This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 24, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

John Wick

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St. Vincent

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Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 24, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

John Wick

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Housebound (2014)

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Published on: October 23, 2014

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Reviews: John Wick (2014)

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Published on: October 23, 2014

john_wickReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/24/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Fast, fun, and with care taken on elements outside of the requisite action sequences, it’s a film that succeeds in generally conquering the fatigue of its own familiarity.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: When Reeves, who seems to be challenging Cruise in the ‘what, me 50?’ do-my-own-stunts department, gets back in gear, he’s like a ghost warrior, twirling, rolling, spinning, stabbing, firing on all cylinders so quickly he’s gone before the bodies drop.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film is really a study of efficiency—not only in its characters and plotting but also in how its hero works.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘John Wick’ Features A Bunch Of Awesome Fighting…And Not Much More
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: John Wick is a slick, funny and brutally intense flick that does everything it seeks to do just right.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If you want to make a film with Keanu Reeves out for blood, I am all for it, but please, spend the extra four minutes it takes writing your screenplay to give him more plausible motivation than some goons killing his dead wife’s puppy dog present.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Straightforward, bare-bones stuff as the plot goes, “John Wick” embraces the basic, stalk-and-kill structure of a hit list with a knowing sense of humor, full-tilt pacing, and efficient, no-frills plotting. Quite simply, it’s a badass blast.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: At every juncture, ‘John Wick’ asks “what would be the most awesome thing that could happen here,” and it does that.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: John Wick is the latest in a recent spate of old-men-seek-vengeance vehicles for aging action stars, like the aforementioned Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington movies, or any number of choices Liam Neeson has made since the first Taken. I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb, though, to say that John Wick is my favorite of any of these.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Efficient and stylish, rattling off genre conventions with aplomb.

Reviews: Listen Up, Philip (2014)

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Published on: October 23, 2014

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Happy Birthday: Shannon Hood

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Published on: October 23, 2014

OFCS member Shannon Hood celebrates her birthday today, October 23. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Frothy Girlz and Film Junk.

The Grab Bag (Oct. 21, 2014)

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Published on: October 21, 2014

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

Interviews

After Torture: Kathy Berger talks about working with torture survivors to make Beneath The Blindfold.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

David Ayer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Director David Ayer describes the brain-spilling scene he thought was too violent for his ultra-violent WWII movie ‘Fury.’

Dear White People Writer-Director Justin Simien

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

James Marsden

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Judge Writer-Director David Dobkin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Judy Greer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Don’t worry, Judy Greer had trouble sympathizing with her ‘Men, Women and Children’ character too.

Zane, Writer of “Addicted”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 20, 2014)

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Published on: October 20, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

All That Jazz

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …doesn’t really start high-kicking until the heart attack strikes and Gideon’s anesthesia-induced musical fantasies kick in.

Black Sunday

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Brides of Dracula

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: A fiercely concentrated and lushly executed work of Hammer’s peculiar brand of Technicolor Gothic.

Grace Kelly Collection

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The few times her directors were able to tap into that certain…something true movie stars possess, her visceral effect was palpable. However, as an actress….

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour.Being essentially a film for two voices, Hiroshima Mon Amour lends itself to the monologue or solo recitative.

The Kid

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “The Kid” is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form.

Rubin and Ed

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Crispin Glover playing something very near the Crispin Glover-iest character ever written.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Happy Birthday: Aiden Redmond

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Published on: October 20, 2014

OFCS member Aiden Redmond celebrates his birthday today, October 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cut the Crap.

Happy Birthday: Sarah Gopaul

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OFCS member Sarah Gopaul celebrates her birthday today, October 20. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Digital Journal and Examiner.com.

Happy Birthday: David Ehrlich

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Published on: October 19, 2014

OFCS member David Ehrlich celebrates his birthday today, October 19. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Film.com and Reverse Shot.

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 17-19, 2014)

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Published on: October 18, 2014

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: October 17-19, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Best of Me

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The Book of Life

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Fury

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Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

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St. Vincent

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Limited (United States)

Algorithms

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Sight-challenged Indian teenagers push to become championship chess players in this disappointingly slight, surface-dwelling documentary.

Birdman

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Camp X-Ray

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.

Dear White People

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Listen Up, Philip

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: an aggravating, arrogant, and entertaining portrait of the toxicity of ill-suited relationships and the narcissistic danger of letting success consume your livelihood.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [T]he film’s single-minded depiction of Philip’s poisonous personality is almost as fascinating as the character is unpleasant.

[New Today] Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Watchers of the Sky

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: The documentary, ‘Watchers of the Sky,’ examines the history of genocide and the continued efforts of a few individuals to end the cycle of violence.

Young Ones

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Mike Everleth

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Published on: October 18, 2014

OFCS member Mike Everleth celebrates his birthday today, October 18. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Underground Film Journal.

