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From Our Members’ Desks (May 31, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #81: Emma Stone

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Five Favorite Movie Musicals

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: My five favorite movie musicals span almost 70 years and include three MGM offerings. That’s no surprise because MGM made so many glorious musicals.

Interviews

Marking a Massacre

Candice Frederick @ Emmy Magazine

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #15

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2007

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Rene Clair’s “It Happened Tomorrow” Is the First Great Film About Time Paradoxes

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

The Screen Scene — Riders of Justice

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

  • Excerpt: Riders of Justice is not to be missed. Now we need to find Mikkelsen some English language leading roles.

The Screen Scene — Spiral

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

  • Excerpt: Not only is it a rehash of the previous Saw films, but even the police plot beats are all tired clichés.

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (May 31, 2021)

This Week at the Movies (May 28, 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: May 28, 2021

Wide (United States)

Cruella

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

A Quiet Place: Part II

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Port Authority

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: What makes Lessovitz’s film so great isn’t that she allows these truths into what could have just been a sweet, inclusive romance, but that she lets their impact be felt.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: A Quiet Place: Part II (2021)

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

  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: There is not a millimeter of extraneous footage in A QUIET PLACE 2. This is lean and mean filmmaking at its very best that will leave you breathless.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Krasinski really surprised with his directing prowess his third time behind the camera and he continues to do the same with his technically assured sequel, even if, this time, the narrative is a little spottier.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: Producer Michael Bay should be forced to watch on repeat the scene in which the marauding extraterrestrial meanies destroy small town main street. Mayhem is always better when it’s coherent, Mike…
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: I still wish that these films had a bit more meat on their bones, but as a simple and straightforward genre exercise, it bring a lot of thought and care into the craftsmanship that you don’t often find in a lot of studio horror films.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The sequel is all about the kids. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are exceptional.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A Quiet Place Part II proves sufficiently satisfying, despite a couple key areas that make it slightly less potent than its predecessor.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: There’s more monsters and even more quiet – if less scares and emotional crescendos – in John Kransinski’s still-effective horror sequel ‘A Quiet Place Part II’, which moves the story of The Abbott family surviving sound-hunting monsters by passing the baton on to the next generation. Expanding the world to new threatening places in unexpected ways, this follow-up doesn’t always give us more of what we want but still tells the story Kransinski wants to tell very effectively.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Despite its plot shortcomings – of which there were also a few in the original A Quiet Place – Krasinski’s follow-up to his smash-hit mostly works. The satisfying action and horror here is an almost non-stop thrill ride. A Quiet Place Part II is as memorable and fun as its predecessor.

Reviews: Cruella (2021)

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

  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews
    • Excerpt: Fresh-faced Grand Guignol
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There are so many things right about Disney’s latest villainous spin on the origin story it’s a shame that one thing that is very, very wrong indeed casts a shadow over the proceedings.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Another convoluted live-action update from the Disney factory…but hey, it looks good.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Folks familiar with the 1961 animated version, who understand the 1970’s aesthetic, the character based on David Bowie, and are primed to absorb the best soundtrack attached to any live action Disney film from the modern era will appreciate Disney making a film for those of us with at least a few decades under our belts instead of just one.
  • [New] | Dan Lybarger @
    • Excerpt: It’s probably a good thing Cruella no longer wants garments PETA would hate. But it’s too bad she’s not more fun.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The picture won me over, thanks to the performances of the two stars and some appealing weirdness.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: If you ask whether it’s enough to be entertaining, however, the answer changes to the affirmative. It flaunts its refusal to know what subtlety means.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Emma Stone is simply incandescent in this Cruella De Vil origin story that exceeds the reach of its potentially lame premise. With a pair of head-turning performances from Stone and Emma Thompson, a script that’s as freewheeling and fun as it is invested in character, stunning costume design, and an exhilarating soundtrack of classic hits to back it all up, ‘Cruella’ represents the best that Disney live action movies have to offer, particularly because it actually feels new.

