Reviews: Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (2014)

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Published on: March 14, 2014

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  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s downright terrible at times. However, it’s not nearly as awful as his two features that came out last year.
  • [New - 3/20/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Contrived, formulaic, heavy-handed melodrama about camaraderie and the value of female solidarity
  • [New - 3/20/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: …slaphappy but uneventfully lame. Basically, this is yet another opportunistic attempt for Perry’s impulse to pander to the estrogen-driven, Oprah-loving curvaceous crowd.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Mar. 14-16, 2014)

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Published on: March 14, 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: Mar. 14-16, 2014

Wide (United States)

Need for Speed

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Limited (United States)

Bad Words

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U Want Me 2 Kill Him?

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Director Andrew Douglas’s cyberspace teen crime caper Uwantme2KILLhim? is refreshingly imaginative and quite compelling in its suspenseful skin…a twisted treat of teen torment and acceptance.

Le Week-End

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Bad Words (2014)

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Published on: March 13, 2014

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Reviews: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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Reviews: Veronica Mars (2014)

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The Grab Bag (Mar. 11, 2014)

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

Awards Coverage

2014 Academy Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Cate, Matthew, Lupita, And Jared Might Have Taken Home Awards, But It Was Host Ellen DeGeneres Who Was The Biggest Oscar Winner

2014 Independent Spirit Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: 12 YEARS A SLAVE And DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Are The Big Winners At The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

The 86th Annual Academy Awards . . . not exactly over the rainbow

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

César du Cinéma 2014: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Film Academy Award Winners

My 2014 Oscar Predictions

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

Oscar Aftermath: A Reel Treat Indeed

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

Oscar Aftermath: Where is the Sci-Fi Love?

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

Oscar Preview: Winners & Losers, Week 14

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the final week of precursors and Oscar winners & losers.

Oscar Results Roundtable

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Podcast featuring critics A.J. Hakari, Mack Bates and Diana Saenger ranting and raving about the 86th Annual Academy Awards show.

What we’ve learned from this year’s Oscars

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: First off, it’s worse to miss out on the pizza than the awards

Who’s going home with the Oscar gold for 2013?

Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: Best Picture is a genuine horse race this year. For the most part, all nine nominated pictures are credible candidates.

Interviews

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Happy Birthday: Joao Marcos Flores

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Published on: March 11, 2014

OFCS member Joao Marcos Flores celebrates his birthday today, March 11. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cineviews.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 10, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

After Live

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Dark Habits

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Five Fingers

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Five Fingers is a solid spy thriller that starts off slow, but it builds tension and steam as the story progresses. Based on a true story, Five Fingers stars James Mason as a man working for the British ambassador in Turkey during World War II who sold diplomatic secrets to the Nazis.

For Ever Mozart

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Get On The Bus

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Long Good friday

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Mephisto

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Soft Spoken Germans / Hard Silent Yanks

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Well if my Mom only knew I was writing about vintage erotic movies, she would probably say something to the effect that I should be writing about more high-minded cinema, and then laugh about it with her friends. of course I could remind her that she got me out of high school to attend the advanced critics’ screening of Midnight Cowboy, and it was a slippery slope from that point on.

Sunset Boulevard

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Billy Wilder’s deft weaving of gothic elements, not the least of which is Nora’s decrepit mansion, casts a spell from which Joe is unable to break free. He, like the audience, is stuck in a frightful place awaiting an equally terrible fate.

The Year of the Cannibals

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Recent Home Video Releases

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 7-9, 2014)

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Published on: March 8, 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: Mar. 7-9, 2014

Wide (United States)

300: Rise of an Empire

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Limited (United States)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Grand Piano

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Journey to the West

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Mar. 7-9, 2014)

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Published on: March 7, 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: Mar. 7-9, 2014

Wide (United States)

300: Rise of an Empire

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Limited (United States)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Journey to the West

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Brian Juergens

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Published on: March 7, 2014

OFCS member Brian Juergens celebrates his birthday today, March 7. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: After Elton and Camp Blood.

Reviews: 24 Exposures (2014)

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Published on: March 6, 2014

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Reviews: 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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Reviews: The Bag Man (2014)

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Reviews: Journey to the West (2014)

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Reviews: Need for Speed (2014)

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Reviews: Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014)

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Reviews: Showing Up (2014)

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Reviews: Son of God (2014)

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Published on: March 6, 2014

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  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Son of God” is just plain boring. Diogo Morgado offers us the most boring depictions of Jesus Christ ever committed to screen.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Bland, banal, faith-based biopic, auned at a church-driven audience of true believers.
  • [New - 3/13/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: …a sluggish and tedious soul-searching saga. As a faith-healing and feel-good big screen offering, Son of God deserved much better polish and prose at the center of its pronounced pulpit.
  • [New - 3/13/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Jesus does what is familiar to us, he heals the sick, raises the dead, feeds the multitudes, walks on water, gives inspiring sermons and gets under the skin of the Romans until they crucify him. What’s missing are the spaces in between.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Will probably be embraced by committed Christians for its obvious sincerity and fidelity to the gospels…despite its many cinematic flaws.

