Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 19, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Audition

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist [1999]

Blue Movie

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1971]

Zulu

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia [1964]

  • Excerpt: The appeal of the Rorke’s Drift story is, despite its roots in unromantic history, essentially existential, a story where courage and discipline are answers to the terror of overwhelming odds and seemingly universal indifference.

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 18, 2019)

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

Interviews

Blood Ties: The Parting Glass

Jonathan Richards @ Pasatiempo

  • Excerpt: (Moyer) and O’Hare wanted to deal with the fact that it can be difficult for people to change. The film looks at the big events in life, he said, and how you process it, how it affects you, and how you move on from it.

Festivals: General Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Dec. 15, 2019)

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: Dec. 15, 2019

Wide (United States)

Alita: Battle Angel

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Happy Death Day 2U

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Isn’t It Romantic

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Limited (United States)

Donnybrook

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Some viewers will be put off by Donnybrook’s relentless misery and abject despair—there’s not a glint of hope to find, even in the devastating final moment. But it’s a primal cry, an injury that won’t heal, and a weighty, powerful look at the underbelly of America’s decaying heartland.

Fighting with My Family

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a warm and messy, a sprawling family sports saga where the oddest of oddballs find their niches. Merchant and his cast have created the very definition of a crowd pleaser, whether you’re a fan of the WWE or not.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Isn’t It Romantic (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …deliciously twists romcom cliches into self-referential laughs…Wilson bonds with her most appealing role to date, positively shining in witty song and dance routines.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Make fun of rom-coms all you want, but your film is as standard as they come; specifically, you’re a Metaphysically Impossible premise with two extra ingredients, a love triangle and a wedding. In other words, Isn’t It Romantic is 13 Going on 30 with a dash of My Best Friend’s Wedding and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

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Reviews: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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  • [New] | Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Without unnecessary cliches and bad casting choices, it could have been even more satisfying.
  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: As with “Avatar,” “Alita: Battle Angel” features mind blowing visual effects in service to a been-there, done-that mashup of “Frankenstein” and “Rollerball” which also suffers from origin story-itis.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Alita: Battle Angel boasts exhilarating action scenes and a breakout performance by Rosa Salazar, but buckles under the weight of its complex plot.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Devoid of personality and soul, this hellish Frankenstein monster of processed entertainment product wallows in a stew of borrowed ideas and imagery and does absolutely nothing fresh with them.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Cutting edge visual effects and performance-capture laced with empathetic human performances create an absorbing, enigmatic, and exciting world both action thriller-seekers and sci-fi aficionados will devour with relish.
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: A thrilling fusion of James Cameron state-of-the-art technology and Robert Rodriguez’s brutality.

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 11, 2019)

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

Other Types of Articles

Streaming Bloody Murder: Horror VOD Postmortem for January 2019

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

This Week at the Movies (Feb. 8, 2019)

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: Feb. 8, 2019

Wide (United States)

Cold Pursuit

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

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The Prodigy

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What Men Want

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: What Men Want (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Back in 2000, Nancy Meyer had a hit with her Mel Gibson vehicle “What Women Want” about an ad exec whose bump on the noggin allows him to hear women’s thoughts. It was a pretty bad movie. This one is worse.
  • [New] | Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Whatever empowerment it admirably hopes to inspire is completely buried under a heavy swath of rote qualities.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: It seems all the writers’ ideas got through when a no-nonsense editor should have been ready with the delete button. Nobody, not the writers nor the director, considered the film would punch harder with a more composed, thoughtful humor instead of its whoopee cushion equivalent.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Reviews: The Prodigy (2019)

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  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ Variety
    • Excerpt: While it lacks gripping, nail-biting tension, the unnerving horror that underscores the family drama brings it to life.

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