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Reviews: Southpaw (2015)

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

  • [New – 7/24/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “The Equalizer”) has never been accused of subtlety, so the depth of performances he achieves here are noteworthy even if the story beats come down like a sledgehammer.
  • [New – 7/23/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Southpaw features the components of a fine, character-driven movie, but they’re sandwiched between an unpalatable first act and a routine final one.
  • [New – 7/24/15] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 7/23/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • [New – 7/23/15] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: It’s amazing to see how far Gyllenhaal has come as an actor who transforms himself physically, emotionally, and mentally for each role he plays.
  • [New – 7/23/15] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Jake Gyllenhaal does his best Mike Tyson in Southpaw, a boxing movie about a tough kid from a Hell’s Kitchen orphanage who goes on to become a Lightweight champion, loses everything, and then picks himself back up by his teeth in an effort to come out back on top.
  • [New – 7/23/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Essentially just a down-and-dirty variation on that classical pugilistic tearjerker ‘The Champ’…despite its hardboiled exterior, the movie still wallows in sentiment and cliche.
  • [New – 7/24/15] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: An almost fatally derivative fight flick is saved by a key performance and some good old on-screen fight hokum.
  • [New – 7/23/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Southpaw foregrounds straightforward, moralistic storytelling that is reminiscent of early 20th-century boxing flicks like The Champ and Gentleman Jim.

The Essay Question (Jul. 23, 2015)

Every couple of weeks, the OFCS polls its members with a question related to movies. It can be serious or amusing, but each member is given the opportunity to submit a short response to the question, which we will then post on Thursday mornings. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #17:

As a continuation of the last essay question, what is the worst movie of 2015 so far?

Question Submitted by: Robert Roten @ Laramie Movie Scope

Responses

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Happy Birthday: Susan Granger

OFCS member Susan Granger celebrates her birthday today, July 22. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Susan Granger, Hearst Media Group and Arizona Reporter.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jul. 21, 2015)

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

Interviews

‘Boulevard’ Director Dito Montiel on Robin Williams’ Final Performance

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: You hope for it, you hope a mega movie star is going to come and make your movie and care that much at two in the morning in Nashville, but it doesn’t happen all the time. So that was really, really special to me.

Burr Steers of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: My idea was that you create this alternate world and then you set Pride and Prejudice in that world.

Changing Impressions: Rachel Israel talks about autism, authenticity and Keep the Change

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Matt Smith and Jack Huston of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: You think that can’t possibly work, and then you’re surprised at how well it does work without sacrificing anything from the original novel, keeping very true to it.”

Robin Williams ‘poured his heart and soul into the film,’ says widow

Glenn Lovell @ BostonGlobe.com

  • Excerpt: “I was nervous about meeting [Robin],” admitted Kathy Baker, whose credits include “Edward Scissorhands” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” “I was afraid it was going to be the funny, always ‘on’ Robin, and that he was going to be a distraction. . . . And here was this quiet . . . respectful . . . almost fragile man.”

Sam Viviano of MAD Magazine

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: The parodies help them see movies in a different way.

‘The Look of Silence’ Director Joshua Oppenheimer on Filmmaking, Fear, and Following Up ‘The Act of Killing’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I am not one to question how Joshua Oppenheimer would like to do an interview — because, over the course of two films, he’s conducted some of the most extraordinary interviews ever put to film.

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics & More on DVD (Jul. 20, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Lolita (1997)

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Although it is considered sacrilege in some circles to say this, Adrian Lyne’s 1997 film version of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial 1954 novel is a vast improvement over Stanley Kubrick’s beloved 1962 standard.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Marco Albanese

OFCS member Marco Albanese celebrates his birthday today, July 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Stanze di Cinema.

This Week, Part 2 (Jul. 17-19, 2015)

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: July 17-19, 2015

Wide (United States)

Ant-Man

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

Trainwreck

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

Limited (United States)

Irrational Man

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Allen’s] latest, repetitive in and of itself, finds the director spinning his wheels, rehashing themes in a stilted screenplay which the director fails to enliven via his actors.

The Look of Silence

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Mr. Holmes

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

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

This Week, Part 1 (Jul. 17-19, 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: July 17-19, 2015

Wide (United States)

Ant-Man

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Trainwreck

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Mr. Holmes

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

Happy Birthday: Paulo Peralta

OFCS member Paulo Peralta celebrates his birthday today, July 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: CinEuphoria.

Happy Birthday: Dustin Freeley

OFCS member Dustin Freeley celebrates his birthday today, July 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Movies About Gladiators.

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