BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/30/2018

 

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“The best latter-day Spielberg films look back in order to tell us about where we are. READY PLAYER ONE just speeds along in reverse.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The final act helps READY PLAYER ONE redeem itself a bit as it’s energetic and puts the spotlight on the elements that should have taken center stage from the outset.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s a fitting summation of Spielberg’s career: occasional nods to the real world, but really preferring a world of fantasy and eternal adolescence.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

still_isle_of_dogs_copyright_2017_twentieth_century_fox-croppedISLE OF DOGS

“What makes this standout from other Anderson films (besides having a plot) is that the characters – particularly the dogs – are much more well-rounded than the caricatures who you usually parade through his movies.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Wes Anderson movies are already such exactingly micro-designed miniatures, it’s a wonder he doesn’t use stop-motion animation for all of them.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/23/2018

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PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

“Although this won’t be well received due to everything it gets wrong, there are some things in PACIFIC RIM UPRISING that people may like.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“Like most of these event movies, there’s a threat of more to come before the credits close. Let’s hope that someone with a good reason for returning to this universe gets attached to the project.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

“This agonizing cash-grab is quite literally a vegetable, dead on arrival inside a coffin made of mediocrity and buried within a shallow grave of uninspired bullshit.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

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“A deliciously nasty little thriller with a ragged, low-budget edge, the film feels like a kicky, throat-clearing exercise by a guy who just wanted to see if he could go make a whole movie on his phone.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“As you watch UNSANE, you’ll learn that what’s most important are the elements that allow this to be a sound mystery that manages to keep you busy on a mental level.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“UNSANE questions the true nature of people and curiously explores whether we can even trust our neighbors, creating a strong case for us all to just become hermit crabs viewing the world from a smartphone shell.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“I am not saying specifically that UNSANE should be avoided, but if you do choose to see it, keep your expectations reserved, even when the film itself promises you more.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“Rather than looking cheap, the iPhone-lensed images capture a certain queasiness, as though you’re witnessing something that you shouldn’t.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/16/2018

TombRaiderTOMB RAIDER

“TOMB RAIDER made me not want to see that UNCHARTED movie Sony has been trying to get out there for a few years now.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“I suppose it’s all harmless enough, however uninteresting and uninspired.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“TOMB RAIDER is a film that you know is calculated to kick off future blockbusters in the series, and yet it works.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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THE DEATH OF STALIN

“It takes a deft hand and a rare talent to make tyranny and state sanctioned torture so funny.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The more and more that I reflect on THE DEATH OF STALIN, the more I’m led to believe that the best satirists are adept at showing viewers the road to conclusion.” – Sam Cohen, Substream Magazine

 

 

lovesimonLOVE, SIMON

“Simply by being a typical, if entertaining, high school movie, it may be making its most important statement of all.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 03/09/2018

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A WRINKLE IN TIME

“After watching A WRINKLE IN TIME, there’s a part of me that would have liked to have seen Ava DuVernay and the rest of the team take more time to turn this into a film filled with intrigue and excitement.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“DuVernay – whose previous feature, SELMA, had similar problems – directs at a leaden pace. She seems to have no idea how to get out of a scene once it has accomplished what it had to do.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“THOROUGHBREDS is a constant delight, delivering entertaining adrenaline and biting hilarity from one scene to the next and building to a climax that will linger long after leaving the theater.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“Finley does a lot with very little apart from the raw talent of his leads. If this is what he’s capable of as a first-timer, we should rightfully dread his follow-up.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 02/23/2018

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“Refined and steely, ANNIHILATION is another mediation on how humans were always meant to self-destruct – it’s our biology.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“…the final result here is an unfocused mess, despite ephemeral instances of genuine horror and gore that admittedly left me shaken.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“ANNIHILATION isn’t good.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

gamenightGAME NIGHT

“GAME NIGHT is a movie that will more than likely satisfy your desire for a comedy aimed at adults.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

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“There’s a clear post-Brexit anxiety in THE PARTY as we watch London’s upper crust devouring itself.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…a film about pettiness couched in maturity, and a brilliantly merciless take on the comedy of manners.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine