Reviews: Song of the Sea (2014)

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Published on: February 26, 2015

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 12/4/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An Irish folktale about facing our fears, embracing death and human frailty, walking in wonder and returning home as transformed lovers.
  • [New – 2/19/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: [Moore] turns to Irish folklore for his story, incorporating the Pictish markings of stone carvings and shapes from nature into his stunning animation design. ..resembles a mosaic not unlike the Scottish jewelry made from the dyed stems of heather
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Moore’s second film continues his aesthetic style … It’s like a storybook in motion.
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New – 12/26/14] | Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: Even as it entertains increasingly far-fetched detours, the film’s folkloric narrative offers an ideal vehicle for [Tomm Moore’s] pictorial play.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: What makes Song of the Sea so memorable is not just its bittersweet story, nor its rich visual artistry, but the way that everything harmonizes so splendidly.

Reviews: National Gallery (2014)

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Published on: February 26, 2015

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Reviews: Leviathan (2014)

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Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 1/22/15] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • [New – 1/29/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Zvyagintsev builds to a crescendo with the force of an ocean storm…”Leviathan” is a great, literary work of existential despair, as magnificent as its titular creature.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Leviathan’ Is The Feel-Bad Movie Of The Winter
  • [New – 2/19/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: It contains scenes of exhilarating, and devastating power, including a leviathan-like appearance near the end of the devouring jaws of modern machinery. But there are flaws in the storytelling, which can be both disconnected and, at nearly two and a half hours, heavy-handedly drawn out.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Change the things you can, accept the things you cannot, and go to jail and die either way.
  • [New – 1/29/15] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Zvyagintsev is more concerned with letting his audience settle into the lives of his characters than he is the more conventional happenings of the script outline. He lets us discover who Dmitry is and why he’s visiting Kolia and what Kolia is so angry about matter-of-factly, the way we might were we just casually observing.

Reviews: Alive Inside (2014)

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Published on: February 26, 2015

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Reviews: The Lazarus Effect (2015)

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Published on: February 26, 2015

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]t’s not too much to expect that, if a movie is going to ask the big questions, it at least follow through in exploring them with some degree of curiosity.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: The Lazarus Effect’ Should Come With A Do-Not-Resuscitate Order
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Been to hell? Who cares, here’s some jump scares and flickering lights.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The Lazarus Effect isn’t a terrible horror movie, but it’s so by the book, and you see so many ways that it has potential to be much more interesting, that you can’t help but be disappointed by how flat and generic the final product is.

Reviews: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

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Published on: February 26, 2015

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  • [New – 2/26/15] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Hot Tub Time Machine” was one of the genuinely pleasant surprises of 2010. Five years later, a drearily inevitable sequel is hitting screens, and it can only disappoint fans of the original.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]t’s pretty clear that Hot Tub Machine 2 is running on creative fumes…
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Crass, homophobic and misogynistic – pull the plug and empty the Jacuzzi!
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Does all it can to prove Idiocracy is a documentary.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Slapdash, unctuous and wearying, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ is just too much of a numbingly stupid thing. Maybe a hot tub should just stay as a hot tub.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: A second dip sinks like a stone
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Even for a half-assed sequel, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ is incompetent and desperately flails around, not sure what to do.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: Relentlessly pointless, tasteless and desperately attention-getting, this second serving of ‘Hot Tub ‘overflows its witless waters with jerky Jacuzzi-style humor so uninspired in lukewarm laughter that you might consider drowning yourself to save the agony of its time-traveling tepidness.

Reviews: Focus (2015)

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Published on: February 26, 2015

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 2/26/15] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Will Smith, once a brand name, finds himself with something to prove. Luckily, his latest movie Focus proves it — reminding us why he became a star in the first place, and providing a glimpse of where he might go from here.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: Though Will Smith is remarkably well preserved and edging into the suavely mature chapter of his career, his last rated R film was Bad Boys II in 2003, when co-star Margot Robbie was a pre-teen.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Glenn Ficarra & John Requa’s (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) latest is a little bit “Now You See Me,” a little bit “Out of Sight”…a nice bounce back for Will Smith.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In the end, we get the sense that Focus is rigged against us.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Look at the movie poster – that is a 22-year age difference. Will Smith asked himself, “What would Michael Douglas do?”
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Focus is a nimble and gratifying work of escapism, oozing with style and just clever enough to stand out from the pack.

Reviews: The DUFF (2015)

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Published on: February 26, 2015

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie comes across as too eager to prove that it’s hip to the ways of the youngsters these days, and it overcompensates by pounding away at its one note of supposed insight until it just becomes condescending.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Subversively snarky, yet sensitive, updating George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’ with 21st century technology….
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Duff makes timely points about self-love, body image, and modern relationships but falls short of becoming a teen drama classic.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Sharp, snappily acerbic and often laugh-out-loud, keying into teenage anxietes that of self-esteem and how others perceive one’s beauty. Next to clever direction and a script with equal laughs, edge, and sweetness is the film’s secret weapon: the adorable Mae Whitman.

The Grab Bag (Feb. 24, 2015)

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Published on: February 24, 2015

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

Best of Lists

The 20 Most Seductive Scenes in Classic Film

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The 25 Best Films of 2014

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Okay, I know this is a little late, but I my motivation is an effort to be fair. I wanted to see enough really great year-end films that I could put together a Best List that I was comfortable with. In doing so, I found that this was a much better year than I initially thought, so much so that I’ve put together a list of 25 great films rather than the expected ten.

Arresting Development: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

“Killer Instinct”: Top Ten Disturbed Deviants in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

“Not So Live From New York”: Top Ten Worst Saturday Night Live-Based Feature Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Reel Love: Romantic Movies Through the Decades

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle

Interviews

Alfred Molina and Ira Sachs – Love is Strange

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Matthew Margeson, Co-Composer of “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

‘Nightcrawler’ Filmmaker Dan Gilroy on His Oscar Nomination, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Crime Scene Photography

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: “I did not want a character with an arc. I wanted to break as many narrative rules as a could, so there’s no arc, there’s no redemption, there’s no backstory.”

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: Travis Hopson

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Published on: February 24, 2015

OFCS member Travis Hopson celebrates his birthday today, February 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Punch Drunk Critics, Examiner, Blog Talk Radio and Watch Weta.

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