Happy Birthday: Amber Wilkinson

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Published on: March 6, 2014

OFCS member Amber Wilkinson celebrates her birthday today, March 6. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Eye for Film.

The Grab Bag (Mar. 4, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

Planetary Shock: How About Some Sci-Fi Rock?

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Frank Ochieng’s Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Tunes

Interviews

Angels In Stardust: An Interview with Alicia Silverstone

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

Blair Erickson on Banshee ChapterIt’s a Scream:

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Christopher Lenneertz, Comedy Movie Composer

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones” and “Pompeii”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Patrick Creadon of “If You Build It”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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The Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners, Part 6

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Published on: March 4, 2014

Now that the Best Picture winner for 2013 has been selected, we want to tell you where our members ranked the film in our list of the Best of the Best Picture Winners poll. See the results: after the break.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 3, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Airplane!

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

Battle of the Japan Sea

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Sweeping in scope but essayed essentially as a series of interlocked vignettes held together by Toshiro Mifune’s star presence, Battle of the Japan Sea is an awkward but intermittently strong film that seeks to sustain a simultaneously grand, but also nuanced approach to the subject matter: for a film about a great national victory, this is a surprisingly thoughtful, restrained work.

Big Wednesday

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: If the filmmaker lurches into sentimentality during brief voice-over philosophizing about God and where the wind comes from, it’s a forgivable affectation that honors a personal belief-system authentic to the surf culture of the era.

Clueless

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

The Long Goodbye

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Robert Altman’s odd, modern and much misunderstood The Long Goodbye has been getting a lot of attention lately, presumably because of a re-release on DVD and Blu-ray, which got me wondering, “Is it not only the best adaptation of a Raymond Chandler novel, but one of the greatest films ever made?”

Michael Collins

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: By an odd coincidence, I watched Braveheart on the same day as Michael Collins, which offered, by way of contrast, a useful insight into why Neil Jordan’s influential biopic of one of the heroes of Ireland’s fight for independence just doesn’t work.

Napoleon (1927)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Night of Generals

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Peter O’Toole is ferocious in The Night of the Generals, a fascinating and very neglected film, one of the most singular by-products of the era’s tumultuous screen culture. Produced on a lavish scale by Sam Spiegel, who had fostered O’Toole’s stardom in producing Lawrence, it’s a big-budget war movie with scarcely any combat. Rather, it’s essentially military noir, combining an early variation on the serial killer hunt motif with a typically ’60s fascination for antiheroic and antiauthoritarian narratives.

Salvatore Giuliano

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Salvatore Giuliano influenced directors like Gillo Pontecorvo, Glauber Rocha, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. It is truly a seminal film whose innovative cinematic inventions breed insight into a complicated cultural reality splintered into many contentious factions.

The Seven-Ups

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The Seven-Ups isn’t quite a classic, but it stands on its own two feet as a gritty drama of the period, and after an awkward first half-hour begins to hum.

Something Evil

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Young Steven Spielberg’s direction of this early telemovie chiller, as in immediate predecessor Duel, certainly looks and feels cinematic, not particularly hampered by a more visually and conceptually limited format and quietly ebullient in technique.

Strange Deception

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

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The Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners, Part 5

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Published on: March 3, 2014

AcademyAwards04(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to an error in the publishing system, this post was supposed to go live on Friday morning, but did not. We will publish the full ranking of the Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners poll with 12 Years a Slave included tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 4, 2014)
This year marks the 86th anniversary of the Academy Awards, an annual celebration of the best in motion pictures selected by more than 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Conceived by legendary studio magnate Louis B. Mayer as a mediator for labor disputes, the Academy started with a modest membership of 36 and has since become one of the most important organizations with one of the most prestigious and sought-after prizes anywhere in the world.

An Academy Award can mean a better career. It can lead to more lucrative offers. It can add millions to a film’s box office. There is no other film award that can compare in terms of its global importance and familiarity.

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The OFCS Covers the Oscars, Part 2

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards are being held this Sunday. To celebrate and help you prepare, OFCS members have submitted some of their links. This is everything submitted. You’ll want to click the Read More link to see them all.

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