Reviews: Fading Gigolo (2014)

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Published on: April 24, 2014

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Reviews: Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

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Published on: April 24, 2014

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Reviews: The Other Woman (2014)

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Published on: April 24, 2014

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Reviews: The Railway Man (2014)

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Published on: April 24, 2014

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  • [New - 4/24/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: It’s a war movie where the battlefield is one of the mind, and I’m not sure that any effort to film it would ever fully capture the horror Lomax went through.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: It’s dramatic effectiveness is hampered by lack of suspenseful structure and starchy reticence…
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Railway Man will leave a mark on your soul, not only for the brutal barbarity of war but for the sheer power of screen stories.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Almost entirely ignores the amazing aspect of this true story that makes it worth telling, and even the very good performances point us in another direction than the intended one.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: With echoes of Bridge on the River Kwai and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, the WWII POW scenes are easily the most effective aspect of The Railway Man.

Reviews: Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

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Published on: April 24, 2014

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  • [New - 4/24/14] | Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: Relentless, terrifying and fiercely satirical; Wolf Creek 2 is best the horror sequel that this reviewer has ever seen and a high water mark for an already great looking year for Australian cinema.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Discerning horror fans with trepidation about a sequel coming nine years after its predecessor should fear not, as “Wolf Creek 2,” once again, aims for the jugular, the gut, and the spine. We learned what a real knife looked like, and now, this is a knife that’s almost nearly as sharp.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: With apologies to Nicole Kidman and Crocodile Dundee, Australia’s new No. 1 expert is Mick Taylor, the ruddy-faced psycho with muttonchops and snort-laugh
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Happy Birthday: Frank Ochieng

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Published on: April 24, 2014

OFCS member Frank Ochieng celebrates his birthday today, April 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: SF Crows nest and Yahoo.

The Grab Bag (Apr. 22, 2014)

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Published on: April 22, 2014

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

Interviews

Joe and Anthony Russo of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Junkie XL, Composer of the “Divergent” Score

Nell Minow @ Thecredits.org

Richard Shepard on “Dom Hemingway”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Festivals: General Coverage

Trailer and poster for Misconception

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Festivals: Individual Reviews

10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

After a troubled production, Xenia makes it to the Cannes line-up

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Panos H Koutras’ follow-up to festival sensation A Woman’s Way will screen in the UCR section, after having spent months in funding limbo

Awards Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 21, 2014)

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Published on: April 21, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Diese Nacht

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Equus

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: That Lumet’s goals lie somewhere beyond his achievement arguably makes Equus a more interesting film, avoiding the dreary handwringing that could have resulted had he otherwise played it safe.

Flight of the Navigator

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Last Time I Saw Macao

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Master of the House

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: …a charming household drama, a paean to mothers and wives everywhere. It’s sentimental and melodramatic and unashamedly so.

O Dia Do Desespero

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Say Anything

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Just a couple of weeks before Say Anything’s release, Heathers hit theaters (its Queen Bee, Kim Walker, also pops up here as Diane’s air-quoting valedictory rival Sheila), and if that film was a rebuke to the world of John Hughes and an indication of the darker, more cynical tone teen films would take in the coming decade, Say Anything… plays now like the last gasp from that era, a warm and sympathetic portrait of the teen years where everyone, even the grown-ups, transcends their stock type.

Went That Day Well?

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Tom Santilli

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Published on: April 21, 2014

OFCS member Tom Santilli celebrates his birthday today, April 21. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Examiner, The TV King and Tom Santilli.

Happy Birthday: Jordan Richardson

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Published on: April 21, 2014

OFCS member Jordan Richardson celebrates his birthday today, April 21. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Canadian Cinephile and Cinemasentries.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 18-20, 2014)

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Published on: April 19, 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: Apr. 18-20, 2014

Wide (United States)

Bears

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Heaven Is for Real

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Transcendence

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Limited (United States)

13 Sins

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: As a dark and twisted, occasionally tense and cringe-worthy morality-cum-conspiracy ride, “13 Sins” holds one’s interest throughout. Alas, writer-director Stamm and co-writer David Birke push their gimmick so far, while softening the blow in their resolution, that the film jumps the rails.

