This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

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Published on: October 31, 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: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Wide (United States)

Before I Go to Sleep

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep isn’t merely bad cheese, it’s Limburger.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A lethargic, very silly would-be thriller…featur[ing] scenes of abuse that are extremely nasty and protracted.

Nightcrawler

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Limited (United States)

The Great Invisible

Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: The Great Invisible occasionally touches on gripping material but leaves too much of the story unsaid.

Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A hard-hitting and illuminating documentary about one of the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

Horns

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Horns will make a fine Halloween date movie for those who steer clear of gore and jump scares but other than that, there is not too much here.

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A near-miss, a supernatural romance-cum-whodunit that strains under the weight of its warring elements.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Extraterrestrial (2014)

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Published on: October 30, 2014

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Reviews: Nightcrawler (2014)

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Published on: October 30, 2014

nightcrawlerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/30/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Dan Gilroy goes for the jugular in his insanely entertaining, disturbing indictment of the media from its insensitivity towards victims to far darker charges. And that’s only “Nightcrawler’s” surface agenda…
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Bloom is the embodiment of the kind of detached anonymity modern times have bestowed on us all.
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It would be comforting to be able to see Nightcrawler as satire … That would be very comforting, indeed.
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Dark and cynical, filled with savage, scathing commentary about our media’s relentless exploitation of violence…
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Disconcerting, unnerving, and darkly, twistedly humorous, “Nightcrawler” unsettles and wriggles under your skin, and it’s your best bet for a ghoulish last day of October at the movies. Jake Gyllenhaal is tremendously chilling.
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: I’m giving you a night crawl…
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Kristy Puchko @ Cinemablend.com
    • Excerpt: Nightcrawler is a joy ride down a path to damnation, it’s exhilarating, disturbing, and brilliant filmmaking. It’s one of the best films of the year. And it’s the absolute perfect choice for Halloween.
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: While there is some solid writing when it comes to the Lou character–and very little when it comes to any other character–it takes a particular screen presence to give such a fictional construct life. Gyllenhaal is fully committed to the role.
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Filmed primarily at night in Los Angeles, “Nightcrawler” feels like a twisted, more engaging, West Coast version of “Bringing Out the Dead.”
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Wants to be cutting-edge, but in the end its creative blade proves rather dull. Still, it’s hard to take your eyes off Gyllenhaal.

Reviews: Ouija (2014)

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Published on: October 30, 2014

ouijaReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/24/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: They didn’t make a fun commercial, they didn’t disguise it as a good movie, they just told us that their product isn’t worth buying. And they made us buy a ticket to find that out.
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Ouija” inarguably suffers from an acute case of horror movie logic. Of COURSE we should wait until dark to go into the haunted basement, particularly when the hostile ghosts in question have a proven track record of draining flashlight batteries and blowing fuses.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This kind of repetitive, transparent deceit is either lazy or cynical, or maybe it’s a combination of both.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Ouija’ – You’ve Seen It Before, But It’ll Still Scare You
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Born out of a desire to explain the seemingly inexplicable, the Ouija board remains enigmatic.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Ouija pulls out a modicum of effective moments. However, unless ticket buyers are horror-movie virgins, no one will be made a chicken of through much of this temporarily startling, though never-chilling exercise.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A threadbare attempt at a frightfest–dumb, turgid and ultimately tedious.

Reviews: Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

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Published on: October 30, 2014

stonehearst_asylumReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/23/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: an injustice to its vintage source material. Anderson can be a director of excitingly high concept, offbeat material, but Stonehearst is too glossy and too lugubrious to consider seriously.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …STONEHEARST ASYLUM is more clever than scary. But there’s a lot to be said for a well plotted thriller in a time when too many horror movies hinge more on shocking their audiences instead of getting under their skin.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Aside from the crucial but completely arbitrary twist at the end, what we see and hear is exactly what we get…
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Mark Harris @ About.com
  • [New - 10/30/14] | Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
  • [New - 10/16/14] | Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Edwardian thriller offers formula instead of vision
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Brad Anderson has made both far better and far worse films and I’d say that Stonehearst Asylum is worth watching, especially if you are into classic horror tales. But the film is limited, refusing to take its most promising parts to the extremes, as its filmmaker has been able to do before.

