BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/11/2019

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“The definitive upside of THE UPSIDE is that it finally ends, but not before reminding us that ‘Phillip and Dell remain friends to this day.’” – Greg Vellante, Spectrum Culture

“There may be an audience of people who are satisfied with THE UPSIDE, and find the story of a paralyzed man discovering beauty in the small things in life both original and inspirational, but I’m not one of them.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“The film is predictable in too many ways, but when it works it’s because of the rapport that develops between Phillip and Dell, which is to say Cranston and Hart.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“…I found it all a bit silly and way overdone, wallowing in over-deliberate grotesquerie as some sort of misguided mark of integrity — which, come to think of it, is a pretty good way to sum up the movie itself.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The story never feels like it connects and all the supporting characters do is pad out a melodramatic crime drama.” – Max Covill, Film School Rejects

“DESTROYER fails to live up to the sum of its parts.” – Allyson Johnson, The Young Folks

“There’s a superb 90-minute movie woven through DESTORYER’s two-hour run time, tight-knit and tense, free of excess flab and much, much meaner by consequence. We don’t have that movie.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

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“If it isn’t a great artistic achievement, it is a well-crafted movie that achieves exactly what it sets out to do. If you find such material appealing, it will work.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/28/2018

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“Its obvious strength is a bravura performance by Christian Bale as Cheney.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Magazine

“It’s just a bunch of stuff that happened, shuffled all out of order and repeated a few times extra loud for the cheap seats.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“Winter movie season inevitably brings a deluge of dreadful issue-based movies that turn subtext into text and jam sentiment down viewers’ throats. VICE is no exception.” – Andy Crump, Men’s Health

 

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“…an achingly beautiful film, and so terribly sad.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“The year is drawing to a close, but one of 2018’s finest films is just hitting theaters.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/21/2018

 

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“…dizzying, delightful, and completely bonkers.” – Andy Crump, Men’s Health

“As superhero origin stories go, it’s actually an improvement over most of the movies based on DC comics.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“I don’t mind the direction they chose to take AQUAMAN as a character. Momoa isn’t a great actor by any stretch, but he’s proven to be the least of their worries in both this movie and the future.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“It’s a shame his film stinks like yesterday’s tuna.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

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“The unspoken message of WELCOME TO MARWEN seems to be that we’re lucky that Hogancamp was brutalized and nearly died because, as a result, he’s now making imaginative art.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…WELCOME TO MARWEN shows us that even when the story has been practically reinvented for the purposes of telling that story, it can still fail on all accounts.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“…an ineffective, emotionally aggressive, self-important and baffling experiment that is Zemeckis’ most similar film to the overrated FORREST GUMP since, well, FORREST GUMP.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

 

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“…less than a sequel than a muddled attempt to clone the elements of the original film.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

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“If you’re looking for romance, watch COLD WAR. If you’re looking for comedy, watch GAME NIGHT. If you’re looking for romantic comedy, watch CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Whatever you do, don’t waste a second on this SECOND ACT.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/14/2018

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“INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is built for a new kind of fandom, offering a world in which anyone can be Spider-Man — including young men of color, teenage girls, anime robots, talking pigs and even Nicolas Cage.” – Sean Burns, North Shore Movies

“Anyone who believes that superheroes should be canonized only by their classic identities will probably walk out of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE with a nasty rash.” – Andy Crump, Men’s Health

“SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE works in every way it needs to in order for it to be the genuine success it is.”  – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

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“Certain to be a polarizing cinematic experience, VOX LUX is not easy or accessible.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“…a burly, overbearing piece of filmmaking, often horrifically funny and excitingly unencumbered by questions of good taste or worries about when to say when.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

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“MORTAL ENGINES creates a beautiful, dangerous, and escapist world, but it suffers from trying to do too much with characters we barely care about.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“What makes it fascinating even for those unfamiliar with the source material (like this reviewer) is its stunning visual design.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“BEN IS BACK is not your typical, weepy addiction drama. But addiction is not a monolith and if adding a little intrigue to this story gives us another version of this story, then it’s fine by me.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest