BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/08/2017

the-shape-of-water-sally-hawkinsTHE SHAPE OF WATER

“Unfathomably magical, relentlessly worrying and fittingly romantic, THE SHAPE OF WATER may be del Toro’s most earnest film.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“Visually, THE SHAPE OF WATER screams dieselpunk, signifying BIOSHOCK more than the brothers Grimm, but the film bears the indelible stamp of folkloric mythmaking all the same.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“THE SHAPE OF WATER is a perversely adult fairy tale that plays like a collection of the filmmaker’s private fetishes spackled over with an unconvincing coat of feel-good whimsy.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

Wonder-Wheel-Kate-WinsletWONDER WHEEL

“Too bad the screenplay’s all stuff plucked from Woody’s recycling bin, including not one but two instances of the old Allen standby in which the manly stud gives flighty women books to read.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…sodden is sodden and you can’t help missing the light, dry, nimbly acerbic Allen of old.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

thumbnail_26516DARKEST HOUR

“This film wants you to know that Churchill was an eccentric and a bit of a bumbling drunk, yet it timidly skirts over the more controversial components of the historical figure’s persona.” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/01/2017

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THE DISASTER ARTIST

“The movie meticulously re-creates the most famously botched scenes from THE ROOM, but shies away from its tortured soul.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“THE DISASTER ARTIST is a superb movie that gives you a reason to watch an atrocious movie that debuted to no fanfare when it was released back in 2003.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…what THE DISASTER ARTIST is missing, ultimately, is the more damning material about THE ROOM and its creator.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/24/2017

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“ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is a film that will be disdained by mainstream audiences, hailed by champions of law reform, and panned by the critic. Which category will you fit into?” – Michael Cox, Edge Boston

“In setting up a dilemma for its central character and then dropping it for something else, we end up lacking any investment in Israel’s fate…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is nothing more than a missed opportunity.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Think of ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. as a bridge joining NIGHTCRAWLER and TRAINING DAY, without much of the edge of either.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Writer-director Dan Gilroy’s perplexingly inert sophomore effort ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is a peculiar and unsatisfying movie experience.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

coco-pixarCOCO

“In an affecting blend of warmth, music, and adventure, COCO composes a pitch-perfect melody that made my soul sing.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“It’s just a shame that the storytelling can’t quite match Pixar’s superbly rendered visuals.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“The film builds to an emotional tribute…  that brings to mind the opening sequence of another Pixar triumph, UP.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Breadwinner633x356THE BREADWINNER

“There may be no more appropriate a time for Cartoon Saloon’s THE BREADWINNER to land in theaters than now.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/17/2017

wonder-woman-justice-leagueJUSTICE LEAGUE

“It has its moments, but it comes across as an “Avengers” wannabe with second-rank superheroes.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…the biggest problem I have with JUSTICE LEAGUE is that it never shows us what we are fighting for.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“Much to my surprise, I ended up coming out of JUSTICE LEAGUE looking forward to what may be ahead for us in the future.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“This movie reportedly cost three-hundred million dollars, and it can’t figure out how to fix a fucking mustache.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

07-frances-mcdormand.w710.h473THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

“A harsh look at loss, potent misogyny and the insidious nature of unchecked racism while also being a dark comedy, a stirring tragedy and above all else a remarkable and raw character study, the film masters its tone.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“THREE BILLBOARDS is the most consistently surprising film I’ve seen this year, not because of its plot twists, but because these characters are constantly revealing unexpected sides of themselves.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

_DSC7621.ARWLAST FLAG FLYING

“The characters in LAST FLAG FLYING love this country enough to question what they fought and bled for, demanding that we in the audience honor their sacrifice by doing the same.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

447788_m1495676403WONDER

“…if you’re looking for a movie this season that, for a little while at any rate, will make you feel better about the world, this is the one you need to see.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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“With a deft script that builds such a world around its characters that its silence goes unnoticed, “God’s Own Country” is such a success because there’s a deep appreciation for what the characters are creating.” – Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 11/03/17

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THOR: RAGNAROK

“…the first Thor movie that can take its place in the first ranks of Marvel movies, instead of just being something to do with the character between outings in the AVENGERS series.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“RAGNAROK can’t even be arsed to keep Goldblum’s character in the loop, abruptly abandoning him until after the closing credits.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“THOR: RAGNAROK isn’t fantastic by any stretch, but it’s a decent action movie.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“…[Taika] Waititi has managed to do something with Thor: Ragnarok managed to do something with the character no director has managed to do yet: make us look forward to seeing him again.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

 

the-squareTHE SQUARE

“The best scenes stew in their own juices until the cuts feel like acts of mercy.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…in the end, it’s all so pleased with itself that the stimulating conundrum at its core makes me want to brush it off than let it swim in my mind.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston