Happy Birthday: John Hanlon

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Published on: October 15, 2014

OFCS member John Hanlon celebrates his birthday today, October 15. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Breitbart.com and John Hanlon Reviews.

The Grab Bag (Oct. 14, 2014)

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Published on: October 14, 2014

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

Best of Lists

2014 Film Reviews Rated Five Stars

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Five Star Films: The Whole Bloody List

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Interviews

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Happy Birthday: Edgar Chaput

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Published on: October 14, 2014

OFCS member Edgar Chaput celebrates his birthday today, October 14. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Sound on Sight.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 13, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: It’s a very fun romp through the wild and wacky world of witchcraft, so jump on the bed and let’s go!

Bonnie and Clyde

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Equal parts true-crime exposé, dysfunctional love story, and Depression-era think piece, the picture underscores American police departments’ longstanding proclivity for short cuts to justice, i.e. murder.

Chase a Crooked Shadow

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Drive

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Ghost in the Shell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … less exploitative and far more thoughtful than most of its kin… an invigorating animation for the mind and eye.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Fierce in its condemnation of America’s racist military attacks against Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed a quarter of a million Japanese citizens, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” bridges a gap between death and life via a doomed love affair that helps heal two emotionally damaged people from different races.

Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Even by modern cinema’s jaded standards, “She Wolf of the SS” remains a powerfully sexy, campy, blood-soaked, and fetishistic tour de force.

Maurice

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Vertigo

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Vertigo is a film about passion and love and trying to overcome the past, though all of these themes are problematized – the film is rarely as simple as it looks…

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Glenn Dunks

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Published on: October 13, 2014

OFCS member Glenn Dunks celebrates his birthday today, October 13. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Blog Quick Flix, Glenn Dunks, The Film Experience, Junkee, Onya Magazine and Stale Popcorn.

Happy Birthday: Phil Hall

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Published on: October 12, 2014

OFCS member Phil Hall celebrates his birthday today, October 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film Threat and Edge Boston.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 10-12, 2014)

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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: October 10-12, 2014

Wide (United States)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Dracula Untold

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The Judge

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Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

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Limited (United States)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: a feeling akin to the difference between joking about an easy target like Christian Scientologists, and then, say, being forced to attend an eight hour seminar that seriously teaches its religious tenets.

Kill the Messenger

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

One Chance

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Overnighters

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In Jesse Moss’ taut and morally complex documentary, a pastor opens his church to homeless men looking for work in the booming North Dakota oil fields and faces the wrath of a small town nervous about their community’s rapid transformation.

St. Vincent

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Melfi puts in a bit more elbow grease in this tried and true concoction, to make an effective, though utterly formulaic film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…

[New Today] Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Whiplash

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: To Chazelle’s credit, he asks questions seriously and seriously ponders the myriad outcomes. In the end, though, his film never uses its fangs enough for the questions to leave a mark.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 10-12, 2014)

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Published on: October 10, 2014

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: October 10-12, 2014

Wide (United States)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: a feeling akin to the difference between joking about an easy target like Christian Scientologists, and then, say, being forced to attend an eight hour seminar that seriously teaches its religious tenets.

Dracula Untold

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Judge

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living.

Kill the Messenger

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

One Chance

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Overnighters

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In Jesse Moss’ taut and morally complex documentary, a pastor opens his church to homeless men looking for work in the booming North Dakota oil fields and faces the wrath of a small town nervous about their community’s rapid transformation.

St. Vincent

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Melfi puts in a bit more elbow grease in this tried and true concoction, to make an effective, though utterly formulaic film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…

Whiplash

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: To Chazelle’s credit, he asks questions seriously and seriously ponders the myriad outcomes. In the end, though, his film never uses its fangs enough for the questions to leave a mark.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

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Published on: October 9, 2014

alexanderReviews for this film from our members:

  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: To those outside of its heteronormative clutches, the film plays rather like an excellent case study for theories related to population control and the weird social experiment that families tend to resemble.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Entertaining family film based on the classic children’s book about dealing with difficulties with optimism.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is a cute and fun – if not somewhat disposable – film that both kids and parents can enjoy.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a cute enough family film about empathy, but it’s based in a Disney reality where parents never snap…young Ed Oxenbould holds the center as the unfortunate Alexander.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [F]orces its characters into kooky scenarios with little interest if those scenarios make any sense for the characters or in any form of real-world experience.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is more succinct than its title suggests, as well as an excellent source of family-friendly entertainment.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bad things happening to people has been the basis for many comedies: The Out of Towners, Home Alone, etc. The cast gamely registers discomfort in awkward situations with amusing results.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: It’s strictly for kids, this very silly, mostly sweet tale of middle-school angst, with a few nonconformist hand grenades tossed in for good measure.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Despite the obvious set ups and a day with so much stuff crammed into it for any family in the history of families, Alexander is borderline recommendable for those with kids.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is actually pleasingly solid family entertainment that even makes some bold (or questionable) choices within the Disney banner to go with its accident-filled, “jumping from the frying pan into the fire” plot. If that’s what a pleasant surprise sounds like, then we’ll take it.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Though one can name lots of worse family movies, if not horrible, terrible, and very bad this one is–considering its pedigree and the quality of the cast–disappointingly mediocre.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | David William Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: Alexander… thrives on destruction, gleefully watching as things collapse, explode and burn. It all lives just within the boundaries of realistic, escaping the need to make the audience complicit in Alexander’s belief in the moment of magic granted to him.

Reviews: All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

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Published on: October 9, 2014

all_cheerleaders_dieReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: The Blue Room (2014)

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Reviews: The Dance of Reality (2014)

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dance_of_realityReviews for this film from our members:

  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Indulgent, Felliniesque, funny, sad, philosophical, political, religious and some might even say incestuous, Jodorowsky’s latest features the filmmaker as the compassionate guardian of his 8 year-old self
  • [New - 10/9/14] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La danza de la realidad peculiar y personal lo es mucho, y de vez en cuando tiene grandes ideas y momentos, pero el conjunto es demasiado caprichoso y disperso.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • [New - 10/9/14] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: The hallucinogenic excesses of 1970’s ‘El Topo’ and 1973’s ‘The Holy Mountain’ have been replaced with a mellower style that suggests Jodorowsky has moved away from the testicular filmmaking of his youth, and closer to the intellectual playfulness of late Buñuel or Ruiz. This new, wiser Jodorowsky is wistful, less willfully obscure, and, most importantly, much funnier…
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Hopefully, “The Dance of Reality” will usher in more films from a brave filmmaker whose imagination, inspiration, and execution is pure.

Reviews: Dracula Untold (2014)

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Published on: October 9, 2014

dracula_untoldReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/23/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Universal resta un poco más de épica a su propio legado con esta peliculita que no tiene muy bien a qué agarrarse. Historia disparatada, producción irregular, poca permanencia en la memoria.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: While its title will open it up to a countless number of snarky comments, perhaps now that we’ve reached the Untold region we don’t have to march on into the Retold territory.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Even if “Dracula Untold” isn’t the greatest version of the Dracula legend, I welcome it as a reboot of this shared universe from the 1940s.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Gary Shore and screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless meld history with mythology for an entertainingly cheesy period fantasy adventure cum origin film grounded by a committed performance by Luke Evans as Lord Impaler.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s tempting, if facile and snarky to say “Dracula sucks.” But…
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [W]hat we get is an overly familiar Dracula movie that lacks a distinguishing personality.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Dracula Untold’ Shows A Kinder, Gentler Prince Of Darkness
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Dracula: Untold’ entirely reimagines the famed vampire’s origin story, updating the tale for an audience raised on spectacle over subtlety.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Is it damning with faint praise to say that this horror fantasy doesn’t totally suck?
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A solid action fantasy more elemental and visceral than I expected, thanks to the potent presence of Luke Evans.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Dracula Untold isn’t a tale that had to be left untold, but couldn’t someone have told it in a less stiff way? At least Luke Evans is the hunkiest Vlad the Impaler this world has ever seen.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Breathes new life into an otherwise tired stomping ground, taking this story back hundreds of years and delving into the unknown origin story of the innovator himself, Mr. Dracula.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Bram Stoker’s creation enters the world of George R. R. Martin in Dracula Untold, a supposed vampire movie that features precious little gothic horror, and instead combines Game of Thrones theatrics with epic (but bloodless PG-13) Braveheart-styled battle sequences. Terrific. This is exactly what Dracula fans have been clamoring for.