Reviews: White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

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Published on: October 30, 2014

white_bird_in_a_blizzardReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/30/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Araki pulls off a rather remarkable bait-and-switch here, indicative of a filmmaking sophistication that continues to impress (particularly after sitting through the ugly, screeching likes of The Doom Generation). And Woodley reminds us that she’s not just the hippie queen of YA adaptations, but a bracing actress who’s not averse to taking some gutty risks.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: lurid camp
  • [New - 10/24/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’ Is A Mystery That No One Is Trying To Solve
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: If 2005’s “Mysterious Skin” was his most grown-up film and 2011’s offbeat, defiantly rudderless oddity “Kaboom” had him boomaranging back to old times, then “White Bird in a Blizzard” might be Araki’s most accessible—this is relative—and yet it’s still transgressive and quite haunting.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

The Grab Bag (Oct. 28, 2014)

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Published on: October 28, 2014

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

Interviews

Christian Ditter

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Christopher Kyle and Susanne Bier

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Director, composer and star of “Delicious”

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Após o filme houve um quarto de hora para uma entrevista constantemente interrompida por risos onde se falou de coisas tão díspares como ananases de arremesso e facas afiadas que são apenas itens de amor.

Interview with Rolf de Heer

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Lily Collins and Sam Claflin

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 27, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Conformist

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If Bertolucci’s screenplay, adapted by the director from a novel by Alberto Moravia, is complex and fascinating, it is the visuals of this movie that make the most enduring impression. The cinematography is by the great Vittorio Storaro.

From Dusk Till Dawn

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …a curious failure that has been surprisingly overrated by people who remember the vampire-stabbing fun of the pre-dawn finale, but forget the incongruous and unpleasant pre-dusk sequences.

Goldfinger

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Goldfinger” set in stone the formula for what would become cinema’s longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, “Goldfinger” retains its reputation as the best of the bunch.

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Gene Fowler’s little universe proliferates with ingenious fragments of surrealist destabilisation, which often pack a sneaky thematic wallop.

Madeinusa

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: A drama that’s slow to start, but which gradually drags you in with its rich, imaginary synthesis of pagan and Christian traditions, and with the fate of its quietly sad and oddly named adolescent protagonist.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Mark Hobin

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Published on: October 27, 2014

OFCS member Mark Hobin celebrates his birthday today, October 27. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Fast Film Reviews and SM Radio.

Happy Birthday: Alan Mattli

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OFCS member Alan Mattli celebrates his birthday today, October 26. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Facing the Bitter Truth and The Zurich English Student.

Happy Birthday: Yaroslav Vishtalyuk

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OFCS member Yaroslav Vishtalyuk celebrates his birthday today, October 26. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: VJ Net.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 25, 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: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: We start to wonder if there’s really anything even slightly worthwhile—let alone Very Important—about [this story].

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: On the one hand, it’s well-meaning and high-minded; on the other, it’s obvious and predictable.

John Wick

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

Ouija

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: They didn’t make a fun commercial, they didn’t disguise it as a good movie, they just told us that their product isn’t worth buying. And they made us buy a ticket to find that out.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: This kind of repetitive, transparent deceit is either lazy or cynical, or maybe it’s a combination of both.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘Ouija’ – You’ve Seen It Before, But It’ll Still Scare You

[New Today] Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Born out of a desire to explain the seemingly inexplicable, the Ouija board remains enigmatic.

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Ouija pulls out a modicum of effective moments. However, unless ticket buyers are horror-movie virgins, no one will be made a chicken of through much of this temporarily startling, though never-chilling exercise.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A threadbare attempt at a frightfest–dumb, turgid and ultimately tedious.

Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

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

Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Force Majeure

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

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

[New Today] Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: What impresses most about Laggies is how it manages to be familiar and yet wholly avoid clichés at the same time. Shelton’s film resembles any number of mainstream fish-out-of-water stories, but her easygoing presentation and sharp eye for where the humor goes manages to make Laggies feel fresh.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

[New Today] Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’ Is A Mystery That No One Is Trying To Solve

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: If 2005’s “Mysterious Skin” was his most grown-up film and 2011’s offbeat, defiantly rudderless oddity “Kaboom” had him boomaranging back to old times, then “White Bird in a Blizzard” might be Araki’s most accessible—this is relative—and yet it’s still transgressive and quite haunting.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 24, 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: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

John Wick

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 24, 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: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

John Wick

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Housebound (2014)

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Published on: October 23, 2014

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Reviews: John Wick (2014)

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Published on: October 23, 2014

john_wickReviews for this film from our members:

