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

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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

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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.

Happy Birthday: David Bax

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Published on: September 19, 2014

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

You can visit his website: Battleship Pretension.

Reviews: Are You Here (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: September 18, 2014

are_you_hereReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/21/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Originally titled You Are Here when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, it’s as if the refashioning of statement to question is posed for anyone left in the audience that stayed until the end credits.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Weiner has gathered a cast built for comedy but there’s a breakdown suffered somewhere along the way.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: If you wonder when precisely you should give up hope on Are You Here ever metamorphosing into a good movie, it’s about halfway through when perpetually stoned city boy Owen Wilson chases a chicken around the farm trying to catch it and kill it for that evening’s meal.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It’s fairly certain that while watching it you’ll wish you were somewhere else.

Reviews: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

disappearance_of_eleanor_rigbyReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Them’ is a combination of two other, standalone films, and as lovely as it would be to ignore that fact, the knowledge that the picture was originally something else hangs over it like an albatross. It’s a very good film, but throughout it, its phantom limbs tingle, hinting that it was something much more special before its Frankenstein job.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: One of Best Films of 2014 with its fresh insights into love, loss, marriage, and family life.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Benson’s writing never feels anything but honest down to its smallest details and his exceptional cast is one of the best ensembles of the year.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them does not play fair with the audience or its characters.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Benson shot for the moon with his first feature film, really shooting two and trying to show them back-to-back. A more courageous studio would have given him the chance.
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A compelling, empathetic and perceptive character study, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” actually explores its characters, while being kind to them and still letting life throw them around.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Reviews: The Guest (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

guestReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: the kind of film genre fans endlessly seek but so rarely find in today’s glut of mind-numbingly staged grandstanding.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Stevens is incredibly effective in a role that an actor could easily miscalculate.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: “[C]inema is over, man, and there’s nothing left but a death spiral of sarcastic self-reference reflecting and refracting around a dismal hall of movie mirrors and taunting us with the echoing emptiness our creatively bankrupt souls.”
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: The Guest is a fun, taut thriller that hits where it needs to, keeps up the pace throughout, and should prove more than satisfactory, especially for those of you with a proclivity towards the low-budget exploitation fare of a bygone era.
  • [New - 9/5/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Invite him to stay…
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Adam Wingard pays homage to the horror genre, by adhering to the distinct conventionalities with a tongue firmly in his cheek.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Grade-A trash, an absurdly enjoyable piece of pulp hokum that’s a throwback to some of the best B-movies of the seventies and eighties.

Reviews: The Last of Robin Hood (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

last_of_robin_hoodReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/28/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: While the material is unerringly fascinating and features a trio of notable names, it’s a rendition that feels a bit too polished and hardly as seedy as it should be.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …the shoddy production [the directors] have constructed around their stars undermines a remarkable performance from Kline, who so slips into Flynn’s skin one forgets one is watching an actor playing an actor.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 9/5/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: …a hackneyed script and a low-budget production keep the biopic from being definitive or essential.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Kevin Kline works acting magic here by becoming Errol Flynn after the booze and philandering have taken their toll.

Reviews: The Maze Runner (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

maze_runnerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • [New - 9/18/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aburrido nuevo intento de enganchar a la chavalada con una franquicia de ciencia-ficción nacida de una saga literaria. Puesta en escena correcta, moderna, atormentada, y poco que contar. Si funciona, habrá más; si no, no.
  • [New - 9/19/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: It’s been a while since an otherwise capable, even rousing genre film has been this completely obliterated by its own conclusion.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It essentially just leads us into another maze but it feels like running into a brick wall. That’s entertainment?
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is a film that thrives on its mystery. It’s a pretty good one, too…
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Frantic yet utterly familiar sci-fi fantasy, filled with twists and turns
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: What holds The Maze Runner in standby? We spend most of our time in Jail or Free Parking and are hardly ever running around the game board.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: While a concoction of familiar elements can still work if pulled off with an identity of its own or a fresh thematic point to make, “The Maze Runner” doesn’t have much of either. It has an intriguing setup with impressive production values that leads to a non-event of a conclusion.
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: The Maze Runner smarter than most, thematically interesting, unique enough to make it stand out in a crowded landscape, and this is a franchise you won’t mind coming back to a few more times.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Just another Hunger Games-lite young adult adaptation, or a teenage-skewing episode of The Twilight Zone? The Maze Runner is refreshingly small-scale B-movie that doesn’t bother with the more self-serious aspects of its genre cohorts and instead delivers an engaging little thriller that fully delivers on its Lost-meets-Lord of the Flies premise.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: As far as these sorts of pictures go, it’s not terrible–neither as good as ‘The Hunger Games’ nor as bad as ‘The Giver.’

