BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/07/2018

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“Running a touch long, THE FAVOURITE is nothing if not a wildly intriguing journey with one of the most provocative closing frames of the year – one that makes you reevaluate completely the film you’ve just seen and the characters in it.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“…the absurdist approach of Athens-born Lanthimos has produced a more wildly entertaining film than almost any other this year—at least for its first half when his bristling critiques of the ruling class are hilariously scabrous.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

ROMAROMA

“…a film that was designed to be experienced in a state-of-the-art theater capable of presenting the 360-degree, immersive sound and sumptuously long takes shot in crisp black-and-white by [Alfonso] Cuarón himself, acting as his own cinematographer.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“ROMA is a good film that would be even better if it wasn’t trying so hard all the time to be a masterpiece.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

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“Pity the tragic figures of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), but not because of the roles that life thrust them into.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

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“Though sometimes a rocky ride, FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES nonetheless provides the sound satisfactions of a well-told western yarn, with a provocative subtext percolating just beneath the surface.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The film’s vistas are beautiful and [Michael] Matthews’s aim high, but those aspirations are not fully realized in what feels like a first draft attempt at brushing Western customs with textures drawn from a South African palette.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“…a depressingly necessary viewing experience, basically the opposite of the Mister Rogers movie in that you spend two hours with one of the worst human beings to walk the planet during our lifetimes but in the end feel a little bit better because at least he’s dead.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

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“ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is what you can get when you’re able to effectively blend familiar elements that don’t usually mix together.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/30/2018

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“SHOPLIFTERS presents a mighty story of connection, lost dreams, found homes and forced hope in an intimate package.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“The rap against Kore-eda is that sometimes he can get a little sappy, but the nature of this story brings with it an undercurrent of darkness that tempers the director’s more winsome tendencies.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“From a purely cinematic perspective, it’ll be easy for most to gain an appreciation for all that SHOPLIFTERS hopes to achieve.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…SHOPLIFTERS is held up by the strength of its ensemble and Kore-eda’s gifts as a storyteller, which gain with every movie he makes—even in the same year.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/23/2018

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“…take the movie for what it is: a better Creed sequel than you’d expect, and an improvement on the Rocky sequel that could use some work.” – Andy Crump, Men’s Health

“It may not be a fantastic picture, but CREED II is a serviceable boxing movie that will almost certainly please the crowd primarily because its positive attributes far outweigh its negatives.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s definitely not the original, nor will it ever be, but it’s still enjoyable to endure. There’s just no escaping that shadow.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Just as Adonis Creed is a worthy of the Apollo Creed legacy, CREED II is another deserving addition to the ROCKY canon.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“CREED II is pretty much the movie everyone was worried the first CREED was gonna be, but it’s well-acted enough that I couldn’t hate it.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

 

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“GREEN BOOK is about two men from very different worlds and experiences who discover their common humanity.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“GREEN BOOK plays like a bizarre Trumpist’s anti-Obama empowerment fantasy, in which a proudly ignorant white prole is constantly humiliating an erudite, sophisticated black man and showing him how the world really works.” - Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

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“It’s in the grand tradition of the classic Hollywood cartoons in that it provides entertainment for all ages, even if you end up laughing at different things.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movie

“The brainstorming and care put into both WRECK-IT RALPH and RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET are obvious. Aside from the journey we get being comprehensively pleasant, this sequel is also just a project brimming with thoughtfulness.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

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“Non-super things made super isn’t a new aesthetic, but it’s at its most shameless in ROBIN HOOD, superimposing raw essential parts stolen from Batman’s background upon its source material.” – Andy Crump, Polygon

 

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“AT ETERNITY’S GATE is about van Gogh as a painter and a craftsman, not a symbol. Schnabel puts the focus back on the work, and in the process allows us to see these familiar paintings with fresh eyes.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/16/2018

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“For Rowling’s loyal fans – who are legion – this is an exciting next chapter. For those who haven’t really paid much attention, THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD may provide some fantastic moments but may seem otherwise impenetrable.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“It’s very possible in these filler films to craft a sense of urgency and wonder, but THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD just falls flat.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

5b858ad1b65a1WIDOWS

“…an entertaining thriller that grabs you from the start and puts you through the wringer. It may not be art, but it’s rattling good entertainment.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“As a pure, visceral experience, it’s an undeniably entertaining ride.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

“WIDOWS as a commendable duality where it’s able to be fun but not forgettable and exciting without being mindless fluff.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

 

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“At a cultural moment when powerful men are finally being called upon to answer for their sexual improprieties, a film like THE FRONT RUNNER couldn’t possibly be less in tune with the times.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

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“Adoptive parents and their kids should be represented in contemporary cinema. They just deserve better than INSTANT FAMILY.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/09/2018

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“You might want to avoid getting caught in this web.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB is a nearly solid action film, but it’s underutilization of its main character stunts the film, and denies Lisbeth the opportunity to continue her life’s mission.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“…an entertaining thriller that falls short of the excitement and originality of the Swedish originals…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“In a perfect world, films would only be remade when there’s room for improvement.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Without a truly grumpy Grinch, and without the Seussical aesthetic, THE GRINCH is just a standard and serviceable Christmas movie.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“This GRINCH is not the mess that the live action movie was, and should entertain family audiences. Skeptics will remain unconvinced that there was any need for a new version.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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OVERLORD

“OVERLORD is not a memorable movie or one that you have to rush out to see. However, being disappointed after watching it is highly unlikely.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

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“…means well but is exactly the kind of star-studded, issue-oriented snore that makes Oscar season such a slog.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

“Proof that a powerful story doesn’t always easily translate to transcendent cinema, BOY ERASED is undoubtedly effective in its attempt to earn an emotional response and by the time the consequential beats of catharsis take place, we are fully invested in the lives of these characters.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“The second movie this year to shine a spotlight on so-called “gay-conversion therapy,” writer/director/producer/actor Joel Edgerton’s BOY ERASED will be seen by many more viewers than THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST. That’s a real shame…” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

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“…a historical melodrama that will engage the eyes and stir the blood.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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VIPER CLUB

“Rather than construct an emotional tether to a faraway war, VIPER CLUB instead focuses on a poorly conceived character and her martyrdom. How dull.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest