Reviews: Little (2019)

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  • [New] | Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: With all this talent assembled in one spot, and good anti-bullying messages and sentiments on female empowerment, it’s a shame Little doesn’t have a bigger impact.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Bullying tech CEO is cursed to revert to powerless kid-dom. The limp, desperate comedy that follows never figures out who its audience is and is often unintentionally obnoxious and disturbing.

Reviews: Hellboy (2019)

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  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: like Monty Python without the humor as it scampers across the British landscape questing in vain for a film worth watching. Keep questing HELLBOY.
  • [New] | Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: A fusion of monster heroics, folklore and fairytales, rural English horror and video nasties, Neil Marshall (and co…) deliver a rock n’ roll superhero movie
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: While the film is an absolute mess, it’s at times a rather fun mess.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Bounces from one preposterous setpiece to another across an inexcusably flavorless magical, monstrous world, and borderline incoherent as it races through the plots of half a dozen different films.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: It’s an offense to the eyes and the brain.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: The potential for success is therefore visible and a sequel might cement it if one remains possible.
  • [New] | Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: …relentlessly absurd and hideously over-the-top. Here’s looking to finding a suitable fire hose that can cool down the shoddy firestorm that is the baseless and bludgeoning ‘Hellboy’.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin

Reviews: The Public (2019)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s blunt, clumsy, and leaves little room for interpretation, but Emilio Estevez’s passion for the story and its messaging is undoubtedly sincere.
  • [New] | Christian Long @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: It forces a painfully earnest look at what libraries end up becoming in major American cities: a safe haven for the homeless.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Estevez never forgets the humanity he’s striving to spotlight. That’s what makes The Public a success despite the convenient characters and [parallels].
  • Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “The Public” is just plain great film-making. Estevez brings us separate, interesting homeless personalities of courage, despair and humor. He also comments on the crisis of our time through Stuart Goodson, who explains what’s going on over the phone to a newswoman covering the story: “And in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath.”
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: The Public makes a worthy stump speech for its checklist of modest societal issues.

Reviews: Climax (2018)

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Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 9, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Crash

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [2005]

  • Excerpt: Having seen Crash for the first time since its release, a good distance of fifteen years, I find myself asking, ‘How did Crash end up even getting nominated for Best Picture, let alone win’?

Daughters of the Dust

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1991]

  • Excerpt: Daughters of the Dust is a poetic film, which might turn off those who are looking for a more straightforward narrative film. Its dreamlike quality is what elevates the film, though warning’s fair: it may be too poetic for some.

Overboard

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1987]

  • Excerpt: Overboard is a nice, harmless romp, one to be enjoyed as amusement and nothing more.

The White Stadium

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1928]

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 8, 2019)

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

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Craft Film Festival

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Based in Barcelona, Spain, the first big change was moving the festival from a movie theater in a more commercial part of the city to Nau Bostik, a former glue factory turned cultural center, located in the quieter, residential section of the city known as La Sagera.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 29-31, 2019

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

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This Week at the Movies (Apr. 5, 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: Apr. 5, 2019

Wide (United States)

Pet Sematary

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Shazam!

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Limited (United States)

Amazing Grace

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I stopped going to church in my teens, but if church were like this I’d be going every Sunday. The power of Lady Soul’s voice produces more shivers, more goosebumps, in ninety minutes than any thriller.

High Life

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Inspired by thoughts of a lone person on a spaceship where everyone else had died…Denis spun together a story about love and lust, reproduction and survival.

The Public

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s blunt, clumsy, and leaves little room for interpretation, but Emilio Estevez’s passion for the story and its messaging is undoubtedly sincere.

The Public

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Estevez never forgets the humanity he’s striving to spotlight. That’s what makes The Public a success despite the convenient characters and [parallels].

The Public

Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: “The Public” is just plain great film-making. Estevez brings us separate, interesting homeless personalities of courage, despair and humor. He also comments on the crisis of our time through Stuart Goodson, who explains what’s going on over the phone to a newswoman covering the story: “And in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath.”