Happy Birthday: Mike Bracken

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Published on: October 18, 2014

OFCS member Mike Bracken celebrates his birthday today, October 18. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Movies.com and E-Pinions.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 17-19, 2014)

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Published on: October 17, 2014

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: October 17-19, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Best of Me

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Book of Life

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Fury

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

St. Vincent

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Algorithms

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Sight-challenged Indian teenagers push to become championship chess players in this disappointingly slight, surface-dwelling documentary.

Birdman

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Camp X-Ray

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.

Dear White People

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Listen Up, Philip

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: an aggravating, arrogant, and entertaining portrait of the toxicity of ill-suited relationships and the narcissistic danger of letting success consume your livelihood.

Young Ones

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Samuel Castro

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Published on: October 17, 2014

OFCS member Samuel Castro celebrates his birthday today, October 17. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Ochoy Medio.

Reviews: 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

20000_days_on_earthReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Goth rocker turned postmodern bluesman Nick Cave turns himself inside-out for this transformative, electrifying documentary about the dark and often mundane wizardry of creativity.
  • [New - 10/9/14] | Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New - 10/10/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: One of the most aggressively self-indulgent things you’ll ever come across, and without anything resembling a story it eventually becomes a chore to sit through; memories of Bob Dylan’s infamous Renaldo and Clara occasionally sprang to mind.
  • [New - 10/16/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: …an astonishing dissection of why Nick Cave does what he does…his songs have been full of confessions, both clear-eyed and abstract, yet he’s never delved so deep nor shared so much.

Reviews: The Best of Me (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

best_of_meReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/16/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Best of Me isn’t too bad for the majority of its time-crossing story, which means the movie is better than the majority of movies based upon Sparks’ work.
  • [New - 10/16/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New - 10/16/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: After the utter insanity that was the final twist of Safe Haven, I didn’t think Sparks could possibly top himself; he doesn’t (how could anything top that film’s Sixth Sense-like reveal?), but the filmmakers handle the idiotic resolution here with such unblinking sincerity that we can’t help but laugh at what we’re seeing onscreen.
  • [New - 10/16/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Every time you go to a new movie based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, you do so believing that it can’t be as bad as the last, but somehow they always manage to exceed one’s lowest expectations.

Reviews: Birdman (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

birdmanReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/23/14] | Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: A onetime Hollywood superhero takes a stab at respectability by adapting Raymond Carver’s writings to Broadway in Iñárritu’s hallucinogenic satire of the entertainment industry.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Exploding with a vibrant, restless energy, it’s one of those films able to manage the tricky balancing act of melding a real life persona with an allegorical dress.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Some fresh takes on midlife crises, celebrities in America, and the wild popularity of the social media.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Iñárritu displays a flair for comedy and shows off great technical skill but his high wire act always has that carnival barker in the background.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Despite Keaton’s real life decision to rise above the expectations connected to stardom, his investment of autobiographical details into his performance is an acknowledgement that artists at any level cannot easily ignore criticism when they are so tied into their vehicle for expression.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Here is a biting dissection of people whose egos must be big enough to compensate for their soul-crushing insecurities.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Birdman’ Is A Perfect Blend of Technical Filmmaking And Artistic Storytelling…With A Superhero
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Birdman is a remarkable achievement on both sides of the camera, and it’s going to be tough for any film to compete with it as the best of the year.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Birdman’s script is tight and intricate, the actors bringing it to life and on the top of their game, and the result is one of the best movies of the year. My biggest problem is firmly declaring whether Birdman is very good or great.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Birdman provides a thought-provoking and inventive exploration of artistry, family, and the difference between power, popularity, and prestige.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Each year, only a handful of films really evoke a “wow” or blow one away. There is a frisson in seeing a motion picture so original, unclassifiable and rule-breaking that it invigorates. For 2014, meet “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: For all there is to praise in ‘Birdman,’ a movie convinced of it’s own cleverness, there is always a ‘but’ looming.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Kristy Puchko @ Kristy Puchko
    • Excerpt: There’s a splendid lunacy to Birdman. It radiates with emotion and energy, spinning through its continuous editing style with an elegance and ego that is intoxicating.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A savage satire of Hollywood celebrity gone to seed…delivered with an irresistible degree of cinematic panache.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Birdman is a relentlessly focused film, a voyeuristic scramble through Riggan’s troubled production as opening night approaches.

