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From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 16, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Awards Coverage

Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Interviews

Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo – The Green Inferno

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on the Cold War and “Bridge of Spies”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Jack Huston and Douglas Booth

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jim Whitaker on “The Finest Hours”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Justin Theroux – Zoolander 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Lily James and Bella Heathcote

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Luca Guadagnino – A Bigger Splash

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nicholas Sparks on “The Choice”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – Deadpool

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Thelma Todd Biographer Michelle Morgan

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig – Zoolander 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: Mel Valentin

OFCS member Mel Valentin celebrates his birthday today, February 16. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

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Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 15, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Black God, White Devil

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] “Black God, White Devil” is a cinematic call for the audience to reject all political and religious doctrine in favor of an individual liberty at one with nature, something you could call sustainable.

Bringing Up Baby

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Howard Hawks’s “Bringing Up Baby” is the go-to example of screwball comedy that critics and film-lovers reference most as the definitive model of the genre.

Gilda

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Lemonade Joe

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Communist propaganda, surreal Czech sensibilities, and an honest appreciation for the entertainment value of early Hollywood films collide to create a homegrown retro-Western musical spoof that could almost have come from the mind of Guy Maddin.

Libeled Lady

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Lovers on the Bridge

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The bravura sequence that everyone remembers shows the lovers drunkenly dancing across the bridge as fireworks burst behind them, with the music changing from a polka to a waltz to a rocker every couple of seconds. It’s the kind of scene a movie can hang its hat on, and a director can make a reputation with.

Man Bites Dog

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Self-reflexive social satire rarely comes with such a hilarious fury of black humor as it does in this ingenious mockumentary about filming a serial killer’s pursuits.

Panique

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Reform School Girls

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Although critically scorned and criminally overlooked, co-writer/director Tom Desimone’s punk rock-inspired indie sexploitation flick has it all.

Spirited Away

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki’s divinely imaginative display of madcap surrealism is virtuosic in this episodic coming of age classic.

The Sword of Doom

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week, Part 2 (Feb. 12-14, 2016)

Because of embargoes, 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: Feb. 12-14, 2016

Wide (United States)

Deadpool

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How to Be Single

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Zoolander 2

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Expanding (United States)

Southbound

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Limited (United States)

Fitoor

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

A War

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: With its moral dilemma of a fulcrum and its motif of a marriage tested by the duty and distance of a soldiering husband, Tobias Lindholm’s A War bears all the markings of a topical, made-for-television melodrama. Yet with his lean, deliberate narrative and aesthetic choices, Lindholm has stripped the story down to its most powerful essence.

[New Today] Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A drama that raises ethically telling questions about war, conscience, compassion, and heroism.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Without judgement, we’re shown how rules of engagement, both followed and broken, can lead to the loss of innocent lives.

Where to Invade Next

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2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Boyd van hoeij

OFCS member Boyd van hoeij celebrates his birthday today, February 13. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

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This Week, Part 1 (Feb. 12-14, 2016)

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: Feb. 12-14, 2016

Wide (United States)

Deadpool

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

How to Be Single

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Zoolander 2

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Southbound

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

A War

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: With its moral dilemma of a fulcrum and its motif of a marriage tested by the duty and distance of a soldiering husband, Tobias Lindholm’s A War bears all the markings of a topical, made-for-television melodrama. Yet with his lean, deliberate narrative and aesthetic choices, Lindholm has stripped the story down to its most powerful essence.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Without judgement, we’re shown how rules of engagement, both followed and broken, can lead to the loss of innocent lives.

Where to Invade Next

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 9, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

List: 20 Underrated & Overlooked 21st Century Horror Movies

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I take a look at some great 21st century horror movies that you may not have seen/heard of.

A Most Violent Year

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Sicario

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Top 10 Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Top Anticipated Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Awards Coverage

List: 20 Underrated & Overlooked 21st Century Horror Movies

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: I take a look at some great 21st century horror movies that you may not have seen/heard of.

A Most Violent Year

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Sicario

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]

Top 10 Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Top Anticipated Sundance 2016

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Interviews

Interruption presents our future stars

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Apart from an engulfing cinematic experience, Giorgos Zois’ feature debut also offers a glimps in the country’s next big stars

Jim Whitaker, producer of “The Finest Hours”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Matt Charman, co-screenwriter of “Bridge of Spies”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

The Best and Worst of Sundance 2016, Documentary Edition

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: 2015 was a banner year for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival (the slate included Going Clear, Best of Enemies, The Hunting Ground, and Listen to Me Marlon), so it was probably inevitable that this year would feel like a bit of a comedown – and while I wasn’t able to see anywhere near all of them (it’s just not possible!), there weren’t a lot of nonfiction films gathering buzz as knock-your-socks-off great. But those I saw were very good indeed, so here are a few to keep an eye out for in the weeks and months to come.

