Reviews: Jodorowky’s Dune (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

jodorowskys_duneReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/10/14] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Frank Pavich’s documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, early on gives some background on the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky before moving on to a film that the man did not make. Perhaps this film is as much a passion project as its subject but it ultimately amounts almost to nothing more than a piece of fluffy fandom.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: like the ne plus ultra of blu-ray extras for a film that was never made.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The most mesmerizing interviewee is Jodo himself who, in his mid-80s, is still a potent force of nature whose mad, animated ravings are infectious and run the gamut from thunderous indignation to wailing lamentation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film is a wealth of anecdotes … told by people who are still enthusiastic about the project and still in disbelief that it failed to come to fruition.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Jodorowsky’s Dune is a engrossing document because it provides the history behind a bizarre movie that never came to fruition. In his fertile and uninhibited imagination, the production becomes sort of a no-holds-barred, anything is possible fantasy with limitless possibilities.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: When it comes down to it, what Pavich has teased out of the old rascal is not just the story of an insane moviemaking vision, but really, a treatise on what it means to create and the powerful aphrodisiac that is the unbridled artistic impulse.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Alejandro Jodorowsky is much more than a mad genius of cinema. The Chilean-born artist/filmmaker who created “El Topo,” the experimental surrealist film that started the Midnight Movie craze in 1970, has lived a life full of such enthusiastic artistic creation that his very existence defies all expectation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A tantalizing taste…of what might have been…even if you doubt that the completed film would have been as remarkable as Jodorowsky and his admirers are inclined to claim.

Reviews: Oculus (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

oculusReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 4/17/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: While not as frightening or overall effective as “Insidious,” “The Conjuring” or “Sinister,” “Oculus” is still a fun ride for fans of horror films.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The neatest trick Flanagan pulls off is how he cuts between the past and the present until the two timelines dovetail and overlap. But he also telegraphs one gross-out effect too insistently and a death by pottery shard fails to convince.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Discovering the method of this mirror is the film’s central delight.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Oculus is a character driven story shrewdly written and beautifully acted. It’s nice to bask in the sophistication of an intelligently written screenplay that doesn’t depend on jump scares.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Outside of its technical competence and a cool blueprint, though, “Oculus” pales as a horror film from one fundamental problem: it’s never genuinely scary, the intensity factor and number of generated goosebumps never as high as one might have predicted or hoped.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: ‘Oculus’ is like a meal that smells delicious when cooking, but winds up tasteless and bland on the table.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Flanagan’s titillating tale of a macabre and mysterious mirror, traumatic childhood memories and parental abandonment issues just has enough eerie punch to lift this otherwise generic goosebump offering beyond its atmospheric twitching.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: [A] slow-burning supernatural thriller [that's] uneven but genuinely eerie and unsettling.

Happy Birthday: Noah Gittell

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Published on: April 9, 2014

OFCS member Noah Gittell celebrates his birthday today, April 9. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Reel Change, Rye Record, The Atlantic and Film School Rejects.

The Grab Bag (Apr. 8, 2014)

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Published on: April 8, 2014

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Basic Instinct

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Basic Instinct combines the ambiguity, raw sexuality, and hyper-realistic violence of Verhoeven’s earlier with unmistakable Hitchcock influences to create something simultaneously familiar and boldly unique.

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: The Fourth Man

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: The Fourth Man is a thriller that juxtaposes the macabre and divine, dreams and reality, and truth and uncertainty to paint an ambiguous and intriguing narrative as seen through the eyes of a protagonist with either a loose grasp on reality or a firm grasp on the preternatural.

Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Jonathan Richards @ jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The idea for this series was born when Scorsese visited Poland in 2011, at the invitation of Wajda. “It was a trip I had wanted to make for years,” he says, and he seized on it to put together a slate of films that would bring these neglected Polish masterpieces to US audiences.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Accattone

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Pasolini uses the death rattles of a misogynistic culture to paint biblical saints from the thieves and street hustlers that colored the streets of Rome with antiheroes straddling a line between modern realism and worlds of mystery and ancient prophesies.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Arabian Nights

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Arabian Nights exhibits an unparalleled mastery of cinematic technique and creates astonishingly beautiful frames filled with intricate details that bring the mythical to life.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: Oedipus Rex

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: With Oedipus Rex, Pasolini invents a strange mystical world filled with death and decay, alien landscapes bereft of the modern precepts of morality, but bearing uncomfortable parallels to realities spawned by tyrannical world leaders who attempted to shape a terrifying new world order and very nearly succeeded.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination: The Hawks and the Sparrows

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: The Hawks and the Sparrows may be dizzying at times, but its scathing satire and dissection of the absurdities of existence always bring us back to the road of life as we amble along aimlessly and try to understand our own lot in the mess.

