Reviews: Little Women (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Courtney Howard @ Variety Excerpt: Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel is revived for yet another generation, but the changes leave little to love. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: This modern update of the beloved classic novel is embarrassingly misjudged, so earnest and on-the-nose a transfer to today that the March sisters feel not like modern girls but odd, out-of-step transplants from another time. [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat Excerpt: The execution is so misguided that all the meaning in the story gets sucked away, […]

Reviews: The Little Stranger (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv Excerpt: Lenny Abrahamson stirs up a desire in our souls to see something a little more spooky and spirited – and a lot less confusing. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: A glorious gothic conundrum of obsession, delusion, psychological infection, and just possibly actual malevolent spirits. The most haunting aspect of this eerily enrapturing film may be the sly, maddening ambiguity of it all. Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: Rather than be a mood piece that redundantly prolongs an […]

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Reviews: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: As Rick, Gallagher does particularly fine work here, his sister’s model for success’s outward happiness clearly layered upon shaky ground. James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: Like a black comedy from a dystopia, except the dystopia is real and we are living in it. Chloë Grace Moretz is better than ever as a teen who discovers she may not be able to pray her gay away. Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge Excerpt: The Miseducation of Cameron Post […]

Reviews: The Children Act (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice Excerpt: A towering performance by Emma Thompson as a British high court judge confronted by a complicated case and her own domestic challenges. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: the adaptation sings under the direction of Richard Eyre (“Stage Beauty,” “Notes on a Scandal”), its themes more evident in the hands of a never better Thompson and the astonishing Whitehead, who beautifully captures the ethereal complexity of Adam Henry. [New] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth Excerpt: Director […]

Classics & More on DVD (Sep. 25, 2018)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Assault on Precinct 13 Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia Excerpt: Much like his hero Bishop, John Carpenter was a man trying to get somewhere when he made Assault on Precinct 13, one feeling the pinch of frustration. The Bad Sleep Well Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Excerpt: An analysis of the human character. The Beaches of Agnès Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Excerpt: Varda reconstructs his memories in a film that is pure visual and thematic delight. The Birds Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique Excerpt: Over […]

From Our Members’ Desks (Sep. 24, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Best of Lists The Best Horror Movies. Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] The Best Movie Trilogies Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] The Best Vampire Movies. Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] The Best Westerns of Cinema Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Top 50 LGBT-themed Movies Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Interviews

This Week at the Movies (Sep. 21, 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: September 21, 2018 Wide (United States) Fahrenheit 11/9 For member reviews of this film, follow this link The House with a Clock in Its Walls For member reviews of this film, follow this link Life Itself For member reviews of this film, follow this link Limited (United States) Love, Gilda Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: For a documentary about a comedienne whose greatest gift was joy, “Love, Gilda” is quite the […]

Reviews: Mandy (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: At its core, despite being unreservedly far out, Mandy is a pretty conventional revenge story. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: Panos Cosmatos’ drug-fueled revenge flick is a heavy metal giallo with imagery seemingly inspired by a custom van mural painted by Frank Frazetta and a Nicolas Cage performance for the ages. This witchy, satanic throwback to the 80’s trumps most actual horror movies of the era… Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Mandy is awesome in the purest sense of the word, bringing an […]

Reviews: Book Club (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: The film is a lot of fun. It’s just a joy seeing these women work together, and they deliver charming and thoughtful performances with plenty of killer line deliveries. Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage Excerpt: Book Club will obviously delight its target audience, but its authenticity should also entertain their children and open eyes to the fact that their parents aren’t quite dead yet. It may not be perfect, but it is commendably sincere. frank ochieng @ […]

Reviews: Thoroughbreds (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: The reason the movie is such an irresistible poison apple is that Finley is fully aware of how alluring this world is. [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: Thoroughbreds is a twisted and darkly funny coming-of-age debut film about what it means to be evil. JD Duran @ insessionfilm.com Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: A twisty murder mystery full of intrigue and surprises. Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba.com Excerpt: Finley’s script delivers a black bitter humor that […]