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Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 29, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Around the World with Orson Welles

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: Welles foregrounds the machinery of moviemaking, reminding us that he’s brought a crew with him, and he manipulates his documentary footage as aggressively as he does in his fictional storytelling.

The Bridge

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Day of the Outlaw

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: ne of the toughest, most tension-filled pictures from Andre de Toth, a studio filmmaker who could be counted on to bring a savage edge to his assignments.

The Fisher King

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Killer Cop

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The northern capital of Milan, the symbol of modernity and progress in the Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, is the epitome of official corruption and the urban mob in the crime cinema of the 70s.

Man, Pride and Vengeance

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Man, Pride and Vengeance (1967), from director Luigi Bazzoni and star Franco Nero, is a respectable find.

A Master Builder

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Premature Burial

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Like most of Corman’s Poe films, the script (this one by Charles Beaumont and Ray Russell) borrows little more than the central idea and the title from Poe. This one owes a debt to Gaslight and Diabolique…

Le Silence de la Mer

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Melville called it an “anti-cinematic” film, and he creates the expressiveness in what remains unspoken, the glances and gestures that take on grand drama in the minimalist presentation.

Spider Baby

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Stunning Debuts: Terrence Malick’s Badlabds

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: Terrene Malikc made a stunning debut in 1973 with Badlands, which world-premiered at the N.Y. Film Fest, announcing the arrival of a major artist

The Trial (1961)

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: The legal system is a literal maze in Welles’ visualization and the disparate locations all lead back to one another.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Brian Holcomb

OFCS member Brian Holcomb celebrates his birthday today, July 29. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Kineto Film, Cinema Blend, Beyond Hollywood and Slant Magazine.

This Week, Part 2 (Jun. 26-28, 2015)

Because of embargoes, 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: Jun. 26-28, 2015

Wide (United States)

Max

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Ted 2

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Limited (United States)

Batkid Begins

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sweet, heartwarming and uplifting…

Felt

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Anyone who’s seen “Hard Candy” will know Amy’s red hoodie is a big red flag.

A Little Chaos

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Rickman’s film holds many charms, not the least of which is his own performance as the King who would be commoner for one fantastical afternoon.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: All of it feels haphazardly assembled.

[New Today] Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

The Little Death

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week, Part 1 (Jun. 26-28, 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: Jun. 26-28, 2015

Wide (United States)

Max

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Ted 2

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Batkid Begins

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sweet, heartwarming and uplifting…

The Little Death

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

Reviews: Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (2015)

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

  • [New – 6/11/15] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ is an in-depth documentary that is interested in more than just the famous artist who was recruited to design the creature in ‘Alien.’
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Belinda Sallin’s documentary about Giger was filmed during the last years of the artist’s life, his mobility already curtailed, so her documentary is somewhat housebound. But what a house!
  • [New – 5/22/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
  • [New – 6/4/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Dark Star possesses an unmistakably elegiac quality, and Giger aficionados will likely find it a stimulating but melancholy experience.

Reviews: Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)

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

  • [New – 11/13/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Notable thriller dirigido por un Andrea Di Stefano capaz de mantener el pulso y la tensión a lo largo de todo el desarrollo de la historia. Puede que Josh Hutcherson no fuera la mejor opción, pero el actor se esfuerza, y se agradece; Benicio del Toro, fantástico.
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 6/26/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: As an action-adventure thriller the movie spins an entertaining story, and Del Toro looms larger over it than his screen time would seem to allow. But, like Escobar and his populist political career, it squanders a promising opportunity with too many bad choices.
  • [New – 5/15/15] | Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Gives Del Toro the chance to shine, but it just uses his portrait of a modern-day monster as a backdrop to a pulp B-movie plot that Hutcherson isn’t equipped to carry.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Goerge Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]

Reviews: Gemma Bovary (2015)

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

  • [New – 5/29/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Men, even kind and gentle ones like Martin, have a tendency to cast the women in their lives in perfunctory roles. In this way, despite having a man as its lead, Gemma Bovery is a film about women, about how men see women and about the minimizing effect that can have on women’s lives.
  • [New – 6/18/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sensual and satirical, making your mouth water for – fresh, flaky croissants!
  • [New – 3/13/15] | Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: The film largely plays as an adaptation/homage to Madame Bovary, with many inside jokes and references, to which I am not in the least familiar. For the ignorant ones like me, the film lays its influence on pretty thickly, making the plot mechanics an active part of the story, but I’m certain I missed a number of story and character connections along the way.
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A good inside joke…its ace in the hole is Luchini.
  • [New – 6/18/15] | Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Reviews: Heaven Knows What (2015)

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

  • [New – 10/2/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: The downward ride of two self-destructive heroin addicts living on the mean streets of New York City.
  • [New – 6/4/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Cinematography by Sean Price Williams is extraordinary, overhead shots of junkies walking along a tony NYC street or a tight shot in a corner of a public library creating a specific, insular world within a diverse and distinctive city
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Spend an uncomfortable hour and a half with Heaven Knows What and you’ll come out with a better grasp of the street junkie’s life, but you may find yourself muttering “Heaven knows why.”
  • [New – 6/12/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: While one can certainly admire the way in which Holmes and the Safdies immerse us in the hellish world of these characters, the result is really nothing more than a wallow in nihilism.

Reviews: Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

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

  • [New – 6/25/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Without even knowing that it’s autobiographical, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is so true to real experience with all its highs and lows, warts and idiosyncracies, that it’s like watching a child’s memoir all wrapped up in love and frustration.
  • [New – 6/18/15] | Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • [New – 6/25/15] | James Marsh @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: Proof that fine actors giving strong performances are not always enough to save a movie, Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear seems too preoccupied with its 70s period setting and zany family antics to pay more than vague lip service to its central theme of manic depression. As a result, Infinitely Polar Bear is a frivolous and slight affair, not without its charms, but devoid of any real purpose.
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff, Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Watching it, you feel like you’ve been entrusted with a secret, not one hidden for shame, but for love. Ultimately, it feels like an honor to watch Infinitely Polar Bear, and to be trusted with its story and message.
  • [New – 4/2/15] | Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Reviews: Max (2015)

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

  • [New – 6/26/15] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Who cares about the stupid people? I wanted to see more about the dog!
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: A corny, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink family film that’s too violent for small kids, “Max” succeeds largely on the merits of its amazing Belgian Malinois
  • [New – 6/26/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A very peculiar sort of patriotic family film.
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