From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 10, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

50 Films I Loved In 2019

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

Interviews

Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham Talk Promising Young Woman

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

How Never Rarely Sometimes Always Achieved Realism

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

How The Night House Creates Architectural Fear

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Festivals: General Coverage

Our Sundance Film Festival 2020 Wrap-Up

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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This Week at the Movies (Feb. 7, 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: Feb. 7, 2020

Wide (United States)

Birds of Prey

Limited (United States)

And Then We Danced

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: And Then We Danced is a love story, but it’s not merely a sexual awakening. We’re watching as Merab is exposed to a world he’s been conditioned to ignore.

Come to Daddy

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …while the film can be wedged into the horror genre, it’s more of a darkly comedic psychological thriller which, unfortunately, devolves into an ultra violent gross-out spectacle, almost entirely losing the father-son reunion story at its heart.

The Lodge

Karl Delossantos @

The Lodge

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The filmmakers know how to set a mood, and while the story is engaging in the moment, especially with Riley Keough’s performance, it doesn’t have much lasting impact.

The Lodge

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: It’s a shame the film ultimately has little else to offer beyond its slow-burn eeriness and psychological chills.

The Lodge

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: Led by a strikingly gloomy performance from Riley Keough, ‘The Lodge’ uses the power of psychological warfare and brutal natural elements to spook up a dark cabin fever horror story that refuses to let up.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Birds of Prey (2020)

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Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 4, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Revolver

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (2005)

  • Excerpt: There’s a difference between subverting an audience’s expectations and betraying them.

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 3, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #11: Best of the Decade, Part 4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Color Out of Space

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Jan. 31, 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: Jan. 31, 2020

Wide (United States)

Gretel & Hansel

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The Rhythm Section

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Expanding Wide (United States)

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts

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Limited (United States)

The Assistant

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: One of the smart things about Green’s screenplay and direction is its quiet subtlety. There is no one big moment here, nor an outright smoking gun, instead a steady build of small injustices…

The Assistant

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Animated]
    • Excerpt: The Czech Republic’s Daria Kashcheeva’s stop motion puppet animation is the first of three stop motion animations to be nominated, each using a different medium… This is my pick for the Oscar.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Dysinger’s uplifting look at how women are finding poor young girls in Kabul and giving them…courage and confidence by teaching them how to skateboard, Is an infectious and uplifting work which I’m betting will take the Oscar.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: Tunisia is the setting for two of this year’s Live Action shorts in film, one a searing drama beneath the shadow of ISIS, the other a comedy involving a mule listening to the wrong music…
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Features Oscar winner “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl).”
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: Let’s hear it for Tunisia! The North African country actually figures in two out of the five films nominated in 2020.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Animation]
    • Excerpt: This year’s animated shorts are about the connections that form a family.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Animated]
    • Excerpt: My pick: I haven’t seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as “Hair Love.” I’d like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: My pick: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” a tremendous ode to the power of sports to boost girls’ self-esteem and set them free from the shackles of the limited expectations.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: My pick: The gorgeous “Brotherhood” opens up reductive notions of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western imagination while telling a moving story of family and forgiveness that is quite universal.
  • Charlie Juhl @
    • Excerpt: This year’s Doc Short nominees share common themes even though they range from skateboarding girls in Afghanistan to the South Korean ferry disaster and even a Ferguson, Missouri state legislator.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Animation]
    • Excerpt: All masterfully made, this year’s Oscar nominated Animated Short Films address emotional topics and issues that bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Tissues at the ready, this year’s slate of Oscar nominated Documentary Short Subject films are important, topical works of impassioned conviction that are hard to shake and ride a rollercoaster of emotions.
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film represent stories told from around the world, but all unify around the power of human interaction, no matter your age or where you come from.

Reviews: The Rhythm Section (2020)

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  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • [New] | 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.
  • [New] | 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.
  • [New] | 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.
  • [New] | 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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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 28, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Adventures Inc.

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1929) [Portuguese]

Atlantic City

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1981)

Bad Seed

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1934) [Portuguese]

Bend of the River

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1952) [Portuguese]

The Far Country

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1954) [Portuguese]

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1972) [Portuguese]

The Lady Vanishes

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1938) [Portuguese]

The Man from Laramie

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1955) [Portuguese]

Of Gods and Men

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI (2010) [Croatian]

Repeat Performance

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews (1947)

  • Excerpt: Unique fantasy melodrama.

Repo Man

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1984)

  • Excerpt: The gritty sprawl of Los Angeles’ industrial zones, much fetishized by filmmakers in search of hip climes hunting for authenticity in the ‘80s, found their rarest auteur in Cox, and their great documenter in imported cinematographer Robby Müller.

Soul Kitchen

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2009) [Portuguese]

Stalag 17

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod (1953)

  • Excerpt: Stalag 17’s theatrical roots were allowed to remain overt, as if Wilder was challenging himself to deliver a study in compression and discipline, as well as working through the fallout of his first real flop and contemplating his own artistic sensibility…

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