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Hello publicists, critics, loyal readers, and everyone else who can see this. At this time, the new Governing Committee are working with web designers to make a new, improved, better site for the Online Film Critics Society.

With that, we are putting a halt on weekly updates. If there is a critic you want to keep tabs on in the meantime, you can see all of our members here.

We are still very active on the site, just trying to make it more user-friendly, better for our members, and look fresh like it’s now a part of the 21st century.

Please reach out if you have any questions:

Thanks a lot,

Online Film Critics Society Governing Committee
Kristen Lopez  |  Rob Daniel  |  Pablo Villaca

Approaching the Unknown Review

Mark Strong’s work in “Approaching the Unknown” deserves high praise. He shows the ability to carry an entire film almost alone!

Full review HERE.

— Betty Jo Tucker

Interview: Key and Peele Talk KEANU And Cats, Thumb Wrestle, And Riot Over Wacky Shirts

When I was asked to interview two of the funniest comedians working today, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, known to the world as Key & Peele, for their cat caper Keanu, I knew what I had to do: find the smallest, most uncomfortable batshit crazy cat shirt available on Earth and wear it for the interview.

That’s exactly what I did, and it was a pure joy watching them lose their shit when I finally revealed it. (Pay close attention and you will notice I had to master immediately how to breathe and talk at the same time in this wild thing.)

Interviewing comedians is always a fun farce of buffoonery because you don’t have to stick to lifeless questions like “So tell me about your character” and similar tone-deaf mumbo jumbo they are asked an unimaginable amount of times during press tours. (To be fair, sometimes these half-baked questions are inevitable.)

Click HERE to watch the interview.

— Chase Whale

OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 10)

Click on any link to read member reviews, interviews, and more.

Films Reviews
Miracles from Heaven – Susan Granger
Bellissima — Paul Peralta
Batman v Superman —  João Pinto (Portugese)
Jodorowsky’s Dune — Dennis Schwartz
Eye in the Sky — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger
The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Frank Ochieng
God’s Not Dead 2 — Frank Ochieng
Suburra —  Hugo Gomes
SXSW Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Channels Palahniuk In Dark ‘Demolition’ – Kristy Puchko
Movie Review: ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ – Courtney Howard
REVIEW: THE BOSS Isn’t Very Boss – Courtney Howard
Everybody Wants Some!! — Frank Swietek
Hardcore Henry – Frank Swietek
The Invitation — Andry Crump
Demolition – Laura and Robin Clifford
The Boss — Frank Swietek
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Everybody Wants Some!! — Brent McKnight
Everybody Wants Some!!: Still Dazed and Confused, Plus Hot and Bothered — Andrew Wyatt
Love & Mercy movie review: strange vibrations — MaryAnn Johanson
Tsai Time: AFTERNOON — Kenji Fujishima
Demolition — Kenji Fujishima
Look at Us Now, Mother! — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Misconduct — Susan Granger
Born to be Blue — Susan Granger
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger

Spotlight Shines on Debbie Reynolds — Betty Jo Tucker

A Study in Spielberg: Jaws (1975) – Jerry Roberts
A Study in Spielberg: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) — Jerry Roberts
The Maltese Falcon — Mark Hobin
The Road Trip Within: Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild —  Kenji Fujishima

Festival Reviews:
Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy — Josh Hurtado


Reviews: Everybody Wants Some!!

Click on any link to read OFCS member reviews. (Updated weekly.)


Reeling Reviews — Laura Clifford
Mark Reviews Movies — Mark Dujsik
Flavorwire – Jason Bailey


Reviews: Midnight Special

midnight_specialClick on any outlet to read OFCS member reviews of Midnight Special.

Mark Dujsik – Mark Reviews Movies
Frank Swietek – One Guy’s Opinion
Robin Clifford – Reeilng Reviews
Darren Mooney – The M0vie Blog



Reviews: Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

hello_my_name_is_doris_xlgReviews for Hello, Name Name is Doris by OFCS members. (Updated weekly.)

Susan Granger
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Frank Swietek
Laura Clifford 



OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 1)

Click on any title to read OFCS member reviews, interviews, and more.

