BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/23/2015

 

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“It isn’t one of the worst movies you’ll ever see, but Mortdecai certainly has a long way before it can be seen as a respectable piece of cinematic art.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“A snicker here, a polite chuckle there, but not a belly laugh in sight.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

the-boy-next-doorTHE BOY NEXT DOOR

“Few movies actually live up to that notion of a movie that is so hilariously awful they it is perversely entertaining. “The Boy Next Door” does. It is–at least unintentionally–the laugh-riot of the year.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“I didn’t pay and I still want my money back.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

 

twodaysonenightTWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

“…part of what makes Two Days, One Night miraculous is the restraint the Dardennes display.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“In shifting their usual point of view and placing their unflinching gaze squarely on the face of a seasoned professional, the Dardennes have captured one of the most naturalistic performances in a directing career known for cultivated kitchen-sink realism. ” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“Fragility is a tough thing to sell on the big screen, but Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) gives a masterclass on the art of how to do it.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

 

article-0-1C4CD36E00000578-831_634x424STILL ALICE

“It’s tasteful to a fault, exploring a terrifying subject with the utmost decorum. You feel bad when it’s over, but not too bad.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

 

 

SONG ONESongOne

“SONG ONE isn’t bad; it is, however, disjointed as a melancholy testament to music’s ability to heal all wounds and as a love story about disaffected souls set against the backdrop of New York City’s modern folk scene.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

 

 

27Beloved-Sisters-1BELOVED SISTERS

“Even the parts that are meant to feel light and silly seem muted and too heavy.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 01/16/2015

chris-hemsworth-blackhat-movieBLACKHAT

“The film repeatedly lulls the audience into a sense of comfort just before yanking the rug out from under their theater seats.” – Deirdre Crimmins, All Things Horror

“BLACKHAT is not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s just a monotonous affair that ends up being a waste for a handful of reasons.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“Shut up, whatever. Look cool.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“…Mann takes on us a wild, labyrinthine and, as usual, visually stunning journey that leaves one, once again, awestruck by this director’s skill at constructing a compelling thriller…” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Examiner

“BLACKHAT is silly, explosive, gorgeous, thrilling, and we should all be thankful, as viewers, to be blips of data on Mann’s digitally rendered canvas.” – Sam Cohen, Sumo Skinny

“…Mann’s idea of following data through computer systems leaves you thinking he’s worn out his VHS tape of TRON.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

AMERICAN-SNIPERAMERICAN SNIPER

“AMERICAN SNIPER strips down and rearranges Chris Kyle’s best-selling, self-aggrandizing autobiography into something far more troubled and unsettling.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“In spite of my complaints, AMERICAN SNIPER is actually a decent movie overall.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“It’s wisest to leave one’s personal politics outside the multiplex when viewing AMERICAN SNIPER.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“…there’s much flag-waving during the newsreel footage of the real Kyle’s funeral that runs under the end credits, but this is Eastwood at his most apolitical, no matter what chair he prefers talking to.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

“For a film that opens with the chanting of the Muslim call to prayer, AMERICAN SNIPER never bothers to venture into understanding any other point of view than Navy Seal hero, Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper).” – Sam Cohen, Sumo Skinny

“AMERICAN SNIPER is a mature film of the toll war takes on its warriors, and you should see it, regardless of your politics.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

The-Wedding-Ringer-1THE WEDDING RINGER

“Listen carefully: between the barking of bad behavior and the hand-wringing of male anxiety, you’ll hear the braying of barnyard animals.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

A-Most-Violent-Year-movie (1)A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

“A MOST VIOLENT YEAR plays out more like an exercise in ambition.” – Norm Schrager, Paste Magazine

“Was heating oil really the accelerant that almost burned New York City to the ground in 1981? Watching A Most Violent Year, you’d never even know.” - John Black, Boston Event Guide

“”…A MOST VIOLENT YEAR stands toe-to-toe with the films it tries to emulate.” – Max Covill, Fresh From the Theater

“It’s not entirely successful, but it’s more diverting than watching a bunch of goons shoot each other.” – David Riedel, San Antonio Current

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/26/2014

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INTO THE WOODS

“How many different ways can one shoot trees?” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“Outside of the criticisms that I have, nothing in INTO THE WOODS is below average. Then again, nothing in it is that far above average either.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“Director Rob Marshall… makes good use of Hollywood magic to make the fairy tale magic seem real in a way that is not possible on stage.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

unbroken-cover-2UNBROKEN

“If you’re hoping for more than the usual, you’re most likely going to be disappointed in some fashion, because there isn’t much to offer in UNBROKEN.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“In choosing to make the POW experience the crux of the film, the preliminary material goes on far too long as we await the story proper to finally begin.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

bgiBIG EYES

“…a feminist crowd-pleaser with the force of moral righteousness on its side.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“The Margaret Keane biopic never finds its own inspired streak, because it gives Burton nothing to paint.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

