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This Week, Part 1 (Aug. 28-30, 2015)

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. 28-30, 2015

Wide (United States)

No Escape

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We Are Your Friends

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Limited (United States)

Queen of Earth

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The Second Mother

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A splendid and engaging morality play about class warfare and the challenges and disappointments of parenting.

Turbo Kid

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Z for Zachariah

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A futuristic story about three people struggling to survive in a world they could never have imagined.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Subtle post-apocalyptic survival tale that revels in its minimalist simplicity…

Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online

  • Excerpt: If I tell you “Z for Zachariah” is a post-apocalyptic love-triangle drama, you may presume it’s some sort of half-cocked “Hunger Games” rip-off. But resist that urge, because this stealthy indie is nothing you’d expect and so uniquely thrilling that it’s worth seeking out.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Stephen Silver

OFCS member Stephen Silver celebrates his birthday today, July 28. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Technologytell.

Reviews: Cut Bank (2015)

cut_bankHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

Reviews: Queen of the Earth (2015)

queen_of_earthHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • [New – 8/23/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: this dual character study, featuring a balls out performance from Moss and an eerie one from Waterston feels like so many other movies, everything from “3 Women” to “Your Sister’s Sister” to “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Repulsion,” yet defies coming into its own focus.
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: this dual character study, featuring a balls out performance from Moss and an eerie one from Waterston feels like so many other movies, everything from “3 Women” to “Your Sister’s Sister” to “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Repulsion,” yet defies coming into its own focus.
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
    • Excerpt: This is a difficult and finely sustained work of psychological observation, diving into miserable depths of pity, ego, and insecurity with a shifty but unblinking thriller’s eye for dread.
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension
    • Excerpt: After the breakout success of Listen of Philip, I’ve seen some consider Queen of Earth to be a minor entry in Alex Ross Perry’s burgeoning career. Sure, the film is small in scope, but it is complex and satisfying on multiple levels.

Reviews: We Are Your Friends (2015)

we_are_your_friendsHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • [New – 8/27/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: will invariably draw comparisons to “Entourage”…but it has a few interesting things to say about reaching for success while staying true to oneself and it’s told with some real pizzazz.
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: We Are Your Friends tells a routine story, but it tells that story with flashes of insight and admirable conviction.
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The story of the little DJ that could shows remarkable visual creativity from director Max Joseph and avoids just enough tried and true coming of age clichés to provide a genuinely good time in the theater.
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Hey, Mr. DJ. Put a record on.
  • [New – 8/27/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Despite being jazzed up with woozy camerawork, kinetic editing and splashy graphics, ‘We Are Your Friends’ is old-fashioned hooey.

The Essay Question (Aug. 27, 2015)

Every couple of weeks, the OFCS polls its members with a question related to movies. It can be serious or amusing, but each member is given the opportunity to submit a short response to the question, which we will then post on Thursday mornings. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #19:

What is the difference between an effective black comedy and just a mean-spirited film? Give examples of each.

Question Submitted by: Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

Responses

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Happy Birthday: Robert Humanick

OFCS member Robert Humanick celebrates his birthday today, August 27. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Projection Booth and Slant Magazine.

Happy Birthday: Felix Vasquez Jr

OFCS member Felix Vasquez Jr. celebrates his birthday today, August 26. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinema Crazed and Sound on Sight.

From Our Members’ Desks (Aug 25, 2015)

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

Interviews

Gemma Arterton and Jason Flemyng – Gemma Bovery

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

‘Mistress America’ Director Noah Baumbach on Aging, Staging, and If He’s Cynical About Young People

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I don’t feel cynical about young people, consciously, anyway.

Mukunda and Govinda Angulo – The Wolfpack

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

“Pop Culture Becomes Part of Your Autobiography”: Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich on His First Theatrical Release Since 2001

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It is a little strange, but then I’m also getting used to the fact that I’m now close to the age that John Ford and Howard Hawks were when I met them! Which is a bit… off-putting, frankly.

Whistle down the wind: Russell Friedenberg on America’s troubled history, war, wild places and Wind Walkers

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 24, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Clock

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I don’t think of The Clock as a forgotten film. I think of The Clock as undiscovered treasure, a sweet, gentle movie that works and that is still relevant today (if perhaps a bit dated and not as believable due to technological advances).

Foreign Intrigue

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Fountainhead

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I found that The Fountainhead has a great idea for a plot and some beautiful visuals. It also has at least two strikes against it: some lousy directing and some heavy-handed writing, which threaten to derail the film.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Housekeeping

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Housekeeping strikes as delicate a balance in its storytelling as Sylvie maintains in her restless, preoccupied mind. While fashioning a rather clichéd story of conventionality versus free-spiritedness, Forsyth and his appealing and talented cast offer something more akin to fable.

The People Under the Stairs

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Queen of Outer Space

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Everything you might think about Queen of Outer Space is true: it’s badly acted, it has silly sets and a pretty silly plot. However, I found it a great pleasure (guilty, perhaps, but a pleasure nonetheless).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

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