Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 11, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Cleo From 5 to 7

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Considered the “mother of the nouvelle vague,” dating back to her first film “La Pointe Courte” (1954), Agnes Varda broke new ground for the movement in 1961 with “Cleo from 5 to 7,” an unprecedented model of cinematic poetry.

A Hard Day’s Night

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: At a time when Hollywood is finding it more and more difficult to deliver anything fresh, you’re best filmgoing bet is an old classic like “A Hard Day’s Night.” It won’t disappoint you and it might even make fans out of a new generation of filmgoers.

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The Beatles come across as likable and witty. It simplifies their personalities and then amplifies them in short easy to digest sound bites.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Philip Kaufman’s venerable revamping of Don Siegel’s 1956 black-and-white sci-fi horror classic delved deeper into nitty-gritty details of a pod-induced mass transformation of humans into emotionless doppelgangers.

Play It Again – Blue Velvet

Glenn Dunks @ Quickflix

Point Blank

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … packed with classic style and star power, and has the perfect ratio of arthouse cool to gritty action.

The Searchers

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

True Grit (1969)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Demy’s style is pronounced, yet never insistent, blossoming here in a kind of controlled explosion. He pulls a deep sorrow out of this fundamentally romantic tale, toying with our emotions, invigorating us with the rush of love and then letting it slowly leaking out, nearly giving in to despair.

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Jacques Demy’s take on the big American musical, 1967’s The Young Girls of Rochefort, is pure joy. From the first frame to the last, it’s packed with smiles and passion and a giddy sense of its own fun.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Phil Villarreal

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OFCS member Phil Villarreal celebrates his birthday today, August 11. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: OK Magazine.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 8-10, 2014)

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Published on: August 9, 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: Aug. 8-10, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Into the Storm

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Limited (United States)

About Alex

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Deepsea Challenge 3D

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

The Dog

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a fascinating look at one of New York City’s most notorious and unlikely personalities.

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Wojtowicz’s story is fascinating, but the flaw of a documentary with one predominant voice is bias smothers the filmmakers’ intention of burrowing under the surface.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A documentary about an arrogant and weird Iranian artist living in exile in Rome.

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: This an extraordinarily singular work about an extraordinary man, both elegiac and rapturous.

What If

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Another shot fired across the bow at Hollywood’s attempt to kill the romantic comedy genre, “What If” may veer uncomfortably close into some too cutesy moments and scatological bad taste, but it always manages to right itself, buoyed by its charming star pairing of Radcliffe and Kazan.

[New Today] Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Back in 1989 after When Harry Met Sally was released, a studio exec probably said, “What if we make a sequel or another rom/com similar to this one?” His partners told him that was not a good idea; too bad that advice did not filter down to 2014.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Aug. 8-10, 2014)

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Published on: August 8, 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: Aug. 8-10, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Hundred-Foot Journey

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Into the Storm

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Limited (United States)

About Alex

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Deepsea Challenge 3D

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

The Dog

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Wojtowicz’s story is fascinating, but the flaw of a documentary with one predominant voice is bias smothers the filmmakers’ intention of burrowing under the surface.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A documentary about an arrogant and weird Iranian artist living in exile in Rome.

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: This an extraordinarily singular work about an extraordinary man, both elegiac and rapturous.

What If

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Another shot fired across the bow at Hollywood’s attempt to kill the romantic comedy genre, “What If” may veer uncomfortably close into some too cutesy moments and scatological bad taste, but it always manages to right itself, buoyed by its charming star pairing of Radcliffe and Kazan.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Edwin Davies

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Published on: August 8, 2014

OFCS member Edwin Davies celebrates his birthday today, August 8. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: A Mighty Fine Blog, Hope Lies and Box Office Prophets.

