Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 29, 2014)

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Published on: September 29, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Dragonwyck

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Innocents

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Disquieting, if not necessarily horrifying, THE INNOCENTS is a psychosexual take on THE TURN OF THE SCREW.

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: Wes Anderson’s most interesting and strangest movie.

Macbeth (1971)

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: 1971’s MACBETH is one of Polanski’s most unjustly maligned movies, perhaps because of its unapologetic wallowing in dark themes coming so closely after the murder of Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate by the Manson Family. That it was Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s first and ultimately only venture into cinema may have been another reason.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: This gauzy meditation on sexual repression and loss can have a hypnotic effect on those susceptible to its mysterious moods, while others find it an inconclusive bore. Both sides have an argument, but in general, the good here outweighs the bland.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Stefan Pape

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Published on: September 29, 2014

OFCS member Stefan Pape celebrates his birthday today, September 29. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Hey U Guys, Cosmopolitan, Cine-Vue and Film Uforia.

Happy Birthday: Matthew McKernan

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Published on: September 29, 2014

OFCS member Matthew McKernan celebrates his birthday today, September 29. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film Whinge and Subtitled Online.

Happy Birthday: Maitland McDonagh

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Published on: September 29, 2014

OFCS member Maitland McDonagh celebrates her birthday today, September 29. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Film Journal and Miss Flick Chick.

Happy Birthday: Josh Spiegel

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Published on: September 28, 2014

OFCS member Josh Spiegel celebrates his birthday today, September 28. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Sound on Sight.

Happy Birthday: Marina Antunes

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Published on: September 28, 2014

OFCS member Marina Antunes celebrates her birthday today, September 28. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Marina Antunes and Row Three.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Sep. 26-28, 2014)

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Published on: September 27, 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: September 26-28, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Boxtrolls

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Equalizer

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Limited (United States)

Believe Me

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘Believe Me’ Entertains, Informs, And Enlightens, Without Anyone Realizing It

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Not your typical Christian film: it dares to question the money-making machine that is evangelicalism. But it doesn’t dare question Christianity itself.

Lilting

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

The Little Bedroom

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Pride

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

The Song

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Press materials for The Song describe it as “the sexiest faith-based movie ever.” While that’s technically true, it’s also an incredibly low bar to clear.

The Two Faces of January

[New Today] Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: This remains too much in thrall to its own classiness and literate poise.

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Sep. 26-28, 2014)

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Published on: September 26, 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: September 26-28, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Boxtrolls

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Equalizer

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

The Song

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Press materials for The Song describe it as “the sexiest faith-based movie ever.” While that’s technically true, it’s also an incredibly low bar to clear.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Boxtrolls (2014)

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Published on: September 25, 2014

boxtrollsReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/26/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: If Coraline and ParaNorman feel as cluttered as Henry Darger’s fabled apartment, The Boxtrolls feels like a junk drawer in Terry Gilliam’s office. It’s full of bizarre creations, whimsical notions and strange half-cocked ideas, but they don’t quite come together as a single entity.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Boxtrolls is a strange little movie in love with its strangeness.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: In the stunning stop-motion animation ‘The Boxtrolls,’ the title characters may look evil, but the real monsters are revealed to be the ambitious and greedy townspeople.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Spooky and surreal, it’s an emotionally resonant, steampunk fantasy.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: When a soulless corporate product like Planes: Fire and Rescue sputters, it’s barely worth a shrug. When a handcrafted labor of love like The Boxtrolls goes bad, it’s a tragedy.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Boxtrolls is a gorgeous film showing off an original story and introduces us to a new world full of wonderful characters.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: As a comedy of manners and little, sharp-toothed gremlins making the most unconventional familial unit, “The Boxtrolls” has imagination, heart, morals and a mind that thinks outside of, if you will, the box from homogenized animated fare.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend
    • Excerpt: Lush with texture, details, and jokes, The Boxtroll is a feast for the eyes as well as a jaunty ride. Between its lively and colorful world, its rousing story, adorable heroes, willful silliness and daring The Boxtrolls isn’t just a superb movie for the whole family, it’s the best animated film of the year.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This isn’t the best animated film of the year (sorry, The Lego Movie still holds that title for me), but this is effective, entertaining and enjoyable family fare, even if its not all that ground-breaking.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | c Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: This animated 3D children’s picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Though it’s more than a mite chilly emotionally, it compensates with some understated British wit and a typically good moral.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Laika’s third feature film generally lives up to its antecedents in terms of visual splendor, ghoulish wit, and thematic sophistication.

Reviews: The Equalizer (2014)

