BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 01/14/2022

A pink-haired girl stands holding a small creature in the animated film BelleBELLE

“BELLE’s most spellbinding sequences come from inside the virtual world of U. Colorful 3D figures float through a kaleidoscope of colors and towering structures.” – Max Covill, Paste Magazine

“The aesthetics of U, where BELLE spends about half its running time, are staggering. A vast pixelated sea that the ids, egos, and superegos of its hundreds of millions of users all sail upon, U is a dream sold by the science fiction canon and presented in startling detail by Hosada’s animation team. But it’s his screenplay that welds this dream to harsh reality.” – Andy Crump, Inverse

“…BELLE encapsulates Hosada’s finest animation and most emotionally gripping tale. Despite already setting a high bar for himself with BELLE, the filmmaker exceeds expectations through gusto and creative passion that has long marked him as one of the very best in the medium.” – Allyson Johnson, Inverse

 

Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox stand next to each other in the movie Scream 5SCREAM

“Like most critics, I’ve got more than a little Randy Meeks in me, and as such I approached the latest Scream movie, simply called SCREAM*, with all due caution. To all the Randy Meekses reading this, rest assured: the new Scream is not only good, but an honest-to-god SCREAM movie.” – Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

 

Lilly Krug holds a drill in her hand and smiles deviously in the movie ShatteredSHATTERED

“SHATTERED, one of the first releases of 2022, is well-made trash. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, hear me out.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/24/2021

Ralph Fiennes looks angry and ready for action in a leather jacket in the movie The King's ManTHE KING’S MAN

“Whether this is the sort of entertainment people will want during the holiday season remains to be seen, but it does open possibilities for future entries which can now be set in any time period of the last century, inserting existing or new characters into other historic crises.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim look at each other intently in the movie Licorice PizzaLICORICE PIZZA

“If you’re looking for a tightly-written story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, “Licorice Pizza” probably isn’t the film for you.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Keanu Reeves looks confused as he holds his fingers up to a mirror in The Matrix ResurrectionsTHE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

“The movie is visually inventive – although the slowed-down “bullet time” gimmick is used a bit too often – and the cast is game.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 12/17/2021

Bradley Cooper stops to talk to Rooney Mara in the film Nightmare AlleyNIGHTMARE ALLEY

“NIGHTMARE ALLEY, is an incredibly dark film for the holiday season but is nonetheless a standout as one of the best of the year. – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Chloe Grace Moretz and Algee Smith stand together at a campsite looking concerned in the movie Mother AndroidMOTHER ANDROID

“The real reason to watch is to see Chloë Grace Moretz, who desperately needs a new agent, or at least someone who can get her into better movies.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Spider-Man is poised with metal spider legs coming out of his suit in the movie Spider-Man: No Way HomeSPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

“The use of the more surreal shots akin to the DOCTOR STRANGE movie really gives NO WAY HOME a great sense of visual integrity.” – Byron D. Zero, Nerd Caliber

 

 

Mahershala Ali sits in a deep chair wearing all white clothes in the movie Swan SongSWAN SONG

“Thanks to Cleary’s intelligent script and Ali’s sensitive performance, “Swan Song” offers a tantalizing look at how we face the inevitability of death.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies
 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 12/10/2021

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem stand embracing each other in the movie Being the RicardosBEING THE RICARDOS

“It’s a wonderful tribute to an era and the personalities responsible for I LOVE LUCY, an iconic sitcom, with the principals capturing the spirit of the real performers even if they only suggest them in looks.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Riz Ahmed sits in a dark car looking out in the movie EncounterENCOUNTER

“In totally subverting its initial premise, it may cause some viewers to disengage from the story at precisely the moment they should be most involved.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell stand akwardly in an elevator looking at each other in the movie The Hating GameTHE HATING GAME

“While far from perfect, it’s the sort of entertaining genre entry which audiences once took for granted.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

A colored image of Charlie Chaplin standing next to the title of the documentary "The Real Charlie Chaplin"THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN

“The items the filmmakers choose to emphasize sometimes borders on the bizarre.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

Sandra Bullock is pressed up against glass by a prison officer in the movie The UnforgivableTHE UNFORGIVABLE

“One senses that the people behind THE UNFORGIVABLE wanted to make this a moving statement about family and justice and social class, but the result is what a pencil sketch is to an oil painting.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 12/03/2021

A woman in a wheelchair wheels herself down a hallway while looking over her shoulder suspiciously in the movie The Advent CalendarADVENT CALENDAR

“For those (like this reviewer) who aren’t Christian, THE ADVENT CALENDAR takes something unfamiliar and turns it into an instrument of horror. For those familiar with such devices, it provides a macabre twist on a holiday tradition.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

 

A group of friends and their children sit around a Christmas dinner table, raising their glasses to toast to each other in the movie Silent Night.SILENT NIGHT

“In the glut of holiday-themed movies it’s really hard to stand out, but there’s no question SILENT NIGHT will never be confused with other holiday movies, even ones with “Silent Night” in their title.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies