Happy Birthday: Mary Ann Brussat

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OFCS member Mary Ann Brussat celebrates her birthday today, July 5. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Spirituality and Practice.

Happy Birthday: Locke Peterseim

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

You can visit his website: Open Letters Monthly.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jul. 2, 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: Jul. 2, 2014

Wide (United States)

Deliver Us from Evil

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Earth to Echo

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Tammy

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Limited (United States)

Life Itself

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: José Arce

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OFCS member José Arce celebrates his birthday today, July 4. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: La Butaca.

Reviews: Begin Again (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

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Reviews: Earth to Echo (2014)

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Reviews: Life Itself (2014)

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life_itselfReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A powerful, illuminating, and heart-affecting documentary about the long career of the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and his courageous battle with cancer.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: we see how the man who’d literally lost his voice procured a new one via his blog where he wrote about everything under the sun and if there’s a weakness in this film it is that we don’t hear enough about this fine work.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: I write about films because I love cinema, and if I do it with any skill, it’s because I spent hours reading Ebert.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Life Itself is an empathetic, affectionate, and, at times, shattering film that honors its subject through its candor.
  • 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.
  • [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.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The latter scenes with his wife Chaz contrast with his often cantankerous relationship with his famous cohort Gene Siskel. Although those displays are where the documentary soars, the final act provides a poignant coda on the life of a man who left an indelible legacy on film criticism.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: A superb tribute that will leave Roger Ebert fans delighted and inspired. Thumbs Up.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: As Roger would say about any of his four star reviews, “I could not imagine not seeing this film again.”
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
    • Excerpt: It’s filled with biographical information, clips of films, great anecdotes, and loving reminiscences. But what lingers is the sight of Ebert in the hospital, propped up in a wheelchair with a keyboard on his lap, determined to put down more words.
  • Don Lewis @ Film Threat
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: The ultimate cineaste to the end, Ebert saw himself as James’s collorator rather than his compliant subject … Fascinating, engrossing, life-affirming … without being in the least mawkish.
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: It exudes his love of the movies from every frame, and ultimately, the love that the movies returned to him.
  • Piers Marchant @ sweet smell of success
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [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.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: This is not a sponge-cleaned prepackaged documentaries that glorifies Ebert as a product, but rather the bittersweet story of a kid who came from a small town in down-state Illinois, fell in love with journalism, developed a deep passion for the movies, and became famous by being lucky enough to talk about it on television.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Life Itself may not be perfect, but it is compelling, insightful and most of all, personal. I’d like to believe that is exactly what Roger would have wanted it to be.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: In the end, “Life Itself” has too much to do with Roger Ebert’s death and not enough to do with the man who trademarked a couple of thumbs pointed either up or down.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: A truly extraordinary documentary about Roger Ebert’s life — warts and all.
  • Mel Valentin @ VeryAware.com
    • Excerpt: A heartfelt, poignant documentary of the world’s favorite film critic.

Reviews: Tammy (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

tammyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The formula is going to wear itself out, and either McCarthy will disappear, or she’ll figure out how to properly harness her considerable talent. For now, ‘Tammy’ is a disappointment, because it asks an energetic, unpredictable performer to play it so calculatingly, frustratingly safe.
  • [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.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It is admirable that McCarthy and Falcone try to push an agenda that gives the young perspective on their elders (and vice versa), but except for a (very) few funny set pieces, the film’s pretty flat.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The most frustrating thing about this ego-driven misfire of a movie is the unforgivable squandering of Melissa McCarthy’s gigantic talents. Beautiful and funny with almost preternaturally good comic timing, McCarthy is absolutely wasted here, and by her own script.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The jokes are either too obvious or rely on our patience for the actors to riff on a joke well after its point has been made.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Tiresome and tedious, Melissa McCarthy takes an unfortunate pratfall.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: It makes one wonder why this was such a big deal project for her in the first place.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women. Yay? Nah.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: The picture gets off to a boisterous start, evading all but the most basic of character work, leaving audiences with no point of emotional connection for the spiralling labyrinth of nothingness that follows.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Jagged around the edges and far from perfect, just like its protagonist, TAMMY is still fitfully amusing and its dramatic moments surprisingly work more often than not. Ultimately, the moderate success of this episodic road dramedy all comes back to Melissa McCarthy whose presence alone makes a considerable difference in jockeying material and making it better.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Piers Marchant @ sweet smell of success
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Too scattershot and episodic to work as a whole, but overall it’s a better vehicle for McCarthy than those she’s shouldered before.

Reviews: Willow Creek (2014)

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Reviews: Young & Beautiful (2014)

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Happy Birthday: Eric Henderson

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OFCS member Eric Henderson celebrates his birthday today, July 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Slant Magazine and CBS Minnesota.

The Grab Bag (Jul. 1, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

The Bad Movies Volume 1: 1914-2008

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Now, we close out our Review Retrospective with the bottom of the bottom, those simply dreadful films from yesteryear that I found hideous, evil, I daresay…Satanic.

The Bad Movies Volume 2: 2008-2014

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The listing of the Worst Movies I have seen since I began writing about films.

The Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Spirituality in cinema has been expressed in various ways where the feel-good aspect of faith-based films are put to great use for emotional manipulation.

She Works Hard for the Money: The Top 10 “Loose” Women in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: One of the most explosive roles for women in motion pictures have been in the titillating realm of prostitution.

The Top 15 Hollywood Movies Shot in Prague

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: After the fall of communism and the formation of the Czech Republic in 1992, Hollywood studios rushed into the country to take advantage of not only low production costs, but also the high level of talent available throughout the local industry.

Interviews

Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet on THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS

Anton Bitel @ FlmDivider

Hidden in Plain Sight: Joanna Coates on Hide and Seek

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Kat Candler on “Hellion”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 30, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Batman

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

China Gate

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Last Day of Summer

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Winner of 1958 Grand Prix at the International Festival of Documentary and Short Feature Films in Venice, The Last Day of Summer has the brevity of most experimental films, and it creates a dreamlike ambiguity that makes an almost too-subtle comment on World War II.

Vertigo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Did any movie produced under the Hollywood studio system ever torture its protagonist as mercilessly as ‘Vertigo’ torments Scottie Ferguson?

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Rich Cline

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OFCS member Rich Cline celebrates his birthday today, June 30. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Shadows on the Wall and Contact Music.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jun. 27, 2014)

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Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Jun. 27, 2014

Wide (United States)

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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

Limited (United States)

Begin Again

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A romantic drama that captures and conveys the healing power of music.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The documentary’s release as the net neutrality debate rages will only underscore what we have lost.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Despite some shortcomings, it remains a deeply compelling documentary about some of the most important issues of the Information Age.

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: A cautionary tale about the power of entrenched financial interests in an era of unlimited information access.

Jackpot

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Here is a mean-spirited movie about bad-hearted people in which the central question seems to be which of these characters is the nastiest of the lot.

Snowpiercer

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Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Berlinger’s work has revealed the warped wheels of the American justice system before, garnering a groundswell of support for the West Memphis Three. With “Whitey,” he’s casting an ever wider net.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Snowpiercer (2014)

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Published on: June 27, 2014

snowpiercerReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fantástico salto al panorama internacional de Joon-ho Bong, que propone una película tan divertida como demoledora en sus lecturas. El futuro distópico clásico subraya sus diferencias de clase a bordo de un tren que no puedes perder.
  • [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.
  • Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A dystopian masterwork illustrating the moral rot of dividing the population into a winning class versus everybody else as poor scum of the earth.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a masterpiece of action adventure science fiction fueled by a terrific international cast…Joon-ho has more on his mind than startling imagery and violence and his climax is both breathtaking and an emotional gut punch.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s a dumb idea on its surface, and as we get deeper and deeper into the concept, at no point does the screenplay … make us believe it is anything more than that.
  • 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: Exciting, edge-of-your-seat action thriller – a wild ride that’s one of the best of the year, so far.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Is it better than a Michael Bay movie? Yes. But not that much better.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Snowpiercer is a politically provocative ensemble piece of legendary proportions. A parable that manipulates the medium in impressively dynamic ways which captivate the mind while delighting the eye.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: the dystopian world he envisions is incredibly immersive and extremely thrilling….but maybe some of those edits should have been kept in.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer.
  • 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.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: Snowpiercer reminds us once again that genre pictures can be smart, sophisticated and even a little bit dangerous to the status quo.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: If you can buy the premise of this Bong Joon-ho graphic novel adaptation, you’re in for a good ride.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Deftly explores the themes of everyday society but taken to the extreme and heightened in a restricted setting, punctuating its narrative with bouts of thrilling and expertly choreographed action alongside moments of welcome humour.
  • 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.
  • Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: As Swinton’s Mason and later the man at the train’s helm (Ed Harris) point out, there is an order to things and everyone has their place and that’s what keeps Snowpiercer running. It’s also what keeps Snowpiercer running. Each sequence is connected to the last in a way that brings us ever closer to the end, creating a political allegory and a mind-altering action picture all powered by the same engine of insanity.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It may not be the brightest movie around, but it’s almost insanely watchable…deliciously different from run-of-the-mill doomsday pictures.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jun. 27, 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: Jun. 27, 2014

