Reviews: The Boxtrolls (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 25, 2014

boxtrollsReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/26/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: If Coraline and ParaNorman feel as cluttered as Henry Darger’s fabled apartment, The Boxtrolls feels like a junk drawer in Terry Gilliam’s office. It’s full of bizarre creations, whimsical notions and strange half-cocked ideas, but they don’t quite come together as a single entity.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Boxtrolls is a strange little movie in love with its strangeness.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: In the stunning stop-motion animation ‘The Boxtrolls,’ the title characters may look evil, but the real monsters are revealed to be the ambitious and greedy townspeople.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Spooky and surreal, it’s an emotionally resonant, steampunk fantasy.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: When a soulless corporate product like Planes: Fire and Rescue sputters, it’s barely worth a shrug. When a handcrafted labor of love like The Boxtrolls goes bad, it’s a tragedy.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Boxtrolls is a gorgeous film showing off an original story and introduces us to a new world full of wonderful characters.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: As a comedy of manners and little, sharp-toothed gremlins making the most unconventional familial unit, “The Boxtrolls” has imagination, heart, morals and a mind that thinks outside of, if you will, the box from homogenized animated fare.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend
    • Excerpt: Lush with texture, details, and jokes, The Boxtroll is a feast for the eyes as well as a jaunty ride. Between its lively and colorful world, its rousing story, adorable heroes, willful silliness and daring The Boxtrolls isn’t just a superb movie for the whole family, it’s the best animated film of the year.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This isn’t the best animated film of the year (sorry, The Lego Movie still holds that title for me), but this is effective, entertaining and enjoyable family fare, even if its not all that ground-breaking.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | c Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: This animated 3D children’s picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Though it’s more than a mite chilly emotionally, it compensates with some understated British wit and a typically good moral.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Laika’s third feature film generally lives up to its antecedents in terms of visual splendor, ghoulish wit, and thematic sophistication.

Reviews: The Equalizer (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 25, 2014

equalizerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/25/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Fuqua reunites with his ‘Training Day’ star Denzel Washington and further strips down a premise that’s already pretty spare to begin with. What’s left is so thin and empty, a cloud of vapor would feel more substantial in comparison.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Washington’s undeniable star presence gives this all a little more gravitas than the script probably deserves. The result may be cartoonish, but entertaining at least. Does it need to be said that the denouement sets up for a sequel?
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he buildup is superior to the payoff.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Denzel Washington is ‘The Equalizer,’ a vigilante confined to a tiresome narrative in which he tries to eradicate crime from his Boston neighbourhood.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Yet another artifact of the long stagnation of Hollywood, which has been remaking the same movies over and over and over again for the past 30 years.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The script is top-notch, the score is impressive, the acting is effective, all in all, The Equalizer is a great action thriller.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The Equalizer is still just a revenge picture—a very, very violent and stylish one—but helps create the illusion that it’s more than just Denzel Washington teaching corrupt pigs lessons, kicking Russian mob ass and not wasting time to take names. Even as just that, it’s a blast.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: while there’s nothing particularly interesting happening on the surface level of “The Equalizer,” a subtext of strangeness runs below the action, and hanging over the top there’s such an insane, action genre one-upsmanship going on that it’s difficult not to be engage and even harder to look away.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: All things being equal…
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The Equalizer suggests that the line between a “Denzel Washington film” and a “Liam Neeson movie” is slowly becoming a fine one.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: While affectionate in its conventionality, this film grows absurd and nonsensical, saved from being a complete disaster only by the engaging, charismatic Denzel Washington.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Seems to beg for a ‘used’ label, not primarily because it’s based on an old TV show, but because it stubbornly embraces the tired tropes of every dumb action movie Hollywood’s ever made.

Reviews: Honeymoon (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 25, 2014

honeymoonReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: My Old Lady (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 25, 2014

my_old_ladyReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Are You Here (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

are_you_hereReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/21/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Originally titled You Are Here when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, it’s as if the refashioning of statement to question is posed for anyone left in the audience that stayed until the end credits.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Weiner has gathered a cast built for comedy but there’s a breakdown suffered somewhere along the way.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: If you wonder when precisely you should give up hope on Are You Here ever metamorphosing into a good movie, it’s about halfway through when perpetually stoned city boy Owen Wilson chases a chicken around the farm trying to catch it and kill it for that evening’s meal.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It’s fairly certain that while watching it you’ll wish you were somewhere else.