TIFF’s Godard Forever: Far From Vietnam

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Far from Vietnam is as elusive as it is illuminating, blasting the viewer with unblinking images from the entire world as both audience and filmmakers share in the confusion, attempting to find meaning in the meaningless and ultimately come no closer to comfortable answers as the film rampages forward to its final frame.

TIFF’s Godard Forever: Weekend

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Weekend draws some bleak conclusions about the polemical disparity and fundamental disagreements between the “us” and “them”, but its satire finds Godard at the top of his game as he mixes the absurd with manic intellectualism to paint an apocalyptic nightmare of wrecked automobiles and cannibalistic revolutionaries.

Awards Coverage

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Happy Birthday: Ed Whitfield

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Published on: April 8, 2014

OFCS member Ed Whitfield celebrates his birthday today, April 8. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: The Ooh Tray.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 7, 2014)

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Published on: April 7, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Airplane!

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Throwing non-stop jokes, gags, and snarky movie references at the wall proved a surefire method for getting humor to stick, slip, and split wide-open.

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It plays like a pulp noir thriller by way of a road movie of the damned, marinated in mescal and left to rot in the desert sun.

Capital

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Emperoro’s Naked Army Marches On

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Expedition (1962)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Girl Shy

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Heathers

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Even seen this far on, when its faces have become familiar, its catchphrases iconic, its cynicism marketable, and its synthed-up music time-capsule comical, Heathers still pulses with the visceral thrill of getting away with something — both on- and off-screen.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: Lon Chaney created a lot of twisted wretches, vengeful villains, and criminal masterminds, but Quasimodo remains his most sympathetic screen character. He gives a big, broad performance befitting the film and the character, a simple creature with the look and strength of a beast and the innocence and loyalty of a child.

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 4-6, 2014)

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Published on: April 5, 2014

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: Apr. 4-6, 2014

Wide (United States)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Limited (United States)

Afflicted

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
[New Today] Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Under the Skin

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Watermark

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: In the Blood (2014)

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Published on: April 4, 2014

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 4-6, 2014)

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Published on: April 4, 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: Apr. 4-6, 2014

Wide (United States)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Under the Skin

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Rio 2 (2014)

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Published on: April 3, 2014

RioReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Secuela del éxito de hace unos años que mantiene la pauta de aquél: correcta, sin más. Eso sí, para los peques propone todo un aluvión de música y colorido que clama por la salvaguarda de la Madre Naturaleza.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film’s knockout number goes to Chenoweth, whose no-holds-barred ‘Poisonous Love’ is a winner.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: If the original movie was forgettable for the most part, Rio 2 at least has the dishonorable advantage of being memorable for the wrong reasons.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A frantic, family-friendly, musical adventure that’s filled with familiar feathered friends
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: This is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Between the film’s white-world-order depiction of a multicultural society and its ham-fisted treatment of an ostensibly pro-ecology agenda, “Rio 2” is a confused piece of animation propaganda.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Simply tries too hard–overly busy and uncomfortably loud…though the animation is colorful and kids might enjoy it.

The Grab Bag (Apr. 1, 2014)

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Published on: April 1, 2014

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

Best of Lists

20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the (probably?) unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few other movies that made us feel just a little stupider.

