Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 25, 2015)

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Published on: May 25, 2015

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Macbeth

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: An appreciation of Orson Welles’ 1948 Shakespeare film.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Randle McMurphy and Nurse Ratched play a game of one-upmanship while we sit and watch, basking in the glory of their finely tuned characters.

Paint Your Wagon

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: An appreciation of the 1969 musical

Stronghold

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Victory at Sea

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: A review of the 1954 documentary.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Vadim Grigoriev

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Published on: May 24, 2015

OFCS member Vadim Grigoriev celebrates his birthday today, May 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Kino Blog and Kino Devnik.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (May 22-24, 2015)

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Published on: May 23, 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 22-24, 2015

Wide (United States)

Poltergeist

[New Today] Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The essential paradox of the remake has seldom been as explicitly — and often frustratingly — actualized as it is in Gil Kenan’s new ‘Poltergeist,’ which assembles a very gifted group of people to go through another movie’s paces, a cover band you wish would just play their own songs.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Poltergeist, a condensed remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror film, is doubly redundant.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: If you have any inclination to see this, just rewatch the original. You will lose nothing, and you’ll have a far better time.

[New Today] Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Poltergeist (2015) is a forgettable diversion – one that may satisfy casual viewers looking for a mildly eerie (and sometimes humorous) ghost story.

[New Today] Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Poltergeist isn’t one of those remakes that totally pisses on the corpse of the original, but it doesn’t do much with the framework either.

[New Today] Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The remake feels like a rush through paces we’ve been over before brought to you by filmmakers who never bothered to understand why they worked in the first place. Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper worked to create a sense of magic and life and energy. That movie was also fun. This one, directed by Gil Keanan (Monster House), feels like a checklist. There’s no time for anything, no time for characters, no time to establish tension or mood.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Doesn’t improve on Hooper’s film, or equal it, but at least it doesn’t bastardize it. But…why settle for a respectable retread when you can still savor its superior model?

Tomorrowland

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Aloft

[New Today] David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Whatever Llosa is doing here is the opposite of what the kids call “worldbuiding.” She’s insisting on the reality of her film rather than convincing us of it.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Claudia Llosa’s rumination on art and nature as healing tools is a pretty abstraction where supporting players come into sharper focus than its leads…”Aloft” never takes wing.

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

Sunshine Superman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: simply spectacular

[New Today] Kenji Fujishima @ The L Magazine

When Marnie Was There

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 22-24, 2015)

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Published on: May 22, 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 22-24, 2015

Wide (United States)

Tomorrowland

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Aloft

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Claudia Llosa’s rumination on art and nature as healing tools is a pretty abstraction where supporting players come into sharper focus than its leads…”Aloft” never takes wing.

Sunshine Superman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: simply spectacular

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

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Reviews: Good Kill (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

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Reviews: I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

ill_see_you_in_my_dreamsReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 5/14/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: I’ll See You in My Dreams is not a movie about death any more than it’s about aging. At the risk of being corny, it’s a movie about life.
  • [New – 5/14/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It is a delight to see Danner in a lead role, and her character study bubbles with a relatable, melancholy feistiness bolstered by strong support…”I’ll See You in My Dreams” is a small scale marvel.
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: I’ll See You in My Dreams may not be “about” much, but nonetheless, it has a lot to say and, like its characters, says it with precision.
  • [New – 5/22/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A formulaic but engaging dramedy…older audiences in particular will find it a pleasant way to spend their time.
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Exquisite chemistry between Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott make this dramedy something special indeed.

Reviews: Iris (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

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Reviews: Tomorrowland (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

tomorrowlandReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ has enough nostalgic golden glow, characters gazing off in a wonder, and John Williams-esque music cues to seem, in spots, like a Spielberg cosplay. Yet Bird seems to have learned the hard way what J.J. Abrams did in ‘Super 8′: the aesthetics are easy to ape, but one should never underestimate the value Spielberg places on tight, clear, logical storytelling.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Matt Brown @ Twitch
  • Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic
    • Excerpt: Despite all its flaws, this grown up still comes away from Tomorrowland wishing there was more of it to see and would gladly take that trip.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It feels dated visually, its narrative is spotty and its characters too broadly defined. On the whole, “Tomorrowland” plays like “Interstellar” for 8 year-olds with Disney’s animatrons thrown in for no discernible reason.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: While the film is a visual marvel, one in which the special effects are used to create a genuinely awe-inspiring world that recalls the utopian beauty of earlier sci-fi, it’s repeatedly undercut by its script. Specifically, the way in which it says too little about its plot and far too much about its themes.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This film fights the good fight.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Tomorrowland’ displays a desire for innovation rarely seen in contemporary film, and delivers a picture packed with stunning set designs and a starry-eyed storyline.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Spiritually simplistic, it’s a family-friendly sci-fi adventure fantasy…
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: There is a moment well into Tomorrowland where George Clooney finally looks at the main character and yells, “Cant’ you just be amazed and move on?” Here here.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A family entertainment that matches the tone and spirit of many live-action Disney offerings from decades’ past, such as 1975’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” and 1991’s “The Rocketeer,” “Tomorrowland” is a good-humored, inventively whimsical sci-fi adventure that’s a lot of fun, particularly for the first two-thirds.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The aim of Tomorrowland is admirable, we can all use a more optimistic outlook, but the execution comes across like an unfocused, ham-handed, self-congratulatory editorial.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Even if there’s a lot to recommend for those with inherent love for adventurous, Spielbergian escapades, it’s also one of those films that reaches out for greatness and doesn’t have enough there to successfully grasp. The fact that it could have makes it all the more frustrating.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: … creeps our petty pace from day to day…
  • Kristy P @ Spinoff Online
    • Excerpt: “Tomorrowland” is a massive letdown. Lacking in visual storytelling, emotional resonance and spectacle, it doesn’t feel like a Brad Bird movie at all.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: If you’ve seen it in another movie, you will most likely see it in Tomorrowland.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Deficient in magic and decidedly short on enchantment, as well as tiresomely preachy.

Reviews: Welcome to Me (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

welcome_to_meReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 4/30/15] | 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.
  • [New – 4/30/15] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A frolicsome comedy that gives Kristen Wiig a chance to strut her stuff.
  • [New – 5/14/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This isn’t funny. It’s sad and disheartening and demeaning…
  • [New – 5/1/15] | Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Welcome to Me undoubtedly marks Wiig’s most offbeat, daring and trickiest role to date as a woman with borderline personality disorder, but the film wants to be a tragic comedy and it doesn’t quite stick the landing.
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: You have to respect a film that takes the risk of alienating viewers [but[ the result, while fascinating, is as deeply flawed as its protagonist.
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