This Week at the Movies (May 7, 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 7, 2021

Wide (United States)

Wrath of Man

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

The Paper Tigers

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The Paper Tigers is thoroughly charming and filled with endearing characters. Fans of martial arts movies will have a blast.

The Paper Tigers

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Movie fights are great and all, but they mean a lot more when there’s the emotional center to back them up.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Wrath of Man (2021)

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

  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie may have found a special connection to the material and dreamed up an innovative way to bring it to life, but the world needs him on The Gentlemen, it needs him on Snatch. Let a lesser talent pick the lower-hanging fruit.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: It’s dumb and empty and mean, and not particularly memorable, except for the odd flourishes that make moments stand out.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Classics & More on DVD (May 4, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

James and the Giant Peach

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (1996)

A Page of Madness

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema (1926) [German]

  • Excerpt: A major work of the late silent period.

Raw

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (2016)

  • Excerpt: A lot of people indulge in pleasures of the flesh when they go away to college, but ‘Raw’ gets ridiculous… a thoroughly disturbing parable about discovering your own true nature.

The Rise of Catherine the Great

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1934)

From Our Members’ Desks (May 3, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #77: Oscars: Best Picture

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Confessions of a Former Academy Awards Caterer

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Awards Coverage

93rd Academy Awards: Reactions and Thoughts

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: It was the final three awards that made the 93rd Academy Awards a fiasco that somehow has eclipsed the La La Land/Moonlight chaos as among if not the worst final presentation in the Academy’s history.

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards: As Strange and Bizarre as the Times We’re Living In

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: This isn’t going to be the usual rundown of who won and who didn’t. This year’s Oscars were so bizarre that one can only focus on how it all went down.

93rd Oscars: Reflections

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #11

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2003

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

The Courier

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

Godzilla v. Kong

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In still socks it to us

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Rum, Pregnancy and the Lash, or You shall know them by their Forbidden Fruits

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

The spectacle of spectatorship in Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth”

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Other Types of Articles

Get Over Here (and listen to our movie reviews, please!)

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: There are a couple of great battles in the films reviewed on this episode, but Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy leave no film behind this week before debating their merits. Ten films on the docket.

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 17, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Mortal Kombat”

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (May 2021, Limited)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Apr. 30-May 2, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Cliff Walkers

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Locked In

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Mainstream, updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Percy vs. Goliath

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Man in the Hat

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Virtuoso

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Water Man

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Unthinkable

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: April 23

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: April 24

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: April 25

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: April 26

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: April 27

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: April 28

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: April 29

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Week at the Movies (Apr. 30, 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: Apr. 30, 2021

Limited (United States)

About Endlessness

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Andersson’s] built-in-studio (some amazingly so), neutral pastel-toned scenes filmed with a static camera and a straight face (admirable in his more absurdist moments) comprise a film which expands his trilogy into a quartet.

Four Good Days

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: By refusing to choose between the perspective of the addict or the family, they decide to supply each equal footing to thus prove that equal footing doesn’t exist.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 27, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Producers

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1967)

  • Excerpt: …a very New York film, from the little tour of central Manhattan Max uses to seduce Leo to the dueling conversations Max and his landlord (Shimen Ruskin, who got his start in the Yiddish Theatre) have with the Almighty.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 26, 2021)

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

Essays

Silent Action and the Gonzo Greatness of Italian Crime Movies

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

What’s the Deal with 2021’s Best Sound Oscar

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

The Rocketeer Deserved So Much Better

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Other Types of Articles

2021 Blockbuster Season Box Office Preview: May

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 16, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Monday”

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (May 2021, Wide)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Apr. 23-25, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
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From Our Members’ Desks: Oscars Special Edition (Apr. 23, 2021)

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

Awards Coverage

2020 Oscar Winner Predictions: Final

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #10

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2002

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Susan Granger’s Tip Sheet for Upcoming Academy Awards

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Here’s my TIP SHEET for the upcoming Academy Awards

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Animated Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Directing

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best International Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Picture

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Combined

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Animation

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Directing

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Editing & Cinematography

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Picture

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Sound

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Week at the Movies (Apr. 23, 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: Apr. 23, 2021

Wide (United States)

Mortal Kombat

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Together Together

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

We Broke Up

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: We Broke Up was never destined to be much more substantial than what it is on the surface. And that’s fine. It’s a pleasant enough foible, which is the intent.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

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

  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A stoner comedy that has nothing to do with drugs. These gals are high on life. My review:
  • Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry
    • Excerpt: A wild and wacky comedy with bold splashes of the fantastical — including a murder plot involving mosquitos — Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is the vacation from reality we all need and deserve.
  • Sarah Marrs @ LaineyGossip.com
    • Excerpt: An instant comedy classic.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Barb and Star is a silly and hilarious breath of fresh air. It’s the number one “forget your troubles for two hours” movie of 2021.
  • Matthew Turner @ Nerdly.co.uk
    • Excerpt: This isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but if you’re prepared to surrender to the silliness, you’ll find yourself goofily grinning from ear to ear, even if it’s against your better judgment.

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