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Published on: September 25, 2014

equalizerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/25/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Fuqua reunites with his ‘Training Day’ star Denzel Washington and further strips down a premise that’s already pretty spare to begin with. What’s left is so thin and empty, a cloud of vapor would feel more substantial in comparison.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Washington’s undeniable star presence gives this all a little more gravitas than the script probably deserves. The result may be cartoonish, but entertaining at least. Does it need to be said that the denouement sets up for a sequel?
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he buildup is superior to the payoff.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Denzel Washington is ‘The Equalizer,’ a vigilante confined to a tiresome narrative in which he tries to eradicate crime from his Boston neighbourhood.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Yet another artifact of the long stagnation of Hollywood, which has been remaking the same movies over and over and over again for the past 30 years.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The script is top-notch, the score is impressive, the acting is effective, all in all, The Equalizer is a great action thriller.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The Equalizer is still just a revenge picture—a very, very violent and stylish one—but helps create the illusion that it’s more than just Denzel Washington teaching corrupt pigs lessons, kicking Russian mob ass and not wasting time to take names. Even as just that, it’s a blast.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: while there’s nothing particularly interesting happening on the surface level of “The Equalizer,” a subtext of strangeness runs below the action, and hanging over the top there’s such an insane, action genre one-upsmanship going on that it’s difficult not to be engage and even harder to look away.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: All things being equal…
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The Equalizer suggests that the line between a “Denzel Washington film” and a “Liam Neeson movie” is slowly becoming a fine one.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: While affectionate in its conventionality, this film grows absurd and nonsensical, saved from being a complete disaster only by the engaging, charismatic Denzel Washington.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Seems to beg for a ‘used’ label, not primarily because it’s based on an old TV show, but because it stubbornly embraces the tired tropes of every dumb action movie Hollywood’s ever made.

Reviews: Honeymoon (2014)

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Published on: September 25, 2014

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Reviews: My Old Lady (2014)

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Published on: September 25, 2014

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Happy Birthday: James Berardinelli

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Published on: September 25, 2014

OFCS member James Berardinelli celebrates his birthday today, September 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Reel Views.

Happy Birthday: Calum Marsh

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Published on: September 24, 2014

OFCS member Calum Marsh celebrates his birthday today, September 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film.com, Esquire and Village Voice.

Happy Birthday: John P. McCarthy

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Published on: September 24, 2014

OFCS member John P. McCarthy celebrates his birthday today, September 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: America Magazine and Catholic News.

Happy Birthday: James Jay Edwards

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Published on: September 24, 2014

OFCS member James Jay Edwards celebrates his birthday today, September 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film Fracture.

Happy Birthday: David Nusair

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Published on: September 24, 2014

OFCS member David Nusair celebrates his birthday today, September 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Reel Film Reviews.

The Grab Bag (Sep. 23, 2014)

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Published on: September 23, 2014

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

Interviews

Cary Elwes on “The Princess Bride”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Dan Stevens, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett on “The Guest”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

The Guest – Dan Stevens, Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Liam Neeson

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Liam Neeson for his role in A Walk Among the Tombstones.

The Maze Runner – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario & Will Poulter

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Mike Nelson of Rifftrax

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff of “Dolphin Tale 2?

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Pawel Pawlikowski on Ida

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

Philip Elliott Hopkins, founder of The Film Detective, Rockport, Mass.

Phil Hall @ Business-Superstar.com

  • Excerpt: An interview with the creator of a new DVD label speciaizing in classic and cult flicks

Terry Gilliam

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Terry Gilliam discusses the big ideas in The Zero Theorem and The Church of Batman the Redeemer.

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: Kevin A. Ranson

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Published on: September 23, 2014

OFCS member Kevin A. Ranson celebrates his birthday today, September 23. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Movie Crypt.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 22, 2014)

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Published on: September 22, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The African Queen

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There is something delightful in seeing two great actors play to and against type.

Belle de Jour: Bunuel’s Masterpiece

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: Belle de Jour is Bunuel”s most accessible and populr film, a highlight of his career as well as landmark of Surrealist Cinema

Cinema Paradiso

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Cinema Paradiso es una película tierna, nostálgica, y divertida.

A Hard Day’s Night

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The spirit embodied by Lester’s Beatles was welcoming, and it wasn’t about chronological age: it was about choosing “parading” over propriety.

Phantom of the Paradise

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Made in the heart of the midnight movie craze, when directors were free to take (relatively) big budgets and take crazy chances with them, De Palma included a number of stylistically off-balance scenes that surely would have been excised, to ‘Phantom”s detriment, in a less forgiving film era.

Sweet Smell of Success

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Sweet Smell of Success is an angry film, brilliant, but highly cynical, reflecting the moral morass that the characters in this demimonde of nightclubs and backroom deals to get a line in a newspaper column work in.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Simon Howell

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Published on: September 22, 2014

OFCS member Simon Howell celebrates his birthday today, September 22. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Sound on Sight.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Sep. 19-21, 2014)

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Published on: September 20, 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: Sep. 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Maze Runner

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

This Is Where I Leave You

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Tusk

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A Walk Among the Tombstones

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Limited (United States)

20,000 Days on Earth

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Goth rocker turned postmodern bluesman Nick Cave turns himself inside-out for this transformative, electrifying documentary about the dark and often mundane wizardry of creativity.

The Guest

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Tracks

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The Zero Theorem

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Chuck Bowen

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Published on: September 20, 2014

OFCS member Chuck Bowen celebrates his birthday today, September 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Slant Magazine.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Sep. 19-21, 2014)

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Published on: September 19, 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: Sep. 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Maze Runner

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

This Is Where I Leave You

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Tusk

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

A Walk Among the Tombstones

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

20,000 Days on Earth

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Goth rocker turned postmodern bluesman Nick Cave turns himself inside-out for this transformative, electrifying documentary about the dark and often mundane wizardry of creativity.

The Guest

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Tracks

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Zero Theorem

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Matt Brown

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Published on: September 19, 2014

OFCS member Matt Brown celebrates his birthday today, September 19. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Twitch Film and Mamo.

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