BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP 02/21/2014

3 DAYS TO KILLAmber Heard gets flirty with Kevin Costner [USA ONLY]

“It’s impossible not to watch 3 DAYS TO KILL without feeling like it’s a watered-down composite of the French action-dramatist’s better work.” – Andy Crump, In Review Online

“If you like the fast-paced thrillers with twists that we’ve come to associate with Besson (“The Professional,” “Taken,” “Transporter”) then this should score.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Everything that you think will be wrong with something like this is wrong here, but this is the kind of bad that you can legitimately find some honest entertainment value in.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“There’s no commentary at work here – just overblown nonsense.” - Jake Mulligan, Movie Mezzanine

 


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“Hey, you know what’d be a good idea? If you took TITANIC and GLADIATOR and made them into one movie!” – Bob Chipman, Escapist

 

 

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“…never has the guts to put Jiro’s endeavors, or the events surrounding his life’s passing parade, into proper context. This is a movie about a dreamer realizing his dreams, not about how his dreams wound up breeding nightmares for enemy combatants.” – Andy Crump, In Review Online

“THE WIND RISES declines to challenge mainstream Japanese society’s distortions and denials of its wartime atrocities. Worse, it echoes Japan’s morally dishonest stance that it was a victim, rather than a perpetrator, of a global war – a whitewashed version of history that the film now imports to every country where it plays.” – Inkoo Kang, The Village Voice

“The most famous hand-drawn holdout in a world of rapid-fire 3D computer animation, Miyazaki imbues each sequence with an indefinable human texture, from wide shots of a destructive earthquake to simple low angles of a couple kneeling at their wedding.” - Norm Schrager, Paste Magazine

 

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“…nobody really needed this movie to begin with, and our fledgling maestro fails to convince otherwise.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“All of the characters are trapped in a terrible existence that makes each day feel like a month.” - David Riedel, San Antonio Current

 

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“…under the Israeli occupation, however, the personal is quickly assumed to be political and vice versa, rapidly raising the stakes of every disagreement and quarrel to tragic proportions.” Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

 

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“Leave it to a pair of magicians to take the magic out of a great work of art, then raise even deeper questions than they answer.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

BOFCA AWARDS: 2013

THE 2013 BOSTON ONLINE FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS

SLAVE BEST PICTURE

 BEST PICTURE: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

SLAVE DIRECTOR

BEST DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

SLAVE EJIOFOR

BEST ACTOR: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BLANCHETT ACTRESS

BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE

LETO ACTOR

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

NYONGO ACTRESS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEFORE MIDNIGHT

BEST SCREENPLAY: BEFORE MIDNIGHT

BLUE WARMEST

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

ACT KILLING

BEST DOCUMENTARY: THE ACT OF KILLING

FROZEN TIE

WIND TIEBEST ANIMATED FILM: THE WIND RISES and FROZEN (tie)

LLEWYN DAVIS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

SLAVE EDITING

BEST EDITING: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

SLAVE SCORE

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

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BEST ENSEMBLE: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

THE TEN BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR:

1. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
2. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
3. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
4. GRAVITY
5. BEFORE MIDNIGHT
6. THE SPECTACULAR NOW
7. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
8. SPRING BREAKERS
9. THE WORLD’S END
10. FRUITVALE STATION

Boston Online Film Critics Association