BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 10/13/2017

the_florida_project-1c_marc_schmidt_h_2017THE FLORIDA PROJECT

“This is empathetic cinema at its very finest.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“I laughed and I laughed until all of a sudden I couldn’t stop crying.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

Happy Death Day (2017)HAPPY DEATH DAY

“…somehow, HAPPY DEATH DAY settles into its own superficiality and asks you to do the same. Give it a try!” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“I know comedy is difficult, but improving on that gives HAPPY DEATH DAY the kind of quality that makes it easy to recommend to just about anybody.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…the film breaks a lot of rules, but I think that’s what makes it so endearingly different and aggressively entertaining, despite its countless flaws.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

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“While it won’t likely be nominated for too many awards or anything, MARSHALL is a well put together film that I’m happy to have taken the time to see.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The film is a courtroom drama with tinges of a police procedural; the meat of the story lies with the question of what really happened on the night in question.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“…an absorbing drama based in fact, about a true American hero.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

thumbnail_6427THE FOREIGNER

“Most of the time, it feels like two movies happening concurrently that never seem to mesh, and this is where the film collapses in on itself.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“I left THE FOREIGNER feeling satisfied with what was giving to me.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMENPROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN

“Of all the superhero origin tales – real or fictional – this one may be the most extraordinary.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 10/06/2017

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BLADE RUNNER 2049

“BLADE RUNNER 2049 is less than the sum of its parts, although some will overlook or defend its flaws and embrace it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“While some will likely consider it to be a “masterpiece,” it certainly doesn’t reach that level.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“BLADE RUNNER 2049 is just too clean for its own good.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“Clocking in at a posterior-numbing 163 minutes, BLADE RUNNER 2049 tells maybe two-thirds of a story that could fit inside a movie half its length.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

52e7ef1d44LUCKY

“LUCKY is a lovely film, but now it’s taken on an even deeper emotional resonance; it’s become a eulogy to one of the greatest character actors of our time.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

 

 

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“If the film had gone on much longer they might have had to meet a survivalist sect or a group of zombies.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/29/2017

 

thumbnail_26361AMERICAN MADE

“By the end, even Cruise’s contagious Cheshire grin looks like an act of desperation, our middle-aged Maverick finally meeting the consequences of his need for speed.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…though strained, one’s suspension of disbelief holds fast: That was the 1980s, after all, and a time when daring scoundrels could outwit and outflank the authorities.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Cruise plays this mostly for laughs, and it’s a return to the screen of the charmer of his earlier films.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“With everything that we witness, it’s easy to see how audiences can get behind AMERICAN MADE even if there are some alterations that could have been made to turn this into a fantastic feature film.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“By setting the precedent that Cruise is in fact someone capable of usurping the wildest of situations with ease and a hint of smugness, the story of Barry Seal roars onto the screen with the shagginess of a 70s/80s thriller.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

 

 

battle-of-the-sexesBATTLE OF THE SEXES

“The battle for equality may not be over, but BATTLE OF THE SEXES reminds us–in the slogan of the women’s tour sponsor–we’ve come a long way, baby.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a terrific-looking movie photographed with intelligence and written in crayon.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

woodshock-kirsten-dunstWOODSHOCK

“ There’s fascination to be found in even the most bafflingly erroneous work, and WOODSHOCK certainly had me engaged despite its flaws.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/22/2017

stronger-movie-trailer-jake-gyllenhaal-00STRONGER

“Green could have easily presented Bauman as a fictional construct like Sgt. Saunders, an “inspiring” figure who serves as a hero, but the man he reveals is no saint; instead, Gyllenhaal’s Bauman is simply a person who was at the right place at the wrong time.” -Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“…STRONGER is a worthy tribute to not just Jeff Bauman’s story, but everything his story represented and everyone his story impacted — from the people who witnessed his recovery firsthand, to the bystanders who encountered his story through the media and applied Jeff’s struggles to their own in hopes of making things feel a little bit easier.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“At its best, the film recalls late-period Eastwood pictures like FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS and AMERICAN SNIPER in its plumbing of the gulf between the truth and what people need to hear.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movie

 

 

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“There’s enough here to run with yet Vaughn and Co. take the easy way out.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“The violence earns the film its R rating–deservedly so–despite its largely cartoonish nature including killer robot dogs and a meat grinder used as a murder weapon.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Overpopulated and overplotted, inflated to an absurd 141-minute running time, it’s just another cruddy franchise picture.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

 

Friend-Request-2016-movie-Simon-Verhoeven-12FRIEND REQUEST

“FRIEND REQUEST is not only socially irresponsible, it is boring and unimaginative.” – Deidre Crimmins, Film Thrills