Happy Birthday: Dustin Freeley

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Published on: July 17, 2014

OFCS member Dustin Freeley celebrates his birthday today, July 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Movies About Gladiators.

Happy Birthday: Paulo Peralta

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Published on: July 17, 2014

OFCS member Paulo Peralta celebrates his birthday today, July 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cineuphoria.

The Grab Bag (Jul. 15, 2014)

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Published on: July 15, 2014

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

Best of Lists

“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry.

Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well?

Kid’s Corner: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.

You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents.

Interviews

Lucky 13: Daniel Stamm on developing, casting and directing 13 Sins

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: James Kendrick

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Published on: July 15, 2014

OFCS member James Kendrick celebrates his birthday today, July 15. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Q Network.

Happy Birthday: Rob Hunter

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Published on: July 15, 2014

OFCS member Rob Hunter celebrates his birthday today, July 15. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film School Rejects.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 14, 2014)

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Published on: July 14, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

7 Women

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: John Ford’s 7 Women stands up with a crucially similar film released the same year, Robert Wise’s The Sand Pebbles, as the first work put out by Hollywood that feels assuredly like a metaphor for America’s deepening involvement in Vietnam.

Caught (1949)

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The tug-of-war for the lady’s affections touches on some very dark topics, and the bad things that Ryan does to his bride are very bad indeed, making for a disarming, potent tale about the extreme vagaries of the heart.

The Lost Moment

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Martin Gabel’s Henry James-adaptation The Lost Moment may be the actor’s only directorial effort, but it’s a fairly strong one all the same. Robert Cummings stars as a conniving publisher looking to secure the love letters of a long-departed romantic poet, sidling up to Agnes Moorehead, the aging recipient of those missives.

The Rise and Fall of “Legs” Diamond

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The filmmakers make it clear that what’s coming, from Midway to the Atom Bomb, will be a calamity, and any time this Pandora’s box is opened is a grim one for humanity in general.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Jennie Kermode

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Published on: July 14, 2014

OFCS member Jennie Kermode celebrates her birthday today, July 14. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Eye for Film.

Happy Birthday: Keith Uhlich

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Published on: July 13, 2014

OFCS member Keith Uhlich celebrates his birthday today, July 13. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Time Out New York and Slant Magazine.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jul. 11-13, 2014)

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Published on: July 12, 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: Jul. 11-13, 2014

Wide (United States)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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

Expanding (United States)

Begin Again

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

Limited (United States)

Boyhood

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

Land Ho!

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Katz’s team-up with Martha Stephens (she made 2012’s Pilgrim Song, which I have not seen), Land Ho!, is full of respectable filmmaking acumen but contains none of the quirk that makes a movie rise above mere time-passing. It’s a pleasant enough experience on the surface but its lack of identity leaves a void into which rushes, whether intentionally or not, some of the more regrettable aspects of its lead characters.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A charming comical confection and en enticing Islandic travelogue…

Long Way Down

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Jake Cole

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Published on: July 12, 2014

OFCS member Jake Cole celebrates his birthday today, July 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Armchair Critic and Spectrum Culture.

Happy Birthday: Matthew Thrift

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Published on: July 12, 2014

OFCS member Matthew Thrift celebrates his birthday today, July 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinephile and Little White Lies.

Happy Birthday: Matthew Lucas

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Published on: July 12, 2014

OFCS member Matthew Lucas celebrates his birthday today, July 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: From the Front Row and In Review Online.

Reviews: Boyhood (2014)

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Published on: July 11, 2014

boyhoodReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Boyhood’ reveals itself as something deeper, more noteworthy and ambitious than even its remarkable production would suggest, for Linklater has given us nothing less than a cinematic approximation of human memory.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
  • Matt Brown @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: In Boyhood we’re always ‘here now,’ with no moody dissolves or title cards to dog-ear the pages of the book. Thiths is boyhood, and this, I think, is the point.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: One of the best and most memorable films ever made about the art of improvisation as a path of wisdom, creativity, and personal renewal.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …will have you reflecting on your own life, all those moments big and small, many of which represented crossroads you may not have seen at the time.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Here is a film that captures the essence of memory.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: But what is truly moving is seeing her succumb to her own happiness–having a successful career, watching her children grow up in their own ways, and even getting that unexpected compliment from their father and her first husband (played by Ethan Hawke) who reaffirmed that, hey, in spite of everything she did alright.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Boyhood’ is writer/director Richard Linklater’s masterpiece presenting the life of a boy from ages six to 18 using the same actor over 12 years.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Richard Linklater’s naturalistic, bittersweet, coming-of-age alternative to studio productions.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The drama advances organically and the actors perform naturally. Rarely has an individual’s developmental transitions been dramatized so imaginatively on film.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Despite some narrative issues, there’s no denying this sad, funny, and hopeful film is a technical and emotional achievement.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Concerning ambition and sheer fortitude, Boyhood leapfrogs the Before films and shatters conventional expectations on how audiences consider the concept of time in movies.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A noteworthy accomplishment – and an unparalleled movie experience.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: The real reason to seek Boyhood out is in the way Linklater explores these characters with equal parts empathy and voyeurism. Just like the way our own memories work, picking random scenes from our lives as we try to make sense of the whole complex endeavor, we simply enter the memories of a young boy whose instantly relatable confusions, joys and frustrations are presented to us like a bunch of old-fashioned slides spread across an empty room.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The sum total of these excellent scenes is a pretty impressive whole, the image of a life lovingly observed.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun, Richard Linklater goes and makes the most anti-Hollywood movie ever conceived.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: An instant classic twelve years in the making, striking in its tender tone and stunning in ts cumulative emotional impact.
  • Mel Valentin @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: An affecting exploration of the complexities and contradictions of a particular family and the positive-negative impact of seemingly mundane events (here momentous, if not epic-scaled).

