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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Published on: August 18, 2014

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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Published on: August 16, 2014

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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Published on: August 15, 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: 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

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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.

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:

  • [New - 8/14/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • [New - 8/14/14] | 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 - 8/15/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The third movie is more of the same, although it makes some wrongheaded alterations.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … bigger, slicker, better directed that the other installments … In spots it resembles a ‘Fast & Furious’ adventure.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: An Expendable entry, perhaps?
  • [New - 8/14/14] | 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

giverReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/15/14] | Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A cogent morality play about love, memory, and what is needed for a full and rich life.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: feels like a retread of so many films that have come before it, “Divergent” by way of “Pleasantville” topped off with “Citizen Kane’s” talismanic Rosebud.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie appears always on the verge of diving into the workings of this world, but instead, it stands cautiously on the edge.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Giver was a published novel before the recent trend of teenage-focused dystopias (The Hunger Games and Divergent), but it arrives on film after them and comes across as just another cog in the young adult book to film adaptations.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Giver movie is a surprisingly generic addition to the young adult film genre – especially for a story that champions individuality and self-expression.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The Giver might not be as dramatically profound as it wants to be, but it certainly pulls off a tricky feat in portraying a slick, clinical world without the film itself coming off too slick or clinical.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘The Giver,’ like the world it creates, is bland and flavorless.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Far from inspired…devolves into sledgehammer sermonizing punched up with familiar action-movie cliches.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Kent Turner @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Long in gestation, the movie version of Lois Lowry’s trendsetting 1993 novel takes a thoughtful, but not a slavishly literal, approach to the multiplex.

Reviews: What If (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

what_ifReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/14/14] | 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?
  • [New - 7/31] | 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?
  • [New - 8/7/14] | 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 - 8/14/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/8/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

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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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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Happy Birthday: Phil Villarreal

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Published on: August 11, 2014

OFCS member Phil Villarreal celebrates his birthday today, August 11. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: OK Magazine.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 8-10, 2014)

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Published on: August 9, 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. 8-10, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Into the Storm

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Limited (United States)

About Alex

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Deepsea Challenge 3D

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

The Dog

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a fascinating look at one of New York City’s most notorious and unlikely personalities.

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.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A documentary about an arrogant and weird Iranian artist living in exile in Rome.

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: This an extraordinarily singular work about an extraordinary man, both elegiac and rapturous.

What If

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 Today] 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.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Aug. 8-10, 2014)

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Published on: August 8, 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: Aug. 8-10, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Hundred-Foot Journey

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Into the Storm

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

About Alex

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Deepsea Challenge 3D

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

The Dog

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.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A documentary about an arrogant and weird Iranian artist living in exile in Rome.

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: This an extraordinarily singular work about an extraordinary man, both elegiac and rapturous.

What If

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.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Edwin Davies

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Published on: August 8, 2014

OFCS member Edwin Davies celebrates his birthday today, August 8. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: A Mighty Fine Blog, Hope Lies and Box Office Prophets.

Reviews: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

hundred-foot_journey_Reviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Into the Storm (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

into_the_stormReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: 1996′s “Twister” was far from a great film, but at least it had Philip Seymour Hoffman and flying cows. This latest fx extravaganza doesn’t even have sharks
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Steven Quales (“Final Destination 5”) and writer John Swetnam (“Step Up All In”) seem to have started with the concept of a “found footage” disaster movie, and thankfully, saner heads have prevailed. You wouldn’t be able to make heads or tails out of a movie about a barrage of tornadoes shot with cell phones.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s the right kind of dumb—here, the senseless destruction—and the wrong kind—everything surrounding that devastation. The wrong greatly outweighs the right in Into the Storm.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A suspenseful, truly terrifying thrill ride…
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is classier than a SyFy original, but they are not distant cousins; you would think they look alike at the family picnic.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is another found footage failure – a gimmicky natural disaster film that fails to provide exciting tornado action or impactful human drama.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Creates legitimate, grip-your-date’s-leg excitement to turn a blind eye to the scripting issues and stiff, merely adequate performances. Sometimes, particularly in a disaster movie, that is enough.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is Sharknado sans sharks; a Syfy feature masquerading as a Hollywood production, released in theaters due to methodology at Warner Brothers not comprehended by the average cinephile.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: The latest Storm of the Century conveniently doubles as bonding experience and first date … Those looking for airborne bovine a la ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Twister’ will be disappointed.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Sharknado minus the sharks: stormchasers gets more than they bargained for in this SyFy version of Twister

Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

teenage_mutant_ninja_turtlesReviews for this film from our members:

  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles,” “Wrath of the Titans”) competently manages a sprawling, technically complex production, but with no wit, style, warmth or charm. He isn’t helped by the Michael Bay imprimatur that’s all over this heavy industrial exercise masquerading as a movie.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]hese characters are fodder for an effects demo reel.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A large part of the story has nothing to do with ninja turtles, but rather a bunch of human beings that wouldn’t have enough presence to activate an automatic door, let alone occupy the focus of a movie. And the turtles themselves look disgusting, like gooey roided-up hulks impregnated with reptilian features.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: You may not be shouting “Cowabunga” but at least it’s not ‘The Secret of the Ooze’.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I say welcome back to some old friends.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s more relentlessly mediocre and instantly forgettable than a giant disaster, but do the makers really want such a ringing endorsement in the TV spots?
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: It was only last week when Guardians of the Galaxy delighted us all with its wanton folly while reminding us that one doesn’t have to treat the audience like a bunch of buffoons who need to be condescended to in order to snatch some of that sweet cash out of their wallets with as little effort as possible. Of course nothing lasts forever, so it took only a week for the new, Michael Bay-pumped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come along and ruin all of the goodwill set forth by Marvel’s delightful surprise.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Ultimately, Guardians of the Galaxy exists and that’s going to hurt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles more than its flaws
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Michael Bay gets his hands on another beloved property from our childhoods, but as producer of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature his signature influence is somewhat muted. Director Jonathan Liebesman instead delivers a superhero adventure pitched squarely at the kids, with Megan Fox and William Fichtner providing human support alongside a quartet of mo-capped anthropomorphic reptiles, and the results are goofy, juvenile, shambolic, but admittedly quite entertaining.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that is very difficult to like and, at the same time, very difficult to hate. There’s so much wrong with it, yet you laugh and don’t find your mind wandering as with Bay’s other Hasbro enterprise. Dissenters will repel the movie while fans young and old will find something to like. You know who you are.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Another childhood treasure brutally ruined.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Reviews: Third Person (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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The Grab Bag (Aug. 5, 2014)

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Published on: August 5, 2014

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

Best of Lists

Jordan M. Smith’s Best Docs of 2014 So Far

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: To make it a bit easier, I’ve pieced together a lean little list of docu must sees that mix theatrical releases with top festival picks soon to hit VOD and still managed to cut a host of noteworthy titles like the Sundance prize-winner Rich Hill, as well as biggies like Life Itself, Visitors, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Elena, and Alive Inside. So far this year, I’ve seen more than sixty new docs, not including many that were graced with theatrical runs after their festival debuts last year (So, gems like Jodorowsky’s Dune and 12 O’Clock Boys which made last year’s list have been excluded here). Before we look ahead toward the major fall festivals in Venice, Toronto, Copenhagen, IDFA and the like, let’s rejoice in the documentary goodness that already lies before us.

Interviews

“Purple Rain” 30th Anniversary: Director Albert Magnoli Remembers His Rock Movie Classic

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: An interview with Purple Rain’s director

2014 Hot Docs Interview: Jessica Oreck (The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Hot Docs Interview: Robert Greene & Brandy Burrre (Actress)

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2014 Sundance Interview: Andrew Rossi (Ivory Tower)

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2014 Sundance Interview: Jesse Moss (The Overnighters)

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2014 Sundance Interview: Maxim Pozdorovkin & Tony Gerber (The Notorious Mr. Bout)

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AJ Schnack & Nathan Truesdall

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Interview: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Petra Costa (Elena)

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Festivals: General Coverage

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