercut. I don’t buy into that.” – Jake Mulligan, Letterboxd

“Sometimes when watching a movie that’s particularly emotionally distressing, one has to ask, ‘Just how much harrowing adversity can we watch these characters go through? What’s the endgame here?’”- Dave Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“The kind of movie that makes the Fall prestige season not only tolerable, but worth looking forward to.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

“The whole thing devolves into a military procedural that looks like ZERO DARK THIRTY’S unused b-roll.” - Kristofer Jenson, DIG Boston

 

MACHETEMACHETE KILLS

“The picture is repetitive to an almost Bunuellian extent.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE

“The first movie felt like activism, this one feels like a regular action movie with a message. Just as much fun, not as much impact.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

 

ROMEO & JULIETROMEOJULIET

“Aims for passion, but tumbles into corn… or rather, corn syrup.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

“It lumbers along in search of a reason to exist.” – Sean Burns, Metro

 

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROWESCAPE FROM TOMORROW

“Somehow, having Buzz Lightyear around just makes things even darker. The production itself was full-scale corporate espionage.” – Kristofer Jenson, DIG Boston

“An outrageous provocation with a renegade spirit that reminds you what a festival like Sundance is supposed to be about.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

“But like a roller coaster, a queasily rollicking and dizzyingly loopy climax — involving a kidnapped princess, a mind-reading robot, and a mysterious flu — ultimately makes the long wait worthwhile.” – Inkoo Kang, LA Times

 

A.C.O.D. (ADULT CHILDREN OF DIVORCE) A.C.O.D. (2013) trailer -- Pictured: Adam Scott (Screengrab)

“Zicherman has spent most of his career writing and producing; A.C.O.D. represents his first directing credit, and while he this attempt shouldn’t be his last, he could stand to do a little homework before his next foray into feature filmmaking.” - Andrew Crump, GoSeeTalk