Reviews: Blinded by the Light (2019)

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  • [New] | Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews
  • [New] | Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A buoyant tribute to the power of music to change lives.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Light has too many characters and too many subplots to sustain its throughline momentum, making for an intermittently entertaining but ultimately tedious experience.
  • [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Blinded by the Light has a lot on its mind — for better and worse. Thanks to some inventive musical staging of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits like “Dancing in the Dark” and “Born to Run,” director Gurinder Chadha delivers a crowd-pleasing and uplifting musical romp.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: What easily could have been a simple feel-good story takes a touching and timely approach in exploring the experience of immigrants, identity, and culture clash.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Seriously adorkable teen is saved, in 1987, by the rock poetry of Bruce Springsteen. The Boss is still relevant today, as is, alas, the harsh political and economic setting of Thatcher’s Britain.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Springsteen’s words are universal. Director Gurinder Chadha, known for feel-good stories where minority teenagers chase dreams reserved for other ethnicities and social classes, creates a coming-of-age story anybody can identify with and celebrates the power of music to motivate and push one to reach for things long thought unattainable.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Hell no, you don’t have to be a superfan of Springsteen to enjoy Blinded by the Light, but it sure helps. Even if The Boss is not your ideal vibe, the sprightly emotions on-screen cannot help but target and trigger your own matching passionate feelings for whatever you revere.

Reviews: Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: the book’s comedic, misanthropic vitriol has been toned down in favor of the sweet mother-daughter story and lack-of-artistic-outlet character study at its heart.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Cate Blanchett can make anything watchable, and this is no exception. However, it is easily a disappointment coming from a filmmaker as talented as Richard Linklater.

Reviews: Good Boys (2019)

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  • [New] | Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Cowriter/director Gene Stupnitsky resists easy gross-out gags, instead guiding his three young stars into distinct performances, the comedy derived from their age and innocence.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: One of the best comedies you’ll see this year. A raunchy yet sweet film that avoids some of the pitfalls that would come to lesser esamples of the genre.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A foul-mouthed comedy with a surprising amount of heart.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Much more sweet than raunchy, and surprisingly innocent. Genuinely kind to its young protagonists as they try to navigate a culture that doesn’t much care to protect them from growing up too soon.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: They have just enough information to be dangerous – these “tween” misunderstandings set up awkward episodes, punchy one-liners, and propel an adventure that will test their friendship through threats of grounding, bodily harm, and public humiliation.
  • Eddiw Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 13, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

The Ambulance

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod (1990)

  • Excerpt: A glorious fillip of pulp-surrealist imagery laced with black comedy.

Nighthawks

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture (1981)

The Parallax View

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1973)

  • Excerpt: Rather than offering a brutal plan to corrupt and shatter the democratic process, The Parallax View offers what we see as another facet of government’s perpetual background drama, real power’s theatrical apparatus, planting seeds or trimming branches where needed.

From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 12, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

Your GLOW Playlist: The Show’s Ten Best Musical Moments

Chris Feil @ Primetimer

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Day and Night

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Perhaps the best accomplishment of Fujii’s film is that its questions are never easy. It genuinely challenges the viewer.

A Good Woman is Hard to Find

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: A Good Woman is Hard to Find does a stellar job at subverting the typically male revenge film

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 12, 2019)

This Week at the Movies (Aug. 9, 2019)

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: Aug. 9, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Brian Banks

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The Kitchen

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Limited (United States)

After the Wedding

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An emotionally literate drama in which the characters must deal with their past and present choices.

One Child Nation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a horrifying look at state sanctioned kidnapping and murder and human rights violations against women whose effects are still being felt by families today even as they defend the practice.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Aug. 9, 2019)

Reviews: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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Reviews: Brian Banks (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Aldis Hodge’s fine performance has been done a disservice with pedestrian filmmaking…Brian Banks deserved better, not only from the American justice system, but from this paint-by-the-numbers film.
  • Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s plenty injustice here to enrage the thinking, feeling citizen, but despite a passionate performance by charismatic Aldis Hodge, this docudrama is nowhere near incensed enough on his behalf.
  • Don Shanahan @ 25YL
    • Excerpt: Brian Banks offers a patient and earned dose of victory that feels awfully nice and hopeful for this day and age.

Reviews: The Kitchen (2019)

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Reviews: Hail Satan? (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lane builds an entertaining and thought provoking case for The Satanic Temple. I know I was won over, enthusiastically so, but…be aware that these folks, while definitely edgy individualists, should not be confused with the Church of Satan
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ Hail Satan?
    • Excerpt: Hilarious, provocative look at the wonderfully profane rebels of the culture wars who, with tongue in cheek but seriously, too, are trolling fundie-Christian America with their delicious blasphemies.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [Lane’s] film is a platform to cut through the laughter and protests by Christian celebrities that galvanize their ranks when it should expose the hate and entitlement at their back.
  • Adam Patterson @ Film Pulse
  • [New] | Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

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