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

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Published on: April 21, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Diese Nacht

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Equus

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

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

Flight of the Navigator

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Last Time I Saw Macao

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Master of the House

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

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

O Dia Do Desespero

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Say Anything

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

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

Went That Day Well?

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Tom Santilli

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Published on: April 21, 2014

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

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

Happy Birthday: Jordan Richardson

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Published on: April 21, 2014

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

You can visit his website: Canadian Cinephile and Cinemasentries.

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

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Published on: April 19, 2014

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 18-20, 2014

Wide (United States)

Bears

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Heaven Is for Real

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Transcendence

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13 Sins

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

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

Fading Gigolo

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

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

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Kimberly Gadette

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Published on: April 19, 2014

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

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

Happy Birthday: Cynthia Fuchs

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Published on: April 19, 2014

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

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

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

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Published on: April 18, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 18-20, 2014

Wide (United States)

Bears

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Heaven Is for Real

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Transcendence

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Limited (United States)

13 Sins

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

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

Fading Gigolo

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Dom Hemingway (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

dom_hemingwayReviews for this film from our members:

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

Reviews: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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Reviews: Bears (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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Reviews: Heaven Is for Real (2014)

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Reviews: Transcendence (2014)

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transcendenceReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/18/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: In fairness and even admiration, it must be noted that it is a film of ideas. It’s just that so many of them are bad ones.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A sci-fi thriller that is carried into our consciousness by Rebecca Hall’s heartfelt and nuanced performance.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a good approximation of Johnny Depp’s career – an intriguing premise gives way to an artificiality that, if not entirely devoid of intelligence, fails to spark intellectual curiosity. He needs a reboot.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: What makes this more disappointing is that its the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister. Absent from TRANSCENDENCE are any memorable visual ideas that would allow the movie to, pardon the pun, transcend its schlocky underpinnings.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Every idea with potential is raised in the first act of Transcendence, never to be heard from again.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The neo-luddite attitude is bad enough, but the movie commits a far worse sin: it’s dull. If only it worked as a schlocky pile of pulp nonsense, that’d be something…
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Equivalent to the interminable time it takes for a webpage to load and then open up to an Error 404, “Transcendence” is a $100-million turkey that never comes close to living up to its name.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Johnny Depp acts like he’s repaying a favor in ‘Transcendence.’
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: If only Wally had shot the film himself!
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: But much like it’s main character, it’s just missing a soul. Transcendence is an example of high-concept ambivalence that falls flat due to poor execution.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than a modern Luddite fable so puerile in conception that it rivals ‘V for Vendetta’ in lack of intellectual depth.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Phil Villarreal @ COED.com

Happy Birthday: Frank Swietek

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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

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

Happy Birthday: David Graham

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Published on: April 16, 2014

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

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

The Grab Bag (Apr. 15, 2014)

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Published on: April 15, 2014

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

Best of Lists

Onscreen Bromances: 5 Best Bud Duos on Film

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

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

Interviews

Frank Pavich on “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

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

Nell Minow @ Thecredits.org

Tributes

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Happy Birthday: Margot Harrison

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Published on: April 15, 2014

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

You can visit her website: Seven Days VT.

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

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Published on: April 14, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

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

Bang The Drum Slowly

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Bold and Brave

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

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

Cairo Road

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

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

Cry Danger

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The Death of Maria Malibran

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Eika Katappa

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Happy Mother’s Day, Love George

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

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

The Immortal Story

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

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

Impact

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Man in the Dark

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Paid

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Run Lola Run

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

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

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Amir Siregar

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Published on: April 13, 2014

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

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

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 11-13, 2014)

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Published on: April 12, 2014

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 11-13, 2014

Wide (United States)

Draft Day

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Oculus

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Rio 2

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Expanding (United States)

The Raid 2: Berandal

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Limited (United States)

Cuban Fury

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …like a new sitcom with a great cast that’s so badly conceived and executed it’s yanked after two episodes. Only the genuine sweetness between Frost and Jones and McShane’s wacky casting make this film remotely bearable.

Joe

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Hank and Asha

[New Today] Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A very imaginative take on modern romance and the yearning of lonely and isolated twentysomethings for an intimate relationship.

