BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/17/2018

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“…a romantic comedy that breathes new life into the genre…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“CRAZY RICH ASIANS is a wonderful escapist romantic comedy that somehow manages successfully to be both romantic and comedic. Even typical curmudgeons like me can enjoy being whisked away from everyday life into this fantasy land of wealth and affection.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Jon M. Chu’s CRAZY RICH ASIANS proves that Hollywood can still produce a glitzy romantic comedy no matter who’s starring in it or where it’s set.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

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“MILE 22 is one of the least engaging action movies I’ve ever seen in my entire life.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…a serviceable late summer action film, likely to be forgotten by Labor Day.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

never-goin-backNEVER GOIN’ BACK

“NEVER GOIN’ BACK is a gross-out comedy that pulls no punches, foul expulsions captured by the eye of a filmmaker who sees art in churning stomachs.” – Andy Crump, Polygon

 

 

 

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“…it’s hard to escape the fact that Skate Kitchen drags for a good amount of its running time and fails to present any meaningful performances from its cast.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

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“…the relationship between the movie and its audience is marvelous and symbiotic. The film immerses viewers into this uncomplicated existence, to witness the pleasures of watching a boy and his dog.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

 

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“The stories are decadent, and Scotty himself is complex, but SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD would have been a much better documentary if it were willing to ask some tough questions.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/10/2018

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“…a clarion wake-up call the likes of which haven’t been heard since the climactic moments of [Spike] Lee’s SCHOOL DAZE three decades ago.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Spike Lee’s latest joint is well acted, well produced, and worth seeing – but make no mistake: It’s out to harsh your buzz.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Spike Lee has made a lot of great films but never one that has felt so urgent and crucial to the current moment. Normally I flinch when people call movies “necessary,” but this one may very well be.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“A film as brazenly, bluntly, unapologetically entertaining as BLACKKKLANSMAN could only be made by a filmmaker as brazen, blunt, and unapologetic as Lee…” – Andy Crump, The Week

 

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“Humor is the greatest strength of this script, and I found myself laughing uncontrollably at various scenes, from well-placed jokes to the many pitiful schmucks who became chum.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

“…providing plenty of thrills even if none of the characters are likely to stick in your memory.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Tone-Bell-and-Nina-Dobrev-Dog-DaysDOG DAYS

“DOG DAYS is a pointless exercise in attempting to create human emotions and romance. The dogs may be cute, but that isn’t nearly enough to make this worth anyone’s time or attention.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

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“PUZZLE isn’t perfect and doesn’t feel fresh or necessary, but it’s a comfortable way to spend some time exploring the world through a character’s expanding view of it.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/20/2018

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“…that rarest of sequels: it surpasses the original.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

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“EIGHTH GRADE wouldn’t be the success it is without the perfect lead, and [Elsie] Fisher is perfect in her general physical demeanor and line delivery.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“The film reflects arguably the worst stretch of growing up in America’s education system, but it’s rarely if ever ugly. Instead, it’s compassionate, radiating retroactive kindness for the children we all were to soothe the adults we are now.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

equalizer2-washington-gunpoint-house-700x321THE EQUALIZER 2

“[It] won’t be considered a standout in the career of the director or the actor, but it’s not an embarrassment either.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

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“This is Van Sant’s project, and his fans will rejoice, but it’s Phoenix who’s the star.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“It’s got an impish sense of humor befitting [John] Callahan’s sickly funny cartoons, which sometimes spring to life in crudely animated interludes.” - Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/13/2018

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SKYSCRAPER

“In the late 1970s on the comedy series “SCTV,” John Candy and Joe Flaherty did a bit called “Farm Film Report” in which they reviewed the films of the day. Their highest praise was for movies that “blowed up real good.” They would have loved SKYSCRAPER.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“SKYSCRAPER is an action movie where you’re going to get what you’re probably hoping for.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“The high points of SKYSCRAPER are, not too surprisingly, its literal high points.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Put bluntly, we deserve better than this. The Rock deserves better than this. Neve Campbell deserves better than this. Big, dumb summer action movies deserve better than this.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

180705132711-hotel-transylvania-3-exlarge-169HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

“Overall, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is an easy movie for summer vacation. It contains no real scares, but it’s fun enough for monster kids of all ages.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

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“With a richly textured visual technique and bone-dry humor, [Lucretia] Martel takes no small pleasure in depicting the gears of colonialism grinding up its own.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

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“THE KING isn’t particularly interested in Elvis Presley as an artist or a person, cutting his most famously iconic performances to such smithereens the uninitiated may wonder what the fuss was all about.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery