This Week at the Movies (Dec. 28, 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: Dec. 28, 2018 Wide (United States) Vice For member reviews of this film, follow this link Limited (United States) Destroyer Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle 2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Reviews: Vice (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: While the multiple story lines and complex subject of his last were buoyed by McKay’s amusing financial explanatory asides, his use of the same device for this single-stranded biopic is overbearing and unwarranted. Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: Vice tries to grapple with the second Bush’s years in office through Dick Cheney but ends up with nothing to show for its efforts. Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Vice is a film I admired more than I liked. Performances are strong, […]

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Reviews: Zama (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth Excerpt: At once a serious deconstruction of colonialist attitudes and a wryly funny satire of the very notion of European supremacy – incorporated into an absurdist descent into madness and despair. Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies Excerpt: It may too effectively capture the feeling of being trapped in a stifling, dull job while wishing you were somewhere else. Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

Reviews: Shirkers (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German] Excerpt: A fascinating, multi-layered, and deeply touching film about such a wide array of topics – cinema, art, childhood dreams, growing up, power dynamics, the country of Singapur – that revisiting it is almost inevitable. Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: The stuff about Cardona is obviously the draw [but seeing its] potential historical importance in hindsight is to weep for those never-made works it wasn’t here to inspire. [New] | Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies Excerpt: If the assignment was to make […]

Reviews: Minding the Gap (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: Rather than shy away from the impossible questions that must be asked to begin a path of understanding and healing, these three men bare their souls. The result is this unforgettably beautiful depiction of honest self-reflection and transformative possibility.

Reviews: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: I can’t say I loved The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, but I still very much admire everything that went into making the film, and it still has the kind of uniquely entertaining and thoughtful experience that only the Coens could provide. Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Excerpt: Imagine the nerve required to make your best character only one-sixth of your movie. The rest had better be good. It is! I do not claim all of the six short stories are as good as […]

OFCS Presents: 22nd Annual Nominations for 2018

22ND ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED “The Favourite,” “Roma,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” top the nominations list for the 2018 Online Film Critics Society Awards. December 26, 2018 — Another superb year for great films comes to a close and the diverse members of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) have selected which achievements are among the year’s best.   “We expect nothing but the best from our members, and this year certainly doesn’t disappoint,” said Wesley Lovell, who alongside Nguyen Le and Bavner Donaldo runs the organization as part of its Governing Committee. Yorgos’ Lanthimos’ […]

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

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews The Grissom Gang Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee Excerpt: The Grissom Gang may be one of Robert Aldrich’s lesser films, but there is one scene that he gets absolutely right. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour Mala Noche Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies Excerpt: … the equivalent of an R-rated “Flying Circus” episode with nudity, blasphemy, grossout humor, absurdity, and, of course, fish. La Prisonniere Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, […]

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

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Best of Lists The 10 Best Movies of 2018 Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar 2018 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer Excerpt: Counting down the best Canadian films of the year including ‘Kingsway’, ‘Meditation Park’ and ‘The Fall of the American Empire’. The Best Movies of 2018 Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge Excerpt: The Top 10 movies of the year have a nightmarish twist. Interviews Bo Burnham Tells Us Why He Made “Eighth Grade” and What’s “Horrifying” About […]

This Week at the Movies (Dec. 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: DATE Wide (United States) Aquaman For member reviews of this film, follow this link Bumblebee For member reviews of this film, follow this link Mary Poppins Returns For member reviews of this film, follow this link Second Act For member reviews of this film, follow this link Welcome to Marwen For member reviews of this film, follow this link Limited (United States) Cold War For member reviews of this film, follow this […]