Reviews: The Book of Life (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

book_of_lifeReviews for this film from our members:

  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: I don’t know about you and your kids, but after watching The Book of Life, I couldn’t WAIT to die. It certainly looks like a serious improvement on everything I’m doing right now.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If only the story, which includes an awkwardly defined character called Candle Maker voiced by Ice Cube(?!), were up to its visuals.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: While not the animation game-changer that THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS may have been, THE BOOK OF LIFE perhaps has even more room to grow into a classic in the coming years. And curiously it has a similar pedigree.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Here is a movie of impressive imagination and surprising sympathy that still winds up feeling like the product of less pure intentions.
  • Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • [New - 10/24/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The animation is fresh, unique, and gorgeous. But we don’t need another tale of a man having exciting adventures while a woman waits around to marry him.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: n this global and interconnected time, I suppose it is about time a Mexican fairy tale complete with Mexican traditions, culture, and its people find a place on the big screen.
  • Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Despite revolving around a formulaic love story and a climactic battle with a largely inconsequential villain, The Book of Life carves out a stunning visual niche and a fantastic world full of memorable characters that provides a different perspective than the typical animated feature.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: A real livewire…
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Kristy Puchko @ Kristy Puchko
    • Excerpt: Kids will likely eat up this candy-colored confection offered up just in time for Halloween/Day of the Dead. But Fox Animation still lacks that something extra, that compelling plot and jaw-dropping level of animation detail that makes their movies a must-see for anyone over the age of ten.

Reviews: Fury (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

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Reviews: The Good Lie (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

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Reviews: Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

nas_time_is_illmaticReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 10/2/14] | Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • [New - 10/9/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: A celebration of the seminal album’s 20th anniversary, but also a dissection of the influences that allowed a street poet like Nas to create such an influential album.
  • [New - 10/10/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: “Life’s a Bitch” are apt words to describe Queensbridge, but for some folks out there, it is home.
  • [New - 10/2/14] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: An engaging document of how – and, more importantly, why – this particular album had such an impact.
  • [New - 10/2/14] | Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a look at the influential album twenty years later, doesn’t feel like the complete account that some may want, but it is a sharp and entertainment profile of an important artist.

Reviews: St. Vincent (2014)

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Published on: October 16, 2014

st_vincentReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The big tearjerker ending is maudlin and manipulative, which would be a bigger problem if it didn’t totally get me anyway, sniff sniff. In that sequence, and throughout the movie, Murray elevates the material — but the scene itself is a bit worrisome, since it is, in essence, a celebration of Bill Murray, and that kind of pandering isn’t what we like about him, as a personality or an actor.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Melfi puts in a bit more elbow grease in this tried and true concoction, to make an effective, though utterly formulaic film.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: St. Vincent would not be nearly as endearing with a different actor in the title role.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It gives us a character who is completely unlikeable on the surface, and without changing a thing about who the character is, the film dares us not to like him by the end.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Steven Greydanus @ Crux
    • Excerpt: “St. Vincent” is a movie essentially without a single surprise, which doesn’t make it disagreeable.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Bill Murray engraves his name with authority on the growing list of movie adults who should be banned from interacting with children. Picture Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa, Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, and to make sure the charges stick, we must not forget any man who has played Humbert Humbert as he helps ‘guide’ Lolita through those tough adolescent years.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: What one will find nice and heartwarming, another will find forced and cloying, but “St. Vincent” is the definition of a perfectly pleasant crowd-pleaser done well enough.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: riter/director Theodore Melfi’s major-league debut is hard to dislike and certainly will work as a crowd-pleaser for folks looking to warm their hearts. For all the salty language and Vin’s rowdy lifestyle, there is a nice message here and a genuine sense of inclusion.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Bill Murray’s irascibility, even at the most mawkish moments, is enough to save the picture from drowning in a sea of sentimentality.

Reviews: Whiplash (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: October 16, 2014

whiplashReviews for this film from our members:

  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: To Chazelle’s credit, he asks questions seriously and seriously ponders the myriad outcomes. In the end, though, his film never uses its fangs enough for the questions to leave a mark.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Damien Chazelle begins his film with a black screen, the sound of a drumbeat escalating into a frenzy, before we see Andrew isolated with his kit at the end of a hall. Tunnel vision. In one brief moment, Chazelle’s set his primary theme.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The greatest testament to Chazelle’s accomplishment with these characters is that we dread what’s still to come for them.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Whiplash’ Is The Most Exciting Band Geek Movie Ever
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Not since Black Swan have the body modifying rigors generated from one’s dedication to an artistic discipline, been rendered so graphically on film.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Instead of metronomes and Mr. Holland’s Opus, the audience plows ahead into an edge of your seat thriller.
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Never would one expect a film like “Whiplash” about discipline and raw talent in the world of jazz music to be as brutal and emotionally distressing as a blood sport. Miles Teller is fiercely riveting and J.K. Simmons is nothing short of unforgettable.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New - 10/24/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Unfortunately, there is some third-act silliness on the way to that finale that nearly kicks Whiplash‘s legs out from under it. After ushering us into the private space of the band room, Chazelle doesn’t really know how to open that back up and return characters to the real world.
  • [New - 10/23/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Its strength lies in the teaming of Teller and Simmons, who play their scenes together like an inspired jazz duet.
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