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Reviews: The Rhythm Section (2020)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Every time The Rhythm Section comes close to being interesting, a poor decision be it in acting, editing, score, cinematography or directing undercuts it.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
  • James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: While it moves at its own pace, and gets sidetracked, Director Reed Morano and star Blake Lively creatively capture a catchy lo-fi tempo.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Poor Blake Lively does her de-glammed best in this poor Xerox of much better Turn The Urchin Into A Spy thrillers. But there isn’t a single human interaction in this hamfisted movie that rings true.
  • Charlie Juhl @
    • Excerpt: Director Reed Morano adeptly conveys grime and confronting a soul full of garbage, but the needlessly complicated plot does nothing to separate her film from any other ‘revenge is tricky’ story.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: …[a] drawn-out action drama in search of its staged contemplative mojo. Sadly, The Rhythm Section sings an all-too-familiar tune in terms of its labored “harried heroine seeking revenge mode”.

Reviews: Gretel & Hansel (2020)

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Reviews: The Gentlemen (2020)

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  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s pure classic Guy Ritchie, for better and for worse. Despite some flaws, the film is entertaining, but you wish Ritchie could grow more as a filmmaker.
  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: While the opening half of this film lacks some of the clever grit of Ritchie’s earlier offerings, it slowly gets into the groove before going full-tilt with falling bodies, meaningful threats and classic gun play.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Most people wouldn’t compare George Cukor’s ‘The Women’ (1939) with Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen” but I’m not most people.
  • [New] | Blake Howard @ Dark Horizons
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie ups his game on his signature subgenre with a hilariously sublime crime comedy that acts as mirror on the legit world and oozes with crackling cynicism about culture and politics as well.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: For every top notch set-piece comes two or three moments of misguided exposition dumping that lean on lazy jokes and verbose dialogue to screech any momentum gained to a halt.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Here’s a film with a healthy dose of meta self-awareness to go along with the occasionally humorous lens Ritchie views his gangsters through.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Witty, funny, and more well-rounded than his previous efforts, Guy Ritchie delivers in The Gentlemen his most complete and – dare I say – moving film.

Reviews: Color Out of Space (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Stanley has crafted a beautiful production combining shocking pink CGI effects and practical mutations, recalling such films as Stuart Gordon’s “From Beyond” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” with a nostalgically appointed rural farm … But don’t expect “Mandy”-level Cage outrageousness here
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Anchored by engaging performances, and some satisfyingly psychedelic and gnarly sequences, Richard Stanley crafts a fantastic piece of Lovecraftian horror.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Meteor lands. Mayhem ensues.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Body-horror SF via Lovecraftian grotesquerie, with a now tedious rampage from Nic Cage. As if a man needs to be influenced by unfathomable aliens to turn to violence. I need more from my pulp fiction.
  • Mark Leeper @ Mark Leeper’s Reviews
    • Excerpt: The latest film adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s horror story of a meteor strike in the Massachusetts back woods…
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: “Hyper-stylized, strange and gooey, existential and mind-bending, and topped by a committed Cage performance, this is a wild detour into psychedelic sci-fi.”
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [Stanley] traded esoteric uncertainty for visual thrills to prevent us from having to do any heavy lifting, but he does it well enough to appreciate [it] on its own terms.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Color me impressed.
  • C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: Richard Stanley’s Lovecraft adaptation is a horrific little treat filled with spacey neon pleasures and proper existential terror.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie doesn’t actually do anything truly unexpected, but nor does it disappoint. With Cage, a retro-80s horror pace and feel, and plenty of pretty swirling colors, it’s going to hit the sweet spot for a lot of viewers.
  • Amanda Waltz @ Pittsburgh City Paper
    • Excerpt: Color Out of Space begins promisingly enough with moody shots of a fog-drenched forest and an ominous voice-over by actor Elliot Knight, who appears as our intrepid surveyor, Ward. From there, it offers a refreshing throwback to the practical visual and makeup effects of 1980s sci-fi horror, with some truly grotesque creatures recalling John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Reviews: Three Christs (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Despite a strong cast, the film is narratively disheveled, introducing subplots only to drop them and coming to no strong conclusions about the success of Stone’s experiment.
  • Mike McGranaghan @
    • Excerpt: Three Christs takes one of the most amazing stories in the history of psychology and muddles it by focusing on the wrong thing.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: It’s enough to appreciate how far these characters have come regardless of whether the whole reason they’re placed together is [problematically] usurped.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “Three Christs” is as entertaining as it is soul-searching. A brilliant cast, headed by Richard Gere, and a poignant study of mental health make this the new “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” of 2020.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.santafenewmexican.com
    • Excerpt: Three Jesuses and a shrink with a God complex. What could possibly go wrong?

