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Reviews: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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

Reviews: Boy and the World (2015)

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

  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An edifying and out-of-the-box animated feature from Brazil that charts the quest of a boy to find his father.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Boy and the World’ is this year’s surprise animated Oscar nominee, but it more than earns its spot with a unique style and captivating story.
  • Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: One wonders how receptive young audiences should be to a film that puts its storytelling secondary to its message-making. Bubbly as Abreu’s aesthetics are…his deathly pale, black-hole-eyed human figurines, almost all voiceless, are just interchangeable representations of contemporary existential woes.
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: The whole is just as alive as the music, our toes tapping and hearts racing in hopes of a well-earned reunion. And even though the end proves bittersweet, it’s a tonally perfect conclusion to a beautifully complex dance.
  • Daniel Schindel @ Movie Mezzanine
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Even those who find fault with its core message will have to admit that “Boy and the World” is a visually dazzling experience, although it might appeal more to adult connoisseurs of animation technique than to kids.

Reviews: Theeb (2015)

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

  • [New – 2/4/16] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An intense coming-of-age and survival tale set in the desert that is both awesome and harrowing.
  • [New – 12/3/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Much is foretold by Thaler’s use of light and space, Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen disappearing into the landscape not once, but twice, rock formations forming passages into the unknown.
  • [New – 10/26/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 11/12/15] | Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: He must find that strength despite the harrowing circumstances he finds himself within—a confidence to be skeptical of his enemies while keeping them close to learn their goals. Plot is soon thrown out the window as the film changes focus to the unnatural evolution of an innocent thrust into a life or death situation teetering on abject destruction.
  • [New – 11/5/15] | Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

The Essay Question (Feb. 2016)

Each month, 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 the first Thursday of the month. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #29:

If you could choose any film from history to build the perfect date night around, which would it be and why?

Question Submitted by: Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Responses

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Happy Birthday: Emanuel Levy

OFCS member Emanuel Levy celebrates his birthday today, February 4. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website(s):
OFCS Profile
www.EmanuelLevy.com

Happy Birthday: Andrey Lehnemann

OFCS member Andrey Lehnemann celebrates his birthday today, February 3. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website(s):
OFCS Profile
Clickfilmes
Clube do Cinema

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 2, 2016)

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

Best of Lists

The Best of 2015 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Sometimes, documentaries are simply better films than features.

The Worst of 2015 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: One made sex boring, one showed how awful Eddie Redmayne really is. However, the fact that I found other films I thought worse than Fantastic Four says more about them than about it.

Awards Coverage

A Few Thoughts on the 2015 Academy Awards Slate

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Best Actor means only one thing to me: Eddie Redmayne is going down in flames.

Is Oscar Afraid of the Dark? Some Thoughts on #OscarsSoWhite

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Academy Awards merely reflect the state of race in Hollywood, not create it. Until such a time that Hollywood looks at itself and admits the problem isn’t the Oscars, but themselves, you will see no difference between casting an Anglo as a Mexican in 1929, or in 1954, or in 2012.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers from Precursor Week 9

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1958

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Yeah, like I’m going to believe the lightweight Gigi is better than either Touch of Evil or my choice for the Best Film of 1958, Vertigo.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1959

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I’m not sure, but (Best Actress) seems to be the third category out of four where you have two actors/actresses from the same film cancelling each other out. Is that an Academy record?

Interviews

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Happy Birthday: Alan Bacchus

OFCS member Alan Bacchus celebrates his birthday today, February 2. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website(s):
OFCS Profile
Daily Film Dose
Exclaim!

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 1, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Carnal Knowledge

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Gilda

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Gilda is a bundle of conflicted emotions. It’s a film where the characters all insist that they make their own luck, but then proceed to consistently act against their best interests.

Labyrinth

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando …

The Last Detail

Clark Provence @ 365 Movie Guy

  • Excerpt: The Last Detail is technically a comedy (and a consistently funny one, at that), but it starts on an angry note and just grows more bitter as it proceeds.

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There have been many films made about noblemen. A Man For All Seasons is, however, a film about a noble man, one who stood by his principles and convictions at the cost of his life.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: An important document of what David Bowie represented (and–perhaps inadvertently–who he actually was) during this stage of his career.

Marty (1955)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Honestly, if by the end of Marty you don’t fall in love with Marty and Clara, there’s flat-out something wrong with you.

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week, Part 2 (Jan. 29-31, 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: Jan. 29-31, 2016

Wide (United States)

Fifty Shades of Black

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The Finest Hours

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Kung Fu Panda 3

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Limited (United States)

88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
(Animation) Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
(Live-Action) Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
[New Today] (Animated) MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The wonderfully weird, hilariously morbid “World of Tomorrow” crams in more disturbing, sinister science-fiction ideas than a decade’s worth of blockbusters.

[New Today] (Live-Action) MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: “Day One” is a wartime drama the likes of which we have not seen before, with a marvelous Layla Alizada as an interpreter with U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

[New Today] (Documentary) Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Documentary Short nominees reviewed

[New Today] (Live-Action) Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Live Action Short nominees reviewed

[New Today] (Animated)Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Animated Short nominees reviewed

Saala Khadoos

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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