Reviews: Wild Rose (2019)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Tom Harper catches lightning in a bottle with his decision to cast Buckley, who appeared in his 2016 BBC production of ‘War & Peace,’ the young Irish actress running up and down emotional scales while crooning country classics.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Takes the “Star Is Born” formula we’ve seen before, and gives it a level of grit and raw emotional heft that allows it to soar, especially with Jessie Buckley’s terrific performance.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Jessie Buckley is astonishing.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Rose-Lynn is engaged in a tug-of-war between the life she’s always wanted and that which she regrets creating. Choosing one above the other will only guarantee more heartache.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “Wild Rose” is a catchy story you can’t leave, despite the problematic accent for American viewers. The first half of the film could be helped with subtitles, but the story and acting are so strong that the challenge is worth it.
  • [New] | Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com
    • Excerpt: Her character is not very responsible, but her selfishness and carelessness are mitigated by her charm and her passion. Buckley’s performance is captivating and gives the movie a strong claim on your time and your good wishes.
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Shouts of anger and tirades of tears fuel the fights and the vocals churning from Jessie Buckley in what will stand as one of the finest performances of the year.

Reviews: Yesterday (2019)

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

  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An imaginative movie about the magic of the Beatles’ music.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Your enjoyment of this one is going to depend on just how much ludicrousness and laziness you can put up with in Richard “Love Actually” Curtis’s screenplay…
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Yesterday fumbles in its balance between whimsical fantasy and romance, but there is plenty of charm to be found.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits
    • Excerpt: The march of nostalgia porn continues its unrelenting journey into our hearts, minds, and wallets. But hey: it’s the Beatles by way of Danny Boyle, man. You can’t hide your love away.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: “Now I need a place to hide away. Oh, I (don’t) believe in yesterday…”
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: It’s not interested in a world absent the incalculably enormous impact of the Beatles. It’s just a lazy comedy of one running joke, a regular schmoe enjoying unwarranted success, and a blah romance.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: A more than compelling idea about the meaning of music and its universality dog paddles with a vengeance while a romantic-comedy stone fastened to its foot does its best to drown it whole.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: (Screenwriter Richard) Curtis might have found more comic fodder by having Jack try to explain how he could write songs that refer to streets in a city where he doesn’t live or why he’s performing “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” which fell before he was born.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A fun, breezy story packed with great music.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: It takes some rad songs and makes them… well, not better, but not worse either.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Yesterday therefore becomes an embattled war between its two halves: [a] hilarious high-concept alternate universe [and a] generic love story.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: While Yesterday is quite enjoyable, I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that much more could have been done with such a rich idea to help it come together better.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: Yesterday is one of the most surprisingly delightful films in recent memory, a cinematic hug wrapped up in the songs which make us sing.
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Brush off the eye-rolling salt and you will find beaming smiles of sugar. That is the kind of serendipitous territory this movie zips through for the love letter of love letters to great music and the connecting pop culture we cherish.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: The long and winding ‘Yesterday’ never really comes together.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Joy of music in each scene glows. The Beatles genius through it flows. YESTERDAY mines this gold so well, we must fall under its sweet spell.

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

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

Best of Lists

Summer Preview

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org/Español [Spanish]

Interviews

Interview with Alfonso Cuarón

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org/Español [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Interview with the Mexican director, winner of two Oscars for best Director

Mindy Kaling’s moment continues ….

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: While Mindy Kaling won an Emmy for co-writing an episode of The Office, she entered the public consciousness without saying a word at all.

The Perfection

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: I don’t mind shocking people, director Richard Shepard says from Los Angeles. “I’m always in love with a movie that presses my buttons in some way because it becomes memorable and interesting.”

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 24, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Airplane! / Top Secret!

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia [1980, 1984]

  • Excerpt: Perhaps the deepest source of Airplane!’s specific pep lay in its driving sense of ironic contrast, between the slick neatness of Hollywood narrative and the bizarre lilt of modern American life circa 1980.

The Green Slime

Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique [1968]

  • Excerpt: Although the steaming pile of electrified goo that is The Green Slime never coalesces into anything resembling a good movie, it nevertheless demands attention for two reasons having little to do with the usual “so bad it’s good” assessment.

John Wick [Croatian]

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [2014]

The Last Run

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod [1971]

  • Excerpt: Well predating Walter Hill’s The Driver (1978) as the granddaddy of getaway driver action flicks like Drive (2011) and Baby Driver (2017), The Last Run is a film badly in need of appreciation.

The Running Man

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee [1963]

  • Excerpt: Even though Reed would realize critical and commercial success just a few years later with Oliver!, it is The Running Man that can be said to be his last truly personal film.