Reviews: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

disappearance_of_eleanor_rigbyReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Them’ is a combination of two other, standalone films, and as lovely as it would be to ignore that fact, the knowledge that the picture was originally something else hangs over it like an albatross. It’s a very good film, but throughout it, its phantom limbs tingle, hinting that it was something much more special before its Frankenstein job.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: One of Best Films of 2014 with its fresh insights into love, loss, marriage, and family life.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Benson’s writing never feels anything but honest down to its smallest details and his exceptional cast is one of the best ensembles of the year.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them does not play fair with the audience or its characters.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Benson shot for the moon with his first feature film, really shooting two and trying to show them back-to-back. A more courageous studio would have given him the chance.
  • [New - 9/19/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A compelling, empathetic and perceptive character study, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” actually explores its characters, while being kind to them and still letting life throw them around.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Reviews: The Guest (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

guestReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/18/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: the kind of film genre fans endlessly seek but so rarely find in today’s glut of mind-numbingly staged grandstanding.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Stevens is incredibly effective in a role that an actor could easily miscalculate.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: “[C]inema is over, man, and there’s nothing left but a death spiral of sarcastic self-reference reflecting and refracting around a dismal hall of movie mirrors and taunting us with the echoing emptiness our creatively bankrupt souls.”
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: The Guest is a fun, taut thriller that hits where it needs to, keeps up the pace throughout, and should prove more than satisfactory, especially for those of you with a proclivity towards the low-budget exploitation fare of a bygone era.
  • [New - 9/5/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Invite him to stay…
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Adam Wingard pays homage to the horror genre, by adhering to the distinct conventionalities with a tongue firmly in his cheek.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Grade-A trash, an absurdly enjoyable piece of pulp hokum that’s a throwback to some of the best B-movies of the seventies and eighties.

Reviews: The Last of Robin Hood (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

last_of_robin_hoodReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 8/28/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: While the material is unerringly fascinating and features a trio of notable names, it’s a rendition that feels a bit too polished and hardly as seedy as it should be.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …the shoddy production [the directors] have constructed around their stars undermines a remarkable performance from Kline, who so slips into Flynn’s skin one forgets one is watching an actor playing an actor.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 9/5/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: …a hackneyed script and a low-budget production keep the biopic from being definitive or essential.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Kevin Kline works acting magic here by becoming Errol Flynn after the booze and philandering have taken their toll.

Reviews: The Maze Runner (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

maze_runnerReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aburrido nuevo intento de enganchar a la chavalada con una franquicia de ciencia-ficción nacida de una saga literaria. Puesta en escena correcta, moderna, atormentada, y poco que contar. Si funciona, habrá más; si no, no.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: It’s been a while since an otherwise capable, even rousing genre film has been this completely obliterated by its own conclusion.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It essentially just leads us into another maze but it feels like running into a brick wall. That’s entertainment?
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is a film that thrives on its mystery. It’s a pretty good one, too…
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Frantic yet utterly familiar sci-fi fantasy, filled with twists and turns
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: As the saga progresses, it doesn’t really develop into anything at all. By the end we’re left with a supremely unsatisfying ending that basically says, this is only the beginning.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: What holds The Maze Runner in standby? We spend most of our time in Jail or Free Parking and are hardly ever running around the game board.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Maze Runner leans heavily on its premise, to the detriment of individual characters, but still succeeds as one of Hollywood’s better young adult adaptations.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: While a concoction of familiar elements can still work if pulled off with an identity of its own or a fresh thematic point to make, “The Maze Runner” doesn’t have much of either. It has an intriguing setup with impressive production values that leads to a non-event of a conclusion.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: The Maze Runner smarter than most, thematically interesting, unique enough to make it stand out in a crowded landscape, and this is a franchise you won’t mind coming back to a few more times.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Just another Hunger Games-lite young adult adaptation, or a teenage-skewing episode of The Twilight Zone? The Maze Runner is refreshingly small-scale B-movie that doesn’t bother with the more self-serious aspects of its genre cohorts and instead delivers an engaging little thriller that fully delivers on its Lost-meets-Lord of the Flies premise.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: As far as these sorts of pictures go, it’s not terrible–neither as good as ‘The Hunger Games’ nor as bad as ‘The Giver.’