 

the-interview-is-the-interview-controversy-a-publicity-stunt-a11b8a7e-b7ec-4250-9f9a-b952e7a61695THE INTERVIEW

“This buddy comedy is no classic on the level of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, and it’s not nearly as self-critical as THIS IS THE END.” – Monica Castillo, Movie Mezzanine

 

 

THE GAMBLERTHE GAMBLER

“Although I wish that THE GAMBLER actually gambled by take some risks to give us viewers an authentic sense of suspense and trouble, I can’t say that this remake resulted in failure.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“THE GAMBLER has been adjusted for inflation.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“It’s not quite a holiday movie, but a powerful performance by Wahlberg makes it worth seeing.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/19/2014

hobbit2THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

“[J]ust read THE HOBBIT instead of waiting for the movies, for Christ’s sake.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“…it comes across like a very impressive video game, one in which you’re watching Peter Jackson doing the playing. It’s hard to get worked up about any of it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…the problem here, as before, is that pitched battles quickly become tiresome.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Due to its length and the fact that we pretty much know what’s going to happen, these types of movies turn out to be nothing more than a chore to watch.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…Eru help us all if Peter Jackson ever decides to adapt WAR AND PEACE.” – Kristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

“Not even Bilbo (Martin Freeman, a supporting player here) or Billy Connolly, who pops up all too briefly, or Benedict Cumberbatch, can save THE BATTLE FOR MY SANITY.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

annie-2014-movie-trailerANNIE

“…ANNIE is the second most embarrassing thing Sony did this week.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“There’s a special place in hell for the perpetrators of ANNIE, not so much for the unconventional casting as for the shamelessly misleading advertising campaign trying to convince people they’re going to be seeing a film version of the beloved Broadway musical.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“There’s a good amount of energy while they’re introducing you to the world of ANNIE, but unfortunately, it doesn’t hold up to that level as well as it should have.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“Olivia Pope herself couldn’t have devised a more cynical political campaign than the one at the center of the new ANNIE…” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

1406498856002-4NIGHT-MUSEUM-3-MOV-JY-1304--66046672NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3: SECRET OF THE TOMB

“This final edition of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM is not only a fitting end to the series. It is a sheer delight.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The undeniable sense of déjà vu one gets sitting through the film wouldn’t be so painful if the cast at least looked like they were having fun (or trying to) with the material, but they all act as bored as you feel watching the movie.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB is simply a piece of entertainment that will stand up well for audiences of all ages.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/12/2014

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EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

“If the faithful regard EXODUS with skepticism, it will be unsurprising given how the movie itself wavers and waffles.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Scott is no hack but in attempting to turn the story into another version of his big hit GLADIATOR he’s only shown he has no real idea what the story is about or what point he’s trying to make.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate

 

THE IMITATION GAMETHE IMITATION GAME

“Cumberbatch…presents a character whose many psychological and emotional folds and layers are more complex than origami, and yet Cumberbatch makes Turing seem organic in his tics, and authentic in his mix of mathematical genius and social disconnect.” – Kilian Melloy, Kal’s Movie Blog

“THE IMITATION GAME spends so much time setting up complex puzzles that it oversimplifies the life of its central enigma…” – Brett Michel, Improper Bostonian

 

Top-Five-Movie (2)TOP FIVE

“Among Chris Rock’s films, this is more than in the top five. It is number one.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Rock lets his humor play broadly, but he fills out the space between gags with smart writing and pointed social insights.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“TOP FIVE hits on everything that it takes a swing at.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“TOP FIVE is best when it lives in the world for which he’s most famous, stand-up comedy.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“TOP FIVE has a weird rhythm, vacillating as it does between long, gorgeously written conversations and abruptly filthy, flutter-cut interludes with an emphasis on the scatological.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

wldWILD

“… there’s Oscar bait and then there’s Oscar bait, and for all of its awards-season intentions, WILD happens to be genuine, not to mention good.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

Zero_Motivation_web_1ZERO MOTIVATION

“…a comedy of bureaucratic drudgery with a bunch of gals stuck in the middle of nowhere trying not to drive each other crazy while running the clock down on their mandatory service.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality