This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 19-21, 2014)

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Published on: December 20, 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: December 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annie

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Expanding (United States)

Wild

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Limited (United States)

Mr. Turner

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Dec. 19-21, 2014)

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Published on: December 19, 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: December 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annie

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Wild

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Limited (United States)

Mr. Turner

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Annie (2014)

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Published on: December 18, 2014

annieReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 12/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Gluck’s whipped up a cute, frothy concoction for family holiday viewing. In one of the few new songs written for this second screen version, ‘Opportunity,’ Wallis proves more than capable of carrying a tune.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Although the venerable sugar shock-inducer has been reimagined by a new creative team including director and co-writer Will Gluck (“Easy A,” “Friends With Benefits”) and producers Will Smith and Jay-Z, it remains “Annie” and all dietary warnings remain in full force and effect. If anything, this uneven,updated reboot is even more sugar-coated.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Most of its successes and shortcomings are primarily the result of the movie’s own design, and there’s something admirable about that.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A cloying, superficial debacle…
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: “Annie” is sunny, jubilant cotton candy with more than enough painless entertainment value to go around. It might get a hard knock for not always working, but it doesn’t deserve hate mail when you won’t leave the theater without a smile.
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: But if the original Annie means nothing to you, there is a chance this one won’t either.

Reviews: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Published on: December 18, 2014

hobbitReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 12/18/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Peter Jackson finaliza su travesía en seis tramos por la Tierra Media con una propuesta afortunadamente divertida y que pasa en un suspiro. Pero no aporta absolutamente nada que no hayamos visto antes.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 12/5/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: [It is] egregiously besides the point for a story about the folly of war and greed to luxuriate this long on rampant destruction, especially as a byproduct of stretching The Hobbit into three films for monetary gain.
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s taken us just shy of six hours to get here but finally Peter Jackson delivers with the conclusion to his painfully overextended Hobbit trilogy.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine
    • Excerpt: All we’re left with once [Jackson’s] grand plans go awry is the nostalgic tug to return to the textured, lived-in Middle-earth of 2001 before he got around to bulldozing it.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies primarily brings with it a sensation of relief that the muddling and ultimately middling affair is finished.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Peter Jackson creates a satisfying, visually spectacular finale, weaving all the threads together in the bucolic Shire.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New – 12/11/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: I fear that Peter Jackson has been suffering from a similar affliction to the dwarf king’s “dragon sickness”: a compulsive lust for epicness.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The unlikely coincidence of five different armies arriving on the same battlefield all within 30 minutes of one another is a plot hole I am very willing to overlook, but the smashing, throttling, and bludgeoning bass of the enveloping meleé is on the intriguing edge of ho-hum.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: What it also lacks in stand-alone value is made up in its gaggle of spectacular set-pieces and a coda that directly leads into “The Fellowship of the Ring.” At least the last prequel is a worthy companion piece to Peter Jackson’s superior trilogy.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: Rarely has a final battle been so anticlimactic (or padding been so apparent).
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy may never have reached the soaring heights of his ‘Lord of the Rings’ films, but as another chapter of fantasy film history draws to a close with ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’, we are left with the realization: this journey to Middle-earth has left a mark as well.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Don’t get me wrong, I still look forward to the day when all three movies are out on video and someone cuts the saga down to a single movie that sticks closer to Tolkien’s book, but for now I’ll take what I can get, and this isn’t bad.
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Everything ends.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: But while this third Hobbit film may be a fitting finale for the series – and will likely fare better with audiences that took issue with the leisurely pace of the previous films – it’s also the part of the trilogy that suffers most from being chopped into three parts. All payoff with no setup, that battle royale finale can be frequently exhilarating – but just as frequently wearying.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Beyond serving up pure fantasy spectacle and some Tolkienist pandering, Battle primarily concerns the distorting effects of wealth and the power it represents.

Reviews: Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb (2014)

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Published on: December 18, 2014

night_at_the_museumReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 12/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This third installment’s VIP is ‘Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, exhibiting a surprising knack for comedy as Sir Lancelot, but Stiller seems strangely enervated as Larry (his new character, caveman Laaa, is a different story) and Robin Williams, in his last screen appearance, barely there.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Not every movie merits a series, and not every series deserves a fond farewell.
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: There are no revelations to be had here. This is a film that is what most people will expect it to be when they enter the theater.

Reviews: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

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Reviews: Unbroken (2014)

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unbrokenReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 12/5/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The script relies so much on Zamperini’s determination that it never capitalizes on the many dramatic uncertainties that might have turned his story into a timeless nail-biting classic, as opposed to a solemn, respectful salute that lasts more than two hours.
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Jolie and her collaborators clearly have a lot of respect for the story they are telling, but their reverence prevents the film from having much passion, or from cohering into anything like a decent narrative. Instead, it feels like a series of well-shot scenes that happen to follow each other.
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There’s much to recommend here, but at over two hours the production taxes the viewer’s patience after a while. Let’s just say, Unbroken is worth watching once and then never again.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Gimme a break.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: [I]t feels unfair to fault the soft edges of Unbroken since Jolie’s direction favours the light of Zamperini’s tale rather than the darkness from which it emerges.

