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Reviews: Paper Towns (2015)

paper_townsHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Perhaps the most telling thing about ‘Paper Towns’ is how much better the film plays once Margo’s gone — because not only Quentin but also the author, screenwriters, and director (all men, BTW) see her so much more clearly as an idea than as a person.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: Another content-rich dramedy based on a bestseller by John Green.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: has a couple of solid themes (taking risks, learning to look beyond initial and public perceptions), but this time around the YA material is weighted down by too much contrivance and leads who are frankly uninteresting. What it does have are supporting roles that enable many young newcomers…to shine.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The other mystery is unspoken and unintentional: What is it about Margo that causes such a hullabaloo?
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Formulaic melodrama, appealing primarily to pre-teens or those who have never seen John Hughes’ angst-riddled comedic dramas.
  • [New – 7/31/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Wearing a true heart on its sleeve and in tune with how it feels to come of age, “Paper Towns” is sensitive, engaging and emotionally satisfying, notwithstanding a destination that can’t help but be a letdown. Even so, isn’t how we get there more important?
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Paper Towns doesn’t bring the full-scale cheese of The Fault in Our Stars, nor does it inspire the same mass catharsis/hysteria, and while one appreciates the lack of sloppy cry-faces at the movies, this film lacks a spark.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Heartwarming, nostalgic – and utterly charming. At almost every step along the journey, the film feels entirely sincere.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Paper Towns is one of the dumbest and most wrong-headed movies I’ve ever seen about teenagers, a movie with intentions that seem romantic but come off as horrifying. This isn’t about the lives of teenagers; it’s the shockingly light-hearted portrait of kids who commit several dozen misdemeanors all in the name of romance and free will.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Paper-thin…a meandering coming-of-age tale that comes across as a nostalgia trip for John Hughes devotees.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Kent Turner @ School Library Journal
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Reviews: Pixels (2015)

pixelsHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • [New – 7/30/15] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Más allá de lo divertidamente nostálgico de ver a los grandes iconos de los salones recreativos en pantalla grande, poco que destacar de la enésima comedia blandengue de Adam Sandler. Otro bluff veraniego.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: If you can get past a knee-jerk reaction to Adam Sandler and Kevin James, “Pixels” can be a lot of fun.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: like the second rate leavings of “Wreck-It Ralph” by way of an Adam Sandler family movie attempting to pre-board the rebooted Ghostbusters 80’s nostalgia bandwagon.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In the context of what they bring to the table in this movie, the statement “and Kevin James as the President of the United States” is the funniest thing about these actors’ presence here.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A sloppy, sci-fi comedy bust….
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If you played arcade games in the early ’80s, you just might really enjoy this ridiculous movie
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Despite a solid premise and talented supporting cast, Pixels is another shallow addition to Adam Sandler’s product line.
  • [New – 7/31/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Instead of comparing “Pixels” to any of Sandler’s previous vehicles with a backhanded compliment, like “that was more of a kick in the shin than a ball in the groin,” it’s actually pretty painless.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … aspires to be a new ‘Ghostbusters.’ More like a sci-fi ‘Deuce Bigelow.’ All that’s missing is Rob Schneider on the sidelines urging ‘You can do it!’
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Dan Lybarger @ ArkansasOnline.com
    • Excerpt: Where is Wreck-It Ralph when he’s most needed?
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: …the clunky ‘Pixels’ is nothing more than an updated poor man’s version of the aforementioned ‘Ghostbusters’ with little distinctive spark or imagination to accompany the empty zaniness. This latest lame and recycled Adam Sandler-led vehicle should come with the familiar message that is flashed at every conclusion of a video game: Game Over!
  • Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online
    • Excerpt: If “Wreck-It Ralph” was a love letter to video games, “Pixels” is that careless sext in the middle of the night that reads, “U up?”
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Juvenile in every conceivable respect, less coarse than Sandler’s recent vehicles but unhappily not much more engaging.

