Happy Birthday: Daniel Kelly

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Published on: December 11, 2014

OFCS member Daniel Kelly celebrates his birthday today, December 11. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: eFilm Critic and Danland Movies.

Happy Birthday: Michael Pattison

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Published on: December 10, 2014

OFCS member Michael Pattison celebrates his birthday today, December 10. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Id Film.

The Grab Bag (Dec. 9, 2014)

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Published on: December 9, 2014

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

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the winners and losers of the first week of precursor season.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 28-30, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Penguins of Madagascar” and “The Imitation Game”

TIFF Names Canada’a Top Ten Films of 2014

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Mommy’, ‘Maps to the Stars’ among the films named Canada’s best.

Interviews

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OFCS Announces 18th Annual Film Awards Nominations

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Published on: December 8, 2014

The nominations for the 18th annual Online Film Critics Society awards celebrating the best in feature films from the year 2014 have been announced. A press release will be added to this post as soon as it’s available. For now, please visit the following link to see the full list of nominations.

18th Annual Awards for 2014

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 8, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Audrey Hepburn Collection

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: hree of Audrey Hepburn’s most beloved films are brought together here under one cover, compiling previously released Blu-ray editions in one sleek package. Though the bundling doesn’t necessarily have a strict theme, the set will satisfy viewers who enjoy the actress’ penchant for fairy tale romances.

Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

Tyler Foster @ DVDTalk

Claire’s Knee

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] As much a French cultural touchstone as a charming and nuanced picture of desire, “Claire’s Knee” is Eric Rohmer’s best-known film.

Crossroads/Jujiro

Donald J. Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Eraserhead

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: David Lynch’s filmic immersion into the surreal world of his distinctly odd protagonist Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) comes through in a creepy black-and-white black comedy that functions perfectly as a nerve-wracking exercise in existential horror.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Le beau Serge

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Running roughshod over the usual settling-in period, Le beau Serge grabs the viewer by the scruff of the neck with an ominous energy and holds us tight to the bitter end—bitter being the operative word.

Light Sleeper

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Adam Batty

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Published on: December 7, 2014

OFCS member Adam Batty celebrates his birthday today, December 7. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Hope Lies.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 5-7, 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: Dec. 5-7, 2014

Limited (United States)

Life Partners

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Life Partners’ Keeps It Light And Familiar, But Still Stays Fun

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: While writer-director Fogel and co-writer Joni Lefkowitz don’t say anything too fresh here, besides incorporating both sides of sexual orientation, the film is often perceptive and even sharply funny about co-dependent relationships and how they are tested when one romantic door opens for one party and not the other.

Pioneer

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Skjoldbjærg’s style pastiche coheres to create something larger than the sum of its parts. Petter’s harrowing descent wraps us up viscerally in real-world deceptions and their devastating collateral damage.

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Pioneer’s greatest asset, and another trait it shares with Mann and Fincher’s work, is a careful attention toward the particulars of its milieu in a way that doesn’t call attention to those period touches. The film matches the quotient of moustaches, thick-rimmed glasses, and earth-toned blazers from Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy without ever getting Argo-level ostentatious about it.

The Pyramid

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Wild

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

Zero Motivation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Lavie’s made a film from an unique perspective, one which illustrates how discrimination works against the system, undermining it by breeding contempt. But while the film certainly has comedic aspects, it’s never as uproariously funny as it could (or should) be

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Dec. 5-7, 2014)

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Published on: December 5, 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: Dec. 5-7, 2014

Limited (United States)

Life Partners

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: While writer-director Fogel and co-writer Joni Lefkowitz don’t say anything too fresh here, besides incorporating both sides of sexual orientation, the film is often perceptive and even sharply funny about co-dependent relationships and how they are tested when one romantic door opens for one party and not the other.

Pioneer

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Skjoldbjærg’s style pastiche coheres to create something larger than the sum of its parts. Petter’s harrowing descent wraps us up viscerally in real-world deceptions and their devastating collateral damage.