Reviews: The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

skeleton_twinsReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: What makes this film work are the performances of former SNL colleagues Hader and Wiig, whose natural bond through good times and bad is one of the best depictions of siblings on screen since “You Can Count On Me,” a film which this one bears more than a little resemblance to.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It seems unlikely that The Skeleton Twins is aiming for something so simplistic, considering how much suffering it packs into the story, but simplistic is what it is.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Proves That Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Are Ready For Prime Time
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Skeleton Twins’ is a dark comedy about estranged siblings who try to repair their relationship on the heels of personal disaster.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This could’ve been “The Stefon and Gilly Show” based on their popular sketch characters from SNL but they rein in their frenzied tendencies. Both actors’ portrayals are among the best of the year.
  • Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Funny, touching, and heartfelt, “The Skeleton Twins” is a fantastic vehicle for its stars, and a moving portrait of the various things family can mean.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Hader and Wiig have made a bold choice for their first major dramatic turn. Their performances as Milo and Maggie allow them to subtly tweak their own comic personas, playing the same basic types that made them famous but more or less showing what they’d be like on their worst days.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: We had inklings of thoughts that Wiig was on the verge of a dramatic breakthrough, but who knew about Bill Hader?

Reviews: This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

this_is_where_i_leave_youReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Even these gifted actors can’t do anything with the Hallmark platitudes and hoary clichés of the warmed-over melodrama that ultimately smothers what could have been a decent ensemble comedy.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A dramedy that provides humor, heartbreak, and vulnerable characters we can empathize with as they live out their messy days.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Veteran Oscar winner Fonda manages to balance the laughs with some genuine feeling, but it’s only Tina Fey(!) who creates a character of any real depth.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The acting is good and Levy’s direction, even if veering into some stock movie moments at times, also boasts some perceptive touches, as when Judd puts on an old set of headphones to drown out the chatter upstairs. Like an English garden, “This Is Where I Leave You” is overgrown and even a little messy, but certainly not without charm.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film becomes sentimental, but it earns that quality with the bite of its earlier scenes.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: This Is Where I Leave You is one of those facile crowd-pleasers rather than a weighty think piece, but it also enables the viewer to put on their blinders, shake out the film’s false notes and allow it to hit a sweet spot that feels closer to home than manufactured Hollywood domain. Take it as a more enjoyably benign and less demanding version of “August: Osage County,” and you’ll get along fine.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Reviews: Tracks (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

tracksReviews for this film from our members:

  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Early on in John Curran’s Tracks, which charts the 2,000 mile journey of Robyn Davidson across the desert in 1975 Australia, you’re bound to ask yourself, “What’s the reason for all this again?”
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The stars aligned for British director John Curran (“The Painted Veil”) and he has created a spectacular adventure story without losing Robyn’s personal, interior journey.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Marion Nelson’s screenplay can’t quite decide if it wants to respect Davidson’s assertion that her motive is above scrutiny or if it needs to discover the unspoken drive behind her reasoning.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Tracks’ is the expectable chronicle of a young woman’s 1,700 mile journey across the harsh deserts of West Australia with four camels and her dog.
  • [New - 9/26/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If an incredible journey and striking landscapes are your thing, then Tracks is for you. For everyone else…meh.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: A career-best performance from Mia Wasikowska

Reviews: Tusk (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

tuskReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 18, 2014

walk_among_the_tombstonesReviews for this film from our members:

  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The preponderance of private detective clichés gets in the way of an otherwise interesting foray into the odious garbage disposals of the soul.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Scudder’s a different kind of badass, one who avoids packing heat, favoring the unblinking stare down. Neeson finally gets to add some of his early art house soul to his recent kickassing and it’s a heady mix.
  • Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine
    • Excerpt: What a grisly delight, to have the second Liam Neeson film released in 2014 plumb such gruesome depths.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a serviceable throwback to cult detective thrillers from the 70s like THE LONG GOODBYE or NIGHT MOVES …if you can look past the story’s extremely distasteful elements, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is replete with fine performances.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This stroll through the neighborhood of Lawrence Block’s imagination is certainly dark and unsettling, but it’s remarkably cathartic, and at times oddly uplifting. Fair warning: You will be looking over your shoulder in the parking lot on your way back to your car.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie doesn’t dig into Scudder’s character until the final act…
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ Recycles The Same Liam Neeson Character Into A Paint-By-Numbers Crime Drama
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ features Liam Neeson in a familiar role, but with the support of a more robust script than in previous outings.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Fierce and ferocious, it’s filled with offensive scenes depicting graphic tortue and grisly mutilation of women.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: For a scummy New York-set crime potboiler that comes the closest it can to being a horror film, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is stylishly shot and solidly told in a slow-burn procedural fashion. Downbeat, sure, and guilty of some overlength, but it’s also watchably unsettling.
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: This generic, hackneyed film noir – with a frustratingly inconsistent tone – means we may have to wait a while longer for a triumphant adaptation of Lawrence Block’s popular literary creation Matthew Scudder.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: A Walk Among the Tombstones quickly becomes more about the why and the how than the who anyway, and the big climax has enough tension and a few added shocks to keep you on the edge of your seat even after the facts have been revealed.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: A smart, exciting thriller and a return to the kind hard-boiled detective stories found in the pages of Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane and Dashell Hammitt. The only thing missing are the fedoras, the killer dames, Peter Lorre and buckets of overblown narration. What it has though is a sense of tone and mood, wrapped around a familiar story about a well-intentioned cop thrust into a nearly-inhuman set of criminal circumstances.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A moodily effective piece of pulp that moves slowly but delivers some genuinely creepy moments.

Reviews: The Congress (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

congressReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

dolphin_tale_2Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A satisfying continuation of the story of the dolphin with a prosthetic tail that shows that animals have emotions and feel things deeply.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Dolphin Tale 2” is not a kiddie film with annoying animated character, and it gives a chance for some family viewing that the adults can appreciate as well.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Harry Connick Jr. keeps the ship on a steady course as the dedicated scientist and father, perhaps not the signature role he was dreaming of, but one that fits like a wetsuit.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Family film” has practically meant kids and animals since the days of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. “Dolphin Tale 2” doesn’t mess with success.
  • [New - 9/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sensitively splashing, this sequel is family-friendly fun.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A pleasant, innocuous family movie that’s rather short on energy but compensates with loads of earnestness.

Reviews: The Drop (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

dropReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Director Michaël R. Roskam (‘Bullhead’) burrows into the neighborhood nexus of crime and the church with a familiarity that recalls Scorsese’s ‘Mean Streets,’ as does the picture’s ear for the music of scrappy, half-heard bar conversations. Roskam’s instincts occasionally fail him — I’m not sure what the hell accent Rapace is doing — but his direction (assisted, in no small part, by Marco Beltrami’s hypnotic score) conveys a sense of unnerving, slowly accumulating dread.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Michael R. Roskam’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Belgian crime drama Bullhead is a double threat: not only is it a sharp, intelligent, and beautifully acted tale of complex, shady morality, but it also includes multiple scenes of the impossibly studly Tom Hardy playing with a cute widdle puppy. I guess Hollywood really has been reading my letters.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s a slow burn crime thriller that doesn’t overstay its welcome and offers the audience a lot to think about without being too heavy-handed.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …it’s Hardy’s incredibly moving performance that lingers most of all.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Not quite a new tale, it’s THE DROP’s strong and subtle performances that elevate it above the average crime story rehash.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What’s fascinating and ultimately frustrating about these characters is how they find ways to talk about anything but what they know to be the truth.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘The Drop’ – This Amazing Movie Is Not Your Father’s Crime Drama
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Suspensefully grittym neo-noir character study, revealing the sleazy underbelly of urban crime drama.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Move over, Uggie! Rocco’s now the top dog.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The Drop‘s most defining characteristic is tension. It’s constant. When Roskam thinks we are maybe getting too comfortable, he throws another curveball.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The dominant performance in this darkly funny, slyly creepy tale comes from Tom Hardy, the British actor who made a stunning impression as the sole occupant of the screen in this year’s alone-in-a-car drama, Locke.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: May be remembered primarily as the last film featuring the late James Gandolfini, but it possesses a good many virtues beyond his stellar performance.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: At the film’s center is the magnetic Hardy, who portrays Bob as a deferential Working Joe boxed in by untenable, remorseless circumstances.

Reviews: The Identical (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

identicalReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/11/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: What if instead Elvis Presley had been separated from a twin brother at birth? The movie never quite gets the mileage it should out of such a promising springboard. Like its main character, the movie is an Elvis impersonator that’s not living up to its potential.
  • [New - 9/5/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘The Identical’ Is A Bad Impersonation Of A Rock And Roll Movie
  • [New - 9/5/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: At best, The Identical should be forgotten and only spoken about as a curiosity amongst bad movie aficionados.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: A shoo-in for a spot on any worst movies of 2014 list, this poorly constructed slice of propaganda, courtesy of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), is so unintentionally campy you can’t help but laugh.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: The basic premise is actually fairly interesting. Unfortunately, it’s been poorly worked out and clumsily executed.