New Releases:
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
– Susan Granger
Eye in the Sky – Susan Granger
Kill Your Friends – Betty Jo Tucker
Standing Tall – Jose Solis
Martyrs – Rob Daniel
Batmanv v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Rob Daniel
Ki and Ka – Kathy Gibson
Everybody Wants Some!! – Laura Clifford
Sold – Maryann Johanson
Midnight Special – Mark Dujsik
The Island of the Day After – Donald Levit
Born to Be Blue – Mark Dujsik
10 Cloverfield Lane – Jared Mobarak

A Study in Spielberg: The Sugarland Express (1974) – Jerry Roberts
A Study in Spielberg: Duel (1971) – Jerry Roberts
The Crying Game – Jared Mobarak

Interview: Director Tom Moore on His Lifelong Love of Trapeze, and the Legacy of ‘Grease’ – Jose Solis
Joe Manganiello Talks Playing Pee-wee’s Perfect Playmate in ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday – Kristy Puchko


From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 1, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

Son of Saul tops Greek Film Critics’ best-of-year list

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: In what was dubbed Year of the Woman, we’ve come down to an Oscar race revolving around a single white male with a bear on his back. How did that happen?


Joseph Fiennes on “Risen”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Niobe Thompson and Darren Fung on ‘The Great Human Odyssey’

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: The director and composer talk about taking their documentary from the small screen to epic live performance.

Rafi Pitts can’t stand the ignorance surround Green Card Soldiers

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: A Berlinale regular, the Iranian born director discusses this year’s Competition entry Soy Nero, regarding Green Card Soldiers and the American Dream Act

Soy Nero – Rafi Pitts interview

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: Iranian director Rafi Pitts, who has screened his latest film, Soy Nero [+], at the Berlinale, sat down to discuss his return to the German gathering and some of the issues explored in his movie.

Tomasz Wasilweski – United States of Love interview

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: First-time Berlinale competitor Tomasz Wasilewski came to Berlin a newbie and left an award winner with United States of Love [+], his story of three women suffering emotional and nervous breakdowns in the aftermath of the Polish communist era, which earned him the Best Script Award.

Festivals: General Coverage

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 29, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Andrei Rublev

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]

Annie Hall (1977)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Annie Hall is a good film, a bit dated now perhaps, a trifle too intellectual for some I imagine, but on the whole, not a bad time. Maybe it even Seems Like Old Times…

The Bed Sitting Room

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: This absurd anxiety nightmare about the Bomb could only have come out of the Swinging Sixties; it’s one of the weirder relics of an era when filmmakers felt it was their patriotic duty to laugh in the face of the imminent apocalypse.


Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Braveheart is one of these historic films that doesn’t bother itself with historical accuracy if it gets in the way of a good dramatic moment. If however, we focus on Braveheart’s message, then it becomes a rousing spectacle.

Criss Cross

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Dragon Inn

James Marsh @

  • Excerpt: Considered by many to be the architect of wuxia cinema, King Hu was to martial arts was John Ford was to the western. Beginning with his 1966 Shaw Brothers adventure Come Drink With Me, Hu took a pulp genre associated with little more than cheap entertainment and period adventures, and fashioned from it some of the industry’s most revered and enduring cinematic offerings. Read more:

Farewell, My Lovely

Henry Stewart @ Brooklyn Magazine

Julius Caesar (1970)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Julius Caesar has some impressive cinematic decisions, and one very bizarre performance. I think time has been kinder to this Julius Caesar and that a major reevaluation should be taken.

Ordinary People

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: After seeing Ordinary People, the story itself is I think (is) predictable and something a bit melodramatic, something you’d find in a Lifetime Movie (at least not one involving a ‘woman in peril’).

The Palm Beach Story

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: There is nothing sillier in love than trying to treat romance as a practical thing, yet that is exactly what the young married couple at the center of Preston Sturges’ 1942 screwball rom-com The Palm Beach Story attempt to do.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Emanuel Levy @

  • Excerpt: Tribute to Harper Lee, author of classic novel made into a classic movie starring Gregory Peck in his Oscar role.

A Touch of Zen

James Marsh @

  • Excerpt: Heralded as possibly the greatest martial arts film ever made, King Hu’s A Touch Of Zen stands apart from most other films in the wuxia genre. For one thing it runs over three hours long, a rarity among its peers and unheard of at the time of its release. Read more:

Unforgiven (1992)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Unforgiven is a dark, somber film, but one that is brilliant in the exploration of redemption (and lack thereof), of the struggle between justice and revenge, and how what we know of The West is built on myth, a myth perpetuated by those who themselves knew better.

Recent Home Video Releases

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

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