Reviews: The Judge (2014)

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Published on: October 9, 2014

judgeReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/23/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Propuesta que escapa de la mera consideración telefílmica por el trabajo de sus actores principales. Mucho metraje, mucho cliché, poco espacio para la sorpresa. Un descanso para Robert Downey Jr. entre tanto ajetreo Marvel.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Groaning beneath the weight of its desperate grandstanding for awards consideration, David Dobkins’ The Judge launches a continuous covey of clichés at you as it vacillates between middlebrow familial melodrama, murder mystery, and half-baked courtroom drama.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: The Judge is severely lacking the intelligence and excitement we expect of courtroom dramas.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Drama about the transformation of a smart and slick Chicago defense lawyer during a visit to his small Indiana hometown.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: tries too hard with too much to deliver too little
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Time and again, the writers attempt sleight of hand – tossing out ideas in order to upend them with a different revelation – but the tactic doesn’t work and Dobkins’ direction of plot is ungainly.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: A deliberately manufactured, self-conscious class act from beginning to end, this dysfunctional family drama has been cast like a Yankees’ World Series contention team, photographed by Steven Spielberg’s cinematographer and scored by a 12-time Oscar nominee. Director David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up”) is attempting something more ambitious here, and he keeps his ducks in a row, but “The Judge” relentlessly refuses to pass up any opportunity to remind the audience they’re watching a movie.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Screenwriters Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque are working under the misapprehension that having things happen to a character is the same as developing that character…
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall team up together for the first time in this sentimental journey, following a prodigal son from sin to redemption.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The prodigal son returns is frequently a crowd pleaser and Downey and Duvall will entertain you with their version of it.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: ‘The Judge’ is a very familiar tale of a man that finds humility in a return to his hometown – albeit one with a few genuinely powerful moments of drama.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A slick, sturdily performed middlebrow melodrama that meanders a bit and overstays its welcome, “The Judge” is just fine. If nothing else, Robert Downey Jr. gives this overlong, schmaltzy material a shot in the arm with his no-bull charisma.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: ‘The Judge’ plays it safe and pleads ‘no contest’. Nothing risked is nothing gained.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The Judge resembles those John Grisham thrillers that were popular in the 90s before the public came to the realization that he was basically telling the same story over and over. This is not a Grisham thriller, it’s actually better because it has more investment in the characters. Yes, it’s about a big criminal trial but that’s only a backdrop. It’s just as effective as a human drama.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Slick but superficial and overloaded with cliches…entertaining enough, but in a shallow, manipulative fashion.

Reviews: Kill the Messenger (2014)

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Published on: October 9, 2014

kill_the_messengerReviews for this film from our members:

  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: There are ways in which both fictional and documentary films can bring the truth to a life that is bigger than the facts alone. Kill the Messenger is just an adaptation of a Wikipedia entry.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Avoiding the trap of a procedural, Cuesta’s film feels very much like an intimate character drama spliced with its overarching message concerning easily manipulated media frenzies and the undiscussed corruption going on within our governmental agencies.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A drama made memorable by a Jeremy Renner’s mercurial performance as the passionate investigative journalist Gary Webb.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What’s missing is some expression of the emotional and psychological toll on Gary beyond the basic acknowledgement that these events are affecting him…
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Suspenseful political thriller, focusing on the fate of yet another truth-seeking whistleblower.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What makes this so watchable is Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of newspaper reporter Gary Webb. He is really good at getting the audience to like him.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The subject remains strong enough to recommend but Kill the Messenger is too choppy to rank as one of the harder hitting political thrillers.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Kill the Messenger” is a frustrating movie. It fails both as a brief biopic and as a political thriller. It works somewhat as a sketch character study, but that’s not enough to satisfy a movie audience.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A solid fact-based period piece…anchored by a vivid performance from Jeremy Renner…a welcome throwback to the days of activist Hollywood David-vs.-Goliath films.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Director Michael Cuesta and screenwriter Peter Landsman have difficulty structuring the story to best exploit its intrinsic drama, leaving Messenger feeling somewhat lumpy.

Reviews: Men, Women & Children (2014)

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Published on: October 9, 2014

