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Reviews: Turbo Kid (2015)

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Reviews: We Are Your Friends (2015)

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The Essay Question (Aug. 27, 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 #19:

What is the difference between an effective black comedy and just a mean-spirited film? Give examples of each.

Question Submitted by: Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

Responses

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Happy Birthday: Robert Humanick

OFCS member Robert Humanick celebrates his birthday today, August 27. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Projection Booth and Slant Magazine.

Happy Birthday: Felix Vasquez Jr

OFCS member Felix Vasquez Jr. celebrates his birthday today, August 26. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinema Crazed and Sound on Sight.

From Our Members’ Desks (Aug 25, 2015)

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

Interviews

Gemma Arterton and Jason Flemyng – Gemma Bovery

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

‘Mistress America’ Director Noah Baumbach on Aging, Staging, and If He’s Cynical About Young People

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I don’t feel cynical about young people, consciously, anyway.

Mukunda and Govinda Angulo – The Wolfpack

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

“Pop Culture Becomes Part of Your Autobiography”: Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich on His First Theatrical Release Since 2001

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It is a little strange, but then I’m also getting used to the fact that I’m now close to the age that John Ford and Howard Hawks were when I met them! Which is a bit… off-putting, frankly.

Whistle down the wind: Russell Friedenberg on America’s troubled history, war, wild places and Wind Walkers

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 24, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Clock

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I don’t think of The Clock as a forgotten film. I think of The Clock as undiscovered treasure, a sweet, gentle movie that works and that is still relevant today (if perhaps a bit dated and not as believable due to technological advances).

Foreign Intrigue

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Fountainhead

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I found that The Fountainhead has a great idea for a plot and some beautiful visuals. It also has at least two strikes against it: some lousy directing and some heavy-handed writing, which threaten to derail the film.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Housekeeping

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Housekeeping strikes as delicate a balance in its storytelling as Sylvie maintains in her restless, preoccupied mind. While fashioning a rather clichéd story of conventionality versus free-spiritedness, Forsyth and his appealing and talented cast offer something more akin to fable.

The People Under the Stairs

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Queen of Outer Space

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Everything you might think about Queen of Outer Space is true: it’s badly acted, it has silly sets and a pretty silly plot. However, I found it a great pleasure (guilty, perhaps, but a pleasure nonetheless).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week, Part 2 (Aug. 21-23, 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: August 21-23, 2015

Wide (United States)

American Ultra

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Hitman: Agent 47

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Sinister 2

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Limited (United States)

6 Years

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Distances itself from other flawed relationship narratives with excellent acting and a subversion of gender roles.

Digging for Fire

Kenji Fujishima @ Brooklyn Magazine

Grandma

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: it is a sheer delight to watch Tomlin interact with a widely varied supporting cast, putting subtle spins on each encounter that builds Elle Reid from the outside in.

Learning to Drive

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a lovely story of moving out of middle aged comfort zones during times of romantic crisis rendered both humorous and affecting by leads Clarkson and Kingsley.

She’s Funny That Way

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: While it’s tempting to fixate on the facets of modern Big Apple life that are missing from this decidedly concentrated portrait, it’s more fulfilling to look at what is there: a vision of the privileged class as a comically insular world, and its recognition of the idea that the paths taken by the privileged to reach their seemingly perfectly upheld lives haven’t necessarily been any less fraught with self-denied compromise and regret than those of less fortunate city dwellers.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Tracers (2015)

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

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Thriller de sobremesa a mayor gloria de Taylor Lautner, que pasa de hombre lobo a hombre mono a las órdenes del español Daniel Benmayor. El trabajo del cineasta a nivel técnico es lo mejor/único destacable de una propuesta fugaz, muy fugaz.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: Let’s just say there’s barely a trace of an interesting plot to be found.
  • [New – 8/28/15] | Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: …a vanity vehicle for the ex-Twilight Lothario. The best sell in ‘Tracers’ is indeed Lautner’s kinetic physicality for athletically bouncing around in a synthetic, boneless urban suspense piece.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Another terrible film with Taylor Lautner…
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: É um digno produto para o grande ecrã. Faltou algo mais sólido no argumento para que também no mercado doméstico conseguisse longevidade.
  • George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Reviews: Sinister 2 (2015)

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