Reviews: As Above / So Below (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

as_above_so_belowReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/4/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Once the film starts developing into an odd mixture of a lost Indiana Jones chapter and Stephen King’s abridged rendition of Satan’s operating powers, it all starts to get rather vacuous.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: As Above So Below earns its trek into the supernatural realm by creating a sense of dread for the natural one.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘As Above/So Below’ Makes Up For Its Contrivances With Some Freaky Scares
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Claustrophobic and frightening, it depends too much on shaky, hand-held camerawork and jump-cut editing to sustain suspense in this all-too-familiar found-footage concept.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Will “As Above, So Below” be worshipped for pioneering unseen territory? Hell, no. A decently freaky genre effort shot in the perfect location? Heavens, yes.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: As with so many horror movies, the setup is entrancing and it’s the payoff which is hugely anticlimactic.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Reviews: Code Black (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

code_blackReviews for this film from our members:

  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A sobering and idealistic call for more emergency room “mercy medicine” as an alternative to treating only paying patients.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: While some salient points are made that might make you empathize with these particularly gifted doctors, CODE BLACK does not sufficiently convince that the alternative of deregulation would serve patients across the rest of the country—where quality healthcare of the kind found in LA County is less assured—any better.
  • [New - 7/31] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: In terms of establishing a narrative, McGarry sees his story as a two-pronged deal: personalities and procedure. One leads to the other, and the filmmaker spends a lot of time interviewing the young doctors he shadows, finding out what motivates them not just at the time of filming, but also the things that initially pushed them toward this type of medicine.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: It’s hard to find fault with either McGarry’s earnest views or his skillful evocation of a singular place staffed by extraordinary people.

Reviews: The Grand Seduction (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

grand_seductionReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: So, why do we need a French Canadian English language remake of a 10 year old French Canadian film which itself was a cute but uninspired take on “Doc Hollywood” by way of “Local Hero?”
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Charming comedy, filled with breezy Irish blarney.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Just as good as the original, eh?
  • Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Breezy, mildly confusing and charmingly off-kilter The Grand Seduction is an English-language Canadian film that tickles the funnybone in its cheeky conviction detailing the desperate economical times of a financially-strapped Newfoundland fishing village.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Has a lot of heart and a certain charm to it which makes for an easy, gratifying experience

Reviews: The Internet’s Own Boy (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

internets_own_boyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The documentary’s release as the net neutrality debate rages will only underscore what we have lost.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The end result is a one-sided but emotionally compelling view. It will make you angry but it will also make you profoundly sad.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: Despite some shortcomings, it remains a deeply compelling documentary about some of the most important issues of the Information Age.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An essential — and enraging — documentary about the life, career, and death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, a danger to corporate hegemony whose work could not be allowed to continue.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com
    • Excerpt: A cautionary tale about the power of entrenched financial interests in an era of unlimited information access.

Reviews: Life After Beth (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

life_after_bethReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Starred Up (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

starred_upReviews for this film from our members:

  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s a nasty cycle suggested by the way this prison operates.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: All of the British prison slang makes the dialogue a little inscrutable, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The authenticity is appreciated and it adds to what makes Starred Up the credible drama that it is.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole — that I’ve ever seen.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Carson Lund @ In Review Online
    • Excerpt: Starred Up is such a potent depiction of lethal energies simmering, colliding, and exploding that its drama comes across forcefully even before the assistance of any character exposition. At its best, it’s gracefully physical filmmaking.
  • Michael Pattison @ Sight & Sound
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend
    • Excerpt: It’s a supreme work of suspense set alight by fearless and flawless performances.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The movie devolves into a bit of sentimentality toward the end, but the tone overall is anything but that. The performances are terrific, and O’Connell is able to show us the flicker of sensitivity inside the brutalized package that is the man-child Eric Love.
  • Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

Reviews: They Came Together (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

they_came_togetherReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The spoof movie may have risen from the dead, Dracula (or, more appropriately, ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It’) style, thanks to director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter, whose rom-com send-up ‘They Came Together’ is as funny a film as I’ve seen in a good, long while.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: They Came Together is smart and incisive satire of the scorched-earth variety.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘They Came Together’ is a clever parody of the romantic comedy featuring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as a couple who experience all the typical ups and downs generally prescribed by the genre.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Those weaned on every Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Katherine Heigl starrer will surely get a kick out THEY CAME TOGETHER, a spoof of romantic comedies that is just the right kind of so-stupid-it’s-funny and closer to parody than what we’ve been treated to as of late.
  • [New - 9/25/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Inane, unavailing and ultimately, rather farcical, They Came Together defies the odds and somehow manages to maintain its hilarity, despite fearing the joke will wear thin after a mere matter of moments.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com
    • Excerpt: Dream comedy cast revives broad spoofs
«page 1 of 65

About the OFCS
The Online Film Critics Society is the largest, most respected organization for critics whose work appears primarily on the Internet. e-mail us.

Twitter feed

Facebook

OFCS Forums
Categories
Twitter
OFCS Fans

Welcome , today is Wednesday, October 1, 2014