men_women_and_childrenReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Following last year’s bizarrely tone-deaf adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s ‘Labor Day,’ Reitman’s latest is a peculiarly alarmist ensemble piece about how, in spite of our copious technology, we’re all just so disconnected, man. When Reitman burst on the scene with ‘Thank You for Smoking’ back in 2005, he seemed bent on making another ‘Dr. Strangelove'; based on his new picture, he’s apparently spent those years harboring the desire to make another ‘Crash.’
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The kids are all right. The internet is all right. It’s this dreary, futile, meandering movie that sucks the life out of everything.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: I didn’t like this movie when it was called “Disconnect,” and cowriter/director Jason Reitman’s (“Juno,” “Labor Day”) adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel lays on pretension masquerading as deep thought for an even less convincing mix
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Considering its lack of concern in addressing a solution to the problem it raises, the movie’s fascination with masturbation is appropriate.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Jason Reitman is way too young to have produced a work of such fuddy-duddy handwringing over These Kids (And Adults) Today and how we play with our e-toys.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Future Reitman analysts will have his early period to begin their dissections and then will move on to his films which feel aimed at his neighborhood Rotary Club, which feels like the only demographic Reitman will end up scaring here.
  • [New - 10/17/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Critically, “Labor Day” was unfairly mocked because it was filmmaker Reitman in a different, more earnest mode, many claiming that he was losing his way and his spiky edge. Correction: “Men, Women & Children” is his first miscalculation.
  • [New - 10/17/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 10/9/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Given the fact that Men, Women & Children has a kind of a forest-for-the-trees thing happening, it’s not surprising that some details are lost in the earnest pursuit of so many others. The problem that co-writer and director Jason Reitman has, though, isn’t that he can’t see the forest, it’s that he thinks he does, and he ignores the good trees within it by trying to have it all
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Banality posing as profundity.

The Grab Bag (Oct. 7, 2014)

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Published on: October 7, 2014

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Faithful Shakespeare Adaptations on Film

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Polanski’s ‘Macbeth’ is a terrific movie; and noteworthy as being a Shakespeare adaptation that is mostly done “straight” — i.e., basically as written, rather than relocated to outer space or a high school or the mob underworld or anything crazy like that. In fact, it seems more difficult to just do the play, without all the bells and whistles.

The 10 Creepiest Kids in Movie History

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: With Halloween sneaking up like a well-dressed child with a knowing smirk, we take a look at some of cinema’s creepiest kids.

The 11 Creepiest Creepy Doll Movies

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Creepy dolls are creepy. These creepy doll movies are creepier.

Every Martin Scorsese Movie, Ranked

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Flavorwire presents the DEFINITIVE ranking of Martin Scorsese’s narrative and documentary features (stretching feature a bit to include long-ish documentaries and made-for-TV works), stacking up 36 films over nearly 50 years.

Interviews

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 6, 2014)

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Published on: October 6, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Cabaret

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Simplemente genial.

Gone With the Wind

Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: If you haven’t seen “Gone With the Wind,” you don’t know the whole story of the big Hollywood movie, and if you haven’t seen “Gone With the Wind” on the big screen, you haven’t seen “Gone With the Wind.”

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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Published on: October 4, 2014

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: October 3-5, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annabelle

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

Gone Girl

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Left Behind

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Limited (United States)

Bang Bang

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Blue Room

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It’s depiction of an adulterous affair is icy, complicated, isolating, but it’s a thrillingly and strikingly photographed film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A chilling and creatively structure French murder mystery tale.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Good Lie

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An emotionally warm and immensely appealing story of the immigrant experience of some survivors of the 1980s genocide in Sudan.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sensitive and sincere, it’s an inspiring, redemptive tale of courage and compassion.

Men, Women & Children

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The kids are all right. The internet is all right. It’s this dreary, futile, meandering movie that sucks the life out of everything.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I didn’t like this movie when it was called “Disconnect,” and cowriter/director Jason Reitman’s (“Juno,” “Labor Day”) adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel lays on pretension masquerading as deep thought for an even less convincing mix

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Considering its lack of concern in addressing a solution to the problem it raises, the movie’s fascination with masturbation is appropriate.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: An engaging document of how – and, more importantly, why – this particular album had such an impact.

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a look at the influential album twenty years later, doesn’t feel like the complete account that some may want, but it is a sharp and entertainment profile of an important artist.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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Published on: October 3, 2014

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: October 3-5, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annabelle

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Gone Girl

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Left Behind

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Limited (United States)

Bang Bang

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Blue Room

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It’s depiction of an adulterous affair is icy, complicated, isolating, but it’s a thrillingly and strikingly photographed film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A chilling and creatively structure French murder mystery tale.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Good Lie

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An emotionally warm and immensely appealing story of the immigrant experience of some survivors of the 1980s genocide in Sudan.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sensitive and sincere, it’s an inspiring, redemptive tale of courage and compassion.

Men, Women & Children

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I didn’t like this movie when it was called “Disconnect,” and cowriter/director Jason Reitman’s (“Juno,” “Labor Day”) adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel lays on pretension masquerading as deep thought for an even less convincing mix

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: An engaging document of how – and, more importantly, why – this particular album had such an impact.

