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:

  • [New - 8/14/14] | 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 - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | 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…
  • [New - 8/1/14] | 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.

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 - 8/21/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: both exceptional writing and superb performances elevate this film into an irregular realm of its own.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A remarkable, creative, and thought-provoking drama about treasuring love and sustaining marriage.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: An innovative way to demonstrate how relationships tend to lose their spark over time.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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:

  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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 - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s a sin…
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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 - 8/21/14] | 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

Reviews: The Trip to Italy (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

trip_to_italyReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/14/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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(!).
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.

Reviews: We Are the Best! (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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The Grab Bag (Aug. 19, 2014)

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Published on: August 19, 2014

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

Best of Lists

Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

The Best (and worst) Films of 2014 . . . so far!

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The trend thus far in the year is that indie films seem to be flourishing while Hollywood continues to tread safe waters of brand names and reliable genres. With four-and-a-half months to go, this list will inevitably change.

Getting on Track: Top 10 Films About Trains

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Holy Criminal Reincarnation! : Top 10 Underused TV Batman Villains Repackaged in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Tributes

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Happy Birthday: MaryAnn Johanson

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Published on: August 19, 2014

OFCS member MaryAnn Johanson celebrates her birthday today, August 19. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Flick Filosopher.

Welcome Class of 2014

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Published on: August 18, 2014

The Online Film Critics Society would like to welcome our newest members.

The members of the OFCS Class of 2014 are listed after the break. Included are links to the profile pages here on the site.

Please help us welcome them!

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 18, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Recent Home Video Releases

The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Brannigan

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Divergent

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

A Haunted House 2

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Mr. Majestyk

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Need for Speed

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

The Other Woman

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

We Won’t Grow Old Together

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 15-17, 2014)

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Published on: August 16, 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. 15-17, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Expendables 3

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The Giver

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Let’s Be Cops

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Enthusiastically performed at best and exasperatingly unfunny at worst. Watching it in a theater of smart, discerning moviegoers will be like witnessing the sound of a pin drop or crickets chirping.

Expanding (United States)

Boyhood

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Magic in the Moonlight

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What If

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Limited (United States)

Frank

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.

Jealousy

[New Today] Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Ragnarok

[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

The Trip to Italy

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Matthew Blevins

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Published on: August 16, 2014

OFCS member Matthew Blevins celebrates his birthday today, August 16. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Next Projection.

Happy Birthday: Jeremy Kibler

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OFCS member Jeremy Kibler celebrates his birthday today, August 16. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Kibs Reviews, Festival of Films and Diabolique Magazine.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Aug. 15-17, 2014)

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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. 15-17, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Expendables 3

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Giver

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Boyhood

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Magic in the Moonlight

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What If

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Frank

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.

The Trip to Italy

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Tom Clift

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Published on: August 15, 2014

OFCS member Tom Clift celebrates his birthday today, August 15. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Movie Dex.

Reviews: The Expendables 3 (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

expendables_3Reviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Sylvester y sus carnales siguen a tortas con los enemigos de la libertad en una nueva entrega que sigue entreteniendo como sus predecesoras. Más glorias fílmicas y más autoparodia para una aventura post-añeja.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Where the first EXPENDABLES played like a shaggy, small-scale reprieve from career oblivion for former action stars Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and Jet Li, this one feels like it’s lining up the burial plots. Where the second and best film in the series raised the stakes by bringing in Jean-Claude Van Damme as its villain and Chuck Norris as comic relief, THE EXPENDABLES 3 overplays its hand amassing a cast of has-beens and future never-will-bes of such an unwieldy size that few get a chance at making any kind of impression.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: You know they’re going to make “The Expendables 4.” Call, text, write or email Millennium Films and Nu Image, and insist they make it as a silent movie.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The third movie is more of the same, although it makes some wrongheaded alterations.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: For viewers who enjoyed the first two films, the second sequel, ‘The Expendables 3,’ offers much of the same with a fledgling twist.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s just no point in even bothering. In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of this movie by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad, twisted sort.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Reading the cast list should be the sole arbiter on whether or not you will spend money to see the latest iteration of masculine menopause, of former A-list stars reciting B-movie lines and hamming it up for over the top self-parody.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: There’s not much here to complain about or praise. If you enjoyed the first two movies, all you’ll be looking forward to is the same product with around 20% more action and a Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson boost.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … bigger, slicker, better directed that the other installments … In spots it resembles a ‘Fast & Furious’ adventure.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: No less bombastic than you might expect, but something feels off this time around. It’s neither as bloody as the first one nor as tirelessly self-referential as the second, but rather feels curiously flat and lacking in verve.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: An Expendable entry, perhaps?
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It’s slickly-made and better-produced than the first two films in the series, and that’s precisely the problem: while The Expendables 3 is a better film in most technical regards, it’s lost the goofy charm and rough edges that made the first two movies fun.

Reviews: The Giver (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

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Reviews: What If (2014)

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what_ifReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Yes, you have seen movies like ‘What If’ before, and yes, you will see movies like it again. But when it does what it does well, what’s the harm?
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Some fresh insights and new slants on the pesky question: can a man and a woman be friends and not lovers?
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Another shot fired across the bow at Hollywood’s attempt to kill the romantic comedy genre, “What If” may veer uncomfortably close into some too cutesy moments and scatological bad taste, but it always manages to right itself, buoyed by its charming star pairing of Radcliffe and Kazan.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Trifling and tedious , totally predictable rom-com – not even worth placing on your Netfliix queue.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: What If has modest ambitions and stars you will never get tired of watching, but you’ll leave thinking it could have been a more lasting relationship rather than just a fling.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Back in 1989 after When Harry Met Sally was released, a studio exec probably said, “What if we make a sequel or another rom/com similar to this one?” His partners told him that was not a good idea; too bad that advice did not filter down to 2014.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: 5 stars… one of the best comedies Canada has ever produced.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: With little risk taken, here is a film you’ve seen a million times before, and sadly, will see a million times again.

Happy Birthday: Jason Zingale

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Published on: August 14, 2014

OFCS member Jason Zingale celebrates his birthday today, August 14. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Bullz-Eye.

Happy Birthday: Charlie Juhl

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Published on: August 14, 2014

OFCS member Charlie Juhl celebrates his birthday today, August 14. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Charlie Juhl and Radio St. Pete.

The Grab Bag (Aug. 12, 2014)

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Published on: August 12, 2014

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

Interviews

“Sharknado’s” Thunder Levin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Filmmaker John Alan Simon

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Writer/director John Alan Simon, a Harvard-educated fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, has created the most insightful, thought-provoking, intelligent and faithful rendition of Dick’s work to date.

John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson of “Calvary”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Michel Gondry of “Mood Indigo”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Mike Cahill of “I Origins”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 11, 2014)

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Published on: August 11, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Cleo From 5 to 7

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Considered the “mother of the nouvelle vague,” dating back to her first film “La Pointe Courte” (1954), Agnes Varda broke new ground for the movement in 1961 with “Cleo from 5 to 7,” an unprecedented model of cinematic poetry.

A Hard Day’s Night

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: At a time when Hollywood is finding it more and more difficult to deliver anything fresh, you’re best filmgoing bet is an old classic like “A Hard Day’s Night.” It won’t disappoint you and it might even make fans out of a new generation of filmgoers.

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The Beatles come across as likable and witty. It simplifies their personalities and then amplifies them in short easy to digest sound bites.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Philip Kaufman’s venerable revamping of Don Siegel’s 1956 black-and-white sci-fi horror classic delved deeper into nitty-gritty details of a pod-induced mass transformation of humans into emotionless doppelgangers.

Play It Again – Blue Velvet

Glenn Dunks @ Quickflix

Point Blank

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … packed with classic style and star power, and has the perfect ratio of arthouse cool to gritty action.

The Searchers

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

True Grit (1969)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Demy’s style is pronounced, yet never insistent, blossoming here in a kind of controlled explosion. He pulls a deep sorrow out of this fundamentally romantic tale, toying with our emotions, invigorating us with the rush of love and then letting it slowly leaking out, nearly giving in to despair.

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Jacques Demy’s take on the big American musical, 1967’s The Young Girls of Rochefort, is pure joy. From the first frame to the last, it’s packed with smiles and passion and a giddy sense of its own fun.

Recent Home Video Releases

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