BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 10/06/2017

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BLADE RUNNER 2049

“BLADE RUNNER 2049 is less than the sum of its parts, although some will overlook or defend its flaws and embrace it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“While some will likely consider it to be a “masterpiece,” it certainly doesn’t reach that level.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“BLADE RUNNER 2049 is just too clean for its own good.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“Clocking in at a posterior-numbing 163 minutes, BLADE RUNNER 2049 tells maybe two-thirds of a story that could fit inside a movie half its length.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

52e7ef1d44LUCKY

“LUCKY is a lovely film, but now it’s taken on an even deeper emotional resonance; it’s become a eulogy to one of the greatest character actors of our time.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

 

 

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“If the film had gone on much longer they might have had to meet a survivalist sect or a group of zombies.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/29/2017

 

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“By the end, even Cruise’s contagious Cheshire grin looks like an act of desperation, our middle-aged Maverick finally meeting the consequences of his need for speed.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…though strained, one’s suspension of disbelief holds fast: That was the 1980s, after all, and a time when daring scoundrels could outwit and outflank the authorities.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Cruise plays this mostly for laughs, and it’s a return to the screen of the charmer of his earlier films.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“With everything that we witness, it’s easy to see how audiences can get behind AMERICAN MADE even if there are some alterations that could have been made to turn this into a fantastic feature film.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“By setting the precedent that Cruise is in fact someone capable of usurping the wildest of situations with ease and a hint of smugness, the story of Barry Seal roars onto the screen with the shagginess of a 70s/80s thriller.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

 

 

battle-of-the-sexesBATTLE OF THE SEXES

“The battle for equality may not be over, but BATTLE OF THE SEXES reminds us–in the slogan of the women’s tour sponsor–we’ve come a long way, baby.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a terrific-looking movie photographed with intelligence and written in crayon.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

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“ There’s fascination to be found in even the most bafflingly erroneous work, and WOODSHOCK certainly had me engaged despite its flaws.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/22/2017

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“Green could have easily presented Bauman as a fictional construct like Sgt. Saunders, an “inspiring” figure who serves as a hero, but the man he reveals is no saint; instead, Gyllenhaal’s Bauman is simply a person who was at the right place at the wrong time.” -Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“…STRONGER is a worthy tribute to not just Jeff Bauman’s story, but everything his story represented and everyone his story impacted — from the people who witnessed his recovery firsthand, to the bystanders who encountered his story through the media and applied Jeff’s struggles to their own in hopes of making things feel a little bit easier.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“At its best, the film recalls late-period Eastwood pictures like FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS and AMERICAN SNIPER in its plumbing of the gulf between the truth and what people need to hear.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movie

 

 

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“There’s enough here to run with yet Vaughn and Co. take the easy way out.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“The violence earns the film its R rating–deservedly so–despite its largely cartoonish nature including killer robot dogs and a meat grinder used as a murder weapon.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Overpopulated and overplotted, inflated to an absurd 141-minute running time, it’s just another cruddy franchise picture.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

 

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“FRIEND REQUEST is not only socially irresponsible, it is boring and unimaginative.” – Deidre Crimmins, Film Thrills

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/15/2017

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“Aronofsky has created a work that plays as if Guillermo del Toro was directing a play by Harold Pinter.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“MOTHER! is nothing short of a cinematic triumph. We only get a few of these each year, so pay attention and see this before some internet troll tries to ruin it for you.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“There’s a self-reflexivity in the technique here that I can’t remember seeing in Aronofsky’s prior work. Not enough to signal to the audience that the filmmaker is completely in on the joke but just enough to make things cheekier. After all, it is a two-hour saga about misdirected pain and suffering.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“…through this blistering vision of humanity in decline, there’s no denying that Aronofsky is at the peak of his powers here, delivering what could be one of the most feverishly demented films to ever emerge from a mainstream studio.” – Charlie Nash, Film Thrills

“I might not like MOTHER! very much but I feel enormous gratitude that it exists.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

first-trailer-american-assassin-696x464AMERICAN ASSASSIN

“This is a spy thriller for the Trump Era, where rules that are inconvenient are simply brushed aside.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“… a tired, all-too-familiar string of spy tropes that mainly serve as bridge work to the film’s dull, gratuitously violent action sequences, each of which has the exact same formula: Both parties shoot at one another, and if they miss, they start throwing fists before eventually drawing blades that end up either in someone’s neck or abdomen.” – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/01/2017

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“Ultimately, the moral of I DO…UNTIL I DON’T is that marriage can be a slog sometimes but if you’re patient it’s worth it in the end. You could say the same about this movie.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“As we warm up to the movie, so too do the members of Bell’s cast, after starting out at odds, warm up to each other.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

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“Like most comedy sequels, GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS cranks everything about the original up a few notches thinking audiences won’t be satisfied unless they get a bigger, louder and more outrageous version of what they enjoyed last time.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies