Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

guardians_of_the_galaxyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: The plot is not of much consequence both in terms of how it is scripted and what we care about. The beauty and delight of this film is just having a group of characters that we simply love hanging out with and enjoy watching them interact.
  • Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fabulosa película para todos repleta de humor, diversión y acción a raudales. De todas las hijas más o menos legítimas de “La guerra de las galaxias”, esta, con James Gunn a los mandos, puede ser la que mejor ha recogido su espíritu atemporal y universal.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: For much of ‘Guardians’’ 122 minutes, writer/director James Gunn’s grab-bag of quirky characters, genre ribbing, and incongruent ‘70s pop tunes goes over like gangbusters. The trouble is, it’s only irreverent to a point, and when the time comes to wrap things up, Gunn plays it strictly by the book.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There have been few must-see films of the 2014 summer season, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely one.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una película de superhéroes que se atreve a innovar pero que a veces también se queda en lo más superficial de sus personajes.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Marvel’s first outright comedy, kin to the deliriously funny and affectionate “Star Trek” parody, “Galaxy Quest.”
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: But even if it starts awkwardly and half-fumbles its ending, Guardians of the Galaxy never loses sight of the idea that a big summer blockbuster should be fun, and there’s a solid hour and a half of its running time that is hugely enjoyable.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a hilariously subversive spectacle.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tiene un guión obsesionado con que no dejen de pasar cosas, y no hacen más que complicar la trama para que casi no haya descansos.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a smart, snappy and sarcastic space opera more in the “Star Wars” mold. Thing is, this is the best movie of its type since “Star Wars,” and that’s not a comparison to be made lightly.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Goofy, energetic, space-faring fun!
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is the spiritual sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy we dreamed about. Action packed, well written and most of all fun!
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This movie should not work; there is a talking raccoon, a walking tree, and space battles. However, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best action film of the year so far.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is a likably goofy, lively and cheeky lark, though really never the ecstatic, rollicking space adventure it could have been. It evaporates as fast as it comes, but while it’s onscreen, it’s fun.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: THIS is how you construct a sci-fi action/adventure that tries nothing more than to entertain its audience with every frame without underestimating the intelligence of said audience. THIS is how you combine a big-budget special effects summer blockbuster product while maintaining an original voice and constructing an intriguing and genuinely fun story. THIS is Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s nothing short of a modern sci-fi space adventure masterpiece.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Whereas many of the prior films have had veins of humor running through their plotting, Guardians makes the humor a more pervasive and inspired part of its narrative, which moves the film in a decidedly new and fascinating direction.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … retro space opera that plays more like a bad spoof of a ‘Star Wars’ spoof
  • Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic.com
    • Excerpt: Yes, you can spot Stan Lee making yet another cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ More importantly, his spirit can be found in just about every frame.
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the awesome baby of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jana J. Monji @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy, is a fun and witty gallop through the galaxy, with plenty of sympathetic characters and a dance-worthy retro to 1980s soundtrack that will make you think of a young Kevin Bacon.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Out of this world?
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Behold! A gleefully giddy Marvelverse B-movie space fantasy writ large, Guardians of the Galaxy is not just the best Marvel movie to date, but also the one of the finest science fiction adventures to come along in, well, quite some time.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The main genre is more adventure than sci-fi, and the tone lighter and more comic than a lot of recent superhero movies, but that’s what makes Guardians of the Galaxy so refreshing.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: From one end to the other, Guardians of the Galaxy feels like someone’s sincere attempt to make an everlasting cult film. It certainly feels like one. It’s goofy, it’s corny, it’s illogical, and it contains characters the feel like they were ejected from a more focused screenplay. The film will certainly be a hit at the box office, but you can easily imagine it someday finding its place among the best of the Friday Night cult films, right up there with The Fifth Element, Evil Dead II and Buckaroo Banzai. That’s good company.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s quite simply, the reason people go to and love the movies.

