Reviews: Predestination (2015)

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Published on: January 15, 2015

predestinationReviews for this film from our members:

  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: Perhaps more ambitious than its means, it’s a film that manages to intrigue and engross with a narrative that virtually creates the odor of the musty, yellowed pages of the writing style it’s been borrowed from.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Those who were floored by “Looper” need to check this out – it’s a far better film, despite a lower budget look and features a breakout performance from Sarah Snook who’s like a cross between Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan in this role.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s a neat trick.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A highbrow entertainment with something on its mind but never forgetting to entertain, “Predestination” is the kind of smart, strange, uncommonly ambitious genre piece that used to not come around until recently.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Predestination is definitely not the movie you expect to see going in, but is one worth checking out if you’re looking for an interesting, rewarding piece of hard science fiction.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A cerebral sci-fi time-travel puzzler that proves consistently engrossing and, for all its contrivance and complication, satisfying.
  • [New – 1/22/15] | Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Put the time-travel gibberish into the background and the result is a great, gritty Aussie noir flick not to be missed.

Reviews: Taken 3 (2015)

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takenReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 1/15/15] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La tercera aventura de Bryan Mills, el asesino que trata de ser buen padre y ex-esposo enrollado, baja el nivel aún más que su hermana previa. Aburrida, mal presentada, con una edición demencial y un reparto en modo ahorro de energía. Luc Besson en horas bajas.
  • [New – 1/15/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 1/15/15] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • [New – 1/15/15] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: While the first “Taken” was a surprise hit that was generally enjoyed by critics and audiences alike, this second sequel loses most of the elements that made the series unique.
  • [New – 1/15/15] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: They’ve run out of ideas and the threequel is tired and tiresome – an unimaginative affair from beginning to end, even to the point of adding yet more crazed Russian gangsters, surely the most overused cliché of modern gangster movies.
  • [New – 1/9/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Taken 3 isn’t just superficially lazy. That quality is the core of the movie’s being.
  • [New – 1/9/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Tediously trifling domestic melodrama, punctuated by a discordant series of screeching, seemingly endless car chases, careening around the Southern California freeways.
  • [New – 1/9/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: This is a movie as its own death wish. To call it cheap, lazy, and perfunctory grants it a dignity that implies there was another path it could have taken.
  • [New – 1/9/15] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Taken 3 takes the franchise past the point of absurdity – purely for the sake of selling a third series installment.
  • [New – 1/8/15] | James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Liam Neeson’s third outing as over-protective family man Bryan Mills sees him on the run for murder after his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) turns up dead in his apartment. Forest Whitaker heads the investigation, which soon enough uncovers the involvement of nasty Russian gangsters, but Olivier Megaton’s uneven, anaemic direction ensures Taken 3 fails again to recapture the magic of the original.
  • [New – 1/16/15] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Nothing makes a lick of sense, with a hackneyed script that so often makes leaps of logic and jumps to conclusions to the point where the suspension of disbelief snaps in half, and it doesn’t have the effective action-packed goods to work in spite of that. It once again proves that the whole Taken saga should have retired after its first assignment.
  • [New – 1/15/15] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Liam Neeson is back in action as retired ex-covert operative Bryan Mills in Taken 3, a preposterous but entertaining sequel that tops the previous outing but fails to come anywhere close to 2008’s lean and well-executed original.
  • [New – 1/15/15] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Kinda makes me want a bagel.
  • [New – 1/16/15] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • [New – 1/9/15] | Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Reviews: The Green Prince (2014)

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Published on: January 15, 2015

green_princegreen_princeReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 10/9/14] | Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • [New – 12/12/14] | David Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: Cinematically, Schirman’s filmmaking feels limited; the recreations are hampered by the awkward framing provoked by a need for distortion and vaguery, while the two men are framed in rather morbid black rectangles, their faces square and confrontational.
  • [New – 1/9/15] | Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • [New – 9/11/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
    • Excerpt: A real life spy thriller proving the truth is stranger than fiction.
  • [New – 10/17/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film’s overall effect is undeniably pulpy, and even tacky at times, but Mosab’s haunted agitation and Yitzhak’s matter-of-fact affability keep the film grounded in the overwhelming risks that double agents face on a daily basis.

Reviews: Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

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Reviews: Winter Sleep (2014)

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 13, 2015)

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Published on: January 13, 2015

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best (read Quirkiest) Films of 2014

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

The 10 Best Films of 2014

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

The 10 Worst Films of 2014

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

The Best Films of 2014

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

The Best Films of 2014

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Cynical, nasty but daring, angry and, yes, important.

The Best Films of 2014

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Best of 2014 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Best of 2014: Jordan M. Smith’s Top 20 (Picks 10-1)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Best of 2014: Jordan M. Smith’s Top 20 (Picks 20-11)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Lo mejor de 2014

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

  • Excerpt: Las mejores películas, actuaciones y guiones de 2014.

My Cinema Discoveries of 2014

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

My Favorite Films of 2014

Betty Jo Tucker @ Memosaic

My Favorite First-Time Viewings of 2014

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

Reeling’s Top 10’s for 2014

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

The Ten Best Movies Hardly Anyone Saw in 2014

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

The Top 12 Films of 2014

Bill Clark @ From The Balcony

  • Excerpt: It’s been a great year in film and there are plenty of contenders for the honor of the year’s best. I hope you enjoy my list of the top 12 films of 2014.

Top 5 underrated horror films of 2014

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: While the major releases were a bit of a disappointment this year, there were original narratives about vampires, zombies and monsters just on the periphery.

Worst Bollywood Movies of 2014

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Worst of 2014 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Awards Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 12, 2015)

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Published on: January 12, 2015

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Dead Bang

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Eden and After

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Fairly summarized as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ meets ‘Justine’ meets ‘The Trip,’ ‘Eden and After’ is what happens when a dyed-in-the-wool Surrealist (and unrepentant bondage fetishist) makes an acid movie for the collegiate set, composing the experimental script on principles analogous to the serial music of Pierre Boulez.

The Gypsy Moths

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Les Enfants Terribles

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

My Dinner with Andre

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s more accessible than it sounds. And, if you engage with it, it’s also more dramatic than it sounds.

Touch of Evil

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Just a touch? Why so modest? Orson Welles is pure evil in this classic noir thriller, which showcases him as screenwriter, director, and star of a border tale drenched in sleaze, corruption, betrayal, and murder.

Westworld

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Westworld feels like the birth of something, perhaps the modern science-fiction action film itself.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Ron Wilkinson

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Published on: January 12, 2015

OFCS member Ron Wilkinson celebrates his birthday today, January 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Monsters and Critics.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jan. 9-11, 2015)

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Published on: January 10, 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: Jan. 9-11, 2015

Wide (United States)

Taken 3

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Taken 3 isn’t just superficially lazy. That quality is the core of the movie’s being.

[New Today] Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Tediously trifling domestic melodrama, punctuated by a discordant series of screeching, seemingly endless car chases, careening around the Southern California freeways.

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This is a movie as its own death wish. To call it cheap, lazy, and perfunctory grants it a dignity that implies there was another path it could have taken.

[New Today] Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Taken 3 takes the franchise past the point of absurdity – purely for the sake of selling a third series installment.

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Liam Neeson’s third outing as over-protective family man Bryan Mills sees him on the run for murder after his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) turns up dead in his apartment. Forest Whitaker heads the investigation, which soon enough uncovers the involvement of nasty Russian gangsters, but Olivier Megaton’s uneven, anaemic direction ensures Taken 3 fails again to recapture the magic of the original.

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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Inherent Vice

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

Selma

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

Limited (United States)

It’s All So Quiet

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Obviously striving for “elemental,” It’s All So Quiet winds up torpid and vacuous, yet another willfully emptied-out exercise in festival-friendly austere naturalism.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jan. 9-11, 2015)

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Published on: January 9, 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: Jan. 9-11, 2015

Wide (United States)

Taken 3

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Liam Neeson’s third outing as over-protective family man Bryan Mills sees him on the run for murder after his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) turns up dead in his apartment. Forest Whitaker heads the investigation, which soon enough uncovers the involvement of nasty Russian gangsters, but Olivier Megaton’s uneven, anaemic direction ensures Taken 3 fails again to recapture the magic of the original.

Expanding (United States)

Inherent Vice

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Selma

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

It’s All So Quiet

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Obviously striving for “elemental,” It’s All So Quiet winds up torpid and vacuous, yet another willfully emptied-out exercise in festival-friendly austere naturalism.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Bill Chambers

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Published on: January 9, 2015

OFCS member Bill Chambers celebrates his birthday today, January 9. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film Freak Central.