Five Great Irish Movies

R. Kurt Osenlund @ SouthPhillyReview.com

Interviews

Ashley Bell Talks Playing a 1940s Superhero in ‘Sparks’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz discusses black comedy, audience complicity and being a leftie

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

High School Hijinks: Darren Stein and Michael J Willett on the making of G.B.F.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jason Bateman Talks his Directorial Debut, ‘Bad Words’

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Kim Mordaunt on working with non-actors, blending documentary and fiction in The Rocket

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

Seeking Salavtion: Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia on Salvo

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Y. Economides: “When the boys in the Parliament forget their mics open and start to swear, my heroes blush”

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Having led the Greek invasion in Berlin, Yiannis Economides is ready to rush local theaters with Stratos, his archetypical noir of a hired gun trying to survive as a small fish in the piranha pool

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: James Marsh

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Published on: April 1, 2014

OFCS member James Marsh celebrates his birthday today, April 1. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Twith Film and The Society for Film.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 31, 2014)

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Published on: March 31, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Amityville Horror

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Delapidated.

Black Devil Doll from Hell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: All this incompetence would be intolerable, if the core idea of a supernatural rapist who looks like Rick James turned into a ventriloquist’s dummy wasn’t so inherently bizarre and ludicrous… you keep on watching not because it’s entertaining, but out of awe that something like this even exists.

Company Limited

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Coward (1965)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Elephant God

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

An Enemy of the People (1989)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Home and The World (1984)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

L’ Immortelle

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Lady in Question

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Vidor and screenwriter Lewis Meltzer have fun with the story, including allowing for B-stories for some of the more colourful side characters. It’s not the best work of anyone involved, not by a mile, but it’s still funny and sappy and enjoyable in all the right ways.

Leave Her to Heaven

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

The Miracle Woman

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The 1931 drama The Miracle Woman is the kind of movie that few folks besides Frank Capra could pull off. It’s a film that manages to simultaneously be a sincere portrayal of faith while maintaining a healthy sceptical cynicism in regards to human nature.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Repo Man

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The repo men are a little bit like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, and Cox’s film has its roots in the western as much as anything else, even if there is some rejection of the tradition…

Slumber Party Massacre

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Something to Live For

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Tales from the Quadead Zone

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: [Chester Turner's] works aren’t outsider art—they’re outsider schlock. But they are uniquely his, and, unpolished as they might be, there is always something endearing about singular, sincere incompetence.

Tess

Danny King @ The Film Stage

Universidad Criterion – Persona

Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora

Universidad Criterion – The Freshman

Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora

Zombies of Mora Tau

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: One of the bright spots in the generally sparse and dismal ranks of ‘50s American horror films, and a singular little by-product, a starkly atmospheric, expressionistic morality play set in an entirely psychological Africa.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Sarah Ward

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Published on: March 31, 2014

OFCS member Sarah Ward celebrates her birthday today, March 31. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Arts Hub, At the Cinema, Trespass Mag and Play / Pause.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 28-30, 2014)

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Published on: March 29, 2014

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: Mar. 28-30, 2014

Wide (United States)

Cesar Chavez

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Noah

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Sabotage

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Expanding (United States)

Bad Words

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Limited (United States)

Breathe In

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Finding Vivian Maier

[New Today] Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Locker 13

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Nothing here is terribly haunting, but at least someone is trying to make something like a horror movie these days that isn’t about buckets of gore and inventive torture.

The Raid 2

Rangga Adithia @ http://raditherapy.com [Indonesian]
David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: In expanding his scope to include a dozen shopworn crime story clichés, Evans has spread thin, leaving gaps in the undeniable acceleration that marked The Raid: Redemption. What we’re left with is a sequel that is both bigger and lesser than its predecessor.

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Patrick Bromley

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Published on: March 29, 2014

OFCS member Patrick Bromley celebrates his birthday today, March 29. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: DVD Verdict and F This Movie.

Reviews: The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

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Published on: March 28, 2014

raid_berandalReviews for this film from our members:

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Mar. 28-30, 2014)

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Published on: March 28, 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: Mar. 28-30, 2014

Wide (United States)

Cesar Chavez

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Noah

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Sabotage

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Bad Words

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Grand Budapest Hotel

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Breathe In

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Locker 13

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Nothing here is terribly haunting, but at least someone is trying to make something like a horror movie these days that isn’t about buckets of gore and inventive torture.

The Raid 2

Rangga Adithia @ http://raditherapy.com [Indonesian]
David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: In expanding his scope to include a dozen shopworn crime story clichés, Evans has spread thin, leaving gaps in the undeniable acceleration that marked The Raid: Redemption. What we’re left with is a sequel that is both bigger and lesser than its predecessor.

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)

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Published on: March 27, 2014

captain_america_winter_soldierReviews for this film from our members:

  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El Capi vuelve en solitario antes de la llegada de Ultrón en una nueva entrega del megaculebrón superheroico. Mantiene el nivel, es divertida de un modo distinto al de su predecesora.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Captain America: The Winter Soldier delivers the superhero movie goods, but it does so with a grin and a wink, and that seems more and more like the right way to approach these things.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Matt Brown @ Twitch
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Even though this is technically a spring movie, and the first film came out in the summer, this one feels like a bigger event film. It’s an enjoyable ride and should be good for keeping the anticipation at bay for next summers’ “The Avengers” sequel.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: With clear parallels to post 9/11 American loss of freedoms and the use of drones, writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely tackle serious issues and wrap them in an action-packed, nostalgically patriotic package.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: It is a response to its patriotic predecessor, a corrective that refocuses our perspective away from the simple, iconic trappings that represent freedom and onto what it really means to champion liberty for all.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: “Capitán América: El soldado de invierno” estaría bien si la trama fuera infinitamente más sencilla y tuviera muchas menos escenas de acción, y eso que son muy imaginativas y no están nada mal.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” is arguably the best movie to come out of the superhero franchise-specialist studio. In many ways it provided the most hurdles for a follow-up. Fast-paced, engaging and sometimes even surprising, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a thoroughly satisfying sequel.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is a sequel that easily surpasses its predecessor by turning its previously dull hero into one with unexpected but logical depth.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle
    • Excerpt: Sometimes the Marvel universe isn’t as Marvelous as we’ve come to expect. Might have been more enjoyable if there had been a compelling story to go along with all the sound and fury, Nick Fury.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A timely, spy-centric, intriguing thriller
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The pace is efficient with a narrative that doesn’t disappoint fans looking for excitement featuring people they already know and love. There’s enough human interaction to satisfy those who savor a little character development in their superhero flicks.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: In Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo send Steve Rogers into a 70s conspiracy thrill ride that uses S.H.I.E.L.D to question what America has become.
  • Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland Movies
    • Excerpt: “The Winter Soldier” is a strong piece of escapism, with enough thematic nuance, cine-literacy and performative confidence to push toward the upper tier of Hollywood’s increasingly crammed superhero canon.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A timely narrative, deeper exploration of fan-favorite characters, and unforgettable action set pieces make ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ one of Marvel’s best adventures.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Swiftly paced, genuinely thrilling at times, and a good deal of fun, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has what it takes to make audiences’ anticipation match their actual enjoyment.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to sitting through Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the last couple of years, as a critic who ends up having to see most major releases, I developed a sort of Marvel ennui as we’re bombarded with yet another installment taking place in that superhero universe every six months or so.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: The First Avenger’s second outing is a third-rate conspiracy thriller, but Chris Evans and company give it their all.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an emotional mystery that stands near the peak of Marvel’s cinematic mountain.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: America, $£#! Yeah!
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: The Winter Soldier is solid and creatively boisterous as it delivers a whimsical punch while pitting our heroic costumed cad in today’s societal strife of terrorism.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: As starships explode around him, Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce glances out the window and mutters “what a waste…” Hah! My sentiments exactly.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: Despite some of its more rickety story elements, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is possibly the studio’s best action film and the one most able to stand on its own since the original “Iron Man.” So much so that it makes you sorry they’ve shoehorned in so much connective tissue to keep the shared universe turning.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: While it isn’t deeply psychological like The Dark Knight, nor the rock star epic of Iron Man, this second adventure for Cap does something refreshing – it actually tells a compelling story.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A rousing adventure that will make devoted fans of Captain America swoon, while also pleasing those who met him only in the first film.
  • Phil Villarreal @ COED.com
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: While there’s nothing especially remarkable about Winter Soldier, fans who have followed Marvel’s episodic epic this far will find it a gratifying, thrilling chapter.