Reviews: Hercules (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: I Origins (2014)

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Reviews: Lucy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

lucyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Lucy is silly, sometimes flat-out laughable, but by goodness is it never dull.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nuevo thriller de acción de Luc Besson, que amalgama como es habitual montones de cosas que encantan al director galo. Como (casi) siempre también, el resultado es un producto divertido, rápido y muy disfrutable con un bol de palomitas.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Lucy’ is too much of a mess for true greatness; it’s riddled with plot holes and unanswered questions, it is predicated (as you’ve probably heard) on a widely debunked scientific theory, Johansson’s choice to gradually replicate the vocal inflections of ‘Community’’s Abed is a peculiar one, and the film’s attempts at philosophical introspection mostly land with the thud of a dumb movie that thinks it’s smart. But the picture’s energy and style are undeniable, and frankly, it’s one of those occasional films where buying a ticket is like casting a vote—in this case, for more girls with guns at the movies.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain’s incredible powers.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s what summer movies are all about, and it has no shame in achieving this.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Giving a very similar performance to her great work in “Under the Skin,” Johansson’s tranced out dehumanization mixed with wonder is about as fine as anyone could do given this material, where fast firing brain neurons apparently increase one’s laptop RAM to something approaching the speed of light.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: If you were to take away the distraction of the science fiction gimmick, he might be criticized for implicit racism – there’s a disquieting aspect of pulp magazine, yellow peril hysteria as a slavering horde of sadistic, rape-happy Asian gangsters chases a beautiful white woman in the tight minidress. There’s a lot mumbo-jumbo interjected about time, immortality and the nature of the universe, but at its core this is a pulpy, action crime melodrama with well-intentioned delusions of grandeur.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Aside from the regressive portrait of its heroine, the movie is a mess of pseudo-scientific babble.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Wierd yet strangely intriguing, posing fascinating philosophical questions, like: Does time truly exist? Why are we here? And is our essence immortal?
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not good in the traditional sense, but it is hilariously nonsensical in spite of itself. This is pure camp and on that level, it qualifies as an entertaining movie.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson returns with a mix of high altitude science fiction and knuckle dragging action scenes all based on the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with thought-provoking science fiction.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s flashy and fanciful, trim and slick, and of little substance, but the viewer can either accept the delirious ridiculousness of it all and have fun, or reject it and be a fun sponge.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson is nothing if not adventurous. Steering clear of conventional subjects, Besson’s films range from daring to disappointing with Lucy falling somewhere in between, a generic amalgam of action clichés predicated on a scientific fallacy.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … Besson comes full circle … a wacky bravura blend of sci-fi, comic-book action and National Geographic cutaways. Think ‘Tree of Life’ spiced into ‘Taken.”
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: People are going to walk into ‘Lucy’ thinking this is just a Scarlett Johansson-fronted action movie and have their minds broken.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Stylistic and engaging, and a real return to form for the director, mastering a genre he was partly responsible for pioneering
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: As silly as Lucy gets, I gotta give credit where credit is due: this thing flies by in a razzling, dazzling whirlwind, barely giving you time enough to think about what you’re actually seeing.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not the action spectacle Besson and his crew have been selling us. It’s a dopey superhero wannabe that eventually moves its lady lead out of the skirmish and into a chair in an empty room while she lets a French cop protect her from the bad guys. This is not an exaggeration. Lucy spends the climax of her own movie sitting down and thinking real hard about what she’s done…and could do. Bum-bum-bum.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Why, in a movie about a woman who can bend time and space, was it necessary to have her running from gangsters? Why did we need chase scenes? The woman unlocks the mysteries of the universe and apparently knows what happens when we die? Wouldn’t it have been much more interesting to have her reveal and explore those secrets?
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: …even the sight of Scarlett Johansson morphing into a black tentacle biocomputer can’t compensate for the feeling that you’re using less and less of your cerebral capacity the longer you watch this movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Loony and laughable.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Lucy’s premise is at least internally consistent, but the film’s understanding of neuroscience and evolutionary biology is so absurdly (and blithely) distorted that one can only gape in embarrassed disbelief.