Reviews: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2015)

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Published on: January 8, 2015

woman_in_black_angel_of_deathReviews for this film from our members:

  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s building tension, and then there’s cheaply toying with us. This movie is a prime example of the latter.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Feeble fright flick, punctuated by a creepy, predictable sound track.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Thinks it’s hitting notes of subconscious dread, but it’s just swinging a sledgehammer of tropes and hoping one of them sticks. (Spoiler: None do.)
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is yet another example that not all successful horror movies have what it takes to become successful horror franchises.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: If the woman in black wants to continue haunting “ye who enters,” she better come with more rules and better scares. Move along; you’ve been goosed before and better.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Back in black…
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: Admittedly, ‘The Woman In Black’ was not what one would call a gory groundbreaking showcase in its designated genre but it did register as a literate and edge-of-your-seat spooky spectacle that held its own in slow burning thrills, It is too bad that one cannot make the same claim for director Tom Harper’s sluggish, by-the-dots ghoulish follow-up ‘The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death’.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 1/16/15] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • David Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: Angel of Death doesn’t just repeat the first film’s scares; it relies on them. Shots of the decrepit Victorian toys punctuate scenes, supposedly terrifying in and of themselves because of how the first film cleverly used them to accentuate the escalating claustrophobia and terror.

Reviews: At the Devil’s Door (2014)

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Published on: January 8, 2015

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Weekly Essay Question (Jan. 8, 2015)

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Published on: January 8, 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 #4: What is a rare January release that doesn’t bite the big one?
Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

Responses

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The Grab Bag (Jan. 6, 2015)

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Published on: January 6, 2015

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Movies of 2014

John Hanlon @ JohnHanlonReviews.com

  • Excerpt: Looking back at the year in cinema in 2014, it’s easy to get excited about film-making. Although many argue that television is offering up some of the year’s best entertainment, movies can still be as exhilarating and exciting as they ever were.

10 Great Films You Might Have Missed in 2014

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: I take a look at 10 films released in 2014 that may have flew under people’s radars.

10 Weirdest Movies of 2014

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

The 20 Best Classic Films of 2014

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: A countdown of the 20 Best classic films I saw and reviewed in 2014.

2014’s 10… And More!

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

The Best Films of 2014

Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student

  • Excerpt: There goes another year filled to the brim with movies, good and bad, and it just wouldn’t feel like a Christmas week if I didn’t count down my favourite ones.

The Best Films of 2014

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: There was gleaming gold to be found beneath the corroded surface of film in 2014.

My Favorite Films of 2014

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

My Top Films of 2014

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: In the interest of being concise, I did limit myself to 10. I did include some honorable mentions though, so sue me.

Take 5… Great Tim Burton Film Scenes

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: I take a look at the top 5 scenes from Tim Burton films, to celebrate the release of Big Eyes.

Top 10 Movies of 2014: The Mainstream Edition

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Top 10 Worst Films of 2014

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I count down my top 10 worst films released in 2014.

Top 20 Films of 2014

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I count down my top 20 films released in 2014.

The Top Ten Documentaries of 2014

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

The Top Ten Film Scores of 2014

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

Year in Review 2014 – Top 20 Films

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Forecast of upcoming precursors.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 26-28, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Big Eyes”, “Into the Woods”, “Unbroken”, “American Sniper”, “Leviathan”, “Selma” and “Two Days, One Night”

Interviews

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Happy Birthday: Patrick Gamble

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Published on: January 6, 2015

OFCS member Patrick Gamble celebrates his birthday today, January 6. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cine Vue.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 5, 2015)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Natural Born Killers

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Natural Born Killers” aestheticization, and even poeticization, of violence glamorizes murder so effectively that the film becomes disturbing in ways the director never intended.

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Thing from Another World

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Tootsie

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: There’s a fascinating incongruity in that this movie is very much of the 1980s and yet also well enough ahead of its time that you’d easily be forgiven for thinking that it came from some other era. While the technique can be groanworthy–that drippy montage out at the farm, for instance, or Dave Grusin’s score, which is so bad I found myself wishing it was somehow a sly subtextual joke–the portrayal of Dorothy avoids the “Ick! It’s a dude!” clichés one might expect while also making it so she is never the object of ridicule.

Tootsie

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s a movie with a lot on its mind — while never toppling over under the weight of its good intentions. In retrospect, it’s sort of genius, how they smuggled all that stuff in under the cover of a drag comedy, and promoted it not as a message movie, but as “Hey, look, Dustin Hoffman in a dress, funny!”

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

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Happy Birthday: Andrew Wyatt

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Published on: January 5, 2015

OFCS member Andrew Wyatt celebrates his birthday today, January 5. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: STL Mag and Gateway Cinephiles.

Happy Birthday: Tiago Ramos

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Published on: January 5, 2015

OFCS member Tiago Ramos celebrates his birthday today, January 5. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Split Screen.

Happy Birthday: Blake Howard

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Published on: January 5, 2015

OFCS member Blake Howard celebrates his birthday today, January 5. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Graffiti with Punctuation and Dark Horizons.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jan. 2-4, 2015)

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Published on: January 3, 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: Jan. 2-4, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: There’s building tension, and then there’s cheaply toying with us. This movie is a prime example of the latter.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Thinks it’s hitting notes of subconscious dread, but it’s just swinging a sledgehammer of tropes and hoping one of them sticks. (Spoiler: None do.)

[New Today] Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is yet another example that not all successful horror movies have what it takes to become successful horror franchises.

[New Today] David Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: Angel of Death doesn’t just repeat the first film’s scares; it relies on them. Shots of the decrepit Victorian toys punctuate scenes, supposedly terrifying in and of themselves because of how the first film cleverly used them to accentuate the escalating claustrophobia and terror.

Expanding (United States)

Selma

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

The Search for General Tso

[New Today] Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Jason McKiernan

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Published on: January 3, 2015

OFCS member Jason McKiernan celebrates his birthday today, January 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film Racket and Next Projection.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jan. 2-4, 2014)

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Published on: January 2, 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: Jan. 2-4, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Thinks it’s hitting notes of subconscious dread, but it’s just swinging a sledgehammer of tropes and hoping one of them sticks. (Spoiler: None do.)

Expanding (United States)

Selma

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Sam Turner

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Published on: January 2, 2015

OFCS member Sam Turner celebrates his birthday today, January 2. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film Intel.

Reviews: A Most Violent Year (2014)

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Published on: January 1, 2015

most_violent_yearReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Il film di Chandor è un piccolo capolavoro, che guarda ai grandi classici del cinema degli anni ’70, costruendo la figura di un antieroe solitario, che lotta contro il suo destino e contro la sua stessa famiglia, non lontano dal Michael Corleone di Coppola.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Chandor (‘All is Lost,’ ‘Margin Call’) convincingly recreates early-‘80s New York with this story of an immigrant (Isaac, great as always) and his wife (Chastain, ditto) finding themselves drawn into the increasingly dangerous and legally dubious world of… heating oil sales. It’s an odd hook, yes, but it makes for compelling viewing, with Chandor drawing richly shaded performances from his gifted cast and masterfully invoking the corridors-of-Gotham-power aesthetic of ‘80s Lumet.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An immersive drama about a businessman who stays calm in the midst of a dreadful series of setbacks.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: A Most Violent Year is a compelling exercise in minimalist intensity, drawing power from characterization and well-paced plotting.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Isaac is great as a decent man trying to hold his ground on quicksand, but Chastain’s absolutely fierce.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The feeling that violence could erupt at any moment is real … and it lends an air of menace to the most mundane of discussions…
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: A Most Violent Year’ Tries To Hide A Tediously Wordy Story Behind A Bunch Of Gloss…And It Almost Works
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Gritty, savvy and impeccably crafted, it evokes a turbulent time.
  • [New – 1/22/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Writer/director J.C. Chandor proves he was not a one-and-done flash in the plan, he was not a two-hit wonder, he is the real deal three-time quality film creator, this time with hands down one of 2014’s best films.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Richly scripted and methodically carried out, this character-based morality drama cements itself as the writer-director’s strongest piece of work, and while many will find a shortage of thrills they might be expecting, it calls up the mature restraint and sedate, slow-burn pacing of Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese back in their heydays. This is one of those “thrillers for grown-ups” in the best of ways.
  • [New – 1/23/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: A Most Violent Year’ is a quintessentially American saga about trying to succeed while every external element wants to tear you down.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: A Most Violent Year, more than any other film this year, truly feels like it’s about something…
  • [New – 1/23/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Chandor is essentially making a “gangster trying to go legitimate” picture but he’s skipping right over the standard gangster part and takes us straight into the numbers game of cooked books and backroom handshakes. That’s his lone wrinkle on the material.
  • Cole Smithey @ colesmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Writer-director JC Chandor’s first three films (“Margin Call,” “All is Lost,” and “A Most Violent Year”) reveal a masterful auteur building a singular filmmaking career that overshadows Hollywood’s relentless barrage of garbage.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Award Winners Announced:
Monday, December 15, 2014

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