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a look at the influential album twenty years later, doesn’t feel like the complete account that some may want, but it is a sharp and entertainment profile of an important artist.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Don Simpson

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Published on: October 3, 2014

OFCS member Don Simpson celebrates his birthday today, October 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Smells Like Screen Spirit.

Reviews: Annabelle (2014)

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Published on: October 2, 2014

annabelleReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Exploit/spin-off nacido a la sombra del éxito comercial de “Expediente Warren” que ofrece todo lo que uno podía esperar de un proyecto así: nada. Mala desde el guion, mala desde la dirección, mala en general.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Basically another bargain basement housewife-in-peril horror film
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Annabelle boasts a couple of effective “boo” scares – there are so many that a few were bound to land by default – but the only “boo” that matters is the one you’ll yell at the screen after this thudding, laughable bore finally cuts to the credits.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I find myself enjoying the slow-burn nature of these movies and the attention to detail in terms of set design, atmosphere, lighting and the sound mix. It’s a huge step up from found footage, which relies on exactly none of these things (and in fact rejects them as a whole in the genre).
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It doesn’t help that the doll, conceptualized as it was in “The Conjuring,” starts off looking like Chucky’s demented cousin painted up like a demonic tart before it’s even been made a vessel of the devil…
  • Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine
    • Excerpt: …there are a limited number of ways in which a demonic doll can be frightening, particularly when said doll looks like it was made in Evil Co.’s nightmare factory, on an assembly line manned by Satanists.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Annabelle” is a self-styled prequel to last year’s horror hit, “The Conjuring.” It isn’t as smart or well-acted, but it does get the job done. Comedies are about making us laugh and horror movies are about making us jump, and “Annabelle,” if not a wall-to-wall jump fest, does have enough good ones to be a successful spook show.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [P]erhaps the movie’s biggest surprise is that it isn’t entirely pointless.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: James Wan Gives The People What They Want – ‘Annabelle’ Gets Her Own Movie
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A tedious, strictly superficial fright-flick…
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: In the end, “Annabelle” cannot be denied the handful of jolts it plants, but one still gets the nagging suspicion that even the rosy-cheeked, pigtailed star will see more than a few missed opportunities in her own vehicle.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: If you think making a feature length movie of the backstory of a creepy doll might be stretching the concept a bit much, you’re correct.
  • [New - 10/9/14] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Nothing more than a cynical and pointless cash-in on an already successful entity.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: A spookily effective supernatural tale self-destructs during the final act in Annabelle, a follow-up to last year’s The Conjuring that successfully employs many of that film’s hauntingly understated techniques but devolves into unadulterated silliness by the end.
  • [New - 10/9/14] | Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Reviews: Gone Girl (2014)

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Published on: October 2, 2014

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Reviews: Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

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Published on: October 2, 2014

hector_and_the_search_for_happinessReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/25/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A snappy and satisfying adult parable about a therapist’s quest to find the meaning of life.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ is a yuppie’s humorous escape from life’s responsibilities in the guise of a research trip to investigate an abstract idea.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A rich white man tours the misery of others to learn about happiness. Yes, it is as offensive as it sounds.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ includes laughs and relatable drama but struggles to find successful balance between engaging journeys and thought-provoking destinations.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: I had little patience for Hector and the Search for Happiness and its manipulations, despite liking Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and having been drawn in by the film’s first 20 minutes or so.

Reviews: Jimi: All Is By My Side (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: October 2, 2014

jimi_all_is_by_my_sideReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/25/14] | Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: John Ridley’s fractured and narrowcast, unauthorized Jimi Hendrix biopic (read: no Hendrix compositions) wrongly assumes that André Benjamin’s intuitive inhabiting of the musician’s skittish soul will entice audiences as much as it does the women around him.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A quirky and appealing glimpse into the life and guitar virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix.
  • [New - 10/2/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: All is By My Side amounts to a series of imagined conversations, with Andre Benjamin struggling to hold our attention through them.
  • [New - 8/8/14] | Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Ridley’s film is a shocking biopic starring André Benjamin – who becomes Hendrix. From the soft voice, skinny body, and constant gum chewing to the groundbreaking guitar work, Benjamin pegs the Hendrix we all loved.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
    • Excerpt: A powerful look at the crucial years in an artist’s trajectory when the thrill of success begins to yield to the curse of fame.
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