This Week at the Movies (Jun. 11, 2021)

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: Jun. 11, 2021

Limited (United States)

Akilla’s Escape

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Strong, understated performances, vivid stylistics, and a frenetic enthusiasm elevate a plot that, on a nuts and bolts level, could have been a fairly standard outlaw-on-the-verge-of-retirement story. Akilla’s Escape doesn’t rewrite the formula, but uses the framework to deliver a slick crime tale with a unique point of view and enough intriguing thematic concerns to make it worth checking out.

Censor

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Those looking for narrative threads to be tied up neatly won’t find that here as “Censor” spins into literal nightmare territory in its climax, leaving us in a state as suspended as its heroine’s fractured reality.

Queen Bees

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Burstyn’s] best scenes with a Bee are with Loretta Devine’s Sally, whose uproarious bit on ‘underboob sweat’ is the film’s funniest. But these elements are like a life raft on the Titanic.

Sublet

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The strength of the film is with its leads, the award winning veteran and screen newcomer connecting so believably from such opposing romantic ideologies we come away from the film with hope for humanity.

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Reviews: Undine (2021)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: Told with elegance and intelligence, it works on several levels at once, all of them darkly poetic.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Although [Petzold’s] themes ring through loud and clear in his latest, his fairy tale approach to romance renders it pretty but pointless.
  • [New] | Kenji Fujishima @ Book & Film Globe
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: This economical German fantasy-romance pales in the shadow of more successful genre combinations, relying on muggy romance and hazy mythology to charge an otherwise straight and narrow tale of love at first sight.
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Petzold has crafted a delicate, heartfelt tale of love, and with the help of his two leads, it’s one that feels utterly authentic.

Reviews: The Amusement Park (2021)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • [New] | Kyle Anderson @
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While not every aspect of Romero’s amusement park allegory for society works as well as others, the 52 minute film succeeds in its mission with flying colors.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The Amusement Park offers Romero fans a cool curiosity that is worth seeking out, but there might be enough here for everyone else.
  • Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry
    • Excerpt: The good folks over at Shudder are giving audiences everywhere a chance to finally watch The Amusement Park, Romero’s haunting depiction of the horrors and humiliations that befall the elderly when society deems them excess to requirements. And while The Amusement Park might not feature as much graphic violence and gore as some of Romero’s other movies, that doesn’t make it any less terrifying.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: When you think you’re going to get a straightforward educational video but you hire George Romero for the project and wind up instead with a hellish nightmare. That’s exactly how The Amusement Park came into existence.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: The mismatch between message and messenger is precisely what makes ‘The Amusement Park’ fresh and fascinating. Making its point efficiently in under an hour, anyone with an interest in George Romero, experimental horror, or obscure cinematic oddities will want to put this ambitious little curiosity on their bucket list.
  • [New] | Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 8, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

ABBA: The Movie

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1977)

  • Excerpt: ABBA: The Movie is really just an excuse to glory in ABBA: The Group. However, they’ve earned to right to be celebrated.

Alibi Ike

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1935)

  • Excerpt: Alibi Ike is a delightful little baseball comedy.

Bikeman

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour (2018) [Indonesian]

Caligula

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1979)

  • Excerpt: Caligula is not erotic but gaudy, vulgar, trashy, awful, pointless. Like many if not all pornographic films Caligula has a lot of sex but no plot to speak of.

Center Stage

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews (1991)

  • Excerpt: …Kwan’s bold approach is something like analyzing a film in real time, his intertwining of feature scenes, interviews with actors and filmmakers from both his own film and those of Ling-yu’s plus clips from what remains of her work enriching the experience.

The Conspirators

Mark Leeper @ Mark Leeper’s Reviews (1944)

  • Excerpt: Although it starts out trying to be CASABLANCA, it turns into a film six feet wide and a quarter of an inch deep, and seems as episodic as an “Indiana Jones” film.