Reviews: The Skeleton Twins (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

skeleton_twinsReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/12/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: What makes this film work are the performances of former SNL colleagues Hader and Wiig, whose natural bond through good times and bad is one of the best depictions of siblings on screen since “You Can Count On Me,” a film which this one bears more than a little resemblance to.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It seems unlikely that The Skeleton Twins is aiming for something so simplistic, considering how much suffering it packs into the story, but simplistic is what it is.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Proves That Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Are Ready For Prime Time
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Funny, touching, and heartfelt, “The Skeleton Twins” is a fantastic vehicle for its stars, and a moving portrait of the various things family can mean.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Hader and Wiig have made a bold choice for their first major dramatic turn. Their performances as Milo and Maggie allow them to subtly tweak their own comic personas, playing the same basic types that made them famous but more or less showing what they’d be like on their worst days.

Reviews: This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

this_is_where_i_leave_youReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Tracks (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

tracksReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Early on in John Curran’s Tracks, which charts the 2,000 mile journey of Robyn Davidson across the desert in 1975 Australia, you’re bound to ask yourself, “What’s the reason for all this again?”
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The stars aligned for British director John Curran (“The Painted Veil”) and he has created a spectacular adventure story without losing Robyn’s personal, interior journey.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Tracks’ is the expectable chronicle of a young woman’s 1,700 mile journey across the harsh deserts of West Australia with four camels and her dog.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: A career-best performance from Mia Wasikowska
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: An inspirational, rousing watch that makes you feel every step of its gruelling journey.

Reviews: Tusk (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

tuskReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/19/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Congratulations, Kevin Smith. You just killed irony.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …while [Smith's] newest features some wacked concepts, batty performances and a ton of Canadian jokes but…it’s all a bit of a wank.
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Ed Wood has been vindicated, once and for all. Wood made horror movies that were so bad they were unintentionally funny, which is actually more entertaining than “Tusk,” an intended horror comedy that’s neither funny nor frightening.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: For everyone who isn’t in on the joke, the movie an incomprehensible oddity.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | James Jay Edwards @ iHorror.com
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Tusk is a derivative project that should remain as a downloadable podcast. Eccentricity does not automatically equal quality.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Love it or hate it, “Tusk” delivers on its promise and certainly shocks. From its bizarro premise alone, the film has a must-see, “am-I-really-seeing-what-I’m-seeing?” quality about it.

Reviews: A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

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Published on: September 18, 2014

walk_among_the_tombstonesReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/19/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The preponderance of private detective clichés gets in the way of an otherwise interesting foray into the odious garbage disposals of the soul.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Scudder’s a different kind of badass, one who avoids packing heat, favoring the unblinking stare down. Neeson finally gets to add some of his early art house soul to his recent kickassing and it’s a heady mix.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine
    • Excerpt: What a grisly delight, to have the second Liam Neeson film released in 2014 plumb such gruesome depths.
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a serviceable throwback to cult detective thrillers from the 70s like THE LONG GOODBYE or NIGHT MOVES …if you can look past the story’s extremely distasteful elements, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is replete with fine performances.
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie doesn’t dig into Scudder’s character until the final act…
  • [New - 9/18/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ Recycles The Same Liam Neeson Character Into A Paint-By-Numbers Crime Drama
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: This generic, hackneyed film noir – with a frustratingly inconsistent tone – means we may have to wait a while longer for a triumphant adaptation of Lawrence Block’s popular literary creation Matthew Scudder.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: A Walk Among the Tombstones quickly becomes more about the why and the how than the who anyway, and the big climax has enough tension and a few added shocks to keep you on the edge of your seat even after the facts have been revealed.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A moodily effective piece of pulp that moves slowly but delivers some genuinely creepy moments.

Happy Birthday: Pablo Villaca

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Published on: September 18, 2014

OFCS member Pablo Villaça celebrates his birthday today, September 18. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinema em Cena and Sun Times.

The Grab Bag (Sep. 16, 2014)

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Published on: September 16, 2014

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

Interviews

Back in the Habit

Philip Concannon @ The Skinny

  • Excerpt: An interview with Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski

Dave McKean

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Artist Dave McKean illuminates the long process of creating his new film Luna, and wonders whether fantasy has turned into too much of a commodity to be meaningful anymore.

Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The star and director of The Equalizer discuss the film’s biggest explosion and who should playing Washington’s character if they ever reboot St. Elsewhere.

Filmmaker Jen McGowan

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Idris Elba

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Idris Elba explains how wanting his co-star Taraji Henson to shut up improved his performance in No Good Deed.

In Order of Disappearance Interview

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Stefan Pape interviews Stellan Skarsgard for In Order of Disappearance.

Joe and Anthony Russo

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The Russo Brothers offer new updates on Captain America 3.

Taraji Henson

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Taraji Henson reveals how she took her revenge on Idris Elba after her hit her in the face with a gun while making No Good Deed.

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 15, 2014)

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Published on: September 15, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

All That Jazz

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The elevator pitch for All That Jazz was something like The Death of Bob Fosse: The Musical, but it could just as easily have been The Death of the 1970s. This is where all the excess and the partying and the ugliness caught up with a generation.

Around the World in 80 Days

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: How this film won the Academy Award for Best Picture must certainly be one of the great anomalies in the Academy’s illustrious history. Now reflect on the fact that it beat The King and I, The Ten Commandments and Giant and the win seems even more egregious.

Arrowsmith

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Though overly dramatic with some stumbles here and there in terms of narrative cohesion, John Ford’s 1931 Sinclair Lewis adaptation Arrowsmith is a solid vehicle for star Ronald Colman. The handsome actor stars as a struggling, well-meaning doctor looking to be a “hero of health.”

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Forrest Gump

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If you can separate the film from all the cultural baggage that it’s acquired over the past two decades, and approach it with something like fresh eyes, it’s sort of surprising what an odd and risky movie it is. Director Robert Zemeckis pitches the tale as neither comedy nor drama, but as a loose, vignette-heavy mixture of pop history and folk storytelling.

Forrest Gump

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Ghostbusters

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: I still cite Ghostbusters any time I’m asked to list my top movies. I’ll admit my love is influenced by nostalgia, but I find it has lost none of its luster.

Love Streams

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Such is Cassavetes’ jagged storytelling style, however. His narratives are rarely clean, and his expression as ragged as the fashions he outfits his actors in. Hence the choppy nature of Love Streams’ opening scenes, or the disconcerting shifts over time and even reality.

M

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Mating Season

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Mulholland Drive

Simon Miraudo @ Junkee

Obsessione

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The second film version of James M. Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, the film was banned after Mussolini’s son rejected it as not reflecting the reality of the Italian people, and Visconti was forced to turn over all prints and negatives for destruction. We only have this valuable document of wartime Italian filmmaking, as well as Visconti’s pungent directorial debut, because Visconti held back one negative.

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Sep. 12-14, 2014)

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Published on: September 13, 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. 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Dolphin Tale 2

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

The Drop

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No Good Deed

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: No Good Deed clearly tries to capitalize on Elba’s towering sex appeal to justify why Terri endangers her family to a dangerous stranger, but it refuses to exploit him enough to either make its point or at least provide the audience with enough prurient thrills to warrant our time and money.

[New Today] Michael Dequina @ No Good Deed

Limited (United States)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: One of Best Films of 2014 with its fresh insights into love, loss, marriage, and family life.

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Benson’s writing never feels anything but honest down to its smallest details and his exceptional cast is one of the best ensembles of the year.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Green Prince

Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com

  • Excerpt: A real life spy thriller proving the truth is stranger than fiction.

Honeymoon

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Honeymoon is a minimalist, spectacularly acted something-in-the-woods chiller that burrows its way under the skin like a fungus. Good luck cutting it out.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

I Am Eleven

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An entertaining and appealing documentary about the hopes, dreams, and fears of eleven year olds around the world.

My Old Lady

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A well-acted psychological drama revolving around a homeless American, an aged bohemian, and her angry daughter.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Top-notch performances by Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas!

The Skeleton Twins

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: What makes this film work are the performances of former SNL colleagues Hader and Wiig, whose natural bond through good times and bad is one of the best depictions of siblings on screen since “You Can Count On Me,” a film which this one bears more than a little resemblance to.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: It seems unlikely that The Skeleton Twins is aiming for something so simplistic, considering how much suffering it packs into the story, but simplistic is what it is.

Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: Funny, touching, and heartfelt, “The Skeleton Twins” is a fantastic vehicle for its stars, and a moving portrait of the various things family can mean.