Reviews: Weathering With You (2020)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Makoto Shinkai brings his usual combination of endearing characters and stunning animation. While not flawless, it’s a sincere and vibrant tale that is easy to get swept up in.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: How Shinkai gets there isn’t always with the cleanest choices, but you can’t ignore the journey’s intent or exhilaration.
  • [New] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Reviews: Dolittle (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Oddly, the film continually seems to echo “Pirates of the Caribbean” with its star, a once great independent artist now selling out to franchises eccentrically outfitted and weirdly accented
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The things that don’t work about Dolittle are mostly the kind of mundane and bland elements that many films aimed at young audiences suffer from, but the occasional strange choice will certainly bring you pause every fifteen minutes, and to anyone in the right mood, a lot of twisted pleasure at seeing so much money being burned on screen.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Dolittle is the complete opposite of Iron Man — though both can be a little surly — allowing Downey, Jr. to demonstrate he’s still got some tricks up his sleeve.
  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ Variety
    • Excerpt: What should have been an awe-filled adventure quickly curdles into an awful one, thanks to a pedestrian formula and the filmmakers’ fixation on fart jokes.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. Just careers.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Downey was having his annual screening of Syriana and decided Stephen Gaghan was the perfect person to come on and direct a film about an eccentric doctor who talks to animals.
  • [New] | Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: [A] cinematic animal trap. The high-paid human element of Hollywood’s who’s who of participants signed on the dotted line to appear in this forgettable pest control sideshow.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
  • [New] | Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Reviews: Bad Boys for Life (2020)

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  • [New] | Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a welcome January surprise, Lowrey and Burnett a lot more fun to hang with than Hobbs and Shaw.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Fans of the series will probably be very happy with Bad Boys For Life, and action junkies can be rest assured that the film delivers on the action, which sticks to the gritty practicality of the previous films.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: While it’s fun seeing old faces still doing the same shtick, the first half of this movie may have viewers wondering if everyone involved made a mistake signing onto this project. But the second half is fully redeeming and worth the wait.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: When you’re simply looking for 2 hours of action entertainment and nothing more, this will suffice.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If you’ve seen the first two, you’ve already seen 75% of the new installment
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: It doesn’t blow the doors off the genre, or stray far from the formula, but for viewers nostalgic for an earlier kind of R-rated action movie, and who have missed Will Smith and Martin Lawrence hollering back and forth at each other while driving 100 miles per hour and dodging bullets, it evokes pleasant enough sensations.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Aw, hell yeah.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: We finally delve into who these guys are beyond machismo. Is it enough to reinvigorate the entire franchise? Probably not. But it was enough to make this chapter worthwhile.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Even without the third bad boy, Michael “Boom Boom” Bay, in the director’s chair, I was more than a little impressed with how things turned out.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: The latest entry in the Bad Boys franchise moves into a more easygoing space, distancing itself from what Roger Ebert once called “The Swinging Dick” genre.

Reviews: Underwater (2020)

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION — BUILDING A NEW SITE!!!

Hello publicists, critics, loyal readers, and everyone else who can see this. At this time, the new Governing Committee are working with web designers to make a new, improved, better site for the Online Film Critics Society.

With that, we are putting a halt on weekly updates. If there is a critic you want to keep tabs on in the meantime, you can see all of our members here.

We are still very active on the site, just trying to make it more user-friendly, better for our members, and look fresh like it’s now a part of the 21st century.

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Thanks a lot,

Online Film Critics Society Governing Committee
Kristen Lopez  |  Rob Daniel  |  Pablo Villaca