Reviews: Southpaw (2015)

southpawHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • [New – 7/30/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “The Equalizer”) has never been accused of subtlety, so the depth of performances he achieves here are noteworthy even if the story beats come down like a sledgehammer.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Southpaw features the components of a fine, character-driven movie, but they’re sandwiched between an unpalatable first act and a routine final one.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Seriously slick, sweaty, strenuous boxing flick, filled with extreme spiritual and physical suffering on the road to revenge and redemption….
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Instead of a performance Gyllenhaal gives a mumbling, self-conscious impression of Eminem. And because of this, we never fully commit to this gritty update of ‘The Champ.’
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: It’s amazing to see how far Gyllenhaal has come as an actor who transforms himself physically, emotionally, and mentally for each role he plays.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Jake Gyllenhaal does his best Mike Tyson in Southpaw, a boxing movie about a tough kid from a Hell’s Kitchen orphanage who goes on to become a Lightweight champion, loses everything, and then picks himself back up by his teeth in an effort to come out back on top.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Essentially just a down-and-dirty variation on that classical pugilistic tearjerker ‘The Champ’…despite its hardboiled exterior, the movie still wallows in sentiment and cliche.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: An almost fatally derivative fight flick is saved by a key performance and some good old on-screen fight hokum.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Southpaw foregrounds straightforward, moralistic storytelling that is reminiscent of early 20th-century boxing flicks like The Champ and Gentleman Jim.

The Essay Question (Jul. 23, 2015)

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 #17:

As a continuation of the last essay question, what is the worst movie of 2015 so far?

Question Submitted by: Robert Roten @ Laramie Movie Scope

Responses

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Happy Birthday: Susan Granger

OFCS member Susan Granger celebrates her birthday today, July 22. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Susan Granger, Hearst Media Group and Arizona Reporter.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jul. 21, 2015)

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

Interviews

‘Boulevard’ Director Dito Montiel on Robin Williams’ Final Performance

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: You hope for it, you hope a mega movie star is going to come and make your movie and care that much at two in the morning in Nashville, but it doesn’t happen all the time. So that was really, really special to me.

Burr Steers of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: My idea was that you create this alternate world and then you set Pride and Prejudice in that world.

Changing Impressions: Rachel Israel talks about autism, authenticity and Keep the Change

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Matt Smith and Jack Huston of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: You think that can’t possibly work, and then you’re surprised at how well it does work without sacrificing anything from the original novel, keeping very true to it.”

Robin Williams ‘poured his heart and soul into the film,’ says widow

Glenn Lovell @ BostonGlobe.com

  • Excerpt: “I was nervous about meeting [Robin],” admitted Kathy Baker, whose credits include “Edward Scissorhands” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” “I was afraid it was going to be the funny, always ‘on’ Robin, and that he was going to be a distraction. . . . And here was this quiet . . . respectful . . . almost fragile man.”

Sam Viviano of MAD Magazine

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: The parodies help them see movies in a different way.

‘The Look of Silence’ Director Joshua Oppenheimer on Filmmaking, Fear, and Following Up ‘The Act of Killing’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I am not one to question how Joshua Oppenheimer would like to do an interview — because, over the course of two films, he’s conducted some of the most extraordinary interviews ever put to film.

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics & More on DVD (Jul. 20, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Lolita (1997)

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Although it is considered sacrilege in some circles to say this, Adrian Lyne’s 1997 film version of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial 1954 novel is a vast improvement over Stanley Kubrick’s beloved 1962 standard.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Marco Albanese

OFCS member Marco Albanese celebrates his birthday today, July 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Stanze di Cinema.

This Week, Part 2 (Jul. 17-19, 2015)

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: July 17-19, 2015

Wide (United States)

Ant-Man

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

Trainwreck

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

Limited (United States)

Irrational Man

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Allen’s] latest, repetitive in and of itself, finds the director spinning his wheels, rehashing themes in a stilted screenplay which the director fails to enliven via his actors.

The Look of Silence

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Mr. Holmes

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

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

This Week, Part 1 (Jul. 17-19, 2015)

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: July 17-19, 2015

Wide (United States)

Ant-Man

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Trainwreck

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Mr. Holmes

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

There is still more to read. Click HERE!

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