Reviews: Rage (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: July 11, 2014

rageReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nuevo pagadeudas de Nicolas Cage, en esta ocasión con el español Paco Cabezas detrás de las cámaras. Esperemos que al cineasta le sirva para abrir puertas en Hollywood, porque no le vemos más utilidad a este mini thriller de acción.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Tedious. dim-witted action thriller – a total waste of time.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: A pulpy, no-nonsense vigilante number that could have been scripted by computer program … Say what you will about Cage, he gives the viewer his money’s worth in tics, mad-dog froth.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: A bloody cautionary tale about how revenge can backfire.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jul. 11-13, 2014)

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Published on: July 11, 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: Jul. 11-13, 2014

Wide (United States)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Begin Again

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Boyhood

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …will have you reflecting on your own life, all those moments big and small, many of which represented crossroads you may not have seen at the time.

Land Ho!

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Katz’s team-up with Martha Stephens (she made 2012’s Pilgrim Song, which I have not seen), Land Ho!, is full of respectable filmmaking acumen but contains none of the quirk that makes a movie rise above mere time-passing. It’s a pleasant enough experience on the surface but its lack of identity leaves a void into which rushes, whether intentionally or not, some of the more regrettable aspects of its lead characters.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A charming comical confection and en enticing Islandic travelogue…

Long Way Down

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Craig Kennedy

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Published on: July 11, 2014

OFCS member Craig Kennedy celebrates his birthday today, July 11. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Living in Cinema.

Reviews: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: July 10, 2014

dawn_of_the_planet_of_the_apesReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: A Long Way Down (2014)

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Published on: July 10, 2014

long_way_downReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Pascal Chaumeil sigue abriendo zanja internacional en su trabajo con esta floja adaptación de la novela de Nick Hornby que sacrifica su mordacidad para abrirse a un discurso más bien meloso.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A suicide-club meet-cute? It shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world.
  • [New - 7/10/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Based on one of Nick Hornby’s more forgettable novels, four people happen to show up at the same time and same place to commit suicide. More lackluster comedy than drama, these shallow, one-dimensional characters are tough to care about.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: This disappointing adaptation of the novel by Nick Hornby falls with a splat.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Shamelessly cloying, so misguided and vacuous it made me want to scream, A Long Way Down is an unusually bad test of your patience that is bound to induce squirms.

Reviews: The Zero Theorem (2014)

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Published on: July 10, 2014

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Happy Birthday: Robert Cashill

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Published on: July 10, 2014

OFCS member Robert Cashill celebrates his birthday today, July 10. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Pop Dose and Cineaste.

The Grab Bag (Jul. 8, 2014)

Categories: The Grab Bag
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Published on: July 8, 2014

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

Best of Lists

2014 in Review: The Best So Far

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Top picks for the best films and performances of 2014 include ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, Colin Firth, Anne Dorval, and more!

Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.

Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules?

Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema.

The Worst Movies I Have Seen So Far: 1914-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: These films are not just horrendous, these films are I think Satanic.

Year in Review – Halftime 2014

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Interviews

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

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Published on: July 7, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Atlantic City

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is an understated drama, full of compact social editorializing, that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: In this subversive Pre-Code romance, Capra builds a dreamy, romantic setting full of sparkling jewels, cherry-blossom moons, caressing costumes, and candle-kissed lighting. Stanwyck glows, her unusual beauty enhanced by Capra’s flattering, soft-focus close-ups, her tears like diamonds on her cheeks.

The Bootleg Files: The Thief and the Cobbler

Phil Hall @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: A consideration of Richard Williams’ legendary unfinished animated epic

The Divine Lady

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: On the whole I found The Divine Lady to hold up rather well. It told its story well, the acting was not exagerrated (mostly) and as a bonus, it integrated sound effects into a silent film to where it didn’t topple one or the other.

Do the Right Thing

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Hearts and Minds

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Judex

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: For a movie that features both a wicked villainess in a black catsuit and a pretty circus acrobat (Sylva Koscina, Juliet of the Spirits) who randomly shows up to help out, Judex is decidedly unsexy. None of the relationships have much sizzle, nor does the action really ever take off.

Stations of the Elevated

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Kirchheimer relies on formal compositions of New York’s subway rail yards, elevated platforms, and surrounding locations to tell a complex tale of environmental and urban dislocation where pop art billboards — depicting gigantic hamburgers, bikini-clad women, and a male smoker whose enormous mouth issues forth billowing smoke — inform ghetto children who draw on the art and atmosphere around them to create their own original art form.

The Wicker Man (1973)

Diego Salgado @ Diagonal [Spanish]

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Jason Pirodsky

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Published on: July 6, 2014

OFCS member Jason Pirodsky celebrates his birthday today, July 6. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Expats.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jul. 4, 2014)

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Published on: July 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: Jul. 2, 2014

Wide (United States)

Deliver Us from Evil

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Earth to Echo

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Tammy

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

Limited (United States)

The Girl on the Train

[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Life Itself

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

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Piers Marchant

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Published on: July 5, 2014

OFCS member Piers Marchant celebrates his birthday today, July 5. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Sweet Smell of Success, Arkansas Online, Friendly Suggestions and 215 Magazine.

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