Happy Birthday: Dusty Somers

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Published on: March 20, 2015

OFCS member Dusty Somers celebrates his birthday today, March 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Blog Critics, Cinema Sentries and Dusty Somers.

Reviews: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (2015)

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Reviews: It Follows (2015)

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Reviews: The Gunman (2015)

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Reviews for this film from our members:

  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: But unlike the recent Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Gunman never engages with its influences. It’s as if someone storyboarded all the beats and clichés of a spy movie and then someone else attempted to fill in the characters and story wherever they could fit them.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: It’s hard to say just how skilled Penn’s trigger man is with his weaponry, as his occupation is outshined by a more impressive gun show, that of the actor’s oft featured torso and sweat gleamed biceps.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I enjoyed “The Gunman” more than I expected I would, mainly because of the cast and because I was pleasantly surprised that the movie was not just a derivative “Taken” knock-off.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Penn…is at least trying to say something about relief work in third world countries, but the film slips so quickly into generic thriller mode it feels like it mutated in post-production.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie doesn’t quite approach a level of irresponsibility, but its all-around lack of responsibility is off-putting.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Gunman’ follows in the footsteps of most recent Liam Neeson movies in which a retired mercenary must fend off would-be assassins while trying to discover who is supplying the guns-for-hire.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: It’s a gritty, generic ‘guy’ thing from the get-go.
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: With Morel at the helm this was never going to be more than a dumb shoot ‘em up and…well, dumb it certainly is
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2015/03/the-gunman-movie-review-the-yawn-identity.html
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Joins the pile of action film leftovers nobody will remember a year from now.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Review … some decent shootouts and hand-to-hand combat but the writing mostly stinks, allowing for gaping narrative holes and improv rants by Bardem … Penn seems less enigmatic that just plain bored.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The humanitarian revenge thriller is a strange genre.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: A mercenary’s violent past comes back to haunt him in The Gunman, a sleek, adult thriller bolstered by a terrific cast and taut action direction from Luc Besson protégé Pierre Morel, who previously made the first Taken film and From Paris with Love.

Reviews: The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

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Weekly Essay Question (Mar. 19, 2015)

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Every couple of weeks, the OFCS polls its members with a question related to movies. It can be serious or amusing, but each member is given the opportunity to submit a short response to the question, which we will then post on Thursday mornings. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #8: Do you believe in “guilty pleasure” movies, or do you believe critics have a responsibility to back up their opinion about every single film? If you have guilty pleasures, what are they?
Marty Mapes @ CraveOnline

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Happy Birthday: Craig Skinner

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OFCS member Craig Skinner celebrates his birthday today, March 18. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Bleeding Cool and Craig Skinner Film.

Happy Birthday: Joseph Proimakis

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OFCS member Joseph Proimakis celebrates his birthday today, March 18. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: MFTM and Cineuropa.

The Grab Bag (Mar. 17, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

7 Big Animated Movies for 2015

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of Home, the latest film from DreamWorks Animation, I take a look ahead at 7 big animated movies still to come this year.

No Sour Notes: Top Ten Fictional Bands in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Stop in the Name of Love: Top Ten Forbidden Romances in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Top 10 Time-Sensitive Movies

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: To celebrate the release of the new Liam Neeson crime thriller Run All Night, I take a look at the top 10 movies where time is in limited supply.

Interviews

Ludivine Sagnier – Lou!

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rafe Spall and Asa Butterfield – X+Y

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ryan Potter of Big Hero 6

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Sandrine Kiberlain – Elle L’Adore

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Tom McCarthy of The Cobbler

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

Documentaries on Mary J. Blige and Misty Copeland are Among the Films World Premiering at Tribeca

Candice Frederick @ Documentaries on Mary J. Blige and Misty Copeland are Among the Films World Premiering at Tribeca

Festivals: Individual Reviews

2015 True/False Film Fest: “Something Better To Come” on Day 1

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: I was also privy to seeing Hanna Polak’s IDFA preemed Something Better To Come. Now 11 minutes shorter than its original debut, the film inevitably recalls Edet Belzberg‘s heartbreaking portrait of homeless Romanian children in Children Underground, but delves into subtly differing territory by capturing the lives of homeless families living in the vast dumps that lie just outside of Moscow.

2015 True/False Film Fest: Finders of a Century of Heck? – Day 2

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: “While you were watching the movie, we were drinking,” Morgen confessed as he made the decision to sit on the edge of the stage, leaving Moss to make an attempt at moderating a session doomed to delve into serious introspection and lose focus along the way. Loose, mildly silly and deeply personal, this is the way all Q&As should be.

2015 True/False Film Fest: The End, A Festival Wrap Up

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Where else might you walk two blocks and in the process subsequently encounter the likes of Joshua Oppenheimer, Alex Gibney, Nick Broomfield and the Ross Brothers? Paul Sturtz and David Wilson, the founders of True/False have created something truly special here in Columbia, MO – a glorious celebration of non-fiction filmmaking and the fascinating fault line that separates the unreal from the untruthful.

Tributes

Leonard Nimoy

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Awards Coverage

2014 Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, FINAL

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the precursors and how they compared to Oscar.

2015 Academy Awards

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Poor Meryl. She can’t make it on $10 million dollars.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 6-8, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances for “Chappie”

Television

The Americans: Baggage

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Destroy All Monsters: Shut Down Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Elementary: Enough Nemesis to Go Around

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Elementary: Just a Regular Irregular

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Elementary: The Five Orange Pipz

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: Everyone Has a Cobblepot

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gotham: Red Hood

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Quest for the Spear is by no means great television, its own self-awareness, coupled with a delightfully comedic turn from Noah Wyle, sells Quest for the Spear to being much better than perhaps it should have been.

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Return to King Solomon’s Mines is a better, stronger film, more confident and self-assured. It’s as if everyone involved knew that there was a great idea in it and decided to roll with it.

Reviews of Short Films

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Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Cabeça

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Miami

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Monday Memo: A Documentary Titan Falls – Albert Maysles Dies at 88

Jordan M. Smith @ STFdocs.com

  • Excerpt: Last week I said I’d be skipping the Monday Memo until next week due to the fact that I’d be at True/False Fest all weekend, but despite being thoroughly drained from the incredible films I took in and festivities I took part in, there is yet news that must be addressed, albeit briefly. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Albert Maysles, a documentary pioneer whose work includes such classics as GREY GARDENS, SALESMAN and GIMME SHELTER, passed away late last Thursday night, just after it was announced that IN TRANSIT, what will now be his final film, will have its world premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Morning After: Mar. 9, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “The Nutty Professor” (1996)

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 16, 2015)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Beyond The Grave (2010)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Devils

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Bruegel couldn’t have captured the insanity better.

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Hotel Terminus” is a vigorous document made by a filmmaker (Marcel Ophuls) so hungry for satisfaction that every image and interview sequence spits with a personal sense of boiling outrage.

I Stand Alone

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] “I Stand Alone” (Gaspar Noé’s feature debut) is as much a philosophical denunciation of humanity as it is a thought-provoking treatise on mental illness as a socially communicable disease.

Recent Home Video Releases

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