Cry ‘Havoc’

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1943)

  • Excerpt: Cry ‘Havoc’ is a bit of a downer, even for a war film.

Gaslight

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1944)

  • Excerpt: Gaslight is a well-acted albeit long film about the manipulation and ultimate revenge of the manipulated.

Michael Collins

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (1996)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 7, 2021)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

14 Movies That Mashed Together Two Completely Unexpected Plots

Mike McGranaghan @ Ranker

5 Favorites Redux #82: Horror Series

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Opening Scenes So Good They Should Be Their Own Movie

Mike McGranaghan @ Ranker

Interviews

Marking a Massacre

Candice Frederick @

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2 #16

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 28-30, 2021

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jun. 4-6, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Horror God Vincent Price Never Actually Played a Vampire

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Why Bram Stoker’s Dracula Remains the Blood-Sucking Best

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Other Types of Articles

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This Week at the Movies (Jun. 4, 2021)

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: Jun. 4, 2021

Wide (United States)

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Tove

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: The film focuses on the decade or so during the 1940s and 1950s in which two events changed the course of Tove Jansson’s life and career forever: her passionate affair with theater director Vivica Bandler and the success of the Moomins at the (temporary) expense of her more “serious” paintings. Thanks to Bergroth’s empathetic direction and a magical lead performance from Alma Pöysti, Jansson’s ongoing struggle to find personal and professional fulfillment pulls you in tightly and refuses to let you go.

Undine

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: Told with elegance and intelligence, it works on several levels at once, all of them darkly poetic.

Undine

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Although [Petzold’s] themes ring through loud and clear in his latest, his fairy tale approach to romance renders it pretty but pointless.

Undine

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic

  • Excerpt: Petzold has crafted a delicate, heartfelt tale of love, and with the help of his two leads, it’s one that feels utterly authentic.

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Reviews: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • [New] | Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: a turgid exercise in predictability and hooey that fails even the internal logic test, but is tricked out with some nifty tracking shots and first-rate cinematography.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Surprisingly, director Michael Chaves…actually keeps things interesting up through Johnson’s crime only to allow the movie to nosedive once it enters territory even the Warrens would claim is fictional.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It may not be on par with the two previous installments of this series, but it’s still an engaging and fun horror film that is carried wonderfully by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Overall, this film will still rank better than ‘The Nun’ in the series universe, but that’s not saying much.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are great actors slumming in a so-so movie.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Nothing about this franchise is likely to ever match the original. This is a satisfying scare show nonetheless.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is an underwhelming sequel that pales in comparison to its impressively haunting predecessors. It has its moments and tries out some new tricks but feels like a downgrade on too many fronts to ignore.

Classics & More on DVD (June 1, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Drunken Master II

Ed Travis @ Cinapse (1994)

Emma

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (1996)

Fathers

Bavner Donaldo @ (2016) [Indonesian]

From Our Members’ Desks (May 31, 2021)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #81: Emma Stone

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Five Favorite Movie Musicals

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: My five favorite movie musicals span almost 70 years and include three MGM offerings. That’s no surprise because MGM made so many glorious musicals.

Interviews

Marking a Massacre

Candice Frederick @ Emmy Magazine

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #15

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2007

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Rene Clair’s “It Happened Tomorrow” Is the First Great Film About Time Paradoxes

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

The Screen Scene — Riders of Justice

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

  • Excerpt: Riders of Justice is not to be missed. Now we need to find Mikkelsen some English language leading roles.

The Screen Scene — Spiral

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

  • Excerpt: Not only is it a rehash of the previous Saw films, but even the police plot beats are all tired clichés.

Other Types of Articles

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This Week at the Movies (May 28, 2021)

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: May 28, 2021

Wide (United States)

Cruella

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

A Quiet Place: Part II

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Port Authority

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: What makes Lessovitz’s film so great isn’t that she allows these truths into what could have just been a sweet, inclusive romance, but that she lets their impact be felt.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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