Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 21, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Atlantic City

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1981)

Just Mercy

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

Repeat Performance

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews (1947)

  • Excerpt: Unique fantasy melodrama.

Repo Man

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1984)

  • Excerpt: The gritty sprawl of Los Angeles’ industrial zones, much fetishized by filmmakers in search of hip climes hunting for authenticity in the ‘80s, found their rarest auteur in Cox, and their great documenter in imported cinematographer Robby Müller.

Stalag 17

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod (1953)

  • Excerpt: Stalag 17’s theatrical roots were allowed to remain overt, as if Wilder was challenging himself to deliver a study in compression and discipline, as well as working through the fallout of his first real flop and contemplating his own artistic sensibility…

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 20, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #9: Best of the Decade, Part 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Films of the 2010s

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Confessions of a Film Freak 2019

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia

  • Excerpt: If there’s any conviction underpinning my yearly film round-ups, it’s the feeling that the movies are talking to each-other. In 2019, seemed the conversation was more intense and deeply interwoven than ever.

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 20, 2020)

This Week at the Movies (Jan. 17, 2020)

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: Jan. 17, 2020

Wide (United States)

Bad Boys for Life

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Dolittle

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Weathering With You

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Limited (United States)

The Wave

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: It feels tailor made to spark shallow philosophical musings from stoners sitting on couches rather than offering any real insight. Still, it’s fun enough, uses, but doesn’t overuse, keen psychedelic visuals, and as a debut feature, shows off Klabin’s inventive and peculiar eye.

The Wave

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Rough patches aside, the crisp acting, inventive visuals, and speedy pace make it a trip you probably won’t regret taking.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Jan. 17, 2020)

Reviews: Dolittle (2020)

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 14, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Aladdin

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (1992)

  • Excerpt: Walt Disney’s Aladdin (1992) remains one of the best from the studio’s Renaissance era and largely thanks to Robin Willaims’s marvelously memorable performance.

Gremlins

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (1984)

  • Excerpt: Joe Dante’s Gremlins is a horror-comedy of pure awesomeness that continues to deliver the scares and laughs with festive cheer.

Hellboy

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (2004)

  • Excerpt: With an indelibly memorable performance by Ron Perlman as the titular character, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy continues to entertain fifteen years later with plenty of laughs, whimsically inventive action and freakishly imaginative visuals.

Red Heat

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (1988)

  • Excerpt: Although nothing particularly special about Walter Hill’s buddy-cop Red Heat, the story is an entertaining enough mix of the conventional formula with topical issues, featuring an amusing performance by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Suspiria

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (1977)

  • Excerpt: Dario Argento’s psychedelic nightmare Suspiria is a highly-stylized experiment in terror, and it remains a cult horror masterpiece.

Universal Soldier

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (1992)

  • Excerpt: Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren duke it out in Roland Emmerich’s Universal Soldier as genetically-enhanced super-soldiers, making for decently fun escapism.

Zombieland

M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com (2009)

  • Excerpt: Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the same hilariously fun, post-apocalyptic thrills and genre-bending smarts.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 13, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

10 reasons why Deadwood is one of the greatest TV shows of the modern era

Blake Howard @

5 Favorites Redux #8: Best of the Decade, Part 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

All Spider-Man movies, ranked from worst to best

Blake Howard @

Festivals: General Coverage

Festival Conversations | A Tale of Two Goodes

Blake Howard @ AACTA

The Inaugural AACTA Shorts + Web Fest Presented by Mini

Blake Howard @ AACTA

Our 8 Most Anticipated Movies At Sundance 2020

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Awards Coverage

2019 Oscar Nominations Predictions: Final

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round One #21

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Morning: The Article

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Finding Dory,’ Restoring Relationships and Finding a Way to View Mental Illness

Blake Howard @

Is everything connected in the Tarantino universe?

Blake Howard @

Other Types of Articles

7 reasons why the No Time to Die trailer has got us crazy excited

Blake Howard @ Flicks.com.au

Streaming Bloody Murder: Horror VOD Postmortem for December 2019

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 1, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Best of Jan. 2019, Wide

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Grudge”

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 1998

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jan. 10-12, 2020)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: A Quiet Place: Part II, updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Burden

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Downhill

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Promising Young Woman

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Assistant

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Corrupted

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Gentlemen, updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Sonata

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Whistlers

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 6

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Week at the Movies (Jan. 10, 2020)

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: Jan. 10, 2020

Wide (United States)

Underwater

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Expanding (United States)

1917

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Just Mercy

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Limited (United States)

Inherit the Viper

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: While the film might not say a whole lot about the opioid crisis, the performances and strong direction keeps the story engaging and the suspense exciting.

Invisible Life

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The two actresses are both engaging, although the vivacious Stockler has the advantage of a more fully developed character.

Les Misérables

Chris Barsanti @ Slant

  • Excerpt: The film serves as both caustic update to Victor Hugo’s monolithic novel and cautionary tale about the future.

Les Misérables

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Ly had been filming on his own streets since the age of fifteen, supported by the Kourtrajmé collective, so it is notable that while his feature film debut echoes Hugo’s classic for modern times, it is also a fine example of the French policier procedural.

Three Christs

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Despite a strong cast, the film is narratively disheveled, introducing subplots only to drop them and coming to no strong conclusions about the success of Stone’s experiment.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Jan. 10, 2020)

Reviews: Underwater (2020)

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    Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

    • Excerpt: Underwater is by all accounts a junky b-movie with a studio gloss, but it’s an effective and tense junky b-movie with a studio gloss.

    Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

    • Excerpt: Underwater stands on the shoulders of claustrophobic monster movie giants, liberally helping itself to ideas and themes, but it fails to give back or push the genre anywhere fresh – its major sin being how rote and episodic it all plays out.

    Mike McGranaghan @

    • Excerpt: Underwater is one of those middling films that’s as hard to hate as it is hard to love.

    Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

    • Excerpt: Rad B-movie schlock, this feels like an artifact from the late-1980s and delivers exactly what I hoped it would.

    Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin

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