This Week at the Movies (Feb. 26, 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: Feb. 26, 2021

Wide (United States)

None

Limited (United States)

Cherry

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Joe and Anthony Russo treat the material with a flashy visual style which, combined with Holland’s constant narration, give the impression the film was adapted from a graphic novel or comic – perhaps a grittier approach was in order here.

Crisis

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a flat-footed attempt to apply Soderbergh’s “Traffic” supply chain approach to the current opioid epidemic. Ironically the best performance is featured in the least believable of Jarecki’s three story strands.

The Vigil

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 23, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Collector

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2009)

Elysium

Edward Travis @ Cinapse (2013)

  • Excerpt: As on the nose and didactic as it is breathtaking in its aesthetics, Elysium (2013) has been a mixed bag since day one. But it’s the most fascinating kind of mixed bag — one that swings wildly between unquestionable disappointment and absolute confirmation of writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s unique mastery of visual effects and design.

So Evil My Love

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1948)

  • Excerpt: The cinematographic style of So Evil My Love is noir (so many shadows!), but the plot is pure melodrama, a much-maligned genre which has proven enduringly popular with audiences.

Song Lang

James Wegg @ (2018)

  • Excerpt: Love at first fright

The Suspect

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1944)

  • Excerpt: Today, it’s most interesting as a product of its time, and as an example of a film that showed off the strong points of the studio system—a ready supply of talented actors, reliably good sets and props, and fine technical work from the likes of cinematographer Paul Ivano, editor Arthur Hilton, and composer Frank Skinner.

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 22, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #68: Production & Costume Designs

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: General Coverage

The SXSW 2021 Movies Already on Our Radar

Matt Oakes @ The SXSW 2021 Movies Already on Our Radar

  • Excerpt: SXSW 2021 leans heavily on first features, attempting to spotlight a diverse selection that highlights ingenuity amidst adversity.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: End of the Line presents a strong case for a righteous cause, and makes its points all the more effectively because it’s an absolutely beautiful film.

Awards Coverage

2020 Oscar Nominations Predictions: Post-Critics

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 12-14, 2021 (Judas and the Black Messiah, French Exit, Minari)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

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This Week at the Movies (Feb. 19, 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: Feb. 19, 2021

Wide (United States)

None.

Limited (United States)

Nomadland

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Greenland (2020)

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

  • James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A same-old tale of apocalypse knows we’ve seen this all before, and so centers human drama over disaster porn. It has nothing new to say, but at least it says it well, with notes of horrific grace.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: An incoming comet transforms your neighbors into desperate housewives and propels another Gerard Butler low-grade action flick. Disaster porn aficionados delight; everyone else, leave Greenland where it is – remote and inaccessible.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Knowing the carnage still to come, it was refreshing to meet the Garrity family as a group of regular people that will simply have to try and survive.
  • Matt Oakes @ Silver Screen Riot
    • Excerpt: A disaster-thriller that champions humanity over calamity, ‘Greenland’ is a welcome reminder of the oft-out-of-nowhere thrills that await us at the cineplexes.

Reviews: Saint Maud (2021)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There are echoes of many great films and filmmakers in Glass’s work – Polanski’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Repulsion,’ Stanley Kubrick, ‘The Exorcist’ and even Lars von Trier. And yet her film never feels derivative.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A compelling study of a woman undone by religious mania.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The whole therefore becomes like one of the tornadoes spinning in Maud’s view. It tightens and tightens before touching down to wreak its havoc.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Expertly building suspense and tension – and popping that bubble perfectly with some of the most effective jump scares of recent memory – ‘Saint Maud’ has all the markings of a horror great, with a killer ending to boot.
  • [New] | Sandy Schaefer @ Comic Book Resources
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 16, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2019 Film Reviews

Ca$h

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2010)

Dark Intruder

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1965)

  • Excerpt: On the plus side, the opening credits sequence is quite nice, the costumes and sets are convincing in a television budget sort of way, and there’s enough cleverness in the way the story is spun out, with a nice little button at the end, to make it satisfying.

Joint Security Area on Arrow Video blu-ray

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews (2000)

  • Excerpt: Newly issued on a blu-ray packed with extras by Arrow Video, it is fascinating to regard the work of director Chan-wook Park (“Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden”) before his vengeance trilogy catapulted him to global recognition.

The Kiss Before the Mirror

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1933)

  • Excerpt: Some of the sets from Frankenstein were re-used for this film, and Whale’s characteristic nods to German Expressionism, the care he takes with every shot, and the racy content smuggled in so you can see it if you want to, and miss it if you don’t, makes this more than just a studio obligation fulfilled.

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 15, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #67: Oscars: Makeup, VFX & Sound

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Doc Corner: The Best Documentaries of 2020

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: If you were to sit down and watch every film below, you would be taken from rural towns in the heart of the Florida peninsula to rural towns in the heart of the Ukraine via the protests of Hong Kong and a nursing home in Chile. There are serious themes, important subjects, powerful ideas… and hand sanitizer. There’s also a stripper named Nomi. Something for everything, I reckon…

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Try Harder!

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: [The students] They’re also aware that their achievements may not be the only thing that matter when it comes to getting into the college of their choice, and that their high school and ancestry may be working against them.

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars – Shortlists

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Round Three #9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

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This Week at the Movies (Feb. 12, 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: Feb. 12, 2021

Wide (United States)

Judas and the Black Messiah

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Land

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Minari

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

French Exit

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges propel a mismatched cast of oddballs reveling in an absurd situation looking for a cat who contains the consciousness of the dead husband. Thank goodness it’s not something off-the-wall or unbelievable.

The Mauritanian

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: odie Foster & Benedict Cumberbatch show once again torture did not work & most likely obscured the whole truth behind 9/11

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

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

  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: The religious overtones come towards the end of this searing examination of racial politics during the 1960s. And when they arrive, in a sequence that is most assuredly a shout-out to the Last Supper, director/co-writer Shaka King has earned the right, and then some, to invoke the metaphor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If you don’t know about the 1969 murder of Chicago Black Panthers Chairman Fred Hampton at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover, prepare to be shocked. If you do know the story, prepare to watch this film with a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.
  • Roxana Hadadi @ Polygon.com
    • Excerpt: Why explore Black power icon Fred Hampton through the people who killed him?
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: an incredible account anchored by two compelling performances. If Daniel Kaluuya is the soul, then Lakeith Stanfield is the heart.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Shaka King shows us how and why the FBI assassinated Fred Hampton
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Shaka King has made a powerful film about loyalty and treachery and the continuing struggle for Black self-determination. In the wake of the George Floyd protests of last summer, which drew attention to state-sanctioned violence and murder perpetrated against Black people, King’s movie is as timely as ever.

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