Wide (United States)

Transformers: Age of Extinction

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Begin Again

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A romantic drama that captures and conveys the healing power of music.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The documentary’s release as the net neutrality debate rages will only underscore what we have lost.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Despite some shortcomings, it remains a deeply compelling documentary about some of the most important issues of the Information Age.

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: A cautionary tale about the power of entrenched financial interests in an era of unlimited information access.

Snowpiercer

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A dystopian masterwork illustrating the moral rot of dividing the population into a winning class versus everybody else as poor scum of the earth.

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Deftly explores the themes of everyday society but taken to the extreme and heightened in a restricted setting, punctuating its narrative with bouts of thrilling and expertly choreographed action alongside moments of welcome humour.

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Berlinger’s work has revealed the warped wheels of the American justice system before, garnering a groundswell of support for the West Memphis Three. With “Whitey,” he’s casting an ever wider net.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Borgman (2014)

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Published on: June 26, 2014

borgmanReviews for this film from our members:

  • [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.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Alex van Warmerdam’s (“Grimm”) latest parable is dark, tense and often funny, playing like a mashup of “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and Hanaeke’s “Funny Games,” but just when you think you’ve got a handle on his meaning, events conspire to undermine it.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The strange promotional art for ‘Borgman’ is reflective of the peculiar narrative that offers more questions than answers while completely engrossing the viewer in its bizarre story.
  • Mark Harris @ About.com
  • Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine
    • Excerpt: It is something when a film makes two of 2014′s arguably best films—Under the Skin and Enemy—seem accessible by comparison, but this horror-tinged whatchamacallit truly is uncompromising, unsettling, cryptic, elegantly shot and, frankly, quite weird.
  • [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: Defies categorization — part satanic thriller, part social satire. Characters glide through narrative as if in Caligari-induced haze.

Reviews: Coherence (2014)

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coherenceReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Joya de culto instantánea que marca el interesantísimo debut tras las cámaras de James Ward Byrkit. Una ciencia-ficción maquiavélica e hipnótica, interesante y atrapante a partes iguales. Cuando llega el cometa Miller, llega el terror.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Cracking good “Twilight Zone” riff turns a yuppie dinner party into an inside-out exercise in paranoia and relationship physics after a passing comet knocks out the power, and maybe more besides.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Strangely subtle, supernatural mindbender….
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Deploys twisty sci-fi concepts to warp the almost-clichéd dinner-party soap opera into a horror story of the human condition in the face of quantum philosophy.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s exciting both as a chilling peek into the dark shadows of alternate realities, and as an example of how resourceful filmmakers can produce thrilling effects using nothing more expensive than their own brains.
  • [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.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com
    • Excerpt: Flighty but fun romp in a gravitation field built for eight.

Reviews: Think Like a Man Too (2014)

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Published on: June 26, 2014

think_like_a_man_tooReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 6/26/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It has some very funny moments, and a few touching ones as well. Sure, it gets corny at times, but overall, it’s a very entertaining movie that can appeal to a broad audience.
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he sequel isn’t an advertisement. This is a legitimate movie; it is also a legitimately bad one.
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: I didn’t realize it going in, but after conquering Vegas, I somehow feel that I could follow this group anywhere.
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than another recycling of ‘The Hangover’…loud, abrasive, frenetic and singularly unfunny.

