BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/10/2020

justmercy2.0JUST MERCY

“The movie proceeds at a leaden pace draining the drama from much of narrative. ” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“There’s no doubt in my mind that most will find JUST MERCY to be watchable. The problem with that is that I’m sure they were hoping for more.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

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“…once you get over the impressive look of the film, you’re still caught up in the story of how war looks to someone actually fighting it. It’s a story that couldn’t be more timely.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“As a viewer, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to take from 1917. There just isn’t a whole lot in it outside of the continuous tracking shot.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

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“Stewart…is phenomenal, giving a performance that is so raw it’s almost too much to watch even from the high and dry safety of your movie seat.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/27/2019

little-women-1LITTLE WOMEN

“Louisa May Alcott’s novel  has inspired numerous adaptations for film and TV. Greta Gerwig’s new version is an impressive response to the question whether we really needed another one.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Gerwig has scrambled the plot, and though I wasn’t always sure where I was chronologically, I always knew where I was emotionally.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/20/2019

Rise-of-skywalker-headerSTAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

“STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER isn’t anything special, but it fits in with most of the other STAR WARS movies.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Of course fans will want to see it, whether to embrace it or criticize it, but it’s not likely to lead to demands to continue the story of the surviving characters.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This is a film erected on a preexisting structure with no structure of its own.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“… the movie reduces Ailes to the status of a cartoon villain, though some outstanding performances overcome a script that misses the mark.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“[Jay] Roach’s commodification of this horror show is in the worst taste.” – Andy Crump, Mic.com

 

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“CATS may not be the worst film of 2019, but it’s going to earn a spot on many 10 worst lists, and deservedly so.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/05/2019

spider-man-_far_from_home-publicity_still_10-h_2019SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

“In spite of me not liking the direction they take as much as I wanted to, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM  HOME is a movie that I liked overall.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“There’s an incredibly charming high school romance in FAR FROM HOME, but it’s buried under IRON MAN 4.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

“…may not be the best movie to ever come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it would be hard to find a more necessary one.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine

 

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“With MIDSOMMAR, A24′s struggles with horror movies continue.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“ At a time where the studios play it safe with lot of pre-sold sequels, MIDSOMMAR takes a chance on something different.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Amid all the entrails and ritual sacrifice, MIDSOMMAR is also a droll comedy of manners, an irresistible revenge fantasy and a warning to bad boyfriends everywhere.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“MIDSOMMAR plays like a slow and inevitable train wreck. It may not surpass Aster’s previous film, but it does show us that not all horrors live in the dark.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

0703_under-silver-lake-4-1000x419UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

“Part of the reason I think everybody’s arguing about UNDER THE SILVER LAKE is because it’s a movie very much worth arguing about.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

a shimmering paranoiac fever dream, where [the protagonist's] quest for the truth (of why girls don’t like him) is told in the languages of hard-boiled detective noir as well as surrealist horror…” – Andy Crump, Polygon

 

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“Rough around the edges it might be, like its heroine, but WILD ROSE is a song worth listening to.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“Familiarity isn’t a bad thing, mind, and WILD ROSE presents a version of that star-is-born narrative that works in spite of it…” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 06/28/2019

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“If you’ve enjoyed the series, this will work, but beyond that it’s hard to see this entry winning new converts.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Most scary movies aren’t really. A lot of people go into them wanting them to be, but we ultimately just want to have a good time. If you can do that, you’ll keep us coming back for more.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“We’ve seen plenty of haunted house movies and plenty creepy doll movies, and plenty of babysitting gone amuck movies, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more, so long as it’s done right. ANNABELLE COMES HOME does it right.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“This isn’t a movie in search of a greater meaning. It just needs to be entertaining. But it does both, and better still, it bothers to be creative.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“YESTERDAY is a tribute to the Beatles as well as a rich comedy… it’s one of the best movies you’re likely to see this year.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“While some of it is undeniably heavy-handed, much of the film’s philosophy has a tender touch.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

 

0626_moe-berg-1-400x536THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE

“The flat, functional visuals and deliberately artless presentation had me thinking more than once this might be better off as a podcast. Maybe the third Moe Berg movie will finally get it right.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery