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This Week, Part 1 (Feb. 5-7, 2016)

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: Feb 5-7, 2016

Wide (United States)

The Choice

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Hail, Caesar!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Limited (United States)

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Greenaway’s] unique visual style is carefully composed of rich, painterly tableaux, his themes encompassing puzzles, murder, architecture, sex and death. They are all evident here, yet it is difficult to take “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” entirely seriously.

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Greenaway’s habit of repeating old tics and playing around with virtuosic form for the sake of it might give off the impression of a director bored with his material, but what comes through clearly by the end of the film is the act of one artist’s eccentric generosity breathing new awareness into the life of another.

Rams

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Southbound

Mark Harris @ About.com
C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Roderick Heath

OFCS member Roderick Heath celebrates his birthday today, February 5. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website(s):
OFCS Profile
Ferdy on Films
This Island Rod
To Be Cont’d

Reviews: 88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts (2016)

88th_oscars_nominated_shortsHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

Reviews: The Boy (2016)

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

  • [New – 1/29/16] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Stranger and intense, delving into the paranormal and leaving the door ajar for a sequel…
  • [New – 8/28/15] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Boy is a very slow burn, one that successfully works to the narrative at hand, but isn’t particularly enjoyable to watch.
  • [New – 1/29/16] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Up until a bonkers 11th-hour plot twist, “The Boy” is plenty dim and so very dull, jumpy dream sequences and smart-as-a-peach character decisions becoming its fallbacks.
  • [New – 1/28/16] | Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis
    • Excerpt: Highly recommended if you enjoy shouting at movie characters about how stupid they are.
  • [New – 1/28/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Forty years ago or so it might have passed muster; now it comes across like a well-preserved genre antique.

Reviews: The Choice (2016)

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

  • [New – 2/4/16] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Spare me.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The 11th film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel and if you’ve seen one, then there is a good chance you know everything about this movie. I suppose it’s fine for date night, but that only applies to a date who wants nothing to do with post-film conversation about deeper themes and messages. You’ll fine none of those here.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: There’s not a single moment of emotional honesty in this latest helping of meretricious melodrama from the pen of Nicholas Sparks, but that probably won’t stop his fans from sighing and weeping over its ham-fisted mixture of giggly romance and cheap sentiment.

Reviews: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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

  • [New – 2/5/16] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A light-hearted dramedy about a good man working in Hollywood.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: With Hail, Caesar!, it’s baffling to see the Coens deliver something with next to nothing at stake and zero involvement from a character perspective.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! is an episodic romp, filled with unabashed adoration for the feats, follies, and foibles of Hollywood.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Delightfully bonkers, it’s exuberant, entertaining and enjoyable.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Rather than mock this era of studio primacy, the Coens celebrate it; they lovingly pay homage to it, even though they cloak the honor in comedy, satire, and wit. Hail, Caesar! is a refreshing and creative return to classic Coen Brothers brainy comedy; the kind they douse with clever, cheeky one-liners.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: There is more to Hail, Caesar! than simply a loving look of the Hollywood of a bygone era, but that vitality allows it to glide over any of its bumps in the road. It is difficult not to leave the theater wishing you had gotten a tad more, but the reason we want more is rooted in the quality of what the Coens have given us.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Oktay Kozak @ The Oregon Herald
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! may not go down as one of the best Coen Brothers movie, but even that is still better than damn near every other offering out there.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: I’d totally watch it again and bask in its sketch comedy skit nature, but it could have been so much more. Instead it’s a fluff piece with a ton of memorable parts that ultimately add up to an underwhelming whole.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Filmmakers achieve a rare level of freedom and anonymity when they’re as consistently good as the Coens are, and their latest film Hail, Caesar! is one wacky comedy that throws pie all over Tinseltown’s face.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: It’s intriguing that the Coen brothers are exploring their own relationship with Hollywood and moviemaking through this zany comedy. That alone makes it worth a rewatch.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Impresses more as a fitfully engaging exercise than a fully realized vision. Among the collaborations of the Coens and Clooney, this falls closer to ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ than to ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ But to render unto ‘Caesar’ its due, the movie does deliver sporadic amusement and a few absolutely spectacular sequences.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film slowly reveals more complex political and spiritual currents, which wriggle through the fizzy period dialog like shrewd serpents.

Reviews: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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

  • [New – 2/5/16] | Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! es una graciosa y divertida carta de amor al excéntrico y mimado Hollywood de los años 50s. Desde las filmaciones de películas clásicas, hasta números musicales llenos de magia y esplendor, los hermanos Coen sin duda logran contagiarte con su amor por dicha época de oro del cine. Aunque lejos de ser de sus mejores ofertas, Hail, Caesar! termina siendo un agradable viaje al pasado, gracias a excelentes actuaciones, una hermosa fotografía y una historia serpentina respaldada por bastante humor sano.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]t constantly forces us to wonder why the damned zombies are here in the first place.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: This isn’t your mother’s, grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s classic reinterpretation.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: If you’ve built a romance on a chemistry that is as engaging as a damp sponge, you’ve failed. But writer-director Burr Steers has other cinematic sins to answer for.

Reviews: Boy and the World (2015)

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

  • [New – 12/31/15] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An edifying and out-of-the-box animated feature from Brazil that charts the quest of a boy to find his father.
  • [New – 1/28/16] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Boy and the World’ is this year’s surprise animated Oscar nominee, but it more than earns its spot with a unique style and captivating story.
  • [New – 12/10/15] | Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: One wonders how receptive young audiences should be to a film that puts its storytelling secondary to its message-making. Bubbly as Abreu’s aesthetics are…his deathly pale, black-hole-eyed human figurines, almost all voiceless, are just interchangeable representations of contemporary existential woes.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: The whole is just as alive as the music, our toes tapping and hearts racing in hopes of a well-earned reunion. And even though the end proves bittersweet, it’s a tonally perfect conclusion to a beautifully complex dance.
  • [New – 12/17/15] | Daniel Schindel @ Movie Mezzanine

Reviews: Theeb (2015)

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

  • [New – 2/4/16] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An intense coming-of-age and survival tale set in the desert that is both awesome and harrowing.
  • [New – 12/3/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Much is foretold by Thaler’s use of light and space, Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen disappearing into the landscape not once, but twice, rock formations forming passages into the unknown.
  • [New – 10/26/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 11/12/15] | Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: He must find that strength despite the harrowing circumstances he finds himself within—a confidence to be skeptical of his enemies while keeping them close to learn their goals. Plot is soon thrown out the window as the film changes focus to the unnatural evolution of an innocent thrust into a life or death situation teetering on abject destruction.
  • [New – 11/5/15] | Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

The Essay Question (Feb. 2016)

Each month, 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 the first Thursday of the month. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #29:

If you could choose any film from history to build the perfect date night around, which would it be and why?

Question Submitted by: Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Responses

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