Happy Birthday: Kristen Lopez

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Published on: September 1, 2014

OFCS member Kristen Lopez celebrates her birthday today, September 1. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Journeys in Classic Film, Enewsi, Awards Circuit, Cinema Sentries and Classic Flix.

Happy Birthday: Josh Ralske

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Published on: September 1, 2014

OFCS member Josh Ralske celebrates his birthday today, September 1. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Critical Mob and RR.com.

Happy Birthday: Jonathan Richards

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Published on: September 1, 2014

OFCS member Jonathan Richards celebrates his birthday today, September 1. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Jon Richards’ Place.

Happy Birthday: Frederic Brussat

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Published on: August 31, 2014

OFCS member Frederic Brussat celebrates his birthday today, August 31. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Spirituality and Practice.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 29-31, 2014)

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Published on: August 30, 2014

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: August 29-31, 2014

Wide (United States)

As Above / So Below

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: As Above So Below earns its trek into the supernatural realm by creating a sense of dread for the natural one.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘As Above/So Below’ Makes Up For Its Contrivances With Some Freaky Scares

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: As with so many horror movies, the setup is entrancing and it’s the payoff which is hugely anticlimactic.

The November Man

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Limited (United States)

Life of Crime

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The Notebook

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: A foreboding buzz promises an ever threatening violence, and danger seems to lurk in the corners of the frame at nearly every turn. -

Starred Up

[New Today] Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend

  • Excerpt: It’s a supreme work of suspense set alight by fearless and flawless performances.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Aug. 29-31, 2014)

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Published on: August 29, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: August 29-31, 2014

Wide (United States)

The November Man

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Life of Crime

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Life of Crime (2014)

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Published on: August 28, 2014

life_of_crimeReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/29/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Like the shard of the marmalade jar that gets lodged in Aniston’s foot early on, Life of Crime lets sugar seep into where it could be pouring salt.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Schechter’s done a great job corralling the country clubs, Cadillacs, Colonials, Caribbean condos and costumes of the 1970s but its his cast that really makes his adaptation sing.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: easily the best Leonard adaptation since Out of Sight
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Set aside the lineage, and it’s a solid crime film with an excellent cast. Don’t pass it by.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Life of Crime has all the ingredients to be a successful, darkly funny crime caper, but despite its parts, it never adds up to anything.

Reviews: The November Man (2014)

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Published on: August 28, 2014

november_manReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …an OK time passer.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: From the eastern European locations to Marco Beltrami’s score, “The November Man” has a major case of Bourne envy. It doesn’t really have the budget for the gigantic, action set pieces that are one of the hallmarks of the Bourne movies, and so director Roger Donaldson ups the ante on the violence, which is the primary reason for the movie’s well-deserved R rating.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There is a great amount of confusion about the central character in The November Man, which is quite at odds with the character himself.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Slick ‘n’ sturdy, stumbling only occasionally….
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Will give you your spy thriller fix but nothing else. Treads in the safe waters of spy films past rather than exploring any new territory.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: In a genre where smarts and thrills are pivotal, The November Man delivers only routine (and uninspired) spy drama.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: There’s nothing egregiously wrong with “The November Man,” but there’s nothing particularly remarkable about it, either.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The kind of thing you probably won’t watch again, but that you don’t mind having watched the first time, because, hey, at least it delivered what it promised.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A pastiche of old-fashioned espionage cliches, clumsily stitched together and even more ineptly executed.

Happy Birthday: Robert Humanick

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Published on: August 27, 2014

OFCS member Robert Humanick celebrates his birthday today, August 27. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Projection Booth and Slant Magazine.

The Grab Bag (Aug. 26, 2014)

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Published on: August 26, 2014

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

The 45 Greatest Concert Movies of All Time

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In honor of Woodstock’s 45th anniversary, we rounded up the 45 best examples of the concert movie genre.

Interviews

Daniel Radcliffe Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Daniel Radcliffe for his role in What If

Emily Browning Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Emily Browning for her role in God Help the Girl

Fabrice du Welz on Calvaire, Vinyan and Alleluia

Anton Bitel @ Film4.com

John McNaughton on ThE HARVEST

Anton Bitel @ Film4.com

Luc Besson Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Interview with Luc Besson for his latest feature film, Lucy

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Eva Green

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Thomas Carter on “When the Game Stands Tall”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Till Kleinert on THE SAMURAI

Anton Bitel @ Film4.com

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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Happy Birthday: Eric D. Snider

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Published on: August 26, 2014

OFCS member Eric D. Snider celebrates his birthday today, August 26. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Eric D. Snider, Movie BS, Movies.com, Pajiba, Twitch Film and Film.com.

Happy Birthday: Felix Vasquez Jr

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Published on: August 26, 2014

OFCS member Felix Vasquez jr. celebrates his birthday today, August 26. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinema Crazed and What Culture.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 25, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Big Sleep

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Big Sleep, as its weird, pithily poetic title suggests, is far from realistic. It is indeed one of the most fervently delirious works from classic Hollywood.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Call Her Savage

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

The Children’s Hour

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: This may be Audrey Hepburn’s finest dramatic performance. She offers strength and sympathy, but also heartbreak.

City Lights

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: It’s a Classic Film, and Chaplin deserves his spot in the pantheon of comics.

Donkey Skin

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Stylistically, Donkey Skin is fascinating. Demy establishes a kind of shabby chic.

Marty (1955)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Unforgiven

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The only western that Audrey Hepburn ever made, The Unforgiven pairs the actress with co-star and producer Burt Lancaster and legendary director John Huston for a decent if not dazzling cowboy drama.

The Wind Will Carry Us

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: As with most of Abbas Kiarostami’s signature work, it’s as inscrutable as it is involving, relying on the audience’s powers of observation as much as that of the auteur.

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 22-24, 2014)

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Published on: August 23, 2014

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Aug. 22-24, 2014

Wide (United States)

If I Stay

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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When the Game Stands Tall

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Every personal setback, medical emergency, or tragedy is just what happens in between one season, game, or practice and the next.

[New Today] Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Imagine an entire season of side plots from Friday Night Lights shoved into two hours and you will have a good feel for this movie.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Workmanlike rather than inspired…well-intentioned but heavy-handed.

Expanding (United States)

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Apart from one element it’s a thoroughly likable, though hardly overwhelming, travelogue.

Limited (United States)

14 Blades

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: 14 Blades will most likely only entertain its core audience of martial arts aficionados. But kudos to anyone who can recall the intended purpose for each blade.

Are You Here

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Originally titled You Are Here when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, it’s as if the refashioning of statement to question is posed for anyone left in the audience that stayed until the end credits.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: It’s fairly certain that while watching it you’ll wish you were somewhere else.

Love Is Strange

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The One I Love

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To Be Takei

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: If you don’t know George Takei, and you will never be asked to come over to his house for tea and a pleasant conversation, then To Be Takei is probably the next best thing.

Kristy Puchko @ CinemaBlend.com

  • Excerpt: To Be Takei is radiant with the joy of the man has captured the hearts and imaginations of untold fans. It left me smiling ear to ear, and with some serious food for thought.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Norm Schrager

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Published on: August 23, 2014

OFCS member Norm Schrager celebrates his birthday today, August 23. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Meet in the Lobby and Paste Magazine.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Aug. 22-24, 2014)

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Published on: August 22, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Aug. 22-24, 2014

Wide (United States)

If I Stay

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

When the Game Stands Tall

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Every personal setback, medical emergency, or tragedy is just what happens in between one season, game, or practice and the next.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Workmanlike rather than inspired…well-intentioned but heavy-handed.

Expanding (United States)

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Apart from one element it’s a thoroughly likable, though hardly overwhelming, travelogue.

Limited (United States)

14 Blades

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: 14 Blades will most likely only entertain its core audience of martial arts aficionados. But kudos to anyone who can recall the intended purpose for each blade.

Are You Here

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Originally titled You Are Here when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, it’s as if the refashioning of statement to question is posed for anyone left in the audience that stayed until the end credits.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: It’s fairly certain that while watching it you’ll wish you were somewhere else.

Love Is Strange

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The One I Love

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To Be Takei

Kristy Puchko @ CinemaBlend.com

  • Excerpt: To Be Takei is radiant with the joy of the man has captured the hearts and imaginations of untold fans. It left me smiling ear to ear, and with some serious food for thought.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Dog (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

dogReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/8/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a fascinating look at one of New York City’s most notorious and unlikely personalities.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The documentary, directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, is the study of a man in love with his own legend.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Dog’ is the compelling and blunt portrait of an alpha male who gained notoriety when he attempted to rob a bank to finance his lover’s sex-reassignment surgery in 1972.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries
    • Excerpt: Wojtowicz’s story is fascinating, but the flaw of a documentary with one predominant voice is bias smothers the filmmakers’ intention of burrowing under the surface.