Happy Birthday: Timothy Brayton

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Published on: December 18, 2014

OFCS member Timothy Brayton celebrates his birthday today, December 18. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Antagonie.

The Grab Bag (Dec. 17, 2014)

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Published on: December 17, 2014

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

Awards Coverage

Oscar Predictions: Round 4 – Golden Globe and SAG Edition

Mullen Pat @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Predictions for the Golden Globe and SAG award nominations.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: The winners and losers from Precursor Season, Week 2

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 5-7, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chance of “Wild”

Interviews

Agyness Deyn – Electricity

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Keeping Room

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Five years after the Michael Caine vehicle Harry Brown hit theaters, director Daniel Barber has returned to the director’s seat with a revisitation to period drama, which he first explored with his Oscar nominated short The Tonto Woman. With The Keeping Room, he, along with Brit Marling, Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld and newcomer Muna Otaru, relive the end of the American Civil War still firmly wrapped in the fraying husks of racism and sexism, yet his tale, penned by first time screenwriter Julia Hart, sees these barriers burned to the ground in a fit of valiantly feminine retaliation.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

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Happy Birthday: Laura Clifford

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Published on: December 17, 2014

OFCS member Laura Clifford celebrates her birthday today, December 17. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.

You can visit her website: Reelign Reviews.

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 16, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Recent Home Video Releases

Judgment at Nuremberg

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Les Blank: Always For Pleasure

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Les Blank: Always For Pleasure is simultaneously sumptuous and gratifying in the same way that stories told by reminiscing grandparents garner nostalgia for a time and place you never knew, yet you feel the heart and soul of this culture now gone still surging on with a strangely natural exuberance. Blank’s ability to capture the sheer joys of life through honest, intimate situations, while capturing a wide view of one’s cultural heritage is absolutely unparalleled. No release this year bears such great historical importance and still possesses the ability to inspire cinematic elation.

Werewolf Woman

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

When The Wind Blows

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Though a work of harsh satirical brutality, When The Wind Blows is a British animated classic that stands upon its clear eyed creative originality as a means to remind us that war may not seem to effect us from its great distance, but it surely does, whether you choose to ignore the facts or not.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

‘The Turning Point’ starts strong but doesn’t fully recognize the good things it has going for it

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

Animosity

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: A specimen of insidious, creeping terror that burrows its way into your brain and haunts your nightmares for weeks.

The Drill Instructor

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 12-14)

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Published on: December 16, 2014

[Editor’s Note: Due to the site outage, this article was postponed (it was originally scheduled to post Saturday morning).]

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: December 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Top Five

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Expanding (United States)

The Pyramid

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Since a genre movie of this type solely relies on who lives and who dies, it’s hard to care when there is such nondescript character development and little to no tension to be found.

Limited (United States)

Inherent Vice

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess

We Are the Giant

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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18th Annual OFCS Awards Announced

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THE ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR THE 2014 OFCS AWARDS

New York, NY – December 15, 2014 – The Online Film Critics Society are proud to announce the winners for the 18th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society is the largest and oldest organization of its kind, and a key catalyst in the expansion of Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS represents over 275 members worldwide.

“This year represented an opportunity to revisit our youth, look toward the future, and search deep inside our souls through the spectacular array of films shown on screen. We found courage, love and heartbreak in this year’s films and we’re proud to be able to honor them,” says OFCS Chair Cole Smithey. [Editor’s Note: This attribution is factually incorrect. The OFCS is run by a three-member Governing Committee, each being equal in position.]

Past OFCS Awards winners that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture include “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Hurt Locker,” “American Beauty,” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Best Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature
The Lego Movie

Best Film Not in the English Language
Two Days, One Night

Best Documentary
Life Itself

Best Director
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best Actor
Michael Keaton – Birdman

Best Actress
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor
Edward Norton – Birdman

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl

Best Editing
Birdman

Best Cinematography
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Non-U.S. Release (non-competitive category)
’71
10,000 km
Entre Nós
Han Gong-ju
Hard to Be a God
The Look of Silence
The Salt of the Earth
What We Do in the Shadows
Timbuktu
The Tribe

Happy Birthday: Anton Bitel

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Published on: December 15, 2014

OFCS member Anton Bitel celebrates his birthday today, December 15. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Little White Lies, Eye for Film and Movies Cope Mag.

Happy Birthday: Steve Biodrowski

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Published on: December 14, 2014

OFCS member Steve Biodrowski celebrates his birthday today, December 14. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Cinefantastique and Hollywood Gothique.

Happy Birthday: Daniel Lackey

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Published on: December 13, 2014

OFCS member Daniel Lackey celebrates his birthday today, December 13. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: The Nightmare Gallery and Forced Viewing.

