BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/20/2018

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“90 whole minutes of unfunny things.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“ Sticking with the spirit of the first movie means ducking social commentary—or any kind of commentary, really, apart from commentary on the drastic lengths men will go to for their own amusement.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

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“Some of the footage feels revelatory and some of it just seems random.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 04/06/2018

 

a-quiet-placeA QUIET PLACE

“Recent attempts at what might be called “smart horror,” like GET OUT and COLOSSAL, didn’t offer up documentary reality but they did have an internal logic for the world the films created. A QUIET PLACE fails this basic test.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“In spite of some significant issues, A QUIET PLACE will likely please most of the people who see it.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Tension defines this clever and well-crafted creature feature, and director John Krasinski has found a comfortable niche where his efforts as a director truly shine…” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

 

 

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“CHAPPAQUIDDICK is no hatchet job. Instead, it offers a serious meditation on the uses and abuses of power, a story that is timely in any era.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“What we might hope for from a film bold enough to call itself CHAPPAQUIDDICK is a payoff equal to the promise of that charged name. We get a tingle here and there, but no real jolt from this effort.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/30/2018

 

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“The best latter-day Spielberg films look back in order to tell us about where we are. READY PLAYER ONE just speeds along in reverse.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The final act helps READY PLAYER ONE redeem itself a bit as it’s energetic and puts the spotlight on the elements that should have taken center stage from the outset.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s a fitting summation of Spielberg’s career: occasional nods to the real world, but really preferring a world of fantasy and eternal adolescence.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“What makes this standout from other Anderson films (besides having a plot) is that the characters – particularly the dogs – are much more well-rounded than the caricatures who you usually parade through his movies.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Wes Anderson movies are already such exactingly micro-designed miniatures, it’s a wonder he doesn’t use stop-motion animation for all of them.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/23/2018

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PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

“Although this won’t be well received due to everything it gets wrong, there are some things in PACIFIC RIM UPRISING that people may like.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Like most of these event movies, there’s a threat of more to come before the credits close. Let’s hope that someone with a good reason for returning to this universe gets attached to the project.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“This agonizing cash-grab is quite literally a vegetable, dead on arrival inside a coffin made of mediocrity and buried within a shallow grave of uninspired bullshit.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

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“A deliciously nasty little thriller with a ragged, low-budget edge, the film feels like a kicky, throat-clearing exercise by a guy who just wanted to see if he could go make a whole movie on his phone.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“As you watch UNSANE, you’ll learn that what’s most important are the elements that allow this to be a sound mystery that manages to keep you busy on a mental level.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“UNSANE questions the true nature of people and curiously explores whether we can even trust our neighbors, creating a strong case for us all to just become hermit crabs viewing the world from a smartphone shell.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“I am not saying specifically that UNSANE should be avoided, but if you do choose to see it, keep your expectations reserved, even when the film itself promises you more.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“Rather than looking cheap, the iPhone-lensed images capture a certain queasiness, as though you’re witnessing something that you shouldn’t.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/16/2018

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“TOMB RAIDER made me not want to see that UNCHARTED movie Sony has been trying to get out there for a few years now.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“I suppose it’s all harmless enough, however uninteresting and uninspired.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“TOMB RAIDER is a film that you know is calculated to kick off future blockbusters in the series, and yet it works.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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THE DEATH OF STALIN

“It takes a deft hand and a rare talent to make tyranny and state sanctioned torture so funny.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The more and more that I reflect on THE DEATH OF STALIN, the more I’m led to believe that the best satirists are adept at showing viewers the road to conclusion.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

 

 

lovesimonLOVE, SIMON

“Simply by being a typical, if entertaining, high school movie, it may be making its most important statement of all.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies