From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 12, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

Your GLOW Playlist: The Show’s Ten Best Musical Moments

Chris Feil @ Primetimer

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Day and Night

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Perhaps the best accomplishment of Fujii’s film is that its questions are never easy. It genuinely challenges the viewer.

A Good Woman is Hard to Find

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: A Good Woman is Hard to Find does a stellar job at subverting the typically male revenge film

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Aug. 9, 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: Aug. 9, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Brian Banks

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The Kitchen

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Limited (United States)

After the Wedding

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An emotionally literate drama in which the characters must deal with their past and present choices.

One Child Nation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a horrifying look at state sanctioned kidnapping and murder and human rights violations against women whose effects are still being felt by families today even as they defend the practice.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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Reviews: The Kitchen (2019)

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Reviews: Brian Banks (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Aldis Hodge’s fine performance has been done a disservice with pedestrian filmmaking…Brian Banks deserved better, not only from the American justice system, but from this paint-by-the-numbers film.
  • Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s plenty injustice here to enrage the thinking, feeling citizen, but despite a passionate performance by charismatic Aldis Hodge, this docudrama is nowhere near incensed enough on his behalf.
  • Don Shanahan @ 25YL
    • Excerpt: Brian Banks offers a patient and earned dose of victory that feels awfully nice and hopeful for this day and age.

Reviews: Hail Satan? (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lane builds an entertaining and thought provoking case for The Satanic Temple. I know I was won over, enthusiastically so, but…be aware that these folks, while definitely edgy individualists, should not be confused with the Church of Satan
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ Hail Satan?
    • Excerpt: Hilarious, provocative look at the wonderfully profane rebels of the culture wars who, with tongue in cheek but seriously, too, are trolling fundie-Christian America with their delicious blasphemies.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [Lane’s] film is a platform to cut through the laughter and protests by Christian celebrities that galvanize their ranks when it should expose the hate and entitlement at their back.
  • Adam Patterson @ Film Pulse
  • [New] | Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

Reviews: The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: by couching the story from a dog’s point of view overlaid with racing metaphors, it becomes something novel and Curtis and company apply just the right amount of magic.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Fails not because it tries its hardest to turn on the waterworks, which it will for a large portion of the theater, but because its methods are so overt and land with all the subtlety of an anvil on top of someone’s head.

Reviews: The Farewell (2019)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s not a bad film by any means, just not as good as I keep getting told it is.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Wang excels with this mixture of levity and heart tugs, personified in Mr. Li, Nai Nai’s dismissively treated live-in boyfriend who shuffles about like a ghost, attending to her needs.
  • [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Farewell is a movie of dichotomies — Chinese culture and American culture, parents and children, mourning and celebrating, youth and old age — that appropriately straddles the line between drama and comedy.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Every once in awhile an authentic reminiscence can capture our attention without requiring a complicated plot or melodramatic performances. It’s the depth of emotion that charms our heart.
  • Nguyen Le @ InSession Film
    • Excerpt: In a time where the Big™ inhales the Small™, here’s a film that refuses to be so — financially, culturally and narratively — and becomes a HAH! that turns heads. It also presents us with the struggle to find a more human and fulfilling story in 2019.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: To watch [everyone’s] internal war through their expressions is what makes The Farewell such an unforgettable cinematic treat of resonant catharsis.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: One of the finest family comedy-dramas to come along in some time.
  • Ruben Peralta Rigaud @ [Spanish]
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Drawing from a deeply personal story, director Lulu Wang’s sophomore feature film shines comedy into drama on a culturally unique situation of gallows humor.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Reviews: Astronaut (2019)

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Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 6, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Algie, the Miner

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (1912) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Algie Allmore has one year to prove he’s a man in order to wed Harry Lyons’ daughter.

Bad Blood

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (1934) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A young man-about-Paris, cut off from his father’s money, falls in with a picaresque gang of car thieves.

Bullying

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (2009) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Jordi is a teenager who recently lost his father and who , next to his mother, decides to move to another city to start a new life. At first everything seems fine , but the fate in store …

Gaslight

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (1944) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

Good Night, and Good Luck.

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (2005) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

The Hitcher

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture.com (1986)

Joan the Maid 1 and 2: The Battles and the Prisons

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Alliance of Women Film Journalists (1994)

  • Excerpt: Joan the Maid provides an accurate and complete version of a story best known to many of us only in terms of her fiery martyrdom. Jacques Rivette’s humanizing chronicle brings Joan back to life without disturbing her religious mystery.

Little Nicholas

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (2009) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Going Back To School Is Great!

Love’s Berries

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (1926) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Jean, the hairdresser, is flabbergasted: what is that baby his girlfriend Lisa has put in his arms out of the blue? The fruit of love? Out of the question…

The Mill and the Cross

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (2011) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel’s painting. The theme of Christ’s suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

Robin Hood

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (2010) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

The Strange Case of Angelica

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Critico (2010) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter.

Vertigo

Betty Jo Tucker @ Reel Talk Reviews (1958)

  • Excerpt: Vertigo fan wants more respect for Hitchock’s haunting psychological thriller.

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