This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Dec. 12-14, 2014)

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Published on: December 12, 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: December 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Exodus: Gods and Kings

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Top Five

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Expanding (United States)

The Pyramid

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Limited (United States)

Inherent Vice

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Happy Birthday: Dustin Putnam

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Published on: December 12, 2014

OFCS member Dustin Putman celebrates his birthday today, December 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Dustin Putnam and Worst Previews.

Happy Birthday: Panagiotis Gkaris

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Published on: December 12, 2014

OFCS member Panagiotis (Takis) Gkaris celebrates his birthday today, December 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Movies Ltd..

Happy Birthday: Brett Gallman

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Published on: December 12, 2014

OFCS member Brett Gallman celebrates his birthday today, December 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: Oh the Horror and eFilm Critic.

Happy Birthday: Ali Gray

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Published on: December 12, 2014

OFCS member Ali Gray celebrates his birthday today, December 12. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.

You can visit his website: The Shiznit.

Reviews: Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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Published on: December 11, 2014

exodus_gods_and_kingsReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ridley Scott propone una de sus peores películas desde un planteamiento erróneo y apelotonado, además de fallar en la elección de buena parte de su reparto. Bastante mal todo, en general.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: For as many awesome scenes like what we saw in “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Gladiator,” we get just as many scenes featuring Scott’s “Robin Hood” dull style of characterization.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ridley Scott vuelve a tomar el tema del héroe, esta vez desde una perspectiva bíblica, en la que Christian Bale se lleva la mejor parte de una historia que no logra concretar todas sus promesas.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “Prometheus”) has taken on ancient epics with “Gladiator” and “Kingdom of Heaven,” but his take on Moses leading the chosen people out of Egypt is riddled with weird inaccuracies, a Pharaoh sporting an Australian accent and a running time that feels excessive while the story itself feels truncated.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Exodus tiene momentos tan buenos, y el empaque visual es tan espectacular, que esos elementos casi compensan el guión tan malo que tiene. Son impresionantes, elegantes y muy originales la batalla del principio, las plagas y el mar Rojo (Roland Emmerich debe de estar rabiando de envidia); y la recreación del antiguo Egipto, a la que Scott le saca muy buen partido, es maravillosa.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is an exhilarating epic with both eye-filling spectacle and some genuinely interesting observations on the relationship between man and God. It’s never really as much fun as “The Ten Commandments,” but Scott has made a movie to be reckoned with.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [C]ommendably daring in its rational, distrusting slant on a biblical narrative, but there’s no ignoring that something fundamental is lost in the movie’s translation.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is Ridley Scott’s spectacular re-telling of the Biblical story about Moses and the Israelites’ emancipation, starring Christian Bale.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Underwhelming – with little or no emotional resonance. Moses doesn’t even say, “Let my people go…”
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Ben-Hur We Go Again
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Exodus: Gods and Kings is not an offensive Hollywood cash-grab, nor is it a particularly inventive revision of the Exodus story.
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Meeting, but rarely exceeding, expectations, Ridley Scott’s grand retelling of Moses and the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt is strong on visuals and A-list presence, but slight on narrative and characterisation. Christian Bale and Joel Egerton both put in fine performances as Moses and Rameses, while the rest of the big-name cast gets lost amidst a CG-heavy blizzard of battles, plagues, revolts and muddled imagery.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is a movie with grand ambitions, little followthrough, and no interest in the human component.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Not quite ex-ceptional.
  • Diego Salgado @ IGN España [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Forget the red sea, the real miracle is that this film was even made.

Reviews: Late Phases (2014)

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Published on: December 11, 2014

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Reviews: Mommy (2014)

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Reviews: Top Five (2014)

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top_fiveReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: For the first time, Rock’s not trying to stuff his gonzo energy into the ill-fitting box of a “normal” person in a conventional comedy; we didn’t want to see Rock doing the lame white-people-dance-funny bits of ‘Head of State’ or the even lamer Viagra gags of ‘I Think I Love My Wife.’ In ‘Top Five,’ he finds a cinematic approximation of his act: free-flowing, unpredictable, personal, spiced up with pop cultural references, political shout-outs, and a decidedly hip-hop energy, and above all else, funny as hell.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The basic outline of Rock’s script is standard romcom…but Rock uses it to examine show biz, celebrity, addiction, discrimination and family in painfully funny fashion. It’s Rock’s hip hop homage to Woody Allen and his own stand up roots.
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Rock lets his humor play broadly, but he fills out the space between gags with smart writing and pointed social insights.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he film has a lot to say about the nature and perils of fame, and it does so with Rock’s observant and caustic humor.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A savvy social satirist adroitly balances bawdy abrasiveness with the awareness of a black man blindsided by his own success.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Pootie Tang tires of the cheap laugh and wants you to take him seriously
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: As a film, “Top Five” isn’t successful enough to even make one’s top twenty, but this is an uninhibited chance to really see Rock at the height of his powers.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: This is the movie I’ve been waiting for Chris Rock to make his entire career. It’s his stand-up sensibility perfectly transferred to film.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This film doesn’t quite know what it wants to be, but that being said, all of this would be forgiven if the thing was just funny. It’s not.
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Award Winners Announced:
Monday, December 15, 2014

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