Reviews: Blow the Man Down (2020)

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  • [New] | Chris Barsanti @
    • Excerpt: The film never veers into wink-wink self-consciousness that its opening might have suggested.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The way Mary Margaret’s old waders hold this little town’s history is an ingenious device and Harpswell, Maine, standing in for the fictional Easter Cove, couldn’t be more steeped in Downeast.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The filmmakers breathe new life into an otherwise familiar setup.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Quietly savage, weirdly funny, this feminist take on crime noir is ferocious in a way that only slowly reveals itself. Conflict and compassion wax and wane in a mystery that isn’t quite what it seems.
  • Charlie Juihl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This Maine seaport set crime noir is far too linear and no-nonsense to spur much mystery. The biggest twist is there isn’t one.

Reviews: Bloodshot (2020)

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  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: derivative lump of lethargy that taints the thrill of the plot twist, and renders an action sequence in plummeting elevators dully predictable
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The special effects are excellent and the action sequences are good with an original flavour due to their unique superhuman abilities, but tthe lack of emotion means it all could’ve been much better.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Incoherent action sequences and strained sci-fi woo-woo can’t save a clueless mashup of Robocop, The Matrix, and Captain America that makes a mockery of its protagonist. Deeply terrible.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: …relentlessly convoluted. The bio-engineered banality featured in Diesel’s vanity film project will make one’s weary eyes reflect this indulgent action thriller’s movie title.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: Bloodshot may be full of been-there-done-that, but it delivers exactly what it promises: a high-octane blast of popcorn cinema.

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

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Insiang

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews (1978)

  • Excerpt: You can almost smell the garbage in the street!

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com (1939)

  • Excerpt: What works in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is mostly due to the performers, not the material with which they are working. They were able to melt this icy cold heart just a little, which is one of the reasons I’m so enamored of the movies in the first place.

RoboGeisha

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (2009)

  • Excerpt: … this is a movie that doesn’t simply posit the existence of cybernetic butt-swords; it explicitly demonstrates how awkward a duel would be when the contestants have to crane their necks over their shoulders and backpedal into each to parry and thrust (while muttering, “how embarrassing”).

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

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #20: Post-Apocalypse Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

This Movie Is Streaming Only. Should We Lower Our Expectations?

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

Werner Herzog sobre Family Romance, LLC: “Já não sabemos o que é realidade, mentira ou fake news’

Paulo Portugal @ [Portuguese]

Festivals: General Coverage

Berlinale: 70 anos celebrados por uma competição de nomes de culto

Paulo Portugal @ [Portuguese]

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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This Week at the Movies (Mar. 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: Mar. 20, 2020
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2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Hunt (2020)

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  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: a black comedy that dissects not just the inherent evils of the class system but also of the, admittedly exaggerated (or is it?) outcome of unchecked wealth in conflict with the powerless, but discontented, poor.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a survivalist horror satire skewering the worst elements of both sides of the U.S. political divide… more popcorn entertainment with some gore ladled on than a serious attempt to get people thinking
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: As a satire, The Hunt is toothless in its impact and utterly incoherent in its messaging. Thankfully, it’s still a very entertaining actioner with a fantastic lead performance.
  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • Charlie Juihl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If experiencing a film where political opponents finally step out from behind their keyboards and start killing each other is what America needs to return to a more civilized tone, then The Hunt is a uniter, not a divider.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: This is an example of why no one should ever judge a movie without actually having seen it first.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: …[a] shoddy survivalist exploitation flick…not grounded in depth or dimension to give this blurry slice-and-dice suspense piece any genuine meaty intrigue beyond its choppy pokes at exaggerated blood spats and occasional schlocky chuckles.

Reviews: Swallow (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bennett… is the real deal as a woman imprisoned by her own truth until she sets herself free, happier flown her gilded cage, and Mirabella-Davis’s female body control thriller marks him one to watch.
  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Half a century ago, this would have been radical. Today, it’s banal. The slick postwar aesthetic is emblematic of a male filmmaker’s understanding of women that exists only through dated stereotypes.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: With Haley Bennett’s outstanding work at the center, the film is a true stunner.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: [Bennett] perfectly embodies the zombie-like motions that result from existing in this purgatorial limbo [and] the naked suffering underneath.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: Swallow certainly echoes the intricate tendencies of a feminine lost soul left to her hidden mental devices. Absorbing, contemplative and probing…low-key but potent in its dramatic portrait
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Carlo Mirabella-Davis has style to burn and he puts that to effective use throughout Swallow. The production design, look, and feel of his movie are vivid and impeccable. It’s the inconsistent tone and poor character development that lets Swallow down.

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

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Terror Firmer

Gregory J. Smalley @ (1999)

  • Excerpt: Terror Firmer’ is gross and busy rather than shocking and witty.

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

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #19: The Best of Guy Pearce

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Just in the Minuscule Things That Happen in a Day: Kelly Reichardt on “First Cow”

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: I was taking an Indian cinema class and the Satyajit Ray films had the same sort of thing where they somehow told stories, big picture stories, but all about family, and just in the minuscule things that happen in a day.

Premature Is A Coming-Of-Age Love Story That Never Undermines Its Heroine

Candice Frederick @ Elle

We Want to Tell Personal Stories; Pixar’s Kelsey Mann on Onward

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: There’s something so appealing about watching these two incredible actresses in the car together. We really liked the balance between the two boys doing their thing and these two incredible women doing their thing as the B story.

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Mar. 13, 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: Mar. 13, 2020

Limited (United States)

Big Time Adolescence

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

Big Time Adolescence

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It might be covering familiar thematic ground, but the emotions and relationships still ring true. Pete Davidson leaves a strong, impactful impression.

The Dog Doc

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An information-rich documentary about a compassionate and holistic approach to dog care.

The Postcard Killings

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s a compelling enough thriller for the moment you watch it, but isn’t gonna last very long in your mind after you see it. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s performance is what makes it all connect and work.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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