Fading Gigolo

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Fading Gigolo’s dialogue, situations and jazz soundtrack all scream Woody Allen, but it’s essential sweet sexiness is all Turturro.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Kimberly Gadette

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Published on: April 19, 2014

OFCS member Kimberly Gadette celebrates her birthday today, April 19. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Doddle Me, All Classical and Kimberly Gadette.

Happy Birthday: Cynthia Fuchs

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Published on: April 19, 2014

OFCS member Cynthia Fuchs celebrates her birthday today, April 19. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Pop Matters and Time to Play Magazine.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 18-20, 2014)

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Published on: April 18, 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: Apr. 18-20, 2014

Wide (United States)

Bears

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Heaven Is for Real

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Transcendence

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Limited (United States)

13 Sins

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: As a dark and twisted, occasionally tense and cringe-worthy morality-cum-conspiracy ride, “13 Sins” holds one’s interest throughout. Alas, writer-director Stamm and co-writer David Birke push their gimmick so far, while softening the blow in their resolution, that the film jumps the rails.

Fading Gigolo

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Dom Hemingway (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

dom_hemingwayReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/17/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: In the end, the actual character development becomes a subplot rather than the focus of the story, with the main thrust of Dom Hemingway being a caricature that never goes beyond the set-up stage.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Law conjures a somewhat dim man who yet has quite the way with words, a hair trigger guy who might cry or bite your face off at any given moment. It’s a balls to the wall performance and utterly entertaining.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Self-consciously written and directed redemption saga, it’s certainly not as compelling as other dramas in this British gangland genre.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A funny but uneven story of love, criminal life, and self-reflection.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: When “Dom Hemingway” tries to soften its anti-hero, the film threatens to be a cowardly drag, but when Law is allowed to be a shamelessly blustery and vulgar force of nature without a filter, it’s a rampantly R-rated, rippingly in-your-face romp that’s ultimately hard to resist.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Now here’s the Jude Law who fucked the nanny!
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Though it’s nothing more than a lark, it’s one more engaging than most.

Reviews: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

amazing_spider-man_2Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/24/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Marc Webb presenta el segundo capítulo de su trilogía dedicada al trepamuros en una aventura en la que se ha puesto las pilas en el plano palomitero, pero que sigue trabada por su insistencia en el componente emocional/amoroso. Dos horas y media son demasiadas.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Amazing… or pretty close.

Reviews: Bears (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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Reviews: Heaven Is for Real (2014)

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  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: An affecting, gentle, and illuminating portrait of childhood spirituality.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: it’s less about proving a point and more about finding ways to cope with ourselves when our faith is challenged
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Wallace uses the color blue, low angle shots and a syrupy score to invoke all things heavenly but his visualizations of Colton’s ‘trip’ are downright cheesy, especially the blue-green eyed Jesus who looks like an 80′s pop star wearing purple lace up Jellies.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Here is a strange movie about people of faith who seem to have a difficult time grasping one of the key tenets of their faith.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sensitive, spiritual adaptation of Todd Burpo’s best-selling non-fiction book…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Why aren’t people in this Church more exited? Regardless of your personal beliefs in the afterlife, it seems like this bestseller should have inspired a more uplifting tale.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The movie tells a story with a Christian message without embarrassing God. Unlike the awful God’s Not Dead, which pasted its message to your forehead with thumbtacks, here is a film with good acting, and a true mystery about the existence of the all-mighty. In that way, it plays less like a religious postcard and more like the kind of genial message movie the Jimmy Stewart use to make with Frank Capra.