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Hader and Wiig have made a bold choice for their first major dramatic turn. Their performances as Milo and Maggie allow them to subtly tweak their own comic personas, playing the same basic types that made them famous but more or less showing what they’d be like on their worst days.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Peter Canavese

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Published on: September 13, 2014

OFCS member Peter Canavese celebrates his birthday today, September 13. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Groucho Reviews, Palo Alto Online and Celluloid Dreams.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Sep. 12-14, 2014)

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Published on: September 12, 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. 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Dolphin Tale 2

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Drop

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: One of Best Films of 2014 with its fresh insights into love, loss, marriage, and family life.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Green Prince

Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com

  • Excerpt: A real life spy thriller proving the truth is stranger than fiction.

Honeymoon

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Honeymoon is a minimalist, spectacularly acted something-in-the-woods chiller that burrows its way under the skin like a fungus. Good luck cutting it out.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

I Am Eleven

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An entertaining and appealing documentary about the hopes, dreams, and fears of eleven year olds around the world.

My Old Lady

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A well-acted psychological drama revolving around a homeless American, an aged bohemian, and her angry daughter.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Top-notch performances by Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas!

The Skeleton Twins

Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: Funny, touching, and heartfelt, “The Skeleton Twins” is a fantastic vehicle for its stars, and a moving portrait of the various things family can mean.

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Hader and Wiig have made a bold choice for their first major dramatic turn. Their performances as Milo and Maggie allow them to subtly tweak their own comic personas, playing the same basic types that made them famous but more or less showing what they’d be like on their worst days.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Mark Dujsik

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Published on: September 12, 2014

OFCS member Mark Dujsik celebrates his birthday today, September 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Mark Reviews Movies and Sci Fi Movie Page.

Reviews: The Congress (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: September 11, 2014

congressReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: September 11, 2014

dolphin_tale_2Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A satisfying continuation of the story of the dolphin with a prosthetic tail that shows that animals have emotions and feel things deeply.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Dolphin Tale 2” is not a kiddie film with annoying animated character, and it gives a chance for some family viewing that the adults can appreciate as well.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Harry Connick Jr. keeps the ship on a steady course as the dedicated scientist and father, perhaps not the signature role he was dreaming of, but one that fits like a wetsuit.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Family film” has practically meant kids and animals since the days of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. “Dolphin Tale 2” doesn’t mess with success.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sensitively splashing, this sequel is family-friendly fun.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A pleasant, innocuous family movie that’s rather short on energy but compensates with loads of earnestness.

Reviews: The Drop (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: September 11, 2014

dropReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Director Michaël R. Roskam (‘Bullhead’) burrows into the neighborhood nexus of crime and the church with a familiarity that recalls Scorsese’s ‘Mean Streets,’ as does the picture’s ear for the music of scrappy, half-heard bar conversations. Roskam’s instincts occasionally fail him — I’m not sure what the hell accent Rapace is doing — but his direction (assisted, in no small part, by Marco Beltrami’s hypnotic score) conveys a sense of unnerving, slowly accumulating dread.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Michael R. Roskam’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Belgian crime drama Bullhead is a double threat: not only is it a sharp, intelligent, and beautifully acted tale of complex, shady morality, but it also includes multiple scenes of the impossibly studly Tom Hardy playing with a cute widdle puppy. I guess Hollywood really has been reading my letters.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s a slow burn crime thriller that doesn’t overstay its welcome and offers the audience a lot to think about without being too heavy-handed.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …it’s Hardy’s incredibly moving performance that lingers most of all.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Not quite a new tale, it’s THE DROP’s strong and subtle performances that elevate it above the average crime story rehash.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What’s fascinating and ultimately frustrating about these characters is how they find ways to talk about anything but what they know to be the truth.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘The Drop’ – This Amazing Movie Is Not Your Father’s Crime Drama
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Suspensefully grittym neo-noir character study, revealing the sleazy underbelly of urban crime drama.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Move over, Uggie! Rocco’s now the top dog.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The Drop‘s most defining characteristic is tension. It’s constant. When Roskam thinks we are maybe getting too comfortable, he throws another curveball.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: May be remembered primarily as the last film featuring the late James Gandolfini, but it possesses a good many virtues beyond his stellar performance.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: At the film’s center is the magnetic Hardy, who portrays Bob as a deferential Working Joe boxed in by untenable, remorseless circumstances.
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