Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 27-29, 2015)

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Published on: March 27, 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: Mar. 27-29, 2015

Wide (United States)

Get Hard

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Home

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It Follows

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Limited (United States)

Man from Reno

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An evocative film noir set in San Francisco and a nearby small town.

The Salt of the Earth

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Wim Wenders delivers another generously appreciative fellow-artist collaboration with this luminous portrait of epic photographer Sebastião Salgado, whose knack for unearthly imagery is less intriguing than his empathic optimism.

Serena

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While We’re Young

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While “Greenberg” had pointed observations to make about a middle aged egotist and his relationship with the younger generation and his own past, this one is muddied by unclear intent and sketchily defined female characters.

White God

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In this imaginative but inept cautionary parable—the Un Certain Regard prize-winner at Cannes—a girl searches for her beloved dog, who becomes a canine Spartacus after being brutalized by a cruel dog-fighting ring.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Backcountry (2015)

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Published on: March 26, 2015

backcountryReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 3/26/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …an effective horror thriller with fine performances from its little known cast.
  • [New – 3/20/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This isn’t about the bear. This is a film about two people who get in way over their heads in thinking they know nature and each other, only to learn that they know very little of either.
  • [New – 3/20/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Backcountry’ – Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Woods
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine
    • Excerpt: …a primal, gripping, realistic survival thriller that is as much about the will to survive and the terror in the wilderness as it is about a relationship being taken to the next step.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … alone-in-the-wilderness survival number gets a serious kick in the hindquarters … MacDonald harvests gooseflesh the old-fashioned way, by suggesting much, showing little.
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Almost traumatically intense!

Reviews: The Cobbler (2015)

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Published on: March 26, 2015

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Reviews: Danny Collins (2015)

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danny_collinsReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 3/19/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While Pacino isn’t exactly the most convincing rocker, he’s dialed down his propensity to play to the rafters in a performance grounded in humility yet still entertainingly energetic.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Danny Collins wisely and surprisingly finds a middle ground for Danny’s transformation.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: Like the title character, Pacino has found it’s never too late to begin anew.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: While Fogelman’s script is extremely calculated and heavy-handed, the cast’s nimble execution turns it into an agreeable way to pass the time.

Reviews: Get Hard (2015)

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Published on: March 26, 2015

get_hardReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 3/26/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Pairing Ferrell’s looming, kooky calm with Hart’s pint-sized, pugnacious bluster proves a complimentary meshing, rising star Hart’s incredulous observer an audience stand-in for Ferrell’s boor-out-of-water style comedy.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: If there’s a lesson learned in all this, it’s that Ferrell and Hart ought to make more movies together.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Here is an ounce of credit to Get Hard for avoiding any mention of the innuendo involving an inmate dropping the soap in the prison shower.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: All the comedic and visual elan of an amateur YouTube fratboy prank, include nonstop rape jokes and rampant homophobia. Are you laughing yet?
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Descends so far into racial stereotyping, offhanded homophobia, class division, sexual coarseness and scatological gags that whatever chemistry the stars might have brought to the table is pretty much dissipated.

Reviews: Home (2015)

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Published on: March 26, 2015

homeReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 3/19/15] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Propuesta animada que resulta simpática pero que no trascenderá por nada en especial. Buen trabajo técnico y diversión para los peques, que es lo que cuenta. Para los papás poca cosa, más allá de la abusiva explotación comercial de la figura de Rihanna.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: An alien buddying up with a human child in a movie called “Home” may sound too much like “E.T.,” but Oh isn’t trying to get back to his kind but away from them and if his reasons are simplistic at film’s start, by its end Oh will have delivered a nice message for kids on empathy and open mindedness.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]t turns out that the Boov are neither loveable nor likeable. In fact, they’re kind of annoying.
  • [New – 3/19/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Science fiction with training wheels, fine for sucking the kiddies into geekery but with little appeal for grownup fans of animated genre adventure.
  • [New – 3/20/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Colorful, energetic but highly derivative…less an imaginative addition to the crowded kidflicks field than a tidily manufactured collection of familiar, rather tired elements.

Reviews: Serena (2015)

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Published on: March 26, 2015

serenaReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 3/26/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The third pairing of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t prove the charm in Danish director Susanne Bier’s latest…a period story of unwed motherhood, barrenness, betrayal and murder whose animal symbolism (an eagle, a rattlesnake and a panther) is more fleshed out than its characters.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: No matter how lushly wrapped in period dress it might be or much star wattage it might have, “Serena” still comes out feeling like a bore.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Lawrence and Cooper’s next project together can’t be any worse than Serena is, so it’s true that there’s a silver lining to everything.
  • [New – 10/24/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A major misfire…inert, stodgy and unconvincing, utterly failing to capture the chemistry that Cooper and Lawrence achieved in their work with David O. Russell.
  • [New – 1/22/15] | Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Reviews: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015)

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Published on: March 26, 2015

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  • [New – 3/26/15] | Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • [New – 2/19/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Kiah Roache-Turner exhibits a real talent for highly charged genre cinema with this gory, world-gone-mad zombie flick, a movie that had me thinking it’d bested the likes of “28 Days Later” until fatigue sets in its latter half.
  • [New – 2/19/15] | Mark Harris @ About.com
  • [New – 3/5/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine
    • Excerpt: This ozploitation flick is balls-out, cuckoo-bananas, unwholesome fun, a confident feature debut that’s also inventive and creatively resourceful in its carnage and overall filmmaking.
  • [New – 2/7/15] | Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Reviews: Zombeavers (2015)

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Published on: March 26, 2015

zombeaversReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 3/26/15] | Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: What more do you need to know about “Zombeavers” beyond its inspired, to-the-point title? The joke is right there, but “Zombeavers” never succeeds on the glorious levels of “Snakes on a Plane,” “Piranha 3D,” or even the pair of “Sharknado” movies.
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The film works as both an original spin on the zombie myth and as a satire of the undead genre’s tropes.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: If you don’t know what you’re getting into by buying a ticket to a ‘Zombeavers,’ you deserve to have your mind blown.
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Obviously aiming for camp cult status, but unlike the beavers the makers don’t have the chops to pull it off.

Happy Birthday: Carson Lund

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Published on: March 25, 2015

OFCS member Carson Lund celebrates his birthday today, March 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Are the Hills Going to March Off, Mubi, The Phoenix and Cinelogue.

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