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Approaching the Unknown Review

Mark Strong’s work in “Approaching the Unknown” deserves high praise. He shows the ability to carry an entire film almost alone!

Full review HERE.

— Betty Jo Tucker

OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 10)

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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

Spotlight Shines on Debbie Reynolds — Betty Jo Tucker

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


Reviews: Everybody Wants Some!!

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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 



Reviews: Green Room (2016)

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

  • [New – 6/5/15] | Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Jeremy Saulnier, che qui aveva presentato il piu’ compatto Blue Ruin, sembra divertirsi a mettere in scena la mattanza. Il suo e’ cinema di genere, senza troppe pretese, sapido e beffardo come l’ultima battuta tra i due protagonisti
  • [New – 9/24/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 10/22/15] | Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: A first class exercise in teeth-grinding suspense
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Green with envy.
  • [New – 9/17/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Saulnier volta a conseguir um filme controverso, sem pontos muitos fortes, mas sem pontos fracos, que fará os amantes do thriiler passarem um bom momento enquanto assistem a uma escalada da violência.
  • [New – 10/22/15] | Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist
    • Excerpt: Green Room has a nihilistic streak to it that may deter those who like a moral to their carnage. We, however, can’t wait to see what’s next on the palette.

Reviews: Mountains May Depart (2016)

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Reviews: The Witch (2016)

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

  • [New – 2/25/16] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Eggers patiently threads his needle with themes of faith, family, and fear, and sews it up into a mélange of unsettling mood and unshakable images; it’s a movie that drifts along, haunting yet manageable, and then it clobbers you.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Robert Eggers…has made a masterpiece right out of the gate. This production is absolute perfection in every regard, from its well researched screenplay and art direction to its great ensemble cast and unnerving score
  • [New – 2/25/16] | David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: And as the third act surrenders to that blackest magic, hurdling audiences into a kind of Puritan fever dream, the palpable dread that you’re partaking in something truly wicked will grab hold of you as sure as hellfire.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: There’s something so alarmingly primordial about “The Witch” that you begin to understand why people are afraid of the dark. The relentlessness of “The Witch” is close to punishing. But for those who can handle it, this is a remarkably intelligent and genuinely frightening movie.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In a uniquely twisted way, The Witch is a condemnation of religious fanaticism, as well as the stubbornness of ideas and ideals that comes with it.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Witch’ is a skilfully creepy thriller that chronicles a family’s destruction triggered by supernatural interference or simple paranoia.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This engrossing saga of a Puritan family’s worst nightmare is extremely artistic. That makes this horror film rather unique in this day and age.
  • Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: This prickly, shifty, unnerving psychological nail-biter turns the screws slowly, resulting in a vise grip of terror.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Eerie and sinister, operating on a more psychologically incisive level than the typical horror flick… until it tosses it all with a cop-out of an ending.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: The Witch does not hide its malevolence offscreen, but it does not overplay its hand either, opting instead for disjointed flashes of…something…that so often defies description. Anything and everything seems possible, and Eggers uses that unease to his advantage by pumping the gas sparingly but with bone-chilling effectiveness.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: …the first truly accomplished horror film of 2016 thus far.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The Witch holds you in its grasp with a chilling exploration of how evil chooses some people to be its victims and others to do its bidding.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The Exorcist filtered through The Crucible, Rosemary’s Baby by way of the Salem Witch Trials, The Witch marks a stunning debut, and is a movie that will leave a long-lasting impression in horror and beyond.
  • [New – 2/26/16] | Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: Don’t expect to jump at all because Eggers isn’t interested in cheap tricks. He’d rather lull us into a state of trepidation and subtly bring forth his evil from the shadows as though it was there all along.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A study in paranoia that creates a deepening mood of unease and dread…[and] despite a few stumbles (most notably a miscalculated final scene) is genuinely creepy.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: What ultimately makes the film so absorbing and haunting is not its rustic folktale terrors, but its potent depiction of a Protestant household—that alleged rock of American life—coming spectacularly undone amid snarls of deception, sorrow, and psychosexual tension.

Reviews: 88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts (2016)

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Reviews: The Boy (2016)

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

  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Stranger and intense, delving into the paranormal and leaving the door ajar for a sequel…
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis
    • Excerpt: Highly recommended if you enjoy shouting at movie characters about how stupid they are.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: In essence, ‘The Boy’ is one stillborn terrorizing tyke born out of artificial and tired creepy conventions.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: The Boy doesn’t really work in the end, but it’s nice to see a horror movie that creates tension via a carefully-crafted atmosphere and also follows a particular (and sensible) logic.
  • 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.
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