BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/29/2014

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THE NOVEMBER MAN

“Donaldson knows the nuts and bolts of his craft and, perhaps more importantly, knows when to stay out of the way.” - Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“Because of the fact that they take no risks with THE NOVEMBER MAN, the vast majority of the audience who sees it will come out realizing that there is also no reward.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“It’s significant because one’s expectations for the releases just before Labor Day is that they are trash being swept out the door by the studios.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

As-Above-So-Below-Movie-StillsAS ABOVE, SO BELOW

“There’s so much about this film that sounds right on paper that it’s amazing how much it gets mangled in execution.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“AS ABOVE/SO BELOW is easily one of the worst movies of the year.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

 

 

aeaf6affe8406a3b06e01d14d01cdbe12e637109LIFE OF CRIME

“Life of Crime is an entertaining movie featuring adult content, but it’s actually relatively safe for something that’s mainly about kidnapping and extortion.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…while there is a nice bit of turnabout at the end—it is a Leonard plot, after all—the
rest of the picture lacks the precise comic beats that made other Leonard adaptations so memorable.” – Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

 

Rob Brydon and Steve CooganTHE TRIP TO ITALY

“…it’s difficult to imagine how anyone with even a mild affinity for dry English wit and ennui could be turned off by Brydon’s and Coogan’s sharp brand of self-aware, self-deprecating banter; these guys have the rapid fire ebb and flow of witty discourse down to a science.”  – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

Much of the joy in THE TRIP TO ITALY revolves around Coogan and Brydon doing spotless impersonations of famous actors (Brydon’s Hugh Grant is so good you’d swear he was there), and taking barbed but loving jabs at each other’s abilities. – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

The-One-I-Love-MovieTHE ONE I LOVE

“Terrific ideas for setups don’t always come with equally terrific notions for resolutions.”  - Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

 

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“A free-flowing, wackadoo meditation on stardom, identity, illusions, ageism, technology, the life and work of Robin Wright, chemical dependency, kites and whatever else crossed the filmmaker’s mind at any given moment. Then about halfway through it becomes an animated adaptation of a Stanislaw Lem book. Yeah, there’s a lot going on here.” - Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

A-Letter-to-Momo-01A LETTER TO MOMO

“…while the story and acting is all top notch in the movie, the real stars of A LETTER TO MOMO may just be the team of artists and animators who spent seven years making the movie.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

 

Adults will quickly be able to decode the central mystery here, or suss out the details enough to make an educated guess, but A Letter to Momo really isn’t for them. It’s for their kids. If you need proof, then let the film’s one well-timed fart joke do the talking. Your whippersnappers will probably laugh their pants off. - Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

 

 

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/22/2014

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SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

“It’s weirdly enervated and the novelty has worn off. A DAME TO KILL FOR is almost a half-hour shorter than its predecessor yet feels twice as long.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“If directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez spent half the time writing a better script than they did on coming up with ways to get Eva Green to stick her naked boobs out at the camera, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR For might have been an entertaining movie.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Sensitive moviegoers may complain about the film’s relentless celebration of bad taste. What they really ought to be offended by is its sloppy craft.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“The most detrimental difference between A DAME TO KILL FOR and its predecessor is that it takes itself too seriously. The film fails to achieve the same balance of over-the-top violence and biting humor that Sin City pioneered.” – Evan Crean, Starpulse

“For an action movie that boasts features large quantities of blood being splashed around the screen like water in a swimming pool during the heart of the summer, it’s a bit shocking that much of SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is as dry and as lifeless as it is.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR has finally hit theaters, and it feels less like a long-awaited arrival and more like a term paper that is thrown together at the last second by piecing together previous assignments and using a thesaurus to hide its self-plagiarism.” – Kristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

“This is the second time this year [Eva Green] has done the femme fatale thing in a Frank Miller sequel nobody asked for, and the second time she’s bent the whole damn picture over a rail to get the job done – between this and 300 she’s gonna be THE feminine ideal in the eyes of an entire generation of horny young brats.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

“It’s not exactly a “check your brain at the door” sort of movie, but it is one that appeals to our more animal instincts.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“It’s unfortunate to report, then, that the film’s long-awaited sequel — nine years in the making — SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR ultimately feels stale and monotonous, despite its abundance of delicious eye-candy. – Charlie Nash, Edge Boston

 

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IF I STAY eventually begins to dissolve into something that made me want to walk out of the theater as fast as I could.” - Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“What might have been simply a cheap bid for tears turns into a complex portrait of a girl navigating an extremely difficult path to adulthood.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Just make the goddamn choice.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

-a95292ef-59ef-4d77-ad66-d1963d60bb25FRANK

“The audience will get to experience a smooth ride with Frank with some expectedly rough edges that will take them to a place where they’ll be satisfied with after the journey ends.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/15/2014

sylvester-stallone-in-the-expendables-3-movie-3THE EXPENDABLES 3

“Hughes has no idea how to film his stars. All the would-be-iconic reveals fall flat, and everybody just appears uncomfortable at unflattering angles.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

