BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 10/26/2018

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“…this film does a lot of things right, yet leaves much to be desired at the same time.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“…the roughness of Hill’s boxy, 16mm compositions cast their own spell.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“There’s a lackadaisical, conflict-averse quality to this picture that leaves a galling aftertaste.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

Screen-Shot-2018-07-26-at-12.45.37-PM-e1532623615919HUNTER KILLER

“HUNTER KILLER insults the intelligence of its audience, plays into decades-old politics, and wastes the talents of some solid actors. It’s wholly without value.” – Deidre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Like the recent HALLOWEEN, it is an unapologetic genre film that treats its material – and the audience – with respect.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“Fans of the two previous JOHNNY ENGLISH films will find this on par with the previous efforts, as will those who have enjoyed Atkinson’s turn as the equally inane Mr. Bean.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN is perfectly fine in its own right, but its naiveté feels dated and unnecessary. For a spy film with car chases and explosions, it falls flat and fails to fully engage.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“Sure, it’s silly fun that you might forget the moment you leave the theater, but given these tense times, that might be enough.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“If you found any sort of value in the first two movies in the trilogy and know what to expect ahead of time, you should give JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN a chance.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

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“WHAT THEY HAD feels like a timely film, given the aging population in America, and will likely strike a nerve with people who are struggling with elder care issues in their own families.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

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“THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING is not hard-hitting investigative journalism. It’s a soft, though sporadically prying, look at the high prices and high living of art dealers and collectors today.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/27/2018

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

“GHOST PROTOCOL has been the definitive feature film that’s been able to deliver at that level more than any other, but that’s changed with FALLOUT forcing its way into the discussion.” - Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“You likely already know how the plot will end, but that’s not the point of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT. You watch it for the action and for Tom Cruise, and the movie delivers on both fronts.” – Deirdre Crimmins, High-Def Digest

“All kidding aside, I would say this franchise has definitely found its bearings alongside the likes of the FAST AND FURIOUS series when it comes to action.” – Byron McNeal, Nerd Caliber

 

 

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“In EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA we meet the unsung backbone of New York City’s service industry. But of course this gentle, unassuming film would never come out and say it that way.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 05/25/2018

HanSolo5a7e076419ab9.0SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

“SOLO doesn’t succeed as much as it wants to.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY shows that ROGUE ONE was not a fluke. There are stories to be told in the “Star Wars” universe that don’t have to advance the main saga.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“This one’s more like comfort food for fans, but there are worse ways to kill a couple of hours.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“…Solo is a rather soulless cover version of a character that isn’t even enlivened by the wall-to-wall music that backs his every move.” – Brett Michel, Improper Bostonian

 

18firstreformed-superJumbo-v2FIRST REFORMED

“Don’t look for the angels, or anyone else, to collect much of a share from this misfire.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“FIRST REFORMED is a major work by a cinema giant, urgently reckoning with issues both current and eternal. It is also a form of prayer.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

 

 

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“…the star of the show is also its steady and compelling center: Saoirse Ronan outshines her cast mates here and remains the radiant focus of any project she’s part of.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 09/08/2017

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“The bottom line is that IT is one of the better Stephen King film adaptations, but falls short of the pantheon…” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“In spite of the monster living behind all of the make-up in this movie not being able to keep up with the previous interpretation, I left the screening satisfied with IT as a total body of work.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“IT feels a bit like a carnival ride; perhaps one you’ve been on a few times, but one that’s still thrilling enough to give you a good jolt.” – Charlie Nash, Film Thrills

“At its best IT feels like an R-rated version of THE GOONIES, if THE GOONIES wasn’t one of the worst movies ever made.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

columbusCOLUMBUS

“Few films are as attentive to the spaces inhabited by their characters as COLUMBUS, a meticulously assured debut from one-named-wonder Kogonada.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“COLUMBUS is one of the year’s best films, a rare gem that deserves to be sought out in what will likely be a limited marketplace for theatrical distribution.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“While you may admire the scenery and learn a bit about COLUMBUS’ architectural history, it’s the superb, understated performances that make the movie’s minimalist plot work.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Kogonada’s spaces are richly conceived, but they’ve yet to find the room needed to emphasize the rich performances within them.” – Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“COLUMBUS is a precious kind of contradiction: both an unabashed mystery and a work completely expected of its author.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

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“…a promising debut for Myers-Shyer, who might want to take on a collaborator for her next script, but has some warm and comic things to say about adults trying to make sense of their lives.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“HOME AGAIN strives to be in the same league as mom’s SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, IT’S COMPLICATED, or THE INTERN – but it lacks a certain specificity in the screenplay department.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

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“We are BEACH RATS’ captive audience. If the film is tender, it’s merciless at the same time.” – Andy Crump, The Playlist

“[Eliza] Hittman’s superlatively subjective camera sexualizes all in its path, damp with a New York summer’s cruel humidity and a hazy, exhausted torpor.” – Sean Burns, Boston Reel