BOFCA AWARDS BALLOT 2018

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1. First Reformed   2. BlacKkKlansman   3. You Were Never Really Here   4. The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs   5. Cold War   6. I Am Not A Witch   7. Shoplifters   8. Can You Ever Forgive Me?   9. Mandy   10. Vox Lux

Honorable Mentions:  Annihilation,  Bisbee ’17,  Black Panther,  Blaze,  Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,  En El Séptimo Día,  Hale County This Morning, This Evening,  Happy As Lazzaro,  If Beale Street Could Talk,  Never Goin’ Back,  Nico, 1988,  The Old Man & The Gun,  Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,  A Star Is Born,  Zama

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VOX LUX

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“But it is in what Dafoe calls this “gaudy and unlivable present” that the film truly roars. Vox Lux is an ostentatious diagnosis of contemporary American malaise, often horrifically funny and excitingly unencumbered by questions of good taste. Or, as I texted a friend shortly after the screening, ‘This movie is kind of an asshole and I think I love it.’” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/14/2018

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

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“A madcap, laugh-a-minute sprint calling out just how unimaginative contemporary studio animation has become. Spider-Verse cheerfully tosses aside the Pixar house style to which most CGI adventures are beholden, indulging instead in wild, expressionistic flights of fancy complete with flying thought balloons, sound-effects text bubbles and narration blocks.” – North Shore Movies, 12/13/2018

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SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN

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”Von Trotta’s beguilingly personal project is a loose collection of conversations about the legendary filmmaker’s life and influence, offering a counterintuitively shaggy portrait of giant renowned for his rigid austerity. There are certainly worse ways to spend an afternoon than watching a bunch of brilliant artists talk about their favorite Bergman pictures.” – North Shore Movies, 12/13/2018

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FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES

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Five Fingers For Marseilles transplants the style and structure of 1960s Italian spaghetti westerns to the shantytowns of South Africa. Cape Town native Michael Matthews lovingly cribs from the Sergios to craft a craggy, gutbucket epic full of slightly silly, mythopoetic grandeur and a tart taste of regional politics. It’s amazing how well some tropes travel.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/07/2018

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ROMA

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“Cuarón always utilizes the longest, most visually extravagant route into even the simplest of scenes, and after a while the self-conscious virtuosity becomes overbearing. It feels a bit like taking an aircraft carrier to go around the corner to CVS. Eventually I found myself longing for a boring old two-shot where people just talk to each other.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/06/2018

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DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES

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“Bloom traces the diabolically brilliant tactics via which this porcine pervert transformed modern conservatism into a billion-dollar grievance industry. It’s basically the opposite of the Mister Rogers movie in that you spend two hours with one of the worst human beings to walk the planet but in the end feel a little bit better because at least he’s dead.” – North Shore Movies, 12/05/2018

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