THE FIVE BEST FILMS OF 2015

Bridge Of Spies

“Off-handedly virtuosic and destined to be underrated. Too bad, because the film is full of tough stuff and asks questions I haven’t seen answered very well on debate stages lately, particularly about what it means to be an American during wartime, and how many of our founding principles we are willing to trade just because we’re scared.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/29/2015

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BOFCA AWARDS PODCAST: THE BEST OF 2015

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Talking 2015 with fellow Boston Online Film Critics Association members Bob Chipman, Norm Schrager, Dede Crimmins, Evan Crean, Brett Michel, Steve Head, Charlie Nash, Megan Kearns, Greg Vellante and Jake Mulligan. Yes, we all had a bit to drink. – BOFCA, 12/28/2015

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Han and Chewie

“The Star Wars movie you think you’ve been waiting for. Abrams gets the tricky tone and jokey exhilaration down pat, the feeling of (re)visiting a rusted-out, slightly sarcastic fairy tale. Still, a few hours after the credits rolled it’s all evaporating and I’m struggling to recall a remotely original or inventive moment in the entire goddamn thing.” – North Shore Movies, 12/18/2015

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YOUTH

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Youth feels very much like one of those movies a director makes right after a huge success when everybody’s calling him a genius and nobody dares say no. There’s a reckless energy with which it lunges from one ga-ga visual flourish to another, consistency and coherence be damned. I found it terribly endearing.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/11/2015

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IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

In The Heart Of The Sea

“So full of unconvincing green-screen work I wouldn’t be surprised if the actors shot their scenes on a soundstage in Burbank. In The Heart Of The Sea keeps obnoxiously insisting this story inspired Melville, but nowhere here will you find the insights into obsession and humanity that made his book a classic. The movie doesn’t know Dick.” – Movie Mezzanine, 12/11/2015

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BOFCA AWARDS BALLOT 2015

Fury Road

1. Mad Max: Fury Road   2. The Mend   3. Heaven Knows What   4. Chi-Raq   5. Bridge Of Spies   6. Clouds Of Sils Maria   7. Tangerine   8. Creed   9. Magic Mike XXL   10. Blackhat

Honorable Mentions:  Anomalisa,  Appropriate Behavior,  Call Me Lucky,  Carol,  Danny Collins,  Hard To Be A God,  I’ll See You In My Dreams,  Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck,  Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,  Results,  Ricki And The Flash,  Stray Dog,  Wild Tales  –  BOFCA, 12/04/2015

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CHI-RAQ

Chi-Raq

“At once deeply sorrowful and exuberantly silly, Chi-Raq is a scabrous, sexy musical comedy shot through with an almost unbearable sadness. The majority of the (filthy) dialogue is delivered in rhyming verse, with broad buffoonery bumping up against hectoring sermons and stunning moments of contemplation and grace.” – Movie Mezzanine, 12/04/2015

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