BOFCA Mid-Week Roundup 8/31/2016

Evan Crean released his new book, YOUR 80s MOVIE GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING

John Black reviews TUNNEL

Jake Mulligan talks outdoor screenings in Boston


Sean Burns reports on Ira Sachs’ Coolidge Corner Q&A

Bob Chipman talks about BATMAN

John Hanlon talks Christian films,

Andrew Crump reviews THE DECALOGUE, WHITE GIRL, IS THAT ALL? looks at THE GET DOWN and talks John Krasinsky

Kristofer Jenson presents Boston Reel Editor’s Picks


The Killers

Steve Head, Sean Burns and Bob Chipman look at the Boston area repertory scene for September 2016.




Jane Levy stars in Screen Gems' horror-thriller DON'T BREATHE.DON’T BREATHE

“It keeps you guessing throughout the running time, and has fun playing with the audience’s expectations.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Film Thrills

“DON’T BREATHE should be commended for being a film that tries its hardest to be different during a time when familiarity is all too common.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

“A seemingly limited premise is rendered utterly riveting and tense as hell. ” – Bob Chipman,

“Less is more, because each item on your plate is divine to the palate, assuming that uncontrollably squirming in your seat is to your taste.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“…an adrenaline rush of a film, a taut 88-minute thrill ride.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies


a-tale-of-love-and-darkness-natalie-portman-photo-1A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS

“…Portman makes bold visual choices and sticks to a personal, at times trying, aesthetic strategy. She’s a real filmmaker.” – Sean Burns, The ARTery

“This is a deceptively complex and layered film, calm and dense and fraught with unease.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston



mechanicresurrectionMECHANIC: RESURRECTION 

“There’s little to separate MECHANIC: RESURRECTION from a dozen other Jason Statham action movies, other than the obvious lack of effort from all involved to even try and do anything different.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide





Jake Mulligan talks INTO A DREAM

Evan Crean interviews Eric Latek

Spoilerpiece Theatre digs into WAR DOGS, KUBO and LO AND BEHOLD

Max Covill talks movie trailers and Jai Courtney

Sean Burns reviews THE KILLING JOKE, talks his Ten Best of 1982 and looks back at GET CARTER and POINT BLANK

Joyce Kulhawik reviews THE WITNESS

Andy Crump interviews Ira Sachs and reviews THE LOST ARCADE, THE GET DOWN and Herzog’s LO AND BEHOLD

Bob Chipman talks SPIDER-MAN casting and also in video form

John Hanlon talks Meryl Streep

Deirdre Crimmins interviews Steven Shainberg and wraps up Fantasia Fest

Kristofer Jenson presents Boston Reel Editors’ Picks



Kubo-and-the-Two-Strings-final-trailer-imageKUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is one of the year’s best films — a singular, soulful and sensational work of visual artistry and impeccable storytelling.” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“To say that I enjoyed KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS would be a categorical understatement. The film’s visuals, storytelling, and characters made it a lovely and occasionally tense world to visit.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Cinematic Essential

“This very well might end up being the best animated film 2016 has to offer based on the artistry alone, and to some, one of the best the cinematic year has to offer, period.” – Allyson Johnson, The Mary Sue

“…a tale of monsters and heroes, swords and sorcery, legends brought to vivid life with a surplus of heart, where reckoning with grief is a more daunting feat than slaying a kraken.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“Even in a year that has seen some creative and entertaining animated films, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS would be a standout.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Is it as good as previous high water mark PARANORMAN? Well, no, but few things are.” – Bob Chipman,


“In this age of farcically demagogic presidential candidates and Bernie or Busters, a tale of irrationally driven zealots and the calmer voices that seek to contain them ought to resonate; it’s a feat in itself that the film misses that mark, its morale overshadowed by action-oriented set pieces and drowned in sentimental malarky that’s even more mawkish than in the 1959 version of the story.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“And just how fast is Charlton Heston, star of the classic – and definitive – 1959 version of the story spinning in his grave?” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“If you want to know why this new BEN-HUR is dead on arrival here’s the answer in a nutshell: Hollywood no longer knows how to do period epics.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies


thumbnail_24172WAR DOGS

“…for a true story, it also feels terribly formulaic, especially when it comes to the character dynamics.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston 

“By treating this is as a caper movie, “War Dogs” provides the requisite action and laughs. Yet it glosses over the actual impact of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan…” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“WAR DOGS is a movie about making money during times of war, but it never feels as if there’s a threat to anyone.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential




“…perhaps the biggest question left for the viewers to dwell on is: Will our dreams ever stop?” – Greg Vellante, Edge Boston

“You didn’t expect a Werner Herzog documentary about the significance of the internet in our daily lives, and how it might alter our future, to fall in the ballpark of “cheerful,” did you?” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine