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UNDER CONSTRUCTION — BUILDING A NEW SITE!!1

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: gc@ofcs.org

Thanks a lot,

Online Film Critics Society Governing Committee
Kristen Lopez  |  Phil Hall  |  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

Interviews:
Spotlight Shines on Debbie Reynolds — Betty Jo Tucker

Editorials
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

Lists:
FEATURE: TOP 10 MOVIE JUDGES — Frank Ochieng

Reviews: Everybody Wants Some!!

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

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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

Repertory:
A Study in Spielberg: The Sugarland Express (1974) – Jerry Roberts
MINI-CRITICAS : BRUNA SURFISTINHA (2011), DREAM HOUSE (2011), WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (2011) – Hugo Gomes
A Study in Spielberg: Duel (1971) – Jerry Roberts
The Crying Game – Jared Mobarak

Interviews:
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 @ Cineuropa.org

  • 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?

Interviews

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 @ Popaganda.gr [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 @ Cineuropa.org

  • 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 @ Cineuropa.org

  • 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.

Braveheart

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 @ Twitchfilm.com

  • 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: http://twitchfilm.com/2015/12/learning-from-the-masters-of-cinema-king-hus-dragon-inn.html#ixzz41AHib8vu

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 @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • 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 @ Twitchfilm.com

  • 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: http://twitchfilm.com/2016/02/learning-from-the-masters-of-cinema-king-hus-a-touch-of-zen-1.html#ixzz41AHrYreX

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!

This Week, Part 2 (Feb. 26-28, 2016)

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: Feb. 26-28, 2016

Wide (United States)

Eddie the Eagle

[New Reviews Today] For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Gods of Egypt

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Triple 9

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Limited (United States)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as lovelorn warrior Shu Lien this belated sequel to Ang Lee’s worldwide smash hit wuxia drama, directed by Hong Kong action legend Yuen Wo-ping.

The Last Man on the Moon

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A superb documentary that helps us to imagine what it was like to be an astronaut and to walk on the moon.

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Spellbinding! A vital, wondrous piece of history is beautifully preserved.

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

This Week, Part 1 (Feb. 26-28, 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. 26-28, 2016

Wide (United States)

Eddie the Eagle

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Gods of Egypt

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Triple 9

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as lovelorn warrior Shu Lien this belated sequel to Ang Lee’s worldwide smash hit wuxia drama, directed by Hong Kong action legend Yuen Wo-ping.

The Last Man on the Moon

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A superb documentary that helps us to imagine what it was like to be an astronaut and to walk on the moon.

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Spellbinding! A vital, wondrous piece of history is beautifully preserved.

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

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