Reviews: Hamilton (2020)

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Reviews: The Croods: A New Age (2020)

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

  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a sequel to the 2013 animation that could be seen as a metaphor for our current politically divided country along with its more obvious themes of togetherness vs. privacy, protective parents, bromance and girl power.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Surprise! The sequel is even funnier than its predecessor.
  • [New] | Dan Lybarger @ www.arkansasonline.com
    • Excerpt: Grug Crood (voice of Nicolas Cage) and his family need to get out more often. In the listless “The Croods” (2013), they mostly stuck to their cave. But in this sequel, they wander out into a bigger, open world full of creatures that are missing from the fossil record, and the clan’s long-term quest for survival seems livelier and more imaginative.
  • [New] | Nell Minow @ moviemom.com
    • Excerpt: The sequel to the animated film about the prehistoric family is sharply funny, exciting, warm-hearted, and a great watch for the whole family.

Reviews: Buffaloed (2020)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s an exhilarating ride that centers itself on a fascinating and effortlessly compelling character, brilliantly portrayed by Zoey Deutch. The messaging and structure is largely familiar, but the story still remains timely.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Zoey Deutch gives a great performance in a movie that deftly mixes comedy with social commentary.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Leave it to an actual Buffalonian to write a screenplay set in the city without one mention or frame of snow.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: Wexler’s bubbly blue-collar comedy Buffaloed is a wacky Valentine ode to the chilly upstate New York-based enclave. An unconventional character study that wants to reach for every nuanced nugget it sends out.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Buffaloed feels like a Saturday Night Live sketch that some ambitious cast member resolved to turn into a feature. Everyone talks and acts funny, and the movie revels in their risible behavior. The movie is funny and enjoyable enough in the moment, but it’s ultimately forgettable.

Reviews: Nomadland (2020)

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Welcome Class of 2020

The Online Film Critics Society would like to welcome our newest members, the Class of 2020.

Please help us welcome them!

Keith Garlington
Doug Jamieson
Lee Jutton
Guy Lambert
Chris Luciantonio
Sarah Marrs
Sandy Schaefer
Dan Tabor
Ed Travis
Sebastian Zavala

With these new members, our current roster consists of 292 members, including 201 from the United States, 24 from the United Kingdom, 22 from Canada, and 45 other international members.

Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 24, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Anderson Tapes

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1971) [Portuguese]

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Mark Leeper @ Mark Leeper’s Reviews (1958)

  • Excerpt: One of those films that has become a low-grade camp classic, though not as incompetent as some of the films of this period.

Family Business

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1989) [Portuguese]

The Offence

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1973) [Portuguese]

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1960)

Shalako

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1968) [Portuguese]

Xala

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1975) [Portuguese]

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 23, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #55: Favorite Nicolas Cage Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

2020 Oscar Nominations Predictions: November

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Enough With The Oscar Diversity Requirements. The Academy Needs To Change Its Mindset.

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

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

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 13-15, 2020

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2000

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 23, 2020)

This Week at the Movies (Nov. 20, 2020)

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: Nov. 20, 2020

Limited (United States)

Collective

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This artfully unfolding documentary is part political thriller, part paean to investigative free press, the whole haunted by Tedy Ursuleanu…who has turned her severe burning and disfigurement into something like national conscience performance art

Embattled

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: [The climactic fight is] where the fireworks are, but the true worth to Embattled is the path Jett takes to get there and the reasons for why he does.

Jiu Jitsu

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: A movie starring Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Rick Yune, about a group of elite fighters who must use martial arts to defeat an alien invader, directed by one of the masterminds behind the recent Kickboxer films. That’s probably enough information for viewers to decide whether or not to see Jiu Jitsu, a film that delivers precisely what one might expect.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Ahmed doesn’t engage in histrionics, instead giving a quiet, internal performance…The man we are left with (in a knockout of a final scene) is very changed from the one we first met.

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Sound of Metal is one of the best portrayals of deafness in film using smart sound design and a stellar performance by Riz Ahmed to communicate the experience. And while it loses steam as it makes its way to the finale the core message is powerful and poignant.

Sound of Metal

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic

  • Excerpt: It’s a simple setup – almost high-concept: the elevator pitch might be, “Metal drummer loses his hearing overnight and must face radically changing his life in order to adjust.” But the careful attention to detail and emotional complexity that first-time director Darius Marder and his co-screenwriter Abraham Marder put into the picture make Sound of Metal a deeply moving experience.

The Twentieth Century

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …what happens in Winnipeg doesn’t stay in Winnipeg, here depicted…as a red light district of fetishism where King indulges his used boot fetish by buying one of Ruby’s to huff back at home as his oversized cactus ejaculates.

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: A fever dream of German Expressionism propelling forth Canadian political chicanery. For the adventurous cinephile, this may be the most fun you have all year.

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rankin is upping the “Canadian-ness” of the piece with each aspect of his production, placing what’s already a very niche topic into very singular packaging.

Zappa

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: An in-depth look at the man behind the mustache through his own words, those of his collaborators, and the art itself.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Nov. 20, 2020)

Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 17, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2014)

Raintree County

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1957)

Shalako

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1968) [Portuguese]

From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 16, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #54: Favorite Diane Keaton Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Films of 2020 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

Interviews

The Dark and the Wicked Star Marin Ireland Has Her Own Survival Plan

Candice Frederick @ W Magazine

Kindred Star Tamara Lawrance Will Not Be Put Into a Box

Candice Frederick @ W Magazine

Festivals: General Coverage

Saint Louis International Film Festival 2020 Preview

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL

  • Excerpt: The 29thedition of SLIFF will be a little different, however: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything will be run online. Which is not entirely a bad thing–it’s true that you miss the fun of seeing a film on the big screen in a communal setting, to say nothing of choosing your snacks from the concession stand, but on the plus side you don’t have to deal with weather, parking, getting a babysitter, and in most cases scheduling.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 16, 2020)

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