Reviews: The Age of Adaline (2015)

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Published on: April 23, 2015

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  • [New – 4/24/15] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: For all its melodramatic mopey-ness, The Age of Adaline mostly treads water to its anti-climactic conclusion.
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a strange film, hooked as it is on a character intent on revealing little. Lively, smartly costumed and coiffed in a modernized retro look, leans on a mannered way of speaking bolstered with a skittish fragility to embody her timeless character.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he movie’s devotion to her current romantic predicament feels like such a wasted opportunity.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle
    • Excerpt: Adaline is an 107-year-old mash-up of Hawking, Holmes and Mario Andretti, all dressed up in Gucci with nowhere to go. What a fascinating character the screenwriters never bothered to develop.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Blake Lively looks great for 107 years old and delivers a knockout performance – a cut above the standard Nicholas Sparks romance
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: While not as memorable as its premise, “The Age of Adaline” still works its spell as an affecting fable for grown-ups that’s been made with pearl-like beauty and wisdom.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

Reviews: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Published on: April 23, 2015

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  • [New – 4/23/15] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Obviando la inevitable falta de sorpresa mainstream, la secuela del exitazo de 2012 ofrece lo que se le presupone: diversión a toneladas con una mega propuesta palomitera deliciosamente fácil de digerir y estupendamente disfrutable. Espectadores, reuníos de nuevo.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Avengers: Age of Ultron is as determined to entertain to the limit as an old vaudeville act. For the sake of the show it tap-dances whilst juggling, singing, and balancing a chair on its nose. I would have settled for just the tap-dance done well.
  • [New – 4/23/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Not without problems, but continues the Avengers tradition of big, bold blockbusters that don’t need to toss away thoughtfulness to remain pure popcorn fun.
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Matt Looker @ TheShiznit.co.uk
    • Excerpt: It is likely that this is the best Avengers movie that we’ll ever see.
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: It’s not quite as streamlined as the last one or many of the individual movies, taking a more scattershot approach, but nonetheless this darker, more menacing and visually spectacular sequel delivers the goods when it comes to the all-important action sequences.
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • [New – 4/24/15] | Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Reviews: The Dead Lands (2015)

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Published on: April 23, 2015

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Reviews: Little Boy (2015)

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Published on: April 23, 2015

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Reviews: Black Souls (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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Reviews: Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: one of the truly great films about acting, “All About Eve” refracted through the lens of Bergman’s “Persona,” squared.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Every layer and point of self-reference serves as a reminder that it’s upon the audience to discern significance from the material.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ is an intelligent and incredibly self-reflexive film, featuring stellar performances by Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Clouds of Sils Maria belongs to a small battery of recent films, including Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (both 2014), which meditate on the process of actors creating new realities as they wrestle with the purity of the text and the complexity of existence. The corollary to his recurring theme is that Olivier Assayas knows that however much artists might wish it and be facilely in love with the notion of art and life conjoining, it never does.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas creates a fascinating study surrounded by the Swiss Alps with knockout acting
  • Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Emanuel Levy @ www.emanuellevy.com
    • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas intrguing anatomy of the insecurities built into the life of a middle-aged actress, beautifully played by Juliette Binoche
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Maria is constantly laughing at the pop culture that Val passionately defends; by the end, it is slithering around her like the sinuous clouds snaking up the Maloja Valley.
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A probing, illuminating rumination on art versus life, present versus past, and youth versus maturity, all craftily combined to invite reflection as well as admiration.

Reviews: The Last Five Years (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s a tendency to try to assign blame in the aftermath of a failed romance, but The Last Five Years won’t or, maybe, can’t do such a thing.
  • [New – 2/19/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: The Last Five Years’ Is A Romance Made For The Bitter, And The Sappy
  • [New – 3/12/15] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The sheer singing talent of Ana Kendrick compels me to give this a pass.
  • [New – 2/26/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: If anything, Kendrick and Jordan get to showcase their stuff, carrying the music and the emotional beats of their story with aplomb, while the film itself remains curiously insular and doesn’t feel as emotionally gutting as it should for a sweeping romance.
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Reviews: Lost River (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • [New – 4/16/15] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Ryan Gosling certainly set out to make an art film that is an admirably strange, even mesmerizing, experience. As esoteric filmmaking to the nth degree, “Lost River” is also almost impossible to embrace and mostly pointless.
  • [New – 4/9/15] | Matt Looker @ The Shiznit
    • Excerpt: What we have here is a muddied mess of erratic ramblings, a movie that contains a lot of individual surreal elements and has nothing to hold it all together apart from Gosling’s own blind faith that weird = clever.
  • [New – 4/9/15] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Gosling shows a certain kind of promise and I’m sure he’ll make a great movie one day as a director. This just isn’t it.
  • [New – 4/2/15] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Lost, but not found.

Reviews: Merchants of Doubt (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • [New – 3/5/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Kenner scores by securing candid interviews with a handful of the already small number of people who did this kind of work. They’re so confidently unrepentant, it’s almost easy to start liking them until Kenner reminds you of the impact of their lies.
  • [New – 3/5/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The blatancy with which industries and lobbyists lie to the public…is enraging, of course, but Kenner’s pretty much negated the point of his own work here.
  • [New – 3/20/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Merchants of Doubt’ – A Documentary That Every Media Consumer Should See
  • [New – 3/12/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Come and learn the names of the folks hired by Big Oil to lie to you about climate change
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Merchant of Doubt is loaded with devastating material, but it also manages to keep its style upbeat and its mood entertaining.
  • [New – 4/17/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile
    • Excerpt: Rather than making the case for anthropogenic climate change, Merchants of Doubt devotes the bulk of its attention to scrutinizing the professional con artists who publicly deny the phenomenon.

Reviews: Monkey Kingdom (2015)

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Published on: April 16, 2015

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While previous entries in this series have been over-anthropomorphized, defanged and declawed, Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill’s (“Earth,” “Chimpanzee”) latest is a winner with an organically spun story
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engaging live-action eco-documentary, combining education with entertainment…
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Dan Lybarger @ www.blooddirtandangels.com
    • Excerpt: It’s debatable whether we need to have the monkeys named and humanized, but Preston Sturges or Mel Brooks would be hard pressed to match the comedy gold that comes when monkeys scour a market in a nearby village or ravenously devour an unattended birthday cake.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: The lead monkeys are such an engaging tio, and the filmmakers are so successful in capturing them in vibrant images, that family audiences will probably be charmed, if not enthralled.
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