Reviews: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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Reviews: Into the Storm (2014)

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into_the_stormReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: 1996′s “Twister” was far from a great film, but at least it had Philip Seymour Hoffman and flying cows. This latest fx extravaganza doesn’t even have sharks
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Steven Quales (“Final Destination 5”) and writer John Swetnam (“Step Up All In”) seem to have started with the concept of a “found footage” disaster movie, and thankfully, saner heads have prevailed. You wouldn’t be able to make heads or tails out of a movie about a barrage of tornadoes shot with cell phones.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s the right kind of dumb—here, the senseless destruction—and the wrong kind—everything surrounding that devastation. The wrong greatly outweighs the right in Into the Storm.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A suspenseful, truly terrifying thrill ride…
  • [New - 8/21/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A movie to make you despair of the found-footage conceit (if you weren’t already). Suddenly Twister looks like Shakespeare.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is classier than a SyFy original, but they are not distant cousins; you would think they look alike at the family picnic.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is another found footage failure – a gimmicky natural disaster film that fails to provide exciting tornado action or impactful human drama.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Creates legitimate, grip-your-date’s-leg excitement to turn a blind eye to the scripting issues and stiff, merely adequate performances. Sometimes, particularly in a disaster movie, that is enough.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is Sharknado sans sharks; a Syfy feature masquerading as a Hollywood production, released in theaters due to methodology at Warner Brothers not comprehended by the average cinephile.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: The latest Storm of the Century conveniently doubles as bonding experience and first date … Those looking for airborne bovine a la ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Twister’ will be disappointed.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Stormy weather ahead…
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Sharknado minus the sharks: stormchasers gets more than they bargained for in this SyFy version of Twister

Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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teenage_mutant_ninja_turtlesReviews for this film from our members:

  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles,” “Wrath of the Titans”) competently manages a sprawling, technically complex production, but with no wit, style, warmth or charm. He isn’t helped by the Michael Bay imprimatur that’s all over this heavy industrial exercise masquerading as a movie.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]hese characters are fodder for an effects demo reel.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A large part of the story has nothing to do with ninja turtles, but rather a bunch of human beings that wouldn’t have enough presence to activate an automatic door, let alone occupy the focus of a movie. And the turtles themselves look disgusting, like gooey roided-up hulks impregnated with reptilian features.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: You may not be shouting “Cowabunga” but at least it’s not ‘The Secret of the Ooze’.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I say welcome back to some old friends.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s more relentlessly mediocre and instantly forgettable than a giant disaster, but do the makers really want such a ringing endorsement in the TV spots?
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: It was only last week when Guardians of the Galaxy delighted us all with its wanton folly while reminding us that one doesn’t have to treat the audience like a bunch of buffoons who need to be condescended to in order to snatch some of that sweet cash out of their wallets with as little effort as possible. Of course nothing lasts forever, so it took only a week for the new, Michael Bay-pumped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come along and ruin all of the goodwill set forth by Marvel’s delightful surprise.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Ultimately, Guardians of the Galaxy exists and that’s going to hurt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles more than its flaws
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Michael Bay gets his hands on another beloved property from our childhoods, but as producer of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature his signature influence is somewhat muted. Director Jonathan Liebesman instead delivers a superhero adventure pitched squarely at the kids, with Megan Fox and William Fichtner providing human support alongside a quartet of mo-capped anthropomorphic reptiles, and the results are goofy, juvenile, shambolic, but admittedly quite entertaining.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Bright and colorful, fast and quick (at 101 minutes, that’s more than an hour shorter than the latest Transformers flick), with one standout, nicely-choreographed mountaintop action sequence, this thing is nearly decent enough to work.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that is very difficult to like and, at the same time, very difficult to hate. There’s so much wrong with it, yet you laugh and don’t find your mind wandering as with Bay’s other Hasbro enterprise. Dissenters will repel the movie while fans young and old will find something to like. You know who you are.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Another childhood treasure brutally ruined.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Reviews: Third Person (2014)

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The Grab Bag (Aug. 5, 2014)

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Published on: August 5, 2014

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

Best of Lists

Jordan M. Smith’s Best Docs of 2014 So Far

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: To make it a bit easier, I’ve pieced together a lean little list of docu must sees that mix theatrical releases with top festival picks soon to hit VOD and still managed to cut a host of noteworthy titles like the Sundance prize-winner Rich Hill, as well as biggies like Life Itself, Visitors, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Elena, and Alive Inside. So far this year, I’ve seen more than sixty new docs, not including many that were graced with theatrical runs after their festival debuts last year (So, gems like Jodorowsky’s Dune and 12 O’Clock Boys which made last year’s list have been excluded here). Before we look ahead toward the major fall festivals in Venice, Toronto, Copenhagen, IDFA and the like, let’s rejoice in the documentary goodness that already lies before us.

Interviews

“Purple Rain” 30th Anniversary: Director Albert Magnoli Remembers His Rock Movie Classic

Bob Cashill @ Biography.com

  • Excerpt: An interview with Purple Rain’s director

2014 Hot Docs Interview: Jessica Oreck (The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Hot Docs Interview: Robert Greene & Brandy Burrre (Actress)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Sundance Interview: Andrew Rossi (Ivory Tower)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Sundance Interview: Jesse Moss (The Overnighters)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

2014 Sundance Interview: Maxim Pozdorovkin & Tony Gerber (The Notorious Mr. Bout)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

AJ Schnack & Nathan Truesdall

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Interview: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Petra Costa (Elena)

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 4, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Bay of Angels

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Jeanne Moreau’s Jackie is a classic femme fatale. And Bay of Angels is essentially a crime film without any actual crime.

The Big Chill

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …THE BIG CHILL was an impactful film that started the conversation in middle America that, for better or worse, has evolved into today’s culture wars

Born Yesterday

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Judy Holliday is a delight, a master of physical comedy and also a killer with both slow burns and quick witticisms. It’s that most wonderful of romantic movies where the object of affection seduces the audience at the same time as the folks in the movie.

Cleo from 5 to 7

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: During Varga’s 13-chapter story, Cleo sheds her self-and-societally-imposed disguises toward exposing her true identity. “Cleo” isn’t even her real name.

First Men in the Moon

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Ray Harryhausen’s 1964 adaptation of H.G. Wells

Fitzcarraldo

Dan Jardine @ Cinemania

  • Excerpt: The film confirms that dreamers and their obsessions can give us otherwise unimaginable moments of pure beauty.

Grace Kelly Collection

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …with a grand total of only 11 movies in a film career that only spanned 5 years, who knows what Kelly was truly capable of with more seasoning.

Tell Your Children

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Wild Strawberries

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Wild Strawberries” is a thematically abundant film that fluidly condenses a lifetime’s worth of experience into succinct cinematic fragments under Ingmar Bergman’s complex construction of abstract corollaries.

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 1-3, 2014)

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Published on: August 2, 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: Aug. 1-3, 2014

Wide (United States)

Get on Up

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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Expanding (United States)

A Most Wanted Man

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Limited (United States)

Calvary

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Child of God

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A horror film that challenges us to never exclude anyone from our hearts.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: One must credit Franco’s ambitions to adapt these hard-to-film pieces of literature, though this film proves that literal adaptations are not his strongest suit.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Aug. 1-3, 2014)

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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: Aug. 1-3, 2014

Wide (United States)

Get on Up

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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Expanding (United States)

A Most Wanted Man

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Limited (United States)

Calvary

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Child of God

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A horror film that challenges us to never exclude anyone from our hearts.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: One must credit Franco’s ambitions to adapt these hard-to-film pieces of literature, though this film proves that literal adaptations are not his strongest suit.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Get On Up (2014)

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get_on_upReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: certainly gives Brown his due, but the filmmakers’ approach leaves nagging questions while starting to wear out its welcome at 138 minutes. Still, the film has enough funkitude to work more often than not.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s an emotional logic to this structure, though, which envisions the late Brown’s life as a series of moments of unmitigated ego and irresolvable pain.
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Swingin’ but scrambled biopic that never quite finds its rhythm.
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Chadwick Boseman is impressive as James Brown. He fully embodies the man in vocal inflections, attitude and behavior.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: When thousands of teenage girls scream their hearts out at a Bruno Mars concert, I wonder if they realize they are actually screaming for James Brown.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: As formulaic and arty as the storytelling sometimes is, the film stays with you thanks Chadwick Boseman’s shrewd, powerhouse performance.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Get On Up never really finds its groove, but it will have you moving in your seat and tapping your toes, in wonderment of what was the real James Brown.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Awesome! Between Chadwick Boseman’s riveting portrayal of James Brown and this film’s pitch-perfect kaleidoscopic narrative form, “Get On Up” is the kind of musical biopic that audiences await with bated breath.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Reviews: Mood Indigo (2014)

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The Grab Bag (Jul. 29, 2014)

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Published on: July 29, 2014

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

Best of Lists

“Hey, Glad You Won But…”: Top 10 Nominees Deprived of Oscar Gold in Favor of Another Contender

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory?