  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Fast, fun, and with care taken on elements outside of the requisite action sequences, it’s a film that succeeds in generally conquering the fatigue of its own familiarity.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: When Reeves, who seems to be challenging Cruise in the ‘what, me 50?’ do-my-own-stunts department, gets back in gear, he’s like a ghost warrior, twirling, rolling, spinning, stabbing, firing on all cylinders so quickly he’s gone before the bodies drop.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “John Wick” doesn’t have the brains to be a genuine existential film noir, and doesn’t have the heart to do much else. Technically dazzling, emotionally void, “John Wick” is heartless, artless and ultimately an empty-headed glorification of violence with delusions of grandeur.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film is really a study of efficiency—not only in its characters and plotting but also in how its hero works.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘John Wick’ Features A Bunch Of Awesome Fighting…And Not Much More
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: John Wick is a slick, funny and brutally intense flick that does everything it seeks to do just right.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If you want to make a film with Keanu Reeves out for blood, I am all for it, but please, spend the extra four minutes it takes writing your screenplay to give him more plausible motivation than some goons killing his dead wife’s puppy dog present.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Straightforward, bare-bones stuff as the plot goes, “John Wick” embraces the basic, stalk-and-kill structure of a hit list with a knowing sense of humor, full-tilt pacing, and efficient, no-frills plotting. Quite simply, it’s a badass blast.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Dan Lybarger @ ArkansasOnline.com
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: At every juncture, ‘John Wick’ asks “what would be the most awesome thing that could happen here,” and it does that.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: John Wick is the latest in a recent spate of old-men-seek-vengeance vehicles for aging action stars, like the aforementioned Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington movies, or any number of choices Liam Neeson has made since the first Taken. I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb, though, to say that John Wick is my favorite of any of these.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Reeves is at his best – taciturn, athletic, and cool. If you abhor violence, for god’s sake don’t see this movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Efficient and stylish, rattling off genre conventions with aplomb.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Down and dirty revenge flick with a cast of guns that rivals the actors

Reviews: Listen Up, Philip (2014)

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Published on: October 23, 2014

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Happy Birthday: Shannon Hood

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Published on: October 23, 2014

OFCS member Shannon Hood celebrates her birthday today, October 23. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Frothy Girlz and Film Junk.

The Grab Bag (Oct. 21, 2014)

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Published on: October 21, 2014

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

Interviews

After Torture: Kathy Berger talks about working with torture survivors to make Beneath The Blindfold.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

David Ayer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Director David Ayer describes the brain-spilling scene he thought was too violent for his ultra-violent WWII movie ‘Fury.’

Dear White People Writer-Director Justin Simien

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

James Marsden

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Judge Writer-Director David Dobkin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Judy Greer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Don’t worry, Judy Greer had trouble sympathizing with her ‘Men, Women and Children’ character too.

Zane, Writer of “Addicted”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 20, 2014)

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Published on: October 20, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

All That Jazz

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …doesn’t really start high-kicking until the heart attack strikes and Gideon’s anesthesia-induced musical fantasies kick in.

Black Sunday

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Brides of Dracula

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: A fiercely concentrated and lushly executed work of Hammer’s peculiar brand of Technicolor Gothic.

Grace Kelly Collection

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The few times her directors were able to tap into that certain…something true movie stars possess, her visceral effect was palpable. However, as an actress….

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour.Being essentially a film for two voices, Hiroshima Mon Amour lends itself to the monologue or solo recitative.

The Kid

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “The Kid” is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form.

Rubin and Ed

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Crispin Glover playing something very near the Crispin Glover-iest character ever written.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Aiden Redmond

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Published on: October 20, 2014

OFCS member Aiden Redmond celebrates his birthday today, October 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cut the Crap.

Happy Birthday: Sarah Gopaul

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Published on: October 20, 2014

OFCS member Sarah Gopaul celebrates her birthday today, October 20. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Digital Journal and Examiner.com.

Happy Birthday: David Ehrlich

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Published on: October 19, 2014

OFCS member David Ehrlich celebrates his birthday today, October 19. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film.com and Reverse Shot.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 17-19, 2014)

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Published on: October 18, 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: October 17-19, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Best of Me

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Book of Life

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

Fury

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

Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

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

St. Vincent

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

Limited (United States)

Algorithms

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Sight-challenged Indian teenagers push to become championship chess players in this disappointingly slight, surface-dwelling documentary.

Birdman

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Camp X-Ray

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.

Dear White People

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Listen Up, Philip

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: an aggravating, arrogant, and entertaining portrait of the toxicity of ill-suited relationships and the narcissistic danger of letting success consume your livelihood.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [T]he film’s single-minded depiction of Philip’s poisonous personality is almost as fascinating as the character is unpleasant.

[New Today] Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Watchers of the Sky

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: The documentary, ‘Watchers of the Sky,’ examines the history of genocide and the continued efforts of a few individuals to end the cycle of violence.

Young Ones

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Mike Everleth

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Published on: October 18, 2014

OFCS member Mike Everleth celebrates his birthday today, October 18. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Underground Film Journal.

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