Reviews: The Babadook (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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  • [New – 11/20/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Using the imagery of German Expressionism and the creepy techniques of David Lynch, Kent has created a psychological horror which gradually shifts the ground beneath our feet.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: While the haunted house elements of The Babadook call to mind Poltergeist or The Orphanage, the most unnerving aspects have the same nameless dread of Roman Polanski’s best work. The second half of the film, which takes place almost entirely within the confines of the house, is reminiscent of the claustrophobia and paranoia Polanski conjured up in Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, as is the way that the film focuses on the mental deterioration of one woman when faced with terrifying and inexplicable external forces.
  • [New – 10/23/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Genuinely horrific and deeply scary in a way that draws on the most primal of emotions. A horror flick with rare emotional and psychological resonance.
  • [New – 10/30/14] | Dan Kelly @ eFilmCritic
    • Excerpt: Kent’s fixations are incredibly mature, and her focus is stellar. “The Babadook” never sells out, safeguarding its human interests, even when the shit hits the fan.
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  • [New – 10/23/14] | David William Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: Elegantly focusing on the extended chills the genre can provide, rather than short sharp shocks, Kent’s film will not be for those who favour their horