The Grab Bag (May 5, 2015)

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

Interviews

Matthias Schoenaerts – Far From the Madding Crowd

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Robert Hoffman

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Technicolor specialist Robert Hoffman talks The Unfinished Dance and other color wonders.

Thomas Vinterberg – Far From the Madding Crowd

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom Green & Joe Dempsie – Monsters: Dark Continent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 4, 2015)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Design for Living

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Lacombe, Lucien

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: A generation after WWII, Louis Malle shed light on French collaborators

Metropolis

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Its layers of allegorical resonances, together with its astounding Futurist visuals and melodramatic leaps in logic, help the movie feel monumental, even when its explicit message seems pedantic and naive.

Ride the Pink Horse

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The film is both tough and touching, with crackling dialogue (scripted by the great Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer) and stylized scenes…

The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The sometimes violent clashes between the black communities in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, and, most recently, in Baltimore are historic, as in déjà vu all over again. This 1973 film on the National Film Registry, cowritten and coproduced by Sam Greenlee from his 1969 novel of the same name, includes scenes that could have been footage from dozens of news reports made within the past week.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Sarah Boslaugh

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Published on: May 4, 2015

OFCS member Sarah Boslaugh celebrates her birthday today, May 4. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: PLAYBACK:stl and PopMatters.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (May 1-3, 2015)

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Published on: May 2, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), 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: May 1-3, 2015

Wide (United States)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

Limited (United States)

Far from the Madding Crowd

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An amazing meditation on yearning and the brimming hearts of three men and the woman they all want to marry.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today.

[New Today] Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Thomas Hardy thought it was to move on from Jane Austen, so he wrote a female Mr. Darcy

[New Today] Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to imagine anyone surpassing the incomparable Julie Christie and her iconic performance in John Schlesinger’s 1967 adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, but Mulligan does it. In fact, she blows Christie right out of the water and that’s no small feat.

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Hyena

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Iris

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Much like Elaine Stritch, who also wore the same signature owl eyeglasses, Iris Apfel is a New York City character, a grande dame of society, fashion and flea markets.

Welcome to Me

[New Today] Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: By the end, though, when Alice must begin making amends to the people she wronged during her unchecked and well-funded manic episode, it becomes clear that Welcome to Me isn’t concerned at all with the topic of mental illness it seems to want credit for addressing. Piven flirts early on with the dangerous allure of Alice’s psychotic abandon but we come to understand that the screenplay by Eliot Laurence has employed borderline personality disorder to contrive conflict just so it could contrive its resolution.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A frolicsome comedy that gives Kristen Wiig a chance to strut her stuff.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Glenn Heath Jr

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Published on: May 2, 2015

OFCS member Glenn Heath Jr celebrates his birthday today, May 2. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: San Diego CityBeat, Slant Magazine, Little White Lies, Mubi, The Hollywood Reporter, Fandor, The L Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 1-3, 2015)

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Published on: May 1, 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: May 1-3, 2015

Wide (United States)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Far from the Madding Crowd

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An amazing meditation on yearning and the brimming hearts of three men and the woman they all want to marry.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today.

Hyena

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Welcome to Me

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: By the end, though, when Alice must begin making amends to the people she wronged during her unchecked and well-funded manic episode, it becomes clear that Welcome to Me isn’t concerned at all with the topic of mental illness it seems to want credit for addressing. Piven flirts early on with the dangerous allure of Alice’s psychotic abandon but we come to understand that the screenplay by Eliot Laurence has employed borderline personality disorder to contrive conflict just so it could contrive its resolution.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A frolicsome comedy that gives Kristen Wiig a chance to strut her stuff.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Henry Stewart

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Published on: May 1, 2015

OFCS member Henry Stewart celebrates his birthday today, May 1. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: The L Magazine.

Reviews: Adult Beginners (2015)

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Published on: April 30, 2015

adult_beginnersReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 4/30/15] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Adult Beginners’ isn’t terribly memorable, nor is it saying anything bracingly new. But it’s a very charming movie — and, for Kroll, a very smart play.
  • [New – 4/30/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: has the misfortune of being an awful lot like last year’s Sundance hit “The Skeleton Twins” without nearly as many laughs.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Resolutely predictable and low-stakes but affable, “Adult Beginners” isn’t much. It’s more of a comfortable sit than a life-changing experience, but the actors makes it seem like a genuine effort.
  • [New – 5/1/15] | Dan Lybarger @ ArkansasOnline.com
    • Excerpt: Adult Beginners plays like a quieter, less vulgar version of a Judd Apatow movie. Unfortunately, the noise and the filth are essential ingredients.
  • [New – 5/1/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Another sadly toothless American independent comedy [that] just floats along on a current of bland affability.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Some movies deserve to be treasured — and “Adult Beginners” is high on my list.

Reviews: Felix and Meira (2015)

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Published on: April 30, 2015

felix_and_meiraReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 1/9/15] | Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • [New – 4/24/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Giroux explores how what we believe and, sometimes more importantly, what we don’t believe lead us to align ourselves with similarly minded people, even when they may also hold a host of other beliefs that fail to match our own. Giroux and his cast do this with humor, pathos and aching beauty, all while juggling the French, Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Spanish and Italian languages.
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • [New – 2/19/15] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Yaron’s lovely performance forms the heart of the film as Felix and Meira finds its quiet power in her restrained and delicately observational turn.

Reviews: The Voices (2015)

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Published on: April 30, 2015

voicesReviews for this film from our members:

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