From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 19, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Interviews Michalina Olszanska, the Star of Carga and a Rising Star of Polish Cinema João Pinto @ Portal Cinema Excerpt: Michalina Olszanska is one of the most promissing actresses of Poland! Today, Portal Cinema has the pleasure to present you our interview with this rising star. Promissing German Film and TV Star Friederike Becht João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Interview in English, German and Portuguese] Excerpt: Friederike Bech, the star of the NetFlix Germany hit show Parfum, talked to Portal Cinema and told us everything […]

This Week at the Movies (Nov. 16, 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: Nov. 16, 2018 Wide (United States) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald For member reviews of this film, follow this link Widows For member reviews of this film, follow this link Expanding (United States) A Private War MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: A moving and important portrait of legendary Times of London foreign correspondent Marie Colvin. We need more movies like this, about fearless, badass women this outrageously good at their vitally […]

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Reviews: Widows (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: Widows is successfully a thrilling heist movie, emotional character study, and dissection of our current social climate. Chris Feil @ The Film Experience [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: A heist movie that is gripping and badass, elegant and assured. You could ignore all the social-justice-warrior stuff and just enjoy this as a popcorn thriller. But what makes this so special is how it reexamines the genre’s clichés. Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog Excerpt: A widow into your […]

Reviews: Suspiria (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Despite having so much to admire in the filmmaking here, which is exceptional on practically all fronts, I came out wishing I enjoyed it more. [New] | Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv Excerpt: Guaranteed to divide audiences, this iteration is gleaming, gorgeous and gory. [New] | Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: It’s as though Kajganich wanted to shake any style over substance gripes so vehemently that he overcompensated by putting in too much substance. Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment Excerpt: For […]

Reviews: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese] Excerpt: Unfortunately, a weaker sequel to the original’s pleasant surprise. [New] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog Excerpt: Crimes is one word for it. Where has the magic gone?

Reviews: Disobedience (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage Excerpt: Disobedience’s journey is one of authentic emotional honesty exceling in instances of insecurity and fear. No matter how raw Esti and Ronit’s love and passion, the abject horror of being discovered trumps their pleasure. [New] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog Excerpt: Far too Orthodox for its own good. Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese] James Roberts @ Glide Magazine Excerpt: You can look at the film as an uplifting view on growth or a bleak, heartbreaking examination of repression. You can […]

Reviews: Colette (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: With a laissez-faire vivaciousness, the film tracks the unconventional marriage of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette and her husband who for more than a decade took credit for her literary genius. But even such professional slights can have their courtesies. Rob DiCristino @ F This Movie! Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews Excerpt: Keira Knightley unites the disparate events of this gorgeous costume drama with a performance that seizes our attention. Her achievement ranks among her very best. Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: Thankfully Knightley […]

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 12, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting. Festivals: Individual Reviews Denver Film Festival – Ben is Back Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee Excerpt: The film takes place over a twenty-four hour period. It may be considered a thematic revisit by Hedges as his earlier Pieces of April was about a Thanksgiving dinner that goes wrong, and the family in that film is also named Burns. Denver Film Festival – Euphoria Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee Excerpt: Euphoria is Valeria Golino’s second feature as a director. Like […]

This Week at the Movies (Nov. 9, 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: Nov. 9, 2018 Wide (United States) The Girl in the Spider’s Web The Grinch Overlord Limited (United States) The Front Runner MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: Snappy Sorkin-esque banter, 80s nostalgia, and Hugh Jackman in a bad wig yet still hot as hell. But also an enraging, ironic look at how a reality-TV resume ended up becoming a legit qualification for the American presidency. The Front Runner Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live […]

Reviews: Overlord (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: A surprisingly tight, tense, and efficient action-horror hybrid that nails so many of the storytelling fundamentals that most modern blockbusters can learn from. MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: This Nazis-with-supernatural-weapons horror schlock drags its feet getting to its fantastical elements and then does absolutely nothing interesting with them, just wallows in dull, rote gore and grue. Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: Think Inglorious Basterds-lite by way of Re-Animator. It’s bloody, it’s mean, the Nazis get theirs, and […]