The Public

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: The Public makes a worthy stump speech for its checklist of modest societal issues.

The Wind

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …screenwriter Teresa Sutherland explores the [frontier madness] concept with demonic trappings, director Emma Tammi smartly using time shifts to distract from the tale’s final revelation while masterfully creating a tone of oppressive dread.

The Wind

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Sutherland’s script is working on multiple levels while Tammi’s formal aesthetics reveal an artist in complete control of her vision.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Apr. 5, 2019)

Reviews: Shazam! (2019)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Shazam!, the newest entry in the DC Extended Universe, took the criticism that the films were too serious and somber by going the opposite route and being almost a straight-up comedy. Therein lies the problem.
  • Emmanuel Báez @ Cinéfiloz [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Shazam! moves along with great energy.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: An earnestly joyful experience that keeps things simple and focused on character. The cast is charming and the humor is sharp.
  • Jim Dixon @ jim-dixon.com
    • Excerpt: Comparisons to Big are unavoidable, and SHAZAM! even acknowledges this with a sly wink and its own walk-on keyboard scene. Levi makes this work with a performance that’s knowingly guileless – no mean feat.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ultimately Shazam! emphasizes the happiness in comic books. It’s the heart that shines through.
  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Shazam! marks a sea change for the DCEU. Superb, sweet and smart, this is a BIG feel-good superhero movie you’ll want to see over and over again.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Nothing matters in this literal adolescent-male power fantasy, a cheesy mishmash of nonsense and low stakes. Anyone who needs at least a bit of meat in their superhero tales will be disappointed.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Consistently fun to watch and not without a heart, “Shazam!” is the kind of superior, eager-to-please superhero entertainment that puts a good amount of pep in the viewer’s step.
  • Christian Long @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: In the current spandex-stretched pop culture landscape, the Zachary Levi vehicle doesn’t seem to stand out in an over-saturated market.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: With Shazam!, the folks at DC have finally figured out the one major secret to Marvel’s success: While all of their movies have costumed protagonists, they aren’t strictly bound to the genre.
  • Vince Mancini @ Uproxx
    • Excerpt: One of the most enjoyable comic book movies ever made.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Shazam! can’t decide whether it wants to be a superhero movie or a parody of one.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Shazam!’ is so saccharine and hollow, the emotion so manufactured and false, and the goofiness wears so thin so fast, it becomes insufferable and leaves a lingering bad taste.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Levi will be the one you remember because of his childlike enthusiasm, but Angel grounds those antics to earth so they don’t hijack message for laughter.
  • Jana Monji @ Age Of The Geek
    • Excerpt: Take your kids, take your friends and have fantastic fun laughing at this foible-filled superhero origins story.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: [An] engagingly cheeky and robust popcorn pleaser. In any event, ‘Shazam!’ is a heroic hoot for the ages.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • [New] | Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi
    • Excerpt: Shazam’ is a refreshing addition to the list of original superheroes because nowhere else would you find a man of such power strut around malls announcing, “Your phone’s charged, your phone’s charged!”
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Zachary Levi’s schtick of superpowered shenanigans becomes the epitome of both the adjective and the noun variations of that choice word “zany.”

Reviews: Pet Sematary (2019)

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Reviews: Hotel Mumbai (2019)

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  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: The tension of silence and waiting is unbearable, as each character’s flaws and heroism comes to the fore.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While any movie about such a horrific event is subject to criticism of exploitation, Maras has given us…one which allows us to understand what it must have been like to endure this horror as well as one which honors truly heroic actions.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: Hotel Mumbai tries so hard to separate Indian from Lashkar-e-Taiba that it forgets to separate out Islam too [as things] quickly devolve from docudrama to survival thriller.
  • Jana Monji @ Age of the Geek
    • Excerpt: One should be kind to the help and blessings come in disguise.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The film Anthony Maras and his team have assembled shows the sort of understanding of how to capture tension, without drowning the film in unearned emotional turmoil.

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