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This Week at the Movies (Jan. 18, 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: Jan. 18, 2019

Wide (United States)

Glass

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 15, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

2001: A Space Odyssey – 50th Anniversary Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest

  • Excerpt: Fifty years later, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a hypnotic, seminal sci-fi masterpiece of visual storytelling that continues to inspire, dumbfound and challenge.

Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest

  • Excerpt: Twenty-five years later, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List remains a harrowing, gut-wrenching motion picture experience with stunningly haunting cinematography and superb performances.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 14, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Bollywood Films of 2018…

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

The 10 Best Bollywood Soundtracks of 2018…

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

30 Incredible World Cinema Titles from 2018 That You Shouldn’t Miss….

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

Best films of Alfonso Cuarón

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]

Best of 2018 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: My Number One Film of 2018 is one of those ‘you can’t believe this even if it is true’ films, something that leaves one simply astonished, shocked, angered and heartbroken.

Best Soccer Films of all Time

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]

Father Gore’s Favourite Horror Performances— 2018 Edition

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: 2018 was a monumental year for horror with so much creepy cinema for us fans to feast on. Of course with the films and their stories come the performances that make them so feast-worthy.

My Favorite Films of 2018 (Part Two of Two)

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

My Top 10 Movies for 2018

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: I love humanity. There are a lot of beautiful people out there and these 10 films are proof of that.

Worst of 2018 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: I am appalled at how awful The Spy Who Dumped Me was, and worse, that I found two films I found more painful to sit through.

Interviews

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This Week at the Movies (Jan. 11, 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: Jan. 11, 2019

Wide (United States)

A Dog’s Way Home

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The Upside

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Limited (United States)

Perfect Strangers

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: This deliciously wildly provocative chamber piece is not only universal in its audience appeal, it has clever twists that make for thoroughly engaging entertainment.

Expanding (United States)

If Beale Street Could Talk

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 8, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Denial

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Dr. Caligari

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Its overarching message seems to be ‘never seek psychiatric advice from a doctor who dresses in a vinyl minidress with metal cones attached to her breasts.’ It’s well worth a watch if you’re looking for something sexy, surreal and silly to fill an hour and a half.

Jurassic World

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Starman

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Tomorrowland

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 7, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

10 Best Movies of 2018

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

10 Great Slow-Burn Horror Movies

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Slow-burn horror movies done right can be some of the scariest movies in the genre. Here are some of our favorites!

20 Year Retrospective: The 10 Best Films of 1998

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: When measuring back as far as twenty years or more, I feel like favorites that have stood the test of time have aged to become some level of “best.” A bunch of those populate my reflective look back at the best of 1998.

50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Who’s psyched to watch a bunch of movies in 2019?

Aaron’s Superb Top Ten Films of 2018

Aaron Neuwirth @ Why So Blu

  • Excerpt: I had a lot of fun putting together this final top ten list, knowing full well the strong set of contenders.

Aaron’s Top 25 Favorite Movie Scenes Of 2018

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: I gathered this set of movie scenes that range from dance number and action scenes to big speeches and carefully edited moments.

The Best Films of 2018

Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student

  • Excerpt: According to my Letterboxd account, I spent roughly 378 hours of 2018 watching movies – 206 of them, to be exact. Now, as the year has drawn to a close, it’s time once again to pick my favourites from that selection.

Confessions of a Film Freak

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia

  • Excerpt: One major connective theme of 2018’s cinema meditated upon shambolic figures who find themselves at the mercy of fate at once leviathan-like but also often informed by seemingly trivial signifiers – a motif that connects a film as massive as Avengers: Infinity War and as rarefied as Lucrecia Martel’s Spanish Colonial tale Zama.

Every Horror Film of 2017, Ranked

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

My Favorite Films of 2018 (Part One of Two)

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

My Top Ten Films of 2018

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: What a year! Here are my 2018 top movies and scenes plus my favorite film quote.

Nerdist’s Top 10 Television Shows of 2018

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Top 10 Movies of 2018: Mainstream Edition

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Top 10 Weird Movies of 2018

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Interviews

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This Week at the Movies (Jan. 4, 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: Jan. 4, 2019

Wide (United States)

Escape Room

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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OFCS Presents: 22nd Annual Awards for 2018

22ND ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Alfonso Cuarón’s monochromatic tableau, “Roma,” earns the top honor in the latest Online Film Critics Society Awards.

January 2, 2019 — The diverse members of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) have spoken, and their votes have allowed the best cinematic effort of 2018 to surface.

“It was a tight and tense race for sure, and after tallying the votes we have found the brightest among 2018’s gems,” said Nguyen Le, who alongside Bavner Donaldo and Wesley Lovell, forms the organization’s Governing Committee.

Roma, director Alfonso Cuarón’s reportedly autobiographical film, produced by Participant Media and Esperanto Filmoj, is going home with the Best Picture award, winning over other potent nominees such as the heartfelt “If Beale Street Could Talk” adaptation, topical “First Reformed,” and dynamite period piece “The Favourite.” The film follows a middle-class family’s maid named Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) through one year of her life.

The film was also warmly received by OFCS members. Writing for DC Filmdom, Eddie Pasa said “Aparicio is a revelation;” CineSnob’s film writer Kiko Martinez said the film is “as close to cinematic poetry as you can get;” for Culturess, Kristen Lopez said it was “beautifully composed and aesthetically brilliant;” and Susan Granger considers Cuarón’s feature “sensitively written, insightfully directed and vibrantly photographed.”

On top of this, Roma also wins the following awards: Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.

Among other notable wins are three for “If Beale Street Could Talk” (for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Score); two from “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (for Best Editing and a Technical Achievement Award for Best Stunt Coordination); and one from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (for Best Animated Feature).

Members of the OFCS also handed out Lifetime Achievement Awards to five candidates, among them Rita Moreno and director Spike Lee, and two Special Achievement Awards.

“With another successful year in the history books, our members have clearly stepped up to the task of selecting the year’s best,” Lovell said. “The diverse selections our membership has made reflect the bountiful and broad-ranging experiences of our members and that will always be our biggest and brightest victory.”

The Online Film Critics Society, composed of 283 film critics whose work appears mainly on the internet, was founded in 1997 to support online critics and provide them a unified voice in the dominant culture of print journalism.

Full List of Nominations and Winners Here

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About the Online Film Critics Society
Established in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society continues to support and champion the best of global online film criticism. With an international membership, work is published in over 15 languages and covers cinema from around the world. More information can be found at www.ofcs.org.

Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 1, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2016 Film Reviews

The Last Seduction

Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com

  • Excerpt: The Last Seduction is one of the great film noirs of the 20th Century, and its anti-heroine, Bridget Gregory, is one of cinema’s most memorable femme fatales. She doesn’t just enjoy being bad; she luxuriates in it.

Female on the Beach

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: There is no mistaking Female on the Beach for an overlooked classic. It’s enough that it is a consistently entertaining, and well made, potboiler.

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 31, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

The 15 Best Horror Movies of 2018

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

The Best Films of 2018: The Lists

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Top 10 Movies of 2018

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: There are actually eleven movies. I’m bad at counting.

Interviews

Karyn Kusama on Capturing a Broken World in ‘Destroyer’ and Nicole Kidman’s Revelatory Performance

Jose Solís @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Kusama about the genres that influenced the style of Destroyer, her revelatory work with Kidman, and what she wishes men would ask her during interviews.

Awards Coverage

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