Reviews: Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

magic_in_the_moonlightReviews for this film from our members:

  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A delightful romantic comedy with enchanting performances by Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s surprising just how lightweight the film is considering that it is consumed by one of Allen’s most personal fears – just what happens after we die
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Woody Allen has written extensively on [philosophy, religion and magic] over the course of his career, and it’s not hard to discern that he has little use for religion outside of a comedic context. At its best, however, Magic in the Moonlight feels like the work of a man approaching the end of his life and wondering about the possibility that he might be wrong.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The joke quickly runs dry…
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Whimsical, entrancing and ephemeral, it should airily appeal to those who loved ‘Midnight in Paris’ (2011).
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Magic in the Moonlight isn’t the worst Woody Allen film, but it’s 238,855 miles away from being the best.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I suppose we should merely give thanks for another Woody Allen film; hopefully, it is enough to tide us over into another masterpiece.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Colin Firth plays the world’s worst psychic debunker in Magic in the Moonlight, a lightweight piece of Woody Allen fluff with precious little magic or moonlight.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Like a charming and steadfast fellow who comes to every function and politely asks you to dance, Woody Allen continues to churn out reliably entertaining fluff that it would be easy to take for granted. His new one, Magic in the Moonlight, has a subtext that takes on such cynical indifference, however; the notion that to dislike this darling confection would be to resign oneself to a self-imposed gloominess is built right in.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: There will always be people who will avoid his movies because of their feelings about him, just as there are people who won’t go to a Wagner opera; but if we narrow our horizons to artists who are paragons of virtue, we’re going to miss out on a lot of good stuff. Magic in the Moonlight is good stuff. It would be a shame to miss it.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: There isn’t much magic left in Woody’s moon, but the sun in the south of France has the final say.

Reviews: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

most_wanted_manReviews for this film from our members:

  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: …elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If at first [Hoffman's] German accent seems unnatural, trust in the actor, whose low guttural enunciation exhibits an ear finely tuned to the idiosyncrasies of the language.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Few actors could embody that mix of ferociousness and world-weariness as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman does. He provides the tortured heart and messy humanity that is otherwise missing from Corbijn’s muted compositions and the story’s intricate plotting.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …Hoffman’s take on the jaded Bachmann could easily rival Oldman’s Oscar nominated performance in TINKER TAILOR… When Hoffman is on screen, his Bachmann eclipses anyone else, a considerable achievement given the movie’s formidable company of players.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The screenplay by Andrew Bovell (unsurprisingly, based on a novel by John le Carré) is not as concerned with matters of plot as it is with the mysteries of morality and justice playing out behind the scenes.
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing an obese smoker and drinker, fits the mold of the intelligent outsider who blends into the background—the perfect guise for a spy. It is much to Hoffman’s credit that he manages to retain some of our sympathy while arousing a bit of our scorn.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: In the complex and captivating ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ a German intelligence agent heads a counter-terrorist investigation that embroils an uneducated illegal immigrant. This is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final role as a leading man.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The final starring screen role of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman and a fitting coda to a brilliant career.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: [Hoffman's] engrossing turn as German spy Günther Bachmann in this adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man displays the kind of immersive character work that made Hoffman of one the best actors of his generation, if not the best.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Ostensibly Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last movie, it’s to the late performer’s credit just how much nuance he brings to what is intended to be a rather stone-faced portrayal of an old-guard spook.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Nobody did rumpled like the late, lamented Philip Seymour Hoffman, who haunts this, his last movie, as German intelligence officer Günther Bachmann in John Le Carré’s Hamburg-set spy tale of honorable people working in a dishonorable world.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on a 2008 John le Carré novel) remains an engaging experience despite numerous aspects that weigh it down.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A deliberately downbeat commentary on the ways of the post-9/11 era [in which] Philip Seymour Hoffman…gives a remarkable performance.

Reviews: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Happy Birthday: Kristen Dreyer Kramer

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Published on: July 24, 2014

OFCS member Kristin Dreyer Kramer celebrates her birthday today, July 24. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Nights and Weekends.

Happy Birthday: Enrique Buchichio

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Published on: July 24, 2014

OFCS member Enrique Buchichio celebrates his birthday today, July 24. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cartelera.

The Grab Bag (Jul. 22, 2014)

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Published on: July 22, 2014

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

Best of Lists

“I’ll Drink to That…”: Top 10 Alcoholic Movie Characters

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Alcoholism in the movies have been played for both dramatic and comical effect. In fact some of the binge drinking done on the big screen have garnered considerable praise and pathos resulting in many performers winning Oscars and Oscar nominations based on this very serious addiction.

Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals

Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes?

Sound on Sight: Top 10 Random “Sound” and “Sight” Movie Titles

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Specifically, we can recognize Sound on Sight by acknowledging movie names that contain the words “sound” and “sight” in their titles.

Interviews

AFTERMATH Director Talks Production, Horror & Working with Edward Furlong

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

David Ichioka of “The Boxtrolls”

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: LAIKA’s films are made in stop-motion, “the antithesis of modern filmmaking.” Normal films are created by making still photos of a moving thing. Stop motion is posing and composing still pictures that are stationary but making it look like motion.

Divine Grace: Minks Stole Remembers the World’s Biggest Star

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Planes: Fire & Rescue’s Erik Estrada

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

The Purge: Anarchy Star Frank Grillo

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Richard Linklater of “Boyhood”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: “This is an odd movie, because it’s a period piece film, but we were filming it in the present tense,” he explained. “You don’t get that opportunity very often.” Knowing as you film that what you are shooting won’t be seen for another decade, “you kind of look at that differently. Film’s a powerful recorder of the present. If you look at a silent film, even if you don’t like the movie, it’s a great record of how people lived and what fashions were. I had no agenda, but I thought this would demarcate its era, just by its own existence.”

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: Susan Granger

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Published on: July 22, 2014

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.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 21, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Atlantic City

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.

The Big Chill

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: nd yet, again, I must stress, The Big Chill is an enjoyable movie. I don’t think it’s a very good one, but it’s pretty easy to watch.

Fort Apache

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

It Happened One Night

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: Mr. Deeds Goes to a Town is a heartwarming slice of Americana with picture-perfect performances from Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper.

Paris Blues

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Martin Ritt’s 1961 jazz-infused drama Paris Blues is one of those films that, once you’ve seen it, you’re kind of shocked that people don’t talk about it more. A joint vehicle for Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman, Paris Blues is a Kazan-like social narrative that juxtaposes new Hollywood method with old Hollywood romanticism and somehow let’s both win without compromising either.

Pink Flamingos

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: John Waters’s second movie not only set the low bar for just how gross a midnight movie could be in 1972, “Pink Flamingos” remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

Separate Tables

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Delbert Mann’s cinematic adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables is a terrific drama that grapples with some heavy issues with a delicate touch and sensitive insight. An all-star cast, including Oscar-winners David Niven and Deborah Kerr, as well as a forceful performance by Burt Lancaster, brings the varying population of a British hotel to life.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

To Catch a Thief

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Over the years, however, the film achieved the status as a cult film and is now widely accepted as an outright classic. It’s easy to see why.

You Can’t Take It With You

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Marco Albanese

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Published on: July 20, 2014

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

You can visit his website: Stanz di Cinema.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jul. 18-20, 2014)

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Published on: July 19, 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: Jul. 18-20, 2014

Wide (United States)

Planes: Fire & Rescue

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The Purge: Anarchy

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Sex Tape

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Limited (United States)

Alive Inside

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An extraordinary documentary about the healing power of music as medicine for the soul.

I Origins

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A spiritual movie about the eyes, science, reincarnation, and the great mysteries of life.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a bunch of mumbo jumbo parading as deep thought, a concept in search of a movie.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Mood Indigo

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Breathtaking imagery and heaps of whimsical charm, but is often exhausting at the same time.