Getting on Track: Top 10 Films About Trains

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Trains in cinema have always made for an excitable source within the realm of the comedy, drama, mystery or suspense pertaining to the plot of a particular film.

My Top Five Portrayals of Christ

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: At Number One is the portrayal that managed to balance Christ’s Divinity with Christ’s Humanity.

Top Ten Greatest Performances of All Time

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

A True Maverick: Top 10 Films of James Garner (1928-2014)

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Indeed it is sad news to acknowledge the passing of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner (1928-2014).

Interviews

Interview: Rob Reiner on the Middle-Aged Love Story “And So It Goes”

Nell Minow @ The Huffington Post

Lost and Found: Nick Prueher on the VHS phenomena behind the Found Footage Festival.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: Brian Holcomb

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OFCS member Brian Holcomb celebrates his birthday today, July 29. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Kinetofilm, Cinema Blend, Beyond Hollywood and Slant Magazine.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 28, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Atlantic City

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is 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 depth of this drama lies in how deeply you feel for these individuals.

Jane Eyre (1944)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Lola

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Demy sees his heroine as more than just a pretty object for men to desire, but an example of what that desire forces women to do in order to survive. Lola pushes and pulls as necessary to maintain control, accepting the male gaze and bending it as it suits her.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a classic which lives up to the reputation around it.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: HANGING ROCK is a subtler and kinder expression of burgeoning womanhood than the darker, more overt THE BEGUILED in which Clint Eastwood’s introduction into a similar environment causes the all-female staff and students to lose their heads over his presence.

Pink Flamingos

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: John Waters’s second movie not only set the low bar for just how gross a midnight movie could be in 1972, “Pink Flamingos” remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

Red River

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Intentional or not, consider RED RIVER the first shot across the bow of traditional, personality-driven Hollywood acting by the New York-based Actors Studio proponents of the Method.

Wild Strawberries

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Wild Strawberries” is a thematically abundant film that fluidly condenses a lifetime’s worth of experience into succinct cinematic fragments under Ingmar Bergman’s complex construction of abstract corollaries.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Josh Hurtado

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Published on: July 28, 2014

OFCS member Josh Hurtado celebrates his birthday today, July 28. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Twitch Film.

Happy Birthday: M. Enois Duarte

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OFCS member M. Enois Duarte celebrates his birthday today, July 28. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Hih Def Digest.

Happy Birthday: Stephen Silver

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OFCS member Stephen Silver celebrates his birthday today, July 28. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Entertainment Tell, Philly Magazine and Steve Silver.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jul. 25-27, 2014)

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Published on: July 26, 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. 25-27, 2014

Wide (United States)

And So It Goes

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Hercules

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Lucy

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Expanding (United States)

Wish I Was Here

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Limited (United States)

Happy Christmas

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An appealing comedy filled with authentic everyday life scenes revolving around marriage and siblings.

Magic in the Moonlight

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A Most Wanted Man

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Very Good Girls

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [E]very conflict here arises from situations that could be easily resolved if the characters sat down to talk for a few minutes…

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Chris Cabin

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Published on: July 26, 2014

OFCS member Chris Cabin celebrates his birthday today, July 26. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jul. 25-27, 2014)

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Published on: July 25, 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. 25-27, 2014

Wide (United States)

And So It Goes

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Hercules

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Lucy

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Expanding (United States)

Wish I Was Here

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Limited (United States)

Happy Christmas

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An appealing comedy filled with authentic everyday life scenes revolving around marriage and siblings.

Magic in the Moonlight

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A Most Wanted Man

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Very Good Girls

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [E]very conflict here arises from situations that could be easily resolved if the characters sat down to talk for a few minutes…

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: And So It Goes (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: July 24, 2014

and_so_it_goesReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There’s a dumbfounding lapse of continuity, suggesting Leah can turn white wine into red while telekinetically moving it from her right to her left.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What a condescending movie this is.
  • [New - 7/31] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engaging, yet forgettable – aimed at a senior-citizen audience, it should enjoy a long life as a DVD.
  • [New - 7/31] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Even if it were aiming to be pleasant comfort food, the generically titled “And So It Goes” goes down as easily as a rock down a garbage disposal. Everyone need not bother because “Something’s Gotta Give,” this certainly is not.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It’s like watching Oscar the Grouch turn into Mr. Rodgers in ninety minutes.
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