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Pioneer’s greatest asset, and another trait it shares with Mann and Fincher’s work, is a careful attention toward the particulars of its milieu in a way that doesn’t call attention to those period touches. The film matches the quotient of moustaches, thick-rimmed glasses, and earth-toned blazers from Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy without ever getting Argo-level ostentatious about it.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Wild

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Zero Motivation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Lavie’s made a film from an unique perspective, one which illustrates how discrimination works against the system, undermining it by breeding contempt. But while the film certainly has comedic aspects, it’s never as uproariously funny as it could (or should) be

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Reviews: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Reviews: Inherent Vice (2014)

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Essay Question (Dec. 4, 2014)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

Several years ago, the OFCS produced a weekly essay question that would give our members the opportunity to answer various questions about film, film criticism and personal opinions about the medium. We have decided to restart that feature and have begun a bi-weekly essay question.

Essay Question #2: What historically significant film have you never seen, and what’s been taking you so long?

Question Submitted by: William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

Responses

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Happy Birthday: Ross Miller

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Published on: December 4, 2014

OFCS member Ross Miller celebrates his birthday today, December 4. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Thoughts on Film, Row Three, What Culture and Scot Campus.

Happy Birthday: Kenji Fujishima

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Published on: December 4, 2014

OFCS member Kenji Fujishima celebrates his birthday today, December 4. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Slant Magazine, Slant Magazine, My Life at 24 FPS and Wall Street Journal.

Happy Birthday: Aaron Pinkston

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Published on: December 3, 2014

OFCS member Aaron Pinkston celebrates his birthday today, December 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Battleship Pretension and Way Too Indie.

Happy Birthday: Peter Vonder Haar

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Published on: December 3, 2014

OFCS member Peter Vonder Haar celebrates his birthday today, December 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Houston Press and Film Threat.

Happy Birthday: Philip Concannon

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Published on: December 3, 2014

OFCS member Philip Concannon celebrates his birthday today, December 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Phil on Film, The Skinny, Mostly Film and Little White Lies.

Happy Birthday: Rick Aragon

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Published on: December 3, 2014

OFCS member Rick Aragon celebrates his birthday today, December 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Riks Cafe Texan and Gaillfirey Exile.

The Grab Bag (Dec. 2, 2014)

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Published on: December 2, 2014

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

Interviews

Clouds of Sils Maria

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Hugh Bonneville

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jauja

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Paul King

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 1, 2014)

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Published on: December 1, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Diary of a Lost Girl

Philip Concannon @ Mostly Film

Sunday in New York

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week at the Movies (Nov. 28-30, 2014)

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Published on: November 29, 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: Nov. 28-30, 2014

Wide (United States)

Horrible Bosses 2

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Penguins of Madagascar

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

The Theory of Everything

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Donald J. Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A stunning look at the beauty and challenges of Earth’s most mysterious continent.

The Babadook

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Before I Disappear

Nicholasb Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Camp X-Ray (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

camp_x_rayReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 10/30/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The baggage Stewart brings to ‘Camp X-Ray’ makes its first hour more compelling than anything in the screenplay. If the character is out of her depth, there’s a question as to whether the actor is as well; both certainly walk into Gitmo (the setting and the set) with something to prove, and when obstructions are placed in front of them, their jaw hardens and they proceed with even greater determination.
  • [New – 10/16/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.
  • [New – 10/16/14] | Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries
    • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.
  • [New – 11/14/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least.
  • [New – 11/28/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least.

Reviews: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

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Reviews: Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

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The Grab Bag (Nov. 25, 2014)

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Published on: November 25, 2014

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

Interviews

Chadwick Boseman

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Real Deal: An Interview with Documentarian Doug Pray

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: Pray’s absorbing and penetrating works provide a galvanic connection straight into the passions of artists, musicians, rebels, loners, and visionaries.

Tate Taylor

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

Thessaloniki IFF: Backstage politics bleed on closing gala front stage

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Thessaloniki IFF: First-timers invade

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Thessaloniki IFF: Preview

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Thessaloniki IFF: Recap

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Thessaloniki IFF: The undervalued importance of very bad films

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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Awards Announcement Schedule

Nomination Announced:
Monday, December 8, 2014

Award Winners Announced:
Monday, December 15, 2014

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