Video Games: The Movie

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Wish I Was Here

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

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Wish I Was Here (2014)

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Published on: July 18, 2014

wish_i_was_hereReviews for this film from our members:

  • Erik Childress @ Film Threat
    • Excerpt: Braff’s heart is very much “in it” as Natalie Portman’s Sam would say, and while his character fantasizes about science fiction role-playing, the complete storyteller is looking for the reality in our everyday fictions and how it applies to all of us.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Braff has made a coming of age saga for a grown man. It works in part, his central theme a good one, but his more puerile filmmaking tendencies weaken its impact. Hudson, however, is excellent, the most mature element of a too fanciful film.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: For brief moments, Wish I Was Here gets it, only to return to its distancing ways.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Award
    • Excerpt: Wish I Was Here is a vanity project trying to recapture the same themes, but Braff is no longer adrift
  • [New - 8/1/14] | Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Never becomes anything more than an enemic sit-com leavened with heavy-handed doses of mawkishness. ‘Wish I Was Here’ will make you wish you weren’t.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jul. 18-20, 2014)

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Published on: July 18, 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: Jul. 18-20, 2014

Wide (United States)

Planes: Fire & Rescue

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The Purge: Anarchy

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Sex Tape

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Limited (United States)

Alive Inside

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An extraordinary documentary about the healing power of music as medicine for the soul.

I Origins

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A spiritual movie about the eyes, science, reincarnation, and the great mysteries of life.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a bunch of mumbo jumbo parading as deep thought, a concept in search of a movie.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Mood Indigo

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Breathtaking imagery and heaps of whimsical charm, but is often exhausting at the same time.

Video Games: The Movie

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Wish I Was Here

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Braff has made a coming of age saga for a grown man. It works in part, his central theme a good one, but his more puerile filmmaking tendencies weaken its impact. Hudson, however, is excellent, the most mature element of a too fanciful film.

Kristen Lopez @ Award

  • Excerpt: Wish I Was Here is a vanity project trying to recapture the same themes, but Braff is no longer adrift

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Never becomes anything more than an enemic sit-com leavened with heavy-handed doses of mawkishness. ‘Wish I Was Here’ will make you wish you weren’t.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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Reviews: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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Reviews: Sex Tape (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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sex_tapeReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Jason Segel y Cameron Diaz vuelven a hacer el ganso a las órdenes de Jake Kasdan en una propuesta bastante inferior a “Bad teacher”. Hay complicidad de grupo, sí, pero la película es mucho menos divertida de lo que parece prometer en principio.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Even the very title, SEX TAPE, indicates how out of step this movie is with the times.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Too bad no one thought to call the technical support number. This whole mess could have been avoided.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There are flashes of potential here … but Sex Tape possesses too much comedic insecurity to do anything of value with them.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: For a movie called Sex Tape, this film is shockingly tepid and tame. Neither the humor nor the sex (what little there is of either) is very risqué, and while Diaz – still incredibly sexy at 40-plus – bares more here than she ever has before, it’s still not enough to justify the rest of the movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A farce that tries so hard to be naughty without becoming tasteless and raunchy without becoming gross that it winds up exhausting its stars as well as the audience, while never achieving the hilarity it’s straining for.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

Reviews: Venus in Fur (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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Happy Birthday: Dustin Freeley

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Published on: July 17, 2014

OFCS member Dustin Freeley celebrates his birthday today, July 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Movies About Gladiators.

Happy Birthday: Paulo Peralta

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Published on: July 17, 2014

OFCS member Paulo Peralta celebrates his birthday today, July 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cineuphoria.

The Grab Bag (Jul. 15, 2014)

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Published on: July 15, 2014

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

Best of Lists

“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry.

Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well?

Kid’s Corner: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.

You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents.

Interviews

Lucky 13: Daniel Stamm on developing, casting and directing 13 Sins

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

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Happy Birthday: James Kendrick

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OFCS member James Kendrick celebrates his birthday today, July 15. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Q Network.

Happy Birthday: Rob Hunter

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OFCS member Rob Hunter celebrates his birthday today, July 15. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film School Rejects.

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