Reviews: Transcendence (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

transcendenceReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: In fairness and even admiration, it must be noted that it is a film of ideas. It’s just that so many of them are bad ones.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A sci-fi thriller that is carried into our consciousness by Rebecca Hall’s heartfelt and nuanced performance.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: ’s a woefully imperfect movie, but it does look ahead to some brilliant concepts. These concepts are not handled very well, but there’s some great things to be found buried in the film if you care to find them.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a good approximation of Johnny Depp’s career – an intriguing premise gives way to an artificiality that, if not entirely devoid of intelligence, fails to spark intellectual curiosity. He needs a reboot.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: What makes this more disappointing is that its the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister. Absent from TRANSCENDENCE are any memorable visual ideas that would allow the movie to, pardon the pun, transcend its schlocky underpinnings.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Every idea with potential is raised in the first act of Transcendence, never to be heard from again.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Brett Gallman @ EFilmCritic.com
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Middled, simplistic, highly derivative thriller that’s filled with techno-babble and turns out to be terminally boring.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Transcendence is a chore to watch. It’s an overly elaborate, unconvincing, joyless bore.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The neo-luddite attitude is bad enough, but the movie commits a far worse sin: it’s dull. If only it worked as a schlocky pile of pulp nonsense, that’d be something…
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Equivalent to the interminable time it takes for a webpage to load and then open up to an Error 404, “Transcendence” is a $100-million turkey that never comes close to living up to its name.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Johnny Depp acts like he’s repaying a favor in ‘Transcendence.’
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: If only Wally had shot the film himself!
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister decides to take on the realm of technology cynicism in the somnolent sci-fi techno-thriller Transcendence. However, Transcendence feels structurally stiff and artificial without properly conveying its sentient messaging about cyberspace intrigue
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: But much like it’s main character, it’s just missing a soul. Transcendence is an example of high-concept ambivalence that falls flat due to poor execution.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: In spite of its many assorted plot-holes, “Transcendence” is a captivating sci-fi movie, thanks to strong performances by a stable of reliable actors.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than a modern Luddite fable so puerile in conception that it rivals ‘V for Vendetta’ in lack of intellectual depth.
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Although slow-moving and confusing at times, “Transcendence” impressed me as a haunting, thought-provoking sci-fi film.
  • Phil Villarreal @ COED.com
  • [New - 4/24/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Transcendence wants to be a sobering exploration of technology and humanity, but it’s hard to take it seriously given its wooly screenplay, ungainly editing, and laughable cyber-gobbledygook.

Happy Birthday: Frank Swietek

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Published on: April 17, 2014

OFCS member Frank Swietek celebrates his birthday today, April 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: One Guy’s Opinion.

Happy Birthday: David Graham

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Published on: April 16, 2014

OFCS member David Graham celebrates his birthday today, April 16. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Eye for Film and Sphere Magazine.

The Grab Bag (Apr. 15, 2014)

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Published on: April 15, 2014

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

Best of Lists

Onscreen Bromances: 5 Best Bud Duos on Film

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: When two actors with a potent dose of dude chemistry find each other on film, it’s the perfect recipe for guy movie magic.

Interviews

Frank Pavich on “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Henry Jackman, Composer of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Nell Minow @ Thecredits.org

Tributes

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Happy Birthday: Margot Harrison

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Published on: April 15, 2014

OFCS member Margot Harrison celebrates her birthday today, April 15. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Seven Days VT.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 14, 2014)

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Published on: April 14, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.

Bang The Drum Slowly

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Bold and Brave

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Even if The Bold and the Brave might not be good enough to be accorded classic status, it’s worth seeing as a high point in a very long career. In the best of his performances, Mickey Rooney conveyed his own experiences as someone who knew well both the pinnacle of success and the depth of failure.

Cairo Road

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: A worthy deep cut from the archives of British crime cinema.

Cry Danger

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The Death of Maria Malibran

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Eika Katappa

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Happy Mother’s Day, Love George

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The lone feature film directed by TV star Darren McGavin, Happy Mother’s Day, Love George is something of a lost, unpolished gem amidst the enormous panoply of ‘70s horror cinema.

The Immortal Story

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Clocking in at barely an hour, Orson Welles made the film for French television, and it was intended to be part of a longer anthology of Dinesen adaptations…What remains, then, is a short curiosity in the great director’s canon, far from his best work and possibly the most dispassionate movie he ever directed.

Impact

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Man in the Dark

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Paid

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Run Lola Run

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: Stylized within a heartbeat of its life, ‘Lola’ is as proudly and defiantly artificial as Franka Potente’s Strawberry-Shortcake-with-her-head-on-fire dye job.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Amir Siregar

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Published on: April 13, 2014

OFCS member Amir Siregar celebrates his birthday today, April 13. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Flick Magazine and Amir at the Movies.

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