Reviews: In the Earth (2021)

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  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …Ben Wheatley gets back to his literal roots with a trippy horror outing that suggests the psychedelia of of both “Mandy” and his own “A Field in England” with the urban legend of the Blair Witch and the folkloric horrors of “Midsommer.”
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: We find our own interpretations in a fluid state of metamorphosis much like the imagery on-screen courtesy of Wheatley’s hallucinogenic editing & Clint Mansell’s synth score.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Ben Wheatley’s return to horror uses the backdrop of a global pandemic to spin a folksy yarn about woodland killers and pagan worship that employs militant audio-visual hallucinogenic effects to entertain and disorient. A real return to form for Wheatley and the first movie to effectively tackle the virus and its effect on our collective sanity.
  • [New] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: In the Earth’ isn’t entirely new ground for Ben Wheatley, but it taps into the zeitgeist and delivers its payload of cosmic/folk/body/WTF horror with spiffy efficiency.

Reviews: Jakob’s Wife (2021)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Travis Stevens explores vampirism in a refreshing way thanks to clever writing and a committed performance from Barbara Crampton.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Jakob’s Wife is freaky, gory, darkly funny, and, best of all, substantive.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Jakob’s Wife has it all. Barbara Crampton. Larry Fessenden. Priests. Vampires. Rats. Splatter. The line, “I’m going to tongue fuck a hole in your neck until I puke blood.” Concrete Blonde.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: What we get is therefore fun, but rarely as deep as was possible. And fun is enough as long as you know that’s all you’re getting.
  • C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: Jakob’s Wife is all about power: who has it, who wants it, and what they do with it when they get it.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘JAKOB’S WIFE’ is a total vamp-camp gas with a laugh-out-loud script that’s executed to soul-sucking perfection by the combination of Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden. Bloody, fun, and shamelessly ridiculous, Travis Stevens has made a gleeful tribute to vampire’s enduring legacy in the horror genre and highlighted why they make for sure good comedy.

Reviews: Mortal Kombat (2021)

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  • [New] | Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: Alas, this entrails-spilling excursion does little beyond warning us about the long-term dangers of sending a vengeful someone to Hell (or Netherrealm) and not trusting one’s instincts about someone who is so obviously awful.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: There is some fun to be had. However, it seems far more interested in delivering fan service than telling a cohesive and engaging story.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: No surprise that fans have warmly embraced this picture with enthusiasm and glee.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This would be a kick-ass franchise if any studio ever stopped to take it seriously for once
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: This iteration of Mortal Kombat finally features the gore its fans have been clamoring for since the early ’90s, but like the 1995 film, there’s not much in between the fight scenes.
  • Sebastian Zavala @ MasGamers [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: A workmanlike adaptation. Bloodily entertaining, but sometimes klumsy and bland. After 25 years of accumulated prospects, I expected a little more.

Reviews: Together Together (2021)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: [Beckwith]’s written some amusing dialogue and cast charismatic leads (along with one killer supporting performance from Sufe Bradshaw of HBO’s ‘Veep’), but once she introduces her plot obstacle, the film gets mired in formula.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Together Together’s ultimate achievement is thus not to flip gender roles, but to erase them altogether [in order to create] a love that lasts.

Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 20, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Airplane!

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic (1980)

  • Excerpt: While not all of the comedy has aged well, there is enough harmless slapstick and ridiculous shenanigans in Airplane! – “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue!” – to make it one of the funniest comedies of the last half-century.

Alice Adams

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1935)

Anna Christie

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1930)

The Carole Lombard Collection II

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1935)

  • Excerpt: [Lombard] she was the queen of the screwball comedy, a particular invention of Hollywood’s Golden Age that celebrated romance while satirizing conventional love stories and challenging traditional sex roles.

Lash of the Penitentes

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1936)

  • Excerpt: The hype is part of the fun, of course, and as was the case with many exploitation pictures, there’s a “ripped from the headlines” aspect to The Penitente Murder Case, which was written by Zelma Caroll and directed by Harry Revier, and incorporates previously-shot documentary footage by Roland Price.

Perdita Durango (Dance with the Devil)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews (1997)

  • Excerpt: …a hard core cult item and a wild ride, Perez and Bardem’s utterly fearless performances crowning them as one of the great cinematic criminal couples.

The Sea Around Us

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1952)

She Had to Say Yes

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Alliance of Women Film Journalists (1933)

  • Excerpt: The directorial debut of both Busby Berkeley and the film’s editor, George Amy, She Had to Say Yes is without a doubt the most degenerate pre-Code film I have ever seen.

That Thing You Do!

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (1996)

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 19, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #76: Oscars: Female Actors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Films of 2021 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @

Awards Coverage

How Women Made Historical Advances in the 2021 Oscar Race

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: History was made when the Oscar nominations were released for Best Director – and now Chloe Zhao has won the coveted Directors Guild Award.

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Adapted Screenplay

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93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Feature

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93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Short Subject

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93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Score

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93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Screenplay

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93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Song

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93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Supporting Actor

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The Friday Face-Off, Losers Brakcet Round 2, #9

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Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2001

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This Week at the Movies (Apr. 16, 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.

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Monday

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: If “Monday” makes any point at all, it is that sexual attraction does not a relationship make.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Honeydew (2021)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Devereux Milburn brings enough interesting stylistic touches and off-kilter vibes to keep an otherwise familiar setup engaging and creepy.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: No movie about backwoods cannibals should be this dull.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Milburn writes so much foreplay that the script’s eventual release is but a whimper.
  • C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: Honeydew digs into serious subject matter like the horrifying effects of religious patriarchy, as well as the existential and bodily terror of heteronormativity.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Old farm people are supposedly scary as sin in Devereux Milburn’s hostage-horror film ‘Honeydew’, a debut handicapped by lacking performances and an unjustifiably elongated runtime that fails to offer much novelty to the subgenre of young city folk kidnapped by malevolent bumpkins.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @
    • Excerpt: When ‘Honeydew’ is on, it’s creepy as hell. But when it’s off, it’s a case of ‘yeah, I totally saw that coming.’

Classics & More on DVD (Apr. 13, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Sensation Seekers and A Chapter in Her Life: Two Films by Lois Weber

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1927)

  • Excerpt: A Chapter in Her Life has the visual strengths of many silent pictures, including beautiful sets and costumes and accomplished, if melodramatic, acting.

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 12, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #75: Oscars: Male Actors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

Examining Oscar’s Below-the-Line Nominees

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Without doubt, movies are the most collaborative artistic medium, and streaming has made this year’s contenders more available than ever before.

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 2-4, 2021

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2020

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Adapted Screenplay

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The Rundown 2020: Makeup & Hairstyling

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Original Screenplay

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The Rundown 2020: Supporting Actor

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The Rundown 2020: Supporting Actress

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