Only Lovers Left Alive

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Joe (2014)

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Published on: April 11, 2014

joeReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/17/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: And yet what’s interesting about Joe is that it’s not a total about-face; if anything, the way director David Gordon Green (himself on the up side of a comeback, following the commercial/stoner comedy dregs of Your Highness and The Sitter) uses Cage, and the way the actor modulates the performance, seems a quiet commentary on who he’s become onscreen, and how to draw upon it.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: A low-key but rejuvenated-looking Nicolas Cage cuts an impressive figure as the gruff hero of this muscular and wry small-town Southern noir.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film may take one too many detours on an overly familiar road, but it’s been crafted with real feeling.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Just as Werner Herzog did with his recent BAD LIEUTENANT revision, Green frames JOE in such a way as to harness Cage’s volatility to create a raw, beautifully drawn study of both character and locale.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Joe might be familiar Southern Gothic stuff, but it’s well-told, well-directed, and well-acted. It also doesn’t hurt that Cage redeems himself, reminding us that when he feels like challenging himself there’s still some nuance and subtlety left in him.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: The film’s most effective anchor is not the cinematic aesthetic, however, but Nicholas Cage. Joe provides him with an opportunity to once more put some soul into his work.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A powerful piece of Southern gothic that gives Nicolas Cage his best role in years.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 11-13, 2014)

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Published on: April 11, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 11-13, 2014

Wide (United States)

Draft Day

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Oculus

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Rio 2

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Expanding (United States)

The Raid 2: Berandal

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Limited (United States)

Cuban Fury

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …like a new sitcom with a great cast that’s so badly conceived and executed it’s yanked after two episodes. Only the genuine sweetness between Frost and Jones and McShane’s wacky casting make this film remotely bearable.

Joe

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: A low-key but rejuvenated-looking Nicolas Cage cuts an impressive figure as the gruff hero of this muscular and wry small-town Southern noir.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film may take one too many detours on an overly familiar road, but it’s been crafted with real feeling.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A powerful piece of Southern gothic that gives Nicolas Cage his best role in years.

Only Lovers Left Alive

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Jose Solis

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Published on: April 11, 2014

OFCS member Jose Solis celebrates his birthday today, April 11. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Pop Matters and Film Experience.

Reviews: Draft Day (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

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Reviews: Jodorowky’s Dune (2014)

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jodorowskys_duneReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/10/14] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Frank Pavich’s documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, early on gives some background on the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky before moving on to a film that the man did not make. Perhaps this film is as much a passion project as its subject but it ultimately amounts almost to nothing more than a piece of fluffy fandom.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: like the ne plus ultra of blu-ray extras for a film that was never made.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The most mesmerizing interviewee is Jodo himself who, in his mid-80s, is still a potent force of nature whose mad, animated ravings are infectious and run the gamut from thunderous indignation to wailing lamentation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film is a wealth of anecdotes … told by people who are still enthusiastic about the project and still in disbelief that it failed to come to fruition.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Jodorowsky’s Dune is a engrossing document because it provides the history behind a bizarre movie that never came to fruition. In his fertile and uninhibited imagination, the production becomes sort of a no-holds-barred, anything is possible fantasy with limitless possibilities.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: When it comes down to it, what Pavich has teased out of the old rascal is not just the story of an insane moviemaking vision, but really, a treatise on what it means to create and the powerful aphrodisiac that is the unbridled artistic impulse.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Alejandro Jodorowsky is much more than a mad genius of cinema. The Chilean-born artist/filmmaker who created “El Topo,” the experimental surrealist film that started the Midnight Movie craze in 1970, has lived a life full of such enthusiastic artistic creation that his very existence defies all expectation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A tantalizing taste…of what might have been…even if you doubt that the completed film would have been as remarkable as Jodorowsky and his admirers are inclined to claim.

Reviews: Oculus (2014)

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oculusReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/17/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: While not as frightening or overall effective as “Insidious,” “The Conjuring” or “Sinister,” “Oculus” is still a fun ride for fans of horror films.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The neatest trick Flanagan pulls off is how he cuts between the past and the present until the two timelines dovetail and overlap. But he also telegraphs one gross-out effect too insistently and a death by pottery shard fails to convince.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Discovering the method of this mirror is the film’s central delight.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Oculus is a character driven story shrewdly written and beautifully acted. It’s nice to bask in the sophistication of an intelligently written screenplay that doesn’t depend on jump scares.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Outside of its technical competence and a cool blueprint, though, “Oculus” pales as a horror film from one fundamental problem: it’s never genuinely scary, the intensity factor and number of generated goosebumps never as high as one might have predicted or hoped.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: ‘Oculus’ is like a meal that smells delicious when cooking, but winds up tasteless and bland on the table.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Flanagan’s titillating tale of a macabre and mysterious mirror, traumatic childhood memories and parental abandonment issues just has enough eerie punch to lift this otherwise generic goosebump offering beyond its atmospheric twitching.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: [A] slow-burning supernatural thriller [that's] uneven but genuinely eerie and unsettling.
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