This Week at the Movies (Jun. 21, 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: Jun. 21, 2019

Wide (United States)

Child’s Play

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Toy Story 4

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Wild Rose

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Director Tom Harper catches lightning in a bottle with his decision to cast Buckley, who appeared in his 2016 BBC production of ‘War & Peace,’ the young Irish actress running up and down emotional scales while crooning country classics.

Wild Rose

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Takes the “Star Is Born” formula we’ve seen before, and gives it a level of grit and raw emotional heft that allows it to soar, especially with Jessie Buckley’s terrific performance.

Wild Rose

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rose-Lynn is engaged in a tug-of-war between the life she’s always wanted and that which she regrets creating. Choosing one above the other will only guarantee more heartache.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Child’s Play (2019)

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Reviews: Toy Story 4 (2019)

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

  • Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique
    • Excerpt: Adding a dash of creepiness to the usual formula, Toy Story 4 exceeds expectations by – ahem – toying with them.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This fourth entry in a series parents, at least, have long recognized as dealing with love and mortality, is a spiritual allegory that finds Woody submitting to an ‘organ transplant’ to give new life to another before ascending to his own version of heaven.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: A fantastic addition to the series that’s full of heart, humor, pathos in classic Pixar fashion.
  • [New] | Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Pixar has done it again. ‘Toy Story’ 4 is a visionary dream.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The series’ saving grace is that, with humor and heart so beautifully wise and stunningly rendered (CGI pun intended), even as returns diminish, a new chapter is still warm and smartly entertaining.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: What a stunning finale to a magnificent group of films.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: While [this] many cooks will always give a discerning viewer pause as to a finished product’s quality, Toy Story 4 was somehow baked to perfection.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The actors are certainly game to be as strong as ever in their vocal performances, which has Toy Story 4 working effectively as an animated character study, but the film is also flat-out hysterical.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • Kevin Ranson @ MovieCrypt.com
    • Excerpt: Fun but oddly forgettable, it’s a sequel you didn’t ask for with an ending you’ll still enjoy… now with more endings than a Stephen King novel.
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Despite the immense talent shining from the recording studio and the animation workshop, the traits and choices of Toy Story 4 lack being worthwhile.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Almost a decade on from ‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Toy Story 4’ shows the franchise hasn’t lost an ounce of shine. A little messy but this fourth installment is still gorgeous, inside and out. A marvel.

Reviews: Late Night (2019)

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

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Kaling wrote for lead Emma Thompson, who herself began in stand-up and a television sketch show, and the actress walks a tricky line, creating an entertaining public facade, a boss-from-hell workplace persona and a thoroughly sympathetic private character.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are stellar, bringing the sharp and witty script to life with great humor and nuance, even if its reach ultimately exceeds its grasp.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The deliciously entertaining Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling take center stage in a comedy about women in a male-dominated world. Laugh-until-you-cry and witheringly funny, often even keenly skewering.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Paste Magazine
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Consistently funny and engagingly smart.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Late Night [teaches] inclusivity and diversity as a means of reinvigorating creativity. [It] falls short of [its] potential, but the good still easily outweighs the bad.
  • [New] | Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com
    • Excerpt: The queen of Late Night is Emma Thompson, whose character’s impeccable timing and dry-as-gin wit makes you wonder why she hasn’t been dominating the late-night TV talk show scene for the last quarter century. Thompson could be a dark horse contender when the Oscars come around.

Reviews: Brightburn (2019)

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

  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: a 20-minute story stretched to feature-length with tedious swaths that may have been intended as suspense, but instead feel like so much padding to increase the running time
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Arguably simplistic to a fault, but as a slasher film, it’s a lot of nasty fun.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Superman, but he’s evil. That’s the whole movie. This is a depiction of violent entitled sociopathy that may think it’s critiquing toxic masculinity yet is indistinguishable from a celebration of it.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: This is an ambitious attempt to merge the underbelly of the superhero craze with the ubiquitous broadness of horror but the whole misfire is as futile as Superman licking a Kryptonite postal stamp.
  • [New] | Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Brightburn’ has a great premise but not enough thrills to wade through.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 18, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

Top 10 Films of SIFF 2019

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

Interviews

Interview With Göran Lundström, Oscar Nominee For Best Makeup and Hairstyle for Border

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [English and Portuguese]

Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Nell Minow @ Medium

  • Excerpt: I think it was important to see two males being gentle with each other and especially for black men because we always feel like you have to be this masculine tough guy or something or you can’t show your feelings to your friend so I think more particularly with black men that was important to show a friendship like that.

Festivals: General Coverage

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