Reviews: The Woman in the Window (2021)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “The Darkest Hour”) has made a valiant attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with his A-list cast and theatrical production… But with a cast like this, it is disappointing that so few performances stand out and that one central one is badly miscast.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: NEVER insert clips of classic films into your new production. It only reminds the viewer of all the better movies we could be watching.
  • Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: As talented a director as Joe Wright is, he’s no Alfred Hitchcock. Woman in the Window is cheap Hitchcock pastiche. By the gory final reel, it becomes rather distasteful Hitchcock pastiche.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Amy Adams with a sad face and baggy clothes looks a disgrace. But that helps her with this hard part. She nails the role — and that’s pure art.

Reviews: The Killing of Two Lovers (2021)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director/editor Robert Machoian’s lived in meditation on a strained marriage just may be the filmmaking discovery of the year.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The Killing Of Two Lovers is a very engaging and often very intense drama. Clayne Crawford delivers a layered and vulnerable performance.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It’s a complex situation none of them know how to truly solve [that] guarantees we cannot hold one party to blame over the other.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: A powerfully recalcitrant ode to romantic love lost and the broken families in that wake, ‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ is an intense human drama that showcases a powerful Clayne Crawford performance and a breakout stage for writer-director Robert Machoian.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Classics & More on DVD (May 25, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Beyond Dream’s Door

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1989)

  • Excerpt: While psychological horror fans won’t mistake “Beyond Dream’s Door” for a masterpiece, it’s a charming underdog of a chiller that well rewards viewers willing to risk becoming trapped inside its 1980s VHS reality.

Flowers of Shanghai

Matt Brown @ Screen Anarchy (1998)

  • Excerpt: Mesmerizing, fascinating, and makes me want to get deeply into opium.

Hyde Park on Hudson

Bavner Donaldo @ CINEJOUR (2012) [Indonesian]

The Preacher’s Wife

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (1996)

From Our Members’ Desks (May 24, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

17 Actors Who Were The Bad Guy In Every Movie In The ’80s And ’90s

Mike McGranaghan @ Ranker

5 Favorites Redux #80: Bana, Collette, Rhys-Davies

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Overqualified Action Adventure Performances

Mike McGranaghan @ Ranker

Interviews

The ‘Can men and women just be friends?’ trope dominates pop culture. ‘Together Together’ flips it on its head.

Candice Frederick @ The Washington Post

Festivals: General Coverage

TCM Fest and a Year of Virtual Film Festivals

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Awards Coverage

Armchair Oscars – 2020

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: My Armchair Oscars for 2020

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #14

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

My Armchair Oscars for 2019

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: My Armchair Oscars for 2019

Poll: Best Adapted Screenplay, 2006

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

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This Week at the Movies (May 21, 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: May 21, 2021

Wide (United States)

Dream Horse

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Final Account

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Parallels to today’s right wing extremism are chilling and there are many examples…a

Final Account

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: These interviews of the last surviving Nazi flunkies exist in isolation lacking any sort of cohesion

Final Account

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The movie is equal parts chilling and enlightening. It should be required viewing for every teenager and adult in the country.

Seance

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: A solid if unspectacular debut that attempts to play with horror conventions to mixed results.

Seance

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rather than subvert things as a rule, Barrett often leans into tropes to lull us into a false sense of security before adding a deviation that surprises enough to stay fresh.

Sound of Violence

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Strings together gorgeous, extravagant bursts of violence and color, and cool, inventive sound design with flimsy storytelling beats.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Dream Horse (2021)

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

  • Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL
    • Excerpt: There aren’t a lot of surprises in Dream Horse, but the village characters are genially eccentric, the Welsh countryside is beautiful, the racing action is convincing, and the montages are efficient.
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: If it sounds formulaic, it is, but elevated by Toni Collette’s passionate performance, and a director Euros Lyn, who understands how to film a horse race for maximum suspense
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …may please those unfamiliar with the story, but it is a pale imitation of the real one told in the 2015 documentary “Dark Horse.”
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Looking for a heartfelt movie that gives you hope? This is a real front-runner.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Those motions are as familiar as the struggles on the track, but what else were you expecting from a feel-good movie giving an obscure yet heartfelt tale the Hollywood treatment?
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Toni Collette leads this equestrian crowd-pleaser that doesn’t meddle with a well-trot formula so much as jockey it to safe, green pastures. Though saddled with cliché, ‘Dream Horse’ succeeds in spite of its narrative irons because of its guileless charm and forthright sincerity.