From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 25, 2019)

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

Interviews

Mr. Rogers’ Compulsive Intimacy: The Writers Behind A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: I’ve really come to look at interviews that I do with people as a profound human experience and I try to honor that in the things that I write. I always had a hunch that there was something more going on in an interview than me just asking questions and people answering but Fred’s the person who confirmed that for sure.

Awards Coverage

2019 Oscar Nominations Predictions: November

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round One #14

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 15-17, 2019

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Production Design, 2011

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Precursor: 31st PGA Documentary Nominations

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Precursor: 35th Spirit Award Nominations

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Precursor: 62nd Grammy Award Nominations

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 25, 2019)

This Week at the Movies (Nov. 22, 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: DATE

Wide (United States)

21 Bridges

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Frozen II

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Limited (United States)

Dark Waters

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Haynes makes a radical departure from the lushly produced period films where he’s explored the personal ramifications of societal norms with this bleak investigative procedural laying bare the personal ramifications of taking on corporate America.

Dark Waters

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: I am either all for a solid legal thriller that succeeds because of the craft or just a big fan of movies where Mark Ruffalo gets to a breaking point, shouting, “They knew!” at a co-worker.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Continue reading This Week at the Movies (Nov. 22, 2019)

Reviews: Honey Boy (2019)

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Reviews: The Laundromat (2019)

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Reviews: Last Christmas (2019)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Last Christmas isn’t Paul Feig’s best by any stretch, especially after coming off something as great as A Simple Favor, but it’s still a lovely and amusing rom-com that is also a fairly solid Christmas movie in its own right thanks to its charming leads.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Love and life are pain, the glitz and sparkle of Christmas are but a momentary reprieve from it, and everything is pretty much unrelentingly awful. But Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding are adorable!
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Coming out more than a month before Kris Kringle is scheduled to make worldwide deliveries, Last Christmas is the sort of gift one can’t return. Not only is the receipt missing, but there are enough charming moments to almost make up for the arid stretches between them.
  • Mike McClelland @ Spectrum Culture
    • Excerpt: Emilia Clarke is in desperate need of better material.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A picture that touches your heart and jump-starts your holiday spirit.

Reviews: The Report (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Cross cutting back and forth between the present dreary institutional settings of the U.S. government in Washington D.C. and the past horrors of unidentified black sites…Burns creates atmospheres of hidden secrets, one light the other dark.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Director Scott Z. Burns champions the untested crusader vs. powerful vested interests more concerned with protection rather than any sort of truth seeing the light of day.
  • [New (11/28/19)] | Vince Mancini @ Uproxx
    • Excerpt: The Report is The Insider for torture.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The information itself is dramatic and tense regardless of whether the lead has the capacity to add more to it than an incredulous face.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Driver dominates this film with nuanced understandings of his place in all of this, let alone having enough confidence to show how doing less can mean much more.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘The Report’ is technically a fine movie, and one that not-accidentally resembles many an award-winning journalistic procedural, but its levelheadedness and emotionally flat approach can be its worst enemy and keep audiences from engaging in its moral plight.

Reviews: 21 Bridges (2019)

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  • [New (11/28/19)] | Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • [New (11/28/19)] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Bland, predictable cop and crime clichés lacking all urgency and any of the claustrophobia that should come from its high-concept premise. Shutting down Manhattan has zero impact on anything here.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Even if 21 Bridges doesn’t find a way to mask its familiar story beats, I enjoyed the rhythm of what was being presented.
  • [New (11/28/19)] | Frank Ochieng @
    • Excerpt: In the toothless cop caper 21 Bridges, the usually charismatic Boseman dons a tarnished badge in a cliched police procedural handcuffed by its rudimentary rhythms.

Reviews: Marriage Story (2019)

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Reviews: Frozen II (2019)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @
    • Excerpt: Frozen II is a pointless sequel to the massive Frozen, a needless venture Into the Unknown. Even that one could forgive if there were any good songs in it.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If “Frozen” yawed toward fairy tale romance threatened by magic, its sequel rights the ship with magic bringing everyone back down to earth.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: A touch messier than the simple charms of the original, but the love for the characters is still there, and it’s still just as joyous and with an added sense of adventure.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: THis sequel is best when it isn’t trying to top the first film, but offers something totally different. Kristoff’s 80s influenced “Lost in the Woods” is the greatest power pop ballad that REO Speedwagon never sang.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s magic here, and elemental spirits, but no magic and nothing elemental, metaphorically speaking. Rote and smaller than its predecessor. Even the songs are bland and forgettable.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: An enchanted forest takes care of everyone’s arc of discovery and self-actualization, but this sequel outshines the original – even though there is no “Let It Go” follow-on.
  • Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com
    • Excerpt: Frozen II is funny, exciting, sad, romantic, and silly.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The whole is far from perfect, but the good does outweigh the bad like its predecessor. [And] human compassion reigns supreme.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Despite having a collection of new ideas, songs, and terrific animation, I couldn’t let go of the story issues holding this film back from greater success.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: The sure-to-be-popular Disney sequel checks pretty much all the boxes a good sequel should, going in a darker (though still highly risk-averse) direction in a follow-up that cannot really live up to its predecessor.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Reviews: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: In one of the film’s best scenes, we see Hanks as Rogers discuss the importance of a beloved childhood toy and cannot help but recognize the irony of “Toy Story’s” Woody telling us this.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: A remarkable picture on all fronts, and an alarmingly healing and borderline spiritual experience. Like the show itself, the film doesn’t play things completely sweet, and will dive headfirst into heavy and complicated emotional territory that is upfront about the way it can challenge us.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Mister Rogers is inherently compelling as a person. Unfortunately, this is a biography about Lloyd Vogel.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: This wonder of a film wrecked me. In the best possible way. It directly confronts cynicism and misanthropy, and asks us to let them go if we can. I really needed its message. The whole world does now.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Every generation, decade, and year probably feels like the worst one there has ever been, and 2019 has its fair share of supporting arguments to lay claim to that inauspicious title; therefore, get out there and watch a film which will most likely make you want to be a better person, and most importantly, not better for yourself, but toward your fellow man.
  • Nell Minow @ moviemom.com
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s feel-good nature assures us of what Lloyd will do with the “mad he has inside,” but what you do with yours is still unknown.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Hanks and Rhys are in fine form, and the real surprise I found was Heller’s stylish direction, which made the experience of seeing this film all the richer.

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