Reviews: Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

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Published on: June 26, 2014

transformersReviews for this film from our members:

  • [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.
  • Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: You’ll get the beer commercial filmmaking you’ve grown to know and love. What you won’t get is a decent – or even coherent – script, effective charaterization, witty dialogue or a reasonable running time.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” didn’t promise to change your life. It promised giant robots in 3D, and it delivers giant robots in 3D.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This franchise has become a case of judging bad apples, and Transformers: Age of Extinction is the least rotten of the bunch.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Abysmal! Unless you’re really into techie toys, it’s excruciating to watch – a tortuous endurance test.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: If you want to save some money, have a few of your friends just scream at each other over the din of the garbage disposal. Now have them do this for the duration of 3 hours and you’ll have the same cinematic experience.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Rearranger of space and time Michael Bay has reached a level of aggressive self-actualization that perhaps no other human being has reached before.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: In the fourth installment of director Michael Bay’s sub-woofer-focused, explosions first / plot second Transformers franchise, there are all new humans, some familiar Autobots, and mostly the same elements tweaked just a bit to trick you into thinking you are seeing a new film rather than the same one for the fourth time.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: Still, part of me likes the idea of an old-school blockbuster so vast, fantastical and foolish that only the most indiscriminate, imaginative and youthful of viewers can truly tap into its potential. Man, I miss that.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Age of Extinction won’t win over Transformers movie skeptics but Michael Bay succeeds in giving his fans what they are looking for – unmatched CGI spectacle.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Is there really anything else to say? Virginal teenage boys who still love playing with toys will be first in line, so there’s that.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • James Marsh @ Screen International
    • Excerpt: The fourth instalment of Michael Bay’s big screen robot romp offers few surprises but an abundance of the series’ familiar tropes in another marathon-length, narratively vapid action spectacular. Bay’s trademark visual fireworks are as impressive as ever, while an all-new cast promises a new direction for what may become a second trilogy. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for the Autobots and Decepticons, which based on past performance means a huge box office performance everywhere.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: As the Autobots fight for Hong Kong with the Dinobots – a T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor – by their side, against all storytelling sense Age of Extinction finally wore me down and won me over.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: What’s different this time is that Bay seems to have abandoned the palette by which he created the other three films – that is to say this is the first Transformers movie that isn’t totally an ugly and unhappy experience. That doesn’t make it good, necessarily, what he created previously as dark and grimy has been replaced by a visual look that is aggressive, colorful and seems more childish than off-putting. That’s a nice way of saying he’s traded an ointment for a suppository. It still the stupidest film of the summer, but you don’t feel filthy when the movie is over.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
  • Mel Valentin @ VeryAware.com
    • Excerpt: A mind- and body-numbing sensory assault.

Happy Birthday: Jason Gorber

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Published on: June 25, 2014

OFCS member Jason Gorber celebrates his birthday today, June 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film Fest and Twitch Film.

Happy Birthday: Tony Dayoub

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Published on: June 25, 2014

OFCS member Tony Dayoub celebrates his birthday today, June 25. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinema Viewfinder, Slant Magazine and Indiewire.

The Grab Bag (Jun. 24, 2014)

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Published on: June 24, 2014

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

Best of Lists

“Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Who says that movie-making talent cannot run within the same family?

The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema?

It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: In It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films we will take a look at Academy Award-winning movies that dared to examine the spirit about being socially aware–through inspiration and insidiousness (or both simultaneously)–and put them under a meaningful microscope for noteworthy consideration of their impacting messaging.

It’s the Music That Makes the Man: Top 10 Movie Themes for Action-Packed Guys in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Every movie has to have its signature song and that certainly goes for the action-oriented males in film that are fortunate to have these finger-snapping tunes represent them on the big screen.

Sibling Rivalry: The Top 10 Fictional Siblings in Film

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Whatever the combination–brother and sister, brother and brother, sister and sister–the big screen has always produced some of the most compelling siblings to entertain or shock us as the lights go dim at the local cinemaplex.

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