Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 17, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Between the Lines

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [1977]

  • Excerpt: Boston audiences will be treated to location shots of Harvard Square in its pre-globalization heyday while cinephiles will delight in early performances of stars like Jeff Goldblum before they were known…

Fight Club

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [1999]

This Week at the Movies (Jun. 14, 2019)

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. 14, 2019

Wide (United States)

Men in Black: International

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Shaft

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Expanding (United States)

Late Night

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The deliciously entertaining Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling take center stage in a comedy about women in a male-dominated world. Laugh-until-you-cry and witheringly funny, often even keenly skewering.

Late Night

Oktay Kozak @ Paste Magazine

Limited (United States)

American Woman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: about the in between time, a suspension of a woman’s motherhood but not her life…Sienna Miller really digs deep here

The Dead Don’t Die

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

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Reviews: Starfish (2019)

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  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: “Starfish” is more impressionistic than it is straightforward storytelling, not so much telling an A-to-B narrative as it is evoking a vivid feeling.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [It asks] us to confront our longing for a past mired in nostalgia that we must forget in order to forgive ourselves enough for happiness to become possible again.
  • [New] | C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: A uniquely personal vision of one person’s world ending and how that can feel as big and as tangible as an actual apocalypse.
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Dangling the mysteries of the fallout from an off-screen cataclysmic event, the mental maelstrom of Starfish is eerie, imaginative, and highly impactful.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s not a movie for those who value plot, but ‘Starfish’ earns a recommendation for anyone who appreciates a heavy dose of psychological drama in their genre films.

Reviews: Unicorn Store (2019)

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  • [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Unicorn Store benefits from an endearing performance by Brie Larson, but the screenplay fails to capitalize on the quirkiness of the premise which leaves much to be sought after.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Its quirkiness can wear out a bit thin, but it has enough charm to carry it through.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: More movies like this, please: a piquant mix of whimsy and snark; an insistence that it’s not crazy to forge your own oddball path; an embrace of girly uncool. Bring on the weird, difficult women.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Unicorn Store skewers when necessary, without judging those who prefer to keep things sweet.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: This whimsical movie starring Brie Larson and featuring Samuel L. Jackson in a key role surprised me with its unusual casting and heartwarming essence.

Reviews: Gloria Bell (2019)

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  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Pracitce
    • Excerpt: A portrait of loneliness addressed by letting go and dancing.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Julianne Moore gives us a woman we wish was not alone, yet feel perfectly comfortable leaving that way.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Julianne Moore pulls off the small miracle of tamping down her own intense charisma while still imbuing the ordinary, unglam Gloria with lively verve and a dynamism of low-key resilience personified.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Take a look at Julianne Moore completely lose herself to Laura Branigan’s eponymous tune and I dare you to not only admire that, but wish you were on the dance floor as well. “Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number (Gloria) – I think they got the alias (Gloria) – that you’ve been living under (Gloria)!” You’re welcome for the ear worm.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: While the movie might not be necessary, Moore’s performance surely is.

Reviews: Shaft (2019)

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Reviews: Men in Black: International (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Even Chris Hemsworth, that sex symbol with a sense of humor, doesn’t enliven the proceedings, his best bit an in joke involving a smaller version of Thor’s hammer.
  • [New] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Tessa Thompson’s great, but Men In Black: International just isn’t good—or gross—enough to earn any space in your memory.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • [New] | Jason Pirodsky @ The Prague Reporter
    • Excerpt: Keeping Men in Black: International afloat, in addition to the colorful effects, globetrotting locals, and all-around first-rate production design – are two colorful central performances from Thompson and Hemsworth, who help breathe some fresh life into the franchise.
  • [New] | Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Tessa and Chris might glow like radium, but Men in Black: International is an inert gas, fleeting and faint.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 11, 2019)

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

Festivals: General Coverage

SIFF 2019 wraps up with big films and other interesting titles

Brent McKnight @ The Seattle Times

  • Excerpt: The Seattle International Film Festival can be an unwieldy behemoth, an epic marathon that spans 25 days and encompasses more than 400 titles. But even marathons end, and the 45th installment draws to a close Sunday, June 9.

Awards Coverage

2019 Governors Awards Recipients Announced

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 31-Jun. 2, 2019

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

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Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

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Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 10, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Devil’s Kiss

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1976]

The Giant Gila Monster

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [1959]

A House in the Hills

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [1993]

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