This Week at the Movies (Feb. 21, 2020)

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: Feb. 21, 2020

Wide (United States)

The Call of the Wild

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Limited (United States)

Emma.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Knightley’s introduction is altogether astonishing, the young man disheveled from a hard gallop stripped down completely before being redressed by his valet to walk to the Woodhouses’, a scene usually reserved for women and with far less nudity.

Emma.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A sly, penetrating zing and a frisson of Insta-influencer horror — of the oppression of performative perfection against a marzipan backdrop — renders Austen’s fluff and nonsense deadly serious.

The Night Clerk

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Night Clerk

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s a fascinating and fairly engaging film that is elevated by two strong lead performances in Tye Sheridan and Ana de Armas.

The Night Clerk

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Sheridan lends his role the necessary nuance it deserves and de Armas imbues hers with a wealth of unspoken pain, but neither effort receives its payoff.

Seberg

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Screenwriters Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse turn poetic license into dubious fictionalization told with leaden dialogue frequently guilty of speechifying…weighing down Kristen Stewart’s delicate performance.

Seberg

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: French New Wave icon Jean Seberg plays an unwitting game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI in a strangled blend of biopic and paranoid thriller. Not even always fascinating Kristen Stewart can save this.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Cave (2019)

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Reviews: The Two Popes (2019)

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Reviews: VFW (2020)

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  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: What you want from a film like VFW – the kills, the gore, the style, it totally delivers without wasting an ounce of your time, but but one element the film surprisingly nails is the dynamic between the characters, and how they connect with us.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Satisfyingly bloody and wickedly funny.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Joe Begos’ VFW feels like it crawled out of a grimy, urine-soaked 1980s gutter. And I mean that in the best possible way.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Marry that carnage with performances hinged upon authenticity specifically because of what kind of film this is rather than despite it and you’re in for an entertaining treat.
  • [New] | Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews
    • Excerpt: The gory retro exploitation film is just plain moronic.

Reviews: The Call of the Wild (2020)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It is telling that an animation director…was attached to this property as its star, Buck, rarely fools the eye into believing that one is watching a real dog… this “The Call of the Wild” works well enough as the kid-friendly version.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An old-fashioned kiddie adventure, sweetly earnest, equal parts scary, funny, exciting, sad, and happy, with only a bit of uncanny valley in its CGI doggo star. Definitely had something in my eye.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: By not making Buck – a computer-animated dog – a cutesy ham with a celebrity voiceover, the film pushes us out of our Disneyfied comfort zone and forces us to accept that it is truly Buck’s story. It is in this endeavor that The Call of the Wild deserves to be lauded.

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 18, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

What Did Jack Do?

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (2017)

  • Excerpt: The result, while arguably slim, is still arresting and worth your time—and it goes without saying, a must-see for Lynch completists.

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 17, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #15: Best of the Decade, Part 5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Interview with Andrea Carballo, a Rising Star From Argentina

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese and English]

  • Excerpt: Andrea Carballo is one of the Rising Stars of Argentinian Cinema. From television to cinema, Carballo has been impressing the World with her amazing acting talent!

Interview with Brian A. Metcalf, the director of Adverse, the latest filme of Mickey Rourke

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese and English]

  • Excerpt: Brian A Metcalf is one of the most promising young directors of Hollywood and his latest films proves this. “Adverse” has a stellar cast, but it is Metcalf that makes this movie great.

Interview With Francisco Bendomir, the Director of Una Chica Invisible

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese and English]

  • Excerpt: We had the pleasure of interviewing Francisco Bendomir, one of the most promising argentine directors of his generation.

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Feb. 14, 2020)

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: Feb. 14, 2020

Wide (United States)

Downhill

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The Photograph

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Limited (United States)

Buffaloed

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Zoey Deutch gives a great performance in a movie that deftly mixes comedy with social commentary.

Come As You Are

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …feels surprisingly fresh, favoring the warmth and humor derived from real friendship and romance over the more obvious sexual hijinx one might expect.

Come As You Are

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: http://itsjustmovies.com/review-come-as-you-are/

Olympic Dreams

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: It’s a shame that such unprecedented access to the Olympic Village was squandered on a paper-thin story that goes nowhere and accomplishes nothing.

Olympic Dreams

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Olympic Dreams [is] a heartfelt and introspective journey that delves within the human psyche caught in stasis [to remind us] that we’re more than our achievements or failures.

VFW

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Satisfyingly bloody and wickedly funny.

VFW

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Joe Begos’ VFW feels like it crawled out of a grimy, urine-soaked 1980s gutter. And I mean that in the best possible way.

VFW

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Marry that carnage with performances hinged upon authenticity specifically because of what kind of film this is rather than despite it and you’re in for an entertaining treat.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Les Misérables (2019)

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  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Chris Barsanti @ Slant
    • Excerpt: The film serves as both caustic update to Victor Hugo’s monolithic novel and cautionary tale about the future.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ly had been filming on his own streets since the age of fifteen, supported by the Kourtrajmé collective, so it is notable that while his feature film debut echoes Hugo’s classic for modern times, it is also a fine example of the French policier procedural.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: A sprawling exposé of the universal futility that is our communal inability to escape a cycle of violence bred from a forever-stagnant economic, political & social disparity.
  • [New] | Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com
    • Excerpt: Things change and things stay the same in class challenged Paris.

Reviews: The Assistant (2020)

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  • [New] | Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL
    • Excerpt: It takes a village to protect a predator.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: One of the smart things about Green’s screenplay and direction is its quiet subtlety. There is no one big moment here, nor an outright smoking gun, instead a steady build of small injustices…
  • Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Assistant’ is a real-life horror docudrama portraying a young woman made to feel helpless to stop the daily abuses of power she witnesses.
  • Charlie Juhl @
    • Excerpt: The Assistant stares at a recent college grad’s first real-world moral dilemma – what will you do when your black and white ethics lessons confront the gray areas of innuendo, the behavior of powerful men, and the inevitability of personal consequences should you challenge the system.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Green wants us to experience the silent prison of knowing the truth and being helpless against it. A palpable, tense drama exists beyond the mundane day-to-day of all victims.
  • Frank Ochieng @ The Critical Movie Critics
    • Excerpt: Solidly telling in its methodical truth, Green’s film is unassumingly dazzling in its low-key observations. The Assistant is impressively potent without the overstated exclamation of acrimony.
  • [New] | Rene Sanchez @ Cine Sin Fronteras [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: The Assistant es todo lo que Bombshell pretendía ser, pero sin la necesidad de recurrir a un gran reparto, a la magia del maquillaje o a un tono ligero para abordar una temática sumamente oportuna y sensible. Una mirada aséptica a la cultura tóxica que afecta al mundo laboral, y que encubre los abusos y las conductas inapropiadas de quienes se encuentran en una posición de poder.

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