BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/15/2019

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“It’s fantastical to the point of being cartoonish, but with a grimness that never lets us forget the stakes.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“Thankfully, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL somehow appears to know that the best things going for it are the cyborg designs and the fights.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is not perfect, but I enjoyed the overall execution.” – Byron D. Zero, Nerd Caliber

“ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is a technical showcase. When the director of TITANIC and AVATAR asks for money, the correct answer seems to be how much.” – Max Covill, Film School Rejects

 

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“HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U is smart enough to know that it would be boring to completely repeat the first film, but it goes a little too far away from the original premise and ultimately squanders the tone and purpose of what the franchise originally set out to be.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

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“EVERYBODY KNOWS is what happens when one of our stodgier dramatists teams up with two movie stars who always look like they just finished having sex.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/08/2019

 

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THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART

“THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART doesn’t come all that close to meeting the standard set by its predecessor.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

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WHAT MEN WANT

“WHAT MEN WANT is not perfect, but it can be pretty funny. For an escapist comedy, it’s a perfectly adequate way to spend two hours.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/01/2019

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“Aesthetic and technical feats aside, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD will leave you feeling short of breath. Not because it’s intentionally trying to mimic how a soldier would feel on the battlefield, but because it creates an immediacy to a time most of us did not live through with remarkable detail.” – Sam Cohen, Edge Boston

“The men who gave their lives during World War I forsook the privilege of growing older. In Jackson’s film, they’ll keep their youth, vigor, and bravery forever.” – Andy Crump, Polygon

“Nothing less than a miracle of bleeding-edge digital filmmaking techniques…” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/25/2019

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“THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is charming, playful, and the exact kind of movie that both kids and adults can appreciate equally.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Pedestrianism aside, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING has plenty of moments that delight, thrill, and captivate. But its construction feels wholly artificial, and it’s hard not to imagine what this film would’ve been like as a hard-R-rated romp akin to ATTACK THE BLOCK…” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“…something that should please school-age viewers and should be tolerable for parents who may accompany them.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/18/2019

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“The problems with GLASS are impossible to ignore and detrimental to the overall film.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“As with Shyamalan’s other films, characters don’t act like human beings but are simply plot devices.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This glass isn’t half full, per se, but I’ll be damned if it still didn’t leave me feeling parched.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“If Shyamalan’s career pattern repeats itself, he’ll produce another amazing film in a few years, but we have to suffer through GLASS in the meantime.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“If dull tones are your thing, then prepare for a visual smorgasbord.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

 

0117_coldwar1-1000x750COLD WAR

“A sprawling, three-hour epic crammed into 88 minutes, writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski’s COLD WAR is a marvel of concision.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Ennui and the search for reprieve from oppressive institutions weigh down the 1950s, interrupted on brief occasion by bursts of joy expressed through dance, music, culture writ large, and lovemaking.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“STAN & OLLIE is a nice little movie that most people will probably enjoy if they get a chance to see it.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

1-1000x563HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

“Both times I’ve seen the picture, it has left me at a loss for words, which is pretty inconvenient considering it’s supposed to be my job to talk about these things.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING demands much of its audience on a first watch, to say nothing of a second or third watch. You won’t unravel its meaning after a single viewing, either. But that’s the film’s greatest pleasure.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist