From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 21, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #84: Ryan Reynolds

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Horror Films of 2021 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

Interviews

“In The Heights” Director Jon M. Chu on Capturing a Neighborhood’s Magic

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: It was one of those days, probably the most energetic, most beautiful shooting day of my life.

Playwright & Screenwriter Quiara Alegria Hudes on Adapting “In The Heights” for the Big Screen

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: In terms of what’s universal, though, I think many of us struggle with “What is home?” and “How do I balance my loyalty to where I come from and my background with my own desires and dreams to strike out as an individual?” That balancing in your life between individual responsibility and community responsibility is universal.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Agnes

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

The Kids

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: The Kids is well worth a watch even if, like me, you don’t have much use for Clark’s 1995 film.

Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: Put it this way: when Cartland denounced Collin’s first novel as “nasty, filthy, and disgusting” one can imagine Collin’s replying “Thanks!”

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 21, 2021)

This Week at the Movies (Jun. 18, 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. 18, 2021

Wide (United States)

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Army of the Dead (2021)

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Reviews: In the Heights (2021)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: takes off like a rocket which may make its soft landing inevitable. The story resolves neatly…but the cast and filmmakers have clearly given this their all and the musical’s big, vibrant beating heart is a testament to them all.
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: It very much plays like an elaborate and expanded Broadway production, which maintains the narrative’s spirit while taking advantage of the big screen format to convey it on an even larger scale.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical turns joyful exuberance up to eleven.
  • [New] | Nell Minow @ moviemom.com
    • Excerpt: “In the Heights,” based on what will always be known as the play Lin-Manuel Miranda did before “Hamilton,” has been gently streamlined and updated into a joyous post-pandemic welcome back into the world after a year postponement due to the coronavirus. It is touching, ebullient, timely and timeless with an irresistible cast of young performers filled with screen chemistry.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Add rousing music; a great, effusive atmosphere of cultural vitality; and stunning cinematography and it’s impossible not to get swept up by [its] joyous celebration of life.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: It’s time to bring out the champagne and enjoy this magnificent celebration of community and heritage.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
  • [New] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: The most exuberant movie musical ever!

Reviews: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …one would expect that more Hayek would be a good thing. While that is indeed true, screenwriter Tom O’Connor hasn’t stepped up at all on the action plot which features so many extreme CGI explosions they become boring in their repetitiveness.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 15, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Ghost and the Darkness

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Love of Siam

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 14, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #83: Big Screen Musicals

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

In the Heights is more than a movie to its cast. It’s a celebration of Latinas throughout history.

Candice Frederick @ Washington Post

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2 #17

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2008

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2009

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 14, 2021)

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.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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

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)

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: One can easily see all of Romero’s style on display, which includes his ability to make the best of limited means and his ways of making the familiar feel surreal.
  • 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.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

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