Category Archives: Brought to You by the OFCS

Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 26, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Happiness

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1998)

  • Excerpt: Masterfully manipulative, totally assured in its execution, and totally ruthless in its worldview.

OFCS Presents: 24th Annual Awards for 2020

The Online Film Critics Society Announces Winners for Its 24th Annual Film Awards

AND THE WINNERS ARE …

The Online Film Critics Society Names Its Top Top Ten List of 2020
For Immediate Release

January 25, 2021 UPDATED with list of winners and special awards
January 19, 2021 with list of nominees

LOS ANGELES – The critics have spoken! The votes have been counted, and the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) is excited to announce its Top Ten List as well as winners of its annual film awards. “Nomadland,” directed by Chloé Zhao, tops the list for Best Picture by OFCS, which is comprised of nearly 300 film critics from around the world. Also, making the list is “Soul,” which nabbed Best Animated Feature.

Continue reading OFCS Presents: 24th Annual Awards for 2020

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 25, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #64: Favorite Political Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Films of 2020

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

The Sundance 2021 Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: Each and every year, figuring out what to watch at the Sundance International Film Festival is a journey in and of itself.

Interviews

Interview With Ameen Nayfe, Promissing Director Responsible for 200 Meters, Jordan’s Entry for the Foreign Film Oscar

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Interview With Ameen Nayfe, Promissing Director Responsible for 200 Meters, Jordan’s Entry for the Foreign Film Oscar

Interview With Anne Paulicevich, The Amazing Director of Working Girls, the Drama that amazed Belgium

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Interview With Anne Paulicevich, The Amazing Director of Working Girls, the Drama that amazed Belgium and it’s the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Interview With Barbara Paz, Famous Brazilian Actress and Director of Babenco

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Interview With Barbara Paz, famous Brazilian actress and director of Babenco, a strong documentary about director Hector Babenco, Barbara’s late husband. Babenco is Brazil’s entry for the Foreign Film Language Oscar and candidate to the Oscar of Best Documentary,

Interview With Eché Janga, the Amazing Director of Buladó, Netherland’s Entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Interview With Eché Janga, a Promissing Director from Curacao that recently launched “Buladó”, the Netherland’s Entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2021.

Interview With Elani Dekker, South African Actress and Star of Toorbos.

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Interview With Elani Dekker, South African Actress and Star of Toorbos, an Amazing Romantic Drama and South Africa’s Entry For the Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2021

Interview With Italian Director Alessio Liguori, a New Master of Italian Horror that Recently Directed Shortcut

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Interview With Italian Director Alessio Liguori, a New Master of Italian Horror. His new film, “Shortcut”, is now available on VOD and Streaming in the US.

Interview With Stiaan Smith, the Star of the romantic drama Toorbos

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Interview With Stiaan Smith, a great South African actor that recently starred in the romantic drama Toorbos, South Africa’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Interview with Vadim Perelman, the Director of Persian Lessons, Belarusian Oscar nominee

João Pinto @ Portal CInema

  • Excerpt: Interview with Vadim Perelman, amazing film director of “House of Sand and Fog” that was nominated for 3 Oscars. In 2020, Perelman presented the acclaimed Persian Lessons, am Holocaust drama that was selected as Belorussia’s Oscar Entry

Festivals: Individual Reviews

African Violet (Boston’s MFA’s Festival of Films from Iran)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Director Mona Zandi Haghighi tells a story based on her own aunt with humor, compassion and a phenomenal eye for color.

There Is No Evil (Boston’s MFA’s Festival of Films from Iran)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The filmmaker has a talent for creating a sense of dread in seemingly everyday circumstances, one which keeps the viewer guessing, every one of his four stories going in unexpected directions.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Round Three #6

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2009

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Other Types of Articles

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 3, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Marksman”

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jan. 22-24, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Identifying Features

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Judas and the Black Messiah

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Malcolm & Marie

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Outside the Wire, Updated

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: Psycho Goreman

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Night

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Preview: The Reckoning

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 15

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 16

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 17

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 18

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 19

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 20

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Day in Oscar History: January 21

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

This Week at the Movies (Jan. 22, 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: Jan. 22, 2021

Limited (United States)

No Man’s Land

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Rather than focus on white Americans’ need to open eyes to [their] vitriol and hate, the script asks their victims to shoulder the responsibility of their own oppression.

PG: Psycho Goreman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a very clever concept, but although it’s amusing for a while, “Psycho Goreman” spins off in too many directions, plot overtaking its simpler pleasures.

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: By never [giving anyone] a path towards redemption, Kostanski keeps things entertaining with a detached sense of revelry that lets us enjoy the gore without remorse.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Jan. 22, 2021)

OFCS Presents: 24th Annual Nominations for 2020

The Online Film Critics Society Announces Nominees for Its 24th Annual Film Awards

The critics have spoken! The votes have been counted, and the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) is excited to announce the nominees for its 24th annual film awards. The OFCS, which is comprised of nearly 300 film critics from around the world, will be announcing the final winners on January 25, 2021.

Despite an unusual movie-going season with the pandemic in play, OFCS handed out nods in a variety of categories, including Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress as well as Best Debut Feature.

For the list, visit:

FOR THE SOCIAL PRESS RELEASE, visit:
https://pitchengine.com/wyllisa-bennett-publicist-du-jour/2021/01/19/and-the-nominees-are/002517912978933157233

Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 19, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Acute Misfortune

James Wegg @ JWR (2018)

  • Excerpt: A Portrait of the Artist as a Deranged Man

Memories of Murder

James Wegg @ JWR (2003)

  • Excerpt: The failure to serve and protect

Tammy and the T-Rex

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1994)

  • Excerpt: The movie fills its “dumb fun” niche admirably.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 18, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #63: Actors Turned Directors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Asia in Focus: 2020 in Review

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

  • Excerpt: A journey through a year of Asia in Focus, looking at major cinema releases from Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Best Films of 2020

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

  • Excerpt: It’s the end of one year and the start of another. It’s list time.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Round Three #5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 8-10, 2021

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2008

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 18, 2021)

This Week at the Movies (Jan. 15, 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: Jan. 15, 2021

Wide (United States)

The Marksman

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Jan. 15, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 11, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #62: Snowy Movies

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Horror Films of 2020

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

The Best TV Shows of 2020

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: With theaters largely closed, entertainment moved to the small screen. Here are the 25 best of the year.

Brent’s Top 15 Movies of 2020

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

My Top 10 Films of 2020

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: To say 2020 was a difficult year would be an understatement. Yet I still saw a lot of great films that made me happy.

Small Worlds: Ryan McNeil’s Top Five Films of 2020

Ryan McNeil @ www.thematinee.ca

  • Excerpt: The scale of the stories on the screen was much smaller in 2020…but their impact – and their legacy – was undeniable.

Top Ten Films of 2020

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: A drunken experiment, oily cakes, a horror remake, punk rock love… What made the cut for the best films of 2020?

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Round Three #4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2007

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 11, 2021)

This Week at the Movies (Jan. 8, 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: Jan. 8, 2021

Limited (United States)

One Night in Miami

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Reason I Jump

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: accomplishes one of cinema’s primary objectives – giving us the perspective of a world unknown to us.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Jan. 8, 2021)