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Reviews: Saint Maud (2021)

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  • 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

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Land

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Limited (United States)

Minari

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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: Malcolm & Marie (2021)

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Reviews: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

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

  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
  • 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.
  • [New] | Candice Frederick @ National Catholic Reporter
  • Roxana Hadadi @ Polygon.com
    • Excerpt: Why explore Black power icon Fred Hampton through the people who killed him?
  • 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
  • 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.

Reviews: Land (2021)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Robin Wright makes her directorial debut with a clichéd story that shows her capable of directing actors and shepherding a nice production. What she hasn’t done is buff out some of the more questionable aspects of the script
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Robin Wright hasn’t had this much trouble with nature since the Fire Swamp tried to take out Princess Buttercup
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Taking full advantage of its awe-striking setting, ‘Land’ explores a woman’s path to recovery after unspeakable tragedy and is held up by delicate direction and a pair of soulful performances from Robin Wright and Demián Bichir.

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 9, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Fellini’s Casanova

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1976)

  • Excerpt: Overall, ‘Casanova’ is overlong, unsympathetic, miscast, and a failure of tone. That’s not to say it’s entirely without interest, however; this is Fellini, so there’s always the possibility that some carnival with a 7-foot woman attended by two dwarfs in powdered wigs is waiting around the next bend.

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 8, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #66: Lance Henriksen

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Top Ten Films of 2020

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – February

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Round Three #8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2011

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

City, State and Town: Exploring Frederick Wiseman’s U.S.A.

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: In Wiseman’s eyes, no detail is too small or too unimportant to depict on screen; he manages to elevate seemingly mundane moments into something cinematic simply by virtue of pointing his camera at them. With a total runtime of more than 10 hours, this loose trilogy of films paints a nuanced portrait of the wide range of work that is necessary if we want to even attempt to keep the so-called “American Experiment” from imploding.

Other Types of Articles

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This Week at the Movies (Feb. 5, 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. 5, 2021

Wide (United States)

None

Limited (United States)

Falling

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: We watch [everything] with the implicit request [to] forgive him because he’s a dying old man. No technical or artistic success overcomes [ignoring that request’s danger].

A Glitch in the Matrix

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: Bemusement abounds, as does amusement, and when it’s all over, don’t fight the urge to prove that you are not actually a brain in a laboratory jar.

Little Fish

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: A sort of ouroboros that simultaneously travels forwards and backwards to make it so we as viewers ascribe meaning to moments before fully grasping how they truly go together.

PVT Chat

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Its journey contains a lot worth delving into, but the destination lacks [the start’s] captivating, darkly sinister energy.

The Reckoning

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: For all its familiarity, however, you can’t deny its visual panache via immersive cinematography and production design.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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