This Week at the Movies (Oct. 19, 2018)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video. Opening: Oct. 19, 2018 Wide (United States) Halloween For member reviews of this film, follow this link Expanding (United States) The Hate U Give Brent McKnight @ The Seattle Times Limited (United States) What They Had Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment Excerpt: What They Had is the sort of family drama you can appreciate for keeping things fairly straightforward. It offers a relatable story that does enough to round out the characters […]

Reviews: Halloween (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese] Excerpt: One of the best sequels of the franchise, easily. David Crow @ Den of Geek [English (accidentally triggered this)] Excerpt: Halloween of 2018 does not quite have the purity and focus of the 1978 classic, but very few slasher movies do. What it does offer, however, is the best continuation of that story in the past 40 years of numerous attempts, and something fans old and new are going to devour like a particularly juicy red candy on Halloween night. […]

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From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 15, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Best of Lists Top 10: Cine Horror Sci-fi Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish] Top 5: Documentales “True Crime” Federico Furzan @ El Otro Cine [Spanish] Festivals: General Coverage Denver Film Festival: The Line-up Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee Excerpt: One of this year’s special Red Carpet presentations, The Front Runner is certain to be of local interest as Gary Hart was one of Colorado’s senators at the time he made his ill-fated run to be president. Essays

This Week at the Movies (Oct. 12, 2018)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video. Opening: Oct. 12, 2018 Wide (United States) Bad Times at the El Royale For member reviews of this film, follow this link First Man For member reviews of this film, follow this link Limited (United States) 2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Reviews: The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: The Strangers: Prey At Night is a feature-length homage to Carpenter’s best, and albeit familiar in structure, Johannes Roberts’ execution strikes with brute ferocity. It’s more Carpenter than if Carpenter himself Carpentered his Carpenteriest (down to the goshdang credits font). James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish] Excerpt: Una secuela vacía y estilizada de una película que no requería tantos filtros para ser efectiva. The Strangers: Prey at Night invalida una franquicia potencial. Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog […]

Reviews: Tea with the Dames (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Ken Bakely @ Film Pulse Excerpt: The film’s greatest asset is its ability to convey the lively spirit of the conversations without feeling selective or artificially emphasizing points, beyond spare bursts of archival footage or the occasional question posed from [director Roger] Michell himself. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice Excerpt: Entertaining conversations among four grand Dames of the English theatre and film scene about their public and private lives. Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv Excerpt: While no one actually drinks any tea in director Roger Michell’s […]

Reviews: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: [Godard’s] assembled a strong cast where the lesser known actors make the strongest impressions, but his screenplay leans too heavily on coincidence, multiple nefarious back stories converging in a free-for-all climax. [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: Bad Times at the El Royale is a thrilling, character-driven neo-noir homage that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Yes, it’s super indulgent, too knowingly clever, and it’s full of digressions, but it […]

Reviews: First Man (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Ken Bakely @ Film Pulse Excerpt: It’s a movie with an unwavering faith in the lessons we can learn from the past, but it shuns inappropriate nostalgia or uncritical revisionism. Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese] Excerpt: The bland result of an exaggeratedly reticent narrative. [New] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice Excerpt: Story of NASA’s quest to land a man on the moon and the reluctant hero who took that first historic step. David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: The result […]

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 9, 2018)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Bottle Rocket Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian] Looker Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com Excerpt: The film’s depiction of technology is hopelessly dated, but as usual with writer/director Michael Crichton, his instincts about where we were heading were uncannily accurate. A Matter of Life and Death Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters Excerpt: Powell and Pressburger’s witty wartime classic about a British airman who goes to court in heaven to appeal his death is a celebration of the human spirit that separates romanticism from sentimentality. Scarlet Diva Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com Excerpt: […]

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 8, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Best of Lists 11 TV Shows to Watch in October Allyson Johnson @ ThePlaylist 16 Movies to See in October Allyson Johnson @ ThePlaylist Excerpt: Interviews Stage Legend Mary Beth Peil: A Leading Lady On Film at Last Jose Solís @ The Clyde Fitch Report Excerpt: Broadway’s grande dame shines in a film about aging, longing and the generation gap. Essays