The Best and Worst of Sundance 2016, Narrative Edition

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This year’s Sundance Film Festival seemed to get off to a rocky start; maybe it was programming and maybe it was poor choices, but I came out of the first couple of days wondering if it was just going to be a weird, off year, and nothing I was hearing from my colleagues seemed to indicate otherwise. But then a series of great movies unspooled, and we ended up with an embarrassment of riches.

Urgent Stories: The Africa World Film Festival at the Missouri History Museum

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: The documentary side of African cinema will be the center of attention this weekend when the Missouri History Museum hosts the Ninth Annual Africa World Film Festival (AAWFF), a fitting kick-off for the city’s Black History Month events.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Birth of a Nation

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The gifted actor, familiar from ‘Beyond the Lights,’ ‘Red Tails,’ and ‘Arbitrage,’ put everything on the line to make this dramatization of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner; he not only plays Turner, but wrote, directed, and produced the film as well. You can feel his blood pulsing through every frame of Birth of a Nation, a vital, stirring, and powerful film by and about people of color – and which arrives like a hand grenade in the midst of a deafeningly loud discussion about why that’s such a rarity in contemporary Hollywood.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

Certain Women

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There are no verbose emotional arias or chest-beating screaming matches. It’s a collection of the tiniest moments, which accumulate into a kind of devastation.

The Eagle Huntress

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

The Intervention

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Comedy like this is all about characters, so the opening scenes are a bit on the bumpy side — understandably, as we’re getting to know these people and how they interact. But once these people are established, it’s just pinball; DuVall proves an adroit writer/director, creating durable group dynamics, situating and triangulating these characters off each other.

Joshy

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

The Land

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Lo and Behold’ isn’t top-shelf Herzog; it doesn’t have the majesty of ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams,’ the sorrow of ‘Into the Abyss,’ or the power of ‘Grizzly Man.’ But it’s still Herzog, and that’s certainly worth celebrating.

Love & Friendship

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Above all (and surely to the relief of those prone to resist costume drama) it’s just a very playful picture, with Stillman throwing in clever little touches like silent movie-style character intro cards and clever on-screen text to illustrate a letter-reading scene. And it’s a spry movie to boot, running barely over 90 minutes, as Stillman adopts a good, fast, almost proto-screwball style that retains (and even adds to) the various plot machinations and abundance of characters without getting bogged down in them.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If there’s a complaint to be made, it’s that the squareness of the format doesn’t allow much of a deep dive into what made (and makes) Mapplethorpe so interesting; they’re so busy covering the biographical bases that there’s precious little time to get analytical. But taking its confines into account, there’s much to recommend in ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.’

Operation Avalanche

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

White Girl

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

Wiener-Dog

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: And that’s the problem with Solondz these days, in a nutshell; he’s just spinning his wheels, continuing to tell the same stories in the same way, and expecting them to elicit the same response. He’s certainly not the first filmmaker to get stuck in a rut, or, if you’d like to put it more charitably, to stick with a particular style; the catch is that his absurd point-of-view was so specific to its late-‘90s moment that it now seems like a relic, a filmmaker trying his hardest to provoke us with his casual mentions of rape and AIDS, but just coming off desperate.

Essays

2015, a remake year

Diego Salgado @ Diagonal [Spanish]

Destroy All Monsters: Gay Or Straight, Finn/Poe Matters

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Reviews of Short Films

Day One

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Present

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: German Short Animated Film Review

Sanjay’s Super Team

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Xico+Xana

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese-Austrian Short Film Review

Other Articles

China Doll

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Al Pacino in David Mamet’s new play.

Film Love Songs, Snow White and Book Giveaway

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: During this fun podcast, A.J. Hakari raves about new Snow White Blu-ray, and Betty Jo Tucker plays film love songs. Giveaway plans for a Kindle E-book romance are also explained.

The Morning After: Feb. 1, 2016

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “Kung Fu Panda 3”

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 8, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Blowup

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Some complained at the time that Antonioni’s tendency to find the same qualities in the countercultural youth and bohemians he studied in Blowup and Zabriskie Point as he did in the tepid bourgeoisie of Rome was wrongheaded and phony. But time eventually proved him right in many ways.

Faust (1926)

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Murnau’s mastery of mood and character shines through each frame and his meticulous style begs us to freeze each composition to discover every last detail. It’s amazing to think it’s ninety years old.

Top Gun

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Why Worry?

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: David Crow

OFCS member David Crow celebrates his birthday today, February 8. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

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Den of Geek

Happy Birthday: Glenn Erickson

OFCS member Glenn Erickson celebrates his birthday today, February 7. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

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Trailers from Hell
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