Reviews: Frank (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

frankReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a funny, goofy movie with some serious things to say about art and madness, band dynamics, broken dreams and selling out.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Frank’ Is The Role Of A Lifetime…For Someone…
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Frank’ is the captivating portrait of a unique singer who leads his band’s unusual creative process from the inside of a huge, fake head.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Frank is definitely an odd little film with a sensibility that will charm some and irk others.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An askew, bitter dramedy of artistic pretension and creative desperation that has something sneakily marvelous to say about what it takes — and what it doesn’t — to be an artist.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan have something to say about the lines of art and commerce, as well as genius and insanity, and wrap both comments into a bizarro road picture that carves its own tonally controlled route with dark, sometimes broad humor and dark, sad character layers.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Frank has nothing interesting in it and it isn’t as funny or as emotionally involving as it might think it is – assuming any thought went into it whatsoever. Taken as a whole, it is just gibberish, unfocused and annoying.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Reviews: If I Stay (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: Land Ho! (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

land_hoReviews for this film from our members:

  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Katz’s team-up with Martha Stephens (she made 2012’s Pilgrim Song, which I have not seen), Land Ho!, is full of respectable filmmaking acumen but contains none of the quirk that makes a movie rise above mere time-passing. It’s a pleasant enough experience on the surface but its lack of identity leaves a void into which rushes, whether intentionally or not, some of the more regrettable aspects of its lead characters.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A wonderful and quirky film about two quite different seventy-somethings and their adventures during a trip to Iceland.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This intermittently funny, sometimes touching tale of two senior citizens who seize the day when they’re not getting on each others nerves is most consistent as an Icelandic travelogue.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: LAND HO! never gets over-sentimental nor does it indulge in the kind of slapstick humor one would see in a geezer comedy like GRUMPY OLD MEN. Instead, the exploration of Iceland’s solitary alien landscape serves as an apt metaphor for our inquest into the inner life of these forever young old-timers.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A charming comical confection and en enticing Islandic travelogue…
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: In Land Ho!, two elderly gentlemen travel across Icelandic landscapes but fail to mold a corresponding story. They are merely on a documented trip with some amusing conversations.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: With plenty of laid-back charm and the easy pace of a couple of old guys with nothing particular to do and nowhere special to go, this geriatric buddy comedy falls somewhere between a slick home movie and an unpretentious indie road movie.

Reviews: Love Is Strange (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: The One I Love (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

one_i_loveReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/28/14] | Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: … [a] willowy and romantic science-fiction two-hander with a Twilight Zone twist about a couple with marriage problems whose sojourn at a therapeutic retreat takes a quirky turn.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: both exceptional writing and superb performances elevate this film into an irregular realm of its own.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A remarkable, creative, and thought-provoking drama about treasuring love and sustaining marriage.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: One stunning location, two main stars, family ties and a script that is a narcissistic science fiction twist on 1945′s Dorothy McGuire and Robert Younger starrer “The Enchanted Cottage” is the means to a clever directorial debut by Charlie McDowell…
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is smart filmmaking, not only for the inventiveness of Lader’s central conceit but also for the dexterity from all involved to keep it grounded in reality.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: An innovative way to demonstrate how relationships tend to lose their spark over time.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The One I Love has an inspired conceit that depends all on the element of surprise and its insight into interpersonal relationships. 
  • Kristy Puchko @ CinemaBlend.com
    • Excerpt: It’s happened to all of us. Everyone is raving about a movie with a “big twist.” You totally mean to see it. And right before you do, some jackass accidentally drops the bomb.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: An indie with an intriguing premise, The One I Love is a smart and surprising take on the romantic comedy. The script by Joe Lader adds an interesting dimension to the set-up of a troubled couple on a weekend retreat, one that the trailer only hints at and that I’ve seen other venues treat as a spoiler.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Uses what initially seems a slight, even ludicrous conceit to treat of deeper relationship issues in an intelligent, sophisticated way.

Reviews: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

sin_city_a_dame_to_kill_forReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: In a sense, the film is much like Ava. I know it’s bad (or at least flawed) and yet I can’t help being seduced by it. The black and white with flashes of color is intoxicating, and now and then the clipped hardboiled dialogue sounds like poetry, but the parts are better than the whole.
  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ is, side by side, pretty much as good and as bad as the original, and it has most of the same problems. It’s all style and no substance, and said style springs from mere quotation of half-heard noir tropes — trafficking in clichés, rather than putting a spin on them.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: there’s one camp performance in particular that’s powerful enough to warrant the entire tent.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The stories are obviously sad but the storytelling is obviously fun, and yet they work at odds with each other instead of striking a meaningful contrast to present a valid point. Unless the point is to say that the audience is just as vile Sin City’s villains and victims for taking pleasure in of all this mayhem, but even then, whose fault is that?
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: more of a pictorial companion piece to a graphic novel than a movie, leading one to wonder why Miller doesn’t just employ Rodriguez as a photographic panel artist – all we’d be missing is Green’s gravelly purr.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a very expertly realized paean to a gritty kind of bygone glamour film blessed with a watershed performance by the talented Eva Green.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: There is nothing wholesome about “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” but this is a triumph of style over substance that gloriously captures the sick, seductive beauty of the gutter, blood and a whore’s lipstick reflected the same color on rain-slick streets.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [E]ven though Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn’t as effective as its predecessor, it is still a worthy trip to a brutal and exciting world.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Visually stunning but emotionally lifeless…
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: So utterly bereft of substance, as to offend the basic requirements of storytelling. It perverts the very idea of entertainment.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Sin City was such a game-changer that it’s disappointing Rodriguez doesn’t try to break new ground with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The story lines are a notch below the original, but the dialogue is just as ripe.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a jumbled but still enjoyable followup that, for most moviegoers, arrives on the scene too late.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Take away the style and what do we really have? Gratuitous female nudity, leaden blows to the head, and so many decapitations that you will lose track, yes, but that’s why the first “Sin City” exists.
  • Piers Marchant @ sweet smell of success
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s a sin…
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Sin City is by no means a place you’d wish to book a family holiday, but 102 minutes immersed in this melancholic world does just the trick.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The problem with the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is that it offers almost nothing new. It repeats the tone and broken narrative of the original without that film’s energy. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the visual trickery but when you try to give a rip about anything else, the movie – at about 2 hours – wears out its welcome around the 45 minute mark. Like the original, this film is a series of stories both in short and long form, but this time they’re hard to care about.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: …this 2014 followup does such a good job recreating the look and feel of the surprise 2005 hit, right down to renovating the rapidly aging faces of Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis to the point where they’re indistinguishable from their decade-younger selves, that you could edit the stories from ‘A Dame to Kill For’ into the original ‘Sin City’ and never notice the difference.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: For this viewer, once around the block was more than enough for Rodriguez’s vacuous explosion of comic-book flamboyance, extremely scantily-dressed females, ludicrously hardboiled dialogue and ultra-pulpish mayhem
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film cribs slavishly from the aesthetic and compositions of Miller’s comics, but it nonetheless feels gleefully cinematic.

Reviews: The Trip to Italy (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: August 21, 2014

trip_to_italyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: We get more Michael Caine impersonations with garbled “Dark Knight” Christian Bale and Tom Hardy takes…While this sounds like recycling, some of it is side splitting, as is quick-witted punning on such things as a woman’s gait and kumquats(!).
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In The Trip to Italy, it feels as if they’re simply doing a routine, and it’s the same shtick we’ve already seen.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Trip to Italy is just an assault of laughs, whether it’s duelling impressions, sketches or bickering. However, it’s in that vulnerable state, when your face is sore from laughter and your ears are reverberating with Michael Caine’s voice that Winterbottom torpedos you with emotional truths. The people you love should keep you grounded, tease you incessantly and dwarf your accomplishments; because they know it makes you better.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The transplant to Italy has not made this Trip any less amusing, but Witerbottom takes full advantage of the country’s cinematic history. There are references to several famous films set in Italy, with an emphasis on those with bittersweet and unhappy endings.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: If the prospect of dueling Michael Caine imitations amid picture postcard scenery sounds charming, the film will likely prove to be an unassuming summer diversion.

Reviews: We Are the Best! (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: August 21, 2014

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