THE EXPENDABLES 3 is an action movie that clearly just wants to have a good time doing whatever they can think of for about two hours before the end credits begin to roll.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“While many critics have, correctly, noted how much the EXPENDABLES series owes to ‘80s action films, Stallone has a deeper debt to an entirely different group of movies:  the 1956 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, and WHO FRAME ROGER RABBIT?” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The film pays so little attention to narrative that the plot (not really very different from that of the second movie, 2012′s THE EXPENDABLES 2) scarcely registers.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

THE-GIVER_612x412-bannerTHE GIVER

“There’s nothing groundbreaking in THE GIVER, but it’s a nice movie overall that should satisfy fans of Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“In the movies, as in life, timing is everything. In the case of THE GIVER, it’s a movie that’s several years too late.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, Sci-Fi Movie Page

 

Rich-Hill-AppacheyRICH HILL

“Not a stretch goes by without a tragedy, in fact – it’s as if Palermo and Tragos picking the moments and images that will pack the most punch, with no regard for the rhythm of actual day-to-day life.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

 

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“LAND HO! is going to be massive at the blue-haired art-house I frequent where I’m always at least three decades younger than everybody else in attendance. And deservedly so: the sucker plays.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 08/01/2014

guardians_of_the_galaxy_castGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY plays less like a Marvel Studios commodity and more like a two-hundred-million-dollar version of 1980’s sci-fi cable staples like THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BONZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION or THE ICE PIRATES.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY defies Marvel’s house style. By the time the credits roll, you’ll be eager for Gunn to do it again.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“I do like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, but it’s not something that gave me a lot to love.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“It turns out to be the goofy and action-packed antidote to most of the summer’s blockbusters.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“It feels like someone threw Spielberg movies, Stephen Chow movies, and FLASH GORDON into a blender, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is what came out.” – Jake Mulligan, Edge Boston

“What a joy—and not a little bit of a relief—it is that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY may be the best Marvel movie, period.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

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“Anyone buying a ticket to see Get on Up, the new biopic of legendary soul singer James Brown directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), should be given a CD of Brown’s greatest hits with each purchase.  At least then they’d walk away with a better sense of what made the man famous in the first place.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“If you like James Brown and the music from that era, you’ll find a plethora of things to like in GET ON UP.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“… it can’t distract us from how familiar the story feels, even if you know nothing at all about Brown. What makes the film worth seeing–even if you don’t know his music–are the two lead performances.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 07/25/2014

Lucy-Movie-2014-WallpaperLUCY

“LUCY is great junk –a headrush of a film so bizarre you’ll spend the entire fleeting, eighty-something-minute running time wondering how it ever got made in the first place.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

“And now for something completely different: Luc Besson presents COSMOS.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“More quality overall is what was needed to save LUCY from fading into science fiction’s version of oblivion.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“It will not destroy your brain, so long as you only use 10% of it going in.” - Kristofer Jenson, C-Ville

” …behind the shootings and special effects is a smart movie that may surprise you.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Feels like something you’d think up after passing out from heatstroke at Epcot Center.” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

 

dwayne-johnson-as-herculesHERCULES

“…most of the film is devoted to repetitive battle scenes of scythes slashing necks and spears squishing into chests.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“In exploring the power of myth to inspire men to fight, it aspires to be something more than just a lot of guys clanging swords, shields, and clubs.”- Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

And-So-It-Goes-Douglas-Crazy-EyesAND SO IT GOES

“…a lazy, easy, thunderously dull movie from a veteran talent who’s capable of more.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“…a broad and sentimental comedy with dick jokes that manage to be funny without ever feeling like they belong to this particular movie.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“The movie is mush, featuring a two-dimensional turn by Diane Keaton and a truly atrocious performance by the usually dependable Michael Douglas.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

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“If Allen once rejuvenated, even reinvented, the romantic comedy, he now only contributes to its demise with the kind of “sugar-coated claptrap” his protagonist so intensely despises.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

“MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT stacks the magician’s deck here, indulging in a fair amount of magical thinking of its own, or at least transparent narrative charting.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

 

-ffb4c3e1f95e5845HELLION

“…for everything Candler has going on within the movie’s framework, there’s a looseness in the connective tissue that stymies its cohesion.” – Andy Crump, In Review Online

 

 

happy-christmas-e1406169409267HAPPY CHRISTMAS

“…nobody seems to have any interests outside of mumbling painfully unscripted small-talk at one another until the scenes mercifully end.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

IORIGINSI ORIGINS

“Hey kids, cool news! Turns out there IS an Intelligent Designer predestining and ordering everything — but don’t worry! It’s not the boring judgmental churchy version your parents were into! Naw, it’s one of those cool trendy Eastern ones white hipsters can appropriate to mean whatever they want it too!” – Bob Chipman, Escapist