From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 15, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Best of Lists Top 10: Cine Horror Sci-fi Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish] Top 5: Documentales “True Crime” Federico Furzan @ El Otro Cine [Spanish] Festivals: General Coverage Denver Film Festival: The Line-up Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee Excerpt: One of this year’s special Red Carpet presentations, The Front Runner is certain to be of local interest as Gary Hart was one of Colorado’s senators at the time he made his ill-fated run to be president. Essays

This Week at the Movies (Oct. 12, 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: Oct. 12, 2018 Wide (United States) Bad Times at the El Royale For member reviews of this film, follow this link First Man For member reviews of this film, follow this link Limited (United States) 2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: The Strangers: Prey At Night is a feature-length homage to Carpenter’s best, and albeit familiar in structure, Johannes Roberts’ execution strikes with brute ferocity. It’s more Carpenter than if Carpenter himself Carpentered his Carpenteriest (down to the goshdang credits font). James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [New] | Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish] Excerpt: Una secuela vacía y estilizada de una película que no requería tantos filtros para ser efectiva. The Strangers: Prey at Night invalida una franquicia potencial. Darren Mooney @ the […]

Reviews: Tea with the Dames (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Ken Bakely @ Film Pulse Excerpt: The film’s greatest asset is its ability to convey the lively spirit of the conversations without feeling selective or artificially emphasizing points, beyond spare bursts of archival footage or the occasional question posed from [director Roger] Michell himself. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice Excerpt: Entertaining conversations among four grand Dames of the English theatre and film scene about their public and private lives. Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv Excerpt: While no one actually drinks any tea in director Roger Michell’s […]

Reviews: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: [Godard’s] assembled a strong cast where the lesser known actors make the strongest impressions, but his screenplay leans too heavily on coincidence, multiple nefarious back stories converging in a free-for-all climax. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: A self-indulgent, faux-woke mashup of noir crime, black comedy, and Tarantino-esque ultraviolence. Some great performances, including a spectacular feature debut from Cynthia Erivo; shame they’re so wasted. [New] | Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German] Excerpt: Goddard may not quite find closure to his intriguing […]

Reviews: First Man (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese] Excerpt: The bland result of an exaggeratedly reticent narrative. David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: The result is a film that at times can be a little too happy in its own company, and one that is less passionately engrossing than Whiplash or La La Land. Yet it most definitely will engross, carrying you well beyond that first step. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: Damian Chazelle finds a dreamlike reverie amidst rocket-powered mechanical brawn. As wonderfully, nerve-wrackingly exhausting […]

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 9, 2018)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Bottle Rocket Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian] Looker Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com Excerpt: The film’s depiction of technology is hopelessly dated, but as usual with writer/director Michael Crichton, his instincts about where we were heading were uncannily accurate. A Matter of Life and Death Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters Excerpt: Powell and Pressburger’s witty wartime classic about a British airman who goes to court in heaven to appeal his death is a celebration of the human spirit that separates romanticism from sentimentality. Scarlet Diva Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com Excerpt: […]

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 8, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Best of Lists 11 TV Shows to Watch in October Allyson Johnson @ ThePlaylist 16 Movies to See in October Allyson Johnson @ ThePlaylist Excerpt: Interviews Stage Legend Mary Beth Peil: A Leading Lady On Film at Last Jose Solís @ The Clyde Fitch Report Excerpt: Broadway’s grande dame shines in a film about aging, longing and the generation gap. Essays

This Week at the Movies (Oct. 5, 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) A Star Is Born For member reviews of this film, follow this link Venom For member reviews of this film, follow this link Limited (United States) Chasing the Blues Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage Excerpt: If you can’t buy into [Rosenmeyer and Conner’s] pratfalls and sarcastic anger, the whole can easily fall apart. Luckily they’re quick to endear themselves to us so we can look past any […]

Reviews: Blaze (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: One of the most beautiful and moving films ever made about a musician, “Blaze” reveals its cowriter (with Sybil Rosen)/director Ethan Hawke as a true romantic and its star, musician Ben Dickey, as an extraordinarily natural performer. Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Excerpt: Blaze feels like an Ethan Hawke passion project, the kind where a filmmaker hears about a legend, digs in to find out more, and discovers a movie underneath it. Blaze’s story and Ben […]