This Week at the Movies (Jan. 24, 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. 24, 2020

Wide (United States)

The Gentlemen

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Limited (United States)

Color Out of Space

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2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Bombshell (2019)

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Reviews: The Gentlemen (2020)

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  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie ups his game on his signature subgenre with a hilariously sublime crime comedy that acts as mirror on the legit world and oozes with crackling cynicism about culture and politics as well.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Witty, funny, and more well-rounded than his previous efforts, Guy Ritchie delivers in The Gentlemen his most complete and – dare I say – moving film.

Reviews: Color Out of Space (2020)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Stanley has crafted a beautiful production combining shocking pink CGI effects and practical mutations, recalling such films as Stuart Gordon’s “From Beyond” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” with a nostalgically appointed rural farm … But don’t expect “Mandy”-level Cage outrageousness here
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Anchored by engaging performances, and some satisfyingly psychedelic and gnarly sequences, Richard Stanley crafts a fantastic piece of Lovecraftian horror.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Body-horror SF via Lovecraftian grotesquerie, with a now tedious rampage from Nic Cage. As if a man needs to be influenced by unfathomable aliens to turn to violence. I need more from my pulp fiction.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: “Hyper-stylized, strange and gooey, existential and mind-bending, and topped by a committed Cage performance, this is a wild detour into psychedelic sci-fi.”
  • [New] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie doesn’t actually do anything truly unexpected, but nor does it disappoint. With Cage, a retro-80s horror pace and feel, and plenty of pretty swirling colors, it’s going to hit the sweet spot for a lot of viewers.

Reviews: Three Christs (2020)

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  • 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.
  • Mike McGranaghan @
    • Excerpt: Three Christs takes one of the most amazing stories in the history of psychology and muddles it by focusing on the wrong thing.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: It’s enough to appreciate how far these characters have come regardless of whether the whole reason they’re placed together is [problematically] usurped.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “Three Christs” is as entertaining as it is soul-searching. A brilliant cast, headed by Richard Gere, and a poignant study of mental health make this the new “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” of 2020.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.santafenewmexican.com
    • Excerpt: Three Jesuses and a shrink with a God complex. What could possibly go wrong?

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

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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

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Reviews: Dolittle (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Oddly, the film continually seems to echo “Pirates of the Caribbean” with its star, a once great independent artist now selling out to franchises eccentrically outfitted and weirdly accented
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The things that don’t work about Dolittle are mostly the kind of mundane and bland elements that many films aimed at young audiences suffer from, but the occasional strange choice will certainly bring you pause every fifteen minutes, and to anyone in the right mood, a lot of twisted pleasure at seeing so much money being burned on screen.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Dolittle is the complete opposite of Iron Man — though both can be a little surly — allowing Downey, Jr. to demonstrate he’s still got some tricks up his sleeve.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. Just careers.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

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