Reviews: Cesar Chavez (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: March 27, 2014

cesar_chavezReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Sabotage (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: March 27, 2014

sabotageReviews for this film from our members:

  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Swatting away a thin but competent premise in favor of randomness, Ayer suggests that his film’s script holds minimal importance, an ironic approach from the guy who still flaunts his “Training Day” writing credit as if the film debuted last year.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: ‘Ayers]’s gone so over the top he’s made an R-rated cartoon, one in which he’s turned ‘The Killing’s’ Mireille Enos into a rabid, man eating and beating glassy eyed junkie with pupils the size of manhole covers.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a love letter to action fans who haven’t quite given up yet on a once thriving genre.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]f we’re going to be dragged through the morass of the worst human nature has to offer, we should at least expect a point to getting so dirty.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle
    • Excerpt: It’s nothing more than an excuse for Arnold to literally throw his weight around, bludgeoning us with equal parts of carnage and deathly boredom … which is sort of like killing us twice.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Flimsy, testosterone-fueled stop on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mucho-macho comeback tour.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Safe to say this is the most violent film Schwarzenegger has ever been a part of, although it’s not nearly as torturous as Jingle All the Way.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Armed with a hard R-rating and the nastiest sensibilities in a non-slasher movie, “Sabotage” is brutal and vicious, making no apologies for its ruthless disregard for human life. It’s also ugly and stupid.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: Sabotage had so much potential to turn into an uber-violent DEA version of End of Watch, too bad it ends up as kind of a stale slasher flick for the gun nut crowd. We already know from watching an excellent film like End of Watch and even a terrible one like Street Kings that writer/director/cop dialogue extraordinaire David Ayer has an authentic eye when it comes to depicting the intimate inner world of police officers.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A grim, blood-soajed, very ugly excercise in mayhem and macho action.

The Grab Bag (Mar. 25, 2014)

Categories: The Grab Bag
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Published on: March 25, 2014

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

Best of Lists

The Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen

Mark Harris @ About.com

Interviews

Jason Bateman of “Bad Words”

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

Noah writer-director Darren Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: My first-ever interview in which the first question came from the filmmaker asking me about my work.

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: A.J. Hakari

Categories: Birthdays
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Published on: March 25, 2014

OFCS member A.J. Hakari celebrates his birthday today, March 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cineslice, Reel Talk Reviews, Classic Movie Guide, Passport Cinema, Review Express and Terror Tube.

Happy Birthday: Carson Lund

Categories: Birthdays
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Published on: March 25, 2014

OFCS member Carson Lund celebrates his birthday today, March 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Are the Hills Going to March Off, Mubi Notebook, The Phoenix and Cinelogue.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 24, 2014)

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Published on: March 24, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Big City (Mahanagar)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Branches of the Tree

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

A Brief History of Time

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Based on Stephen Hawking’s book of the same name, as well as his similarly titled memoir A Brief History, Morris’ film is a concise and fascinating biography of the brilliant astrophysicist that engages with the man’s life by accepting that the product of his work is as essential to his story as any of the life events that led to him becoming who he is.

Foreign Correspondent

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …this is a proto-action film, a forerunner of the type of blockbuster that rules the summer box office today.

The Lady from Shanghai

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Welles acknowledges the story makes little sense in the bizarre, unrealistic way he frames character actors like Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia and Everett Sloane (as Hayworth’s rich, crippled husband), all enlarged in the foreground like some Jim Steranko comic book panel.

The Long Day Closes

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: This remembrance of 1955 Liverpool has been recreated in a studio, where Davies’ control has enabled an idealized recreation of his past, designed and art directed to a perfection possible only through the glow of memory.

The Lower Depths

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Pete Walker: Two Feasts of Flesh

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Sandpiper

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Sikkim

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Straight-to-Video Horror Masterpieces of the 1980s

Anton Bitel @ Grolsch FilmWorks

The Swimmer

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Tess

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Though, on the surface, among the most genteel of Polanski’s films, TESS is among the most spiritually violent of his oeuvre if one really thinks about it.

What Price Hollywood?

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: What really makes What Price Hollywood? sustainable, however, is that it manages to have its cake and eat it, too. Like the best behind-the-scenes exposés, Cukor’s film loves and hates its subject. He subverts the emerging tropes even while revelling in them.

Yesterday Girl

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

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