BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/07/2018

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“Running a touch long, THE FAVOURITE is nothing if not a wildly intriguing journey with one of the most provocative closing frames of the year – one that makes you reevaluate completely the film you’ve just seen and the characters in it.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“…the absurdist approach of Athens-born Lanthimos has produced a more wildly entertaining film than almost any other this year—at least for its first half when his bristling critiques of the ruling class are hilariously scabrous.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

ROMAROMA

“…a film that was designed to be experienced in a state-of-the-art theater capable of presenting the 360-degree, immersive sound and sumptuously long takes shot in crisp black-and-white by [Alfonso] Cuarón himself, acting as his own cinematographer.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“ROMA is a good film that would be even better if it wasn’t trying so hard all the time to be a masterpiece.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

Mary-Queen-of-Scots-Saoirse-RonanMARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

“Pity the tragic figures of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), but not because of the roles that life thrust them into.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

FiveFingers633x356FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES

“Though sometimes a rocky ride, FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES nonetheless provides the sound satisfactions of a well-told western yarn, with a provocative subtext percolating just beneath the surface.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The film’s vistas are beautiful and [Michael] Matthews’s aim high, but those aspirations are not fully realized in what feels like a first draft attempt at brushing Western customs with textures drawn from a South African palette.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

ailes2DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES

“…a depressingly necessary viewing experience, basically the opposite of the Mister Rogers movie in that you spend two hours with one of the worst human beings to walk the planet during our lifetimes but in the end feel a little bit better because at least he’s dead.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

Anna_and_the_Apocalypse.0ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

“ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is what you can get when you’re able to effectively blend familiar elements that don’t usually mix together.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 12/5/2018

Deirdre Crimmins reviews MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, RUIN ME, A MILLION HITS and THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES

Robyn Bahr reviews NBC Christmas Specials

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME and AT ETERNITY’S GATE

Sean Burns reviews DIVIDE AND CONQUER and SHOPLIFTERS

Bob Chipman looks at STAR WARS KIDS and BATTLEFIELD V