Reviews: Third Person (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 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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Published on: August 4, 2014

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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A Most Wanted Man

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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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Published on: August 1, 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. 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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Published on: July 31, 2014

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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Published on: July 31, 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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Published on: July 29, 2014

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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Published on: July 28, 2014

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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Published on: July 28, 2014

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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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.

You can visit his website: Slant Magazine and AMC.

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)

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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.

Reviews: Calvary (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

guardians_of_the_galaxyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: The plot is not of much consequence both in terms of how it is scripted and what we care about. The beauty and delight of this film is just having a group of characters that we simply love hanging out with and enjoy watching them interact.
  • Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fabulosa película para todos repleta de humor, diversión y acción a raudales. De todas las hijas más o menos legítimas de “La guerra de las galaxias”, esta, con James Gunn a los mandos, puede ser la que mejor ha recogido su espíritu atemporal y universal.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: For much of ‘Guardians’’ 122 minutes, writer/director James Gunn’s grab-bag of quirky characters, genre ribbing, and incongruent ‘70s pop tunes goes over like gangbusters. The trouble is, it’s only irreverent to a point, and when the time comes to wrap things up, Gunn plays it strictly by the book.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There have been few must-see films of the 2014 summer season, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely one.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una película de superhéroes que se atreve a innovar pero que a veces también se queda en lo más superficial de sus personajes.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Marvel’s first outright comedy, kin to the deliriously funny and affectionate “Star Trek” parody, “Galaxy Quest.”
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: But even if it starts awkwardly and half-fumbles its ending, Guardians of the Galaxy never loses sight of the idea that a big summer blockbuster should be fun, and there’s a solid hour and a half of its running time that is hugely enjoyable.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a hilariously subversive spectacle.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tiene un guión obsesionado con que no dejen de pasar cosas, y no hacen más que complicar la trama para que casi no haya descansos.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a smart, snappy and sarcastic space opera more in the “Star Wars” mold. Thing is, this is the best movie of its type since “Star Wars,” and that’s not a comparison to be made lightly.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Goofy, energetic, space-faring fun!
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is the spiritual sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy we dreamed about. Action packed, well written and most of all fun!
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This movie should not work; there is a talking raccoon, a walking tree, and space battles. However, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best action film of the year so far.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is a likably goofy, lively and cheeky lark, though really never the ecstatic, rollicking space adventure it could have been. It evaporates as fast as it comes, but while it’s onscreen, it’s fun.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: THIS is how you construct a sci-fi action/adventure that tries nothing more than to entertain its audience with every frame without underestimating the intelligence of said audience. THIS is how you combine a big-budget special effects summer blockbuster product while maintaining an original voice and constructing an intriguing and genuinely fun story. THIS is Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s nothing short of a modern sci-fi space adventure masterpiece.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Whereas many of the prior films have had veins of humor running through their plotting, Guardians makes the humor a more pervasive and inspired part of its narrative, which moves the film in a decidedly new and fascinating direction.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … retro space opera that plays more like a bad spoof of a ‘Star Wars’ spoof
  • Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic.com
    • Excerpt: Yes, you can spot Stan Lee making yet another cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ More importantly, his spirit can be found in just about every frame.
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the awesome baby of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jana J. Monji @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy, is a fun and witty gallop through the galaxy, with plenty of sympathetic characters and a dance-worthy retro to 1980s soundtrack that will make you think of a young Kevin Bacon.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Out of this world?
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Behold! A gleefully giddy Marvelverse B-movie space fantasy writ large, Guardians of the Galaxy is not just the best Marvel movie to date, but also the one of the finest science fiction adventures to come along in, well, quite some time.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The main genre is more adventure than sci-fi, and the tone lighter and more comic than a lot of recent superhero movies, but that’s what makes Guardians of the Galaxy so refreshing.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: From one end to the other, Guardians of the Galaxy feels like someone’s sincere attempt to make an everlasting cult film. It certainly feels like one. It’s goofy, it’s corny, it’s illogical, and it contains characters the feel like they were ejected from a more focused screenplay. The film will certainly be a hit at the box office, but you can easily imagine it someday finding its place among the best of the Friday Night cult films, right up there with The Fifth Element, Evil Dead II and Buckaroo Banzai. That’s good company.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s quite simply, the reason people go to and love the movies.

Reviews: Hercules (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: I Origins (2014)

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Reviews: Lucy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

lucyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Lucy is silly, sometimes flat-out laughable, but by goodness is it never dull.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nuevo thriller de acción de Luc Besson, que amalgama como es habitual montones de cosas que encantan al director galo. Como (casi) siempre también, el resultado es un producto divertido, rápido y muy disfrutable con un bol de palomitas.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Lucy’ is too much of a mess for true greatness; it’s riddled with plot holes and unanswered questions, it is predicated (as you’ve probably heard) on a widely debunked scientific theory, Johansson’s choice to gradually replicate the vocal inflections of ‘Community’’s Abed is a peculiar one, and the film’s attempts at philosophical introspection mostly land with the thud of a dumb movie that thinks it’s smart. But the picture’s energy and style are undeniable, and frankly, it’s one of those occasional films where buying a ticket is like casting a vote—in this case, for more girls with guns at the movies.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain’s incredible powers.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s what summer movies are all about, and it has no shame in achieving this.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Giving a very similar performance to her great work in “Under the Skin,” Johansson’s tranced out dehumanization mixed with wonder is about as fine as anyone could do given this material, where fast firing brain neurons apparently increase one’s laptop RAM to something approaching the speed of light.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: If you were to take away the distraction of the science fiction gimmick, he might be criticized for implicit racism – there’s a disquieting aspect of pulp magazine, yellow peril hysteria as a slavering horde of sadistic, rape-happy Asian gangsters chases a beautiful white woman in the tight minidress. There’s a lot mumbo-jumbo interjected about time, immortality and the nature of the universe, but at its core this is a pulpy, action crime melodrama with well-intentioned delusions of grandeur.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Aside from the regressive portrait of its heroine, the movie is a mess of pseudo-scientific babble.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Wierd yet strangely intriguing, posing fascinating philosophical questions, like: Does time truly exist? Why are we here? And is our essence immortal?
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not good in the traditional sense, but it is hilariously nonsensical in spite of itself. This is pure camp and on that level, it qualifies as an entertaining movie.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: In this pile of adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy, the meaning of humanity (or lack thereof) depends on how “cool” something looks onscreen.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson returns with a mix of high altitude science fiction and knuckle dragging action scenes all based on the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with thought-provoking science fiction.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s flashy and fanciful, trim and slick, and of little substance, but the viewer can either accept the delirious ridiculousness of it all and have fun, or reject it and be a fun sponge.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson is nothing if not adventurous. Steering clear of conventional subjects, Besson’s films range from daring to disappointing with Lucy falling somewhere in between, a generic amalgam of action clichés predicated on a scientific fallacy.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … Besson comes full circle … a wacky bravura blend of sci-fi, comic-book action and National Geographic cutaways. Think ‘Tree of Life’ spiced into ‘Taken.”
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: People are going to walk into ‘Lucy’ thinking this is just a Scarlett Johansson-fronted action movie and have their minds broken.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Part stylised assassin revenge flick, part flashy science lesson, Lucy is an enjoyably bonkers and visually arresting film. It’s ultimately nonsense-spouting mumbo-jumbo but, unlike many of Besson’s 21st century action flicks, you feel like there’s a wry smile behind the ludicrousness.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Stylistic and engaging, and a real return to form for the director, mastering a genre he was partly responsible for pioneering
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: As silly as Lucy gets, I gotta give credit where credit is due: this thing flies by in a razzling, dazzling whirlwind, barely giving you time enough to think about what you’re actually seeing.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not the action spectacle Besson and his crew have been selling us. It’s a dopey superhero wannabe that eventually moves its lady lead out of the skirmish and into a chair in an empty room while she lets a French cop protect her from the bad guys. This is not an exaggeration. Lucy spends the climax of her own movie sitting down and thinking real hard about what she’s done…and could do. Bum-bum-bum.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Why, in a movie about a woman who can bend time and space, was it necessary to have her running from gangsters? Why did we need chase scenes? The woman unlocks the mysteries of the universe and apparently knows what happens when we die? Wouldn’t it have been much more interesting to have her reveal and explore those secrets?
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: …even the sight of Scarlett Johansson morphing into a black tentacle biocomputer can’t compensate for the feeling that you’re using less and less of your cerebral capacity the longer you watch this movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Loony and laughable.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Lucy’s premise is at least internally consistent, but the film’s understanding of neuroscience and evolutionary biology is so absurdly (and blithely) distorted that one can only gape in embarrassed disbelief.

Reviews: Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: …elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted
  • [New - 8/22/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If at first [Hoffman's] German accent seems unnatural, trust in the actor, whose low guttural enunciation exhibits an ear finely tuned to the idiosyncrasies of the language.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Few actors could embody that mix of ferociousness and world-weariness as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman does. He provides the tortured heart and messy humanity that is otherwise missing from Corbijn’s muted compositions and the story’s intricate plotting.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …Hoffman’s take on the jaded Bachmann could easily rival Oldman’s Oscar nominated performance in TINKER TAILOR… When Hoffman is on screen, his Bachmann eclipses anyone else, a considerable achievement given the movie’s formidable company of players.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The screenplay by Andrew Bovell (unsurprisingly, based on a novel by John le Carré) is not as concerned with matters of plot as it is with the mysteries of morality and justice playing out behind the scenes.
  • Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing an obese smoker and drinker, fits the mold of the intelligent outsider who blends into the background—the perfect guise for a spy. It is much to Hoffman’s credit that he manages to retain some of our sympathy while arousing a bit of our scorn.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: In the complex and captivating ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ a German intelligence agent heads a counter-terrorist investigation that embroils an uneducated illegal immigrant. This is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final role as a leading man.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The final starring screen role of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman and a fitting coda to a brilliant career.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: [Hoffman's] engrossing turn as German spy Günther Bachmann in this adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man displays the kind of immersive character work that made Hoffman of one the best actors of his generation, if not the best.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Ostensibly Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last movie, it’s to the late performer’s credit just how much nuance he brings to what is intended to be a rather stone-faced portrayal of an old-guard spook.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Nobody did rumpled like the late, lamented Philip Seymour Hoffman, who haunts this, his last movie, as German intelligence officer Günther Bachmann in John Le Carré’s Hamburg-set spy tale of honorable people working in a dishonorable world.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on a 2008 John le Carré novel) remains an engaging experience despite numerous aspects that weigh it down.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A deliberately downbeat commentary on the ways of the post-9/11 era [in which] Philip Seymour Hoffman…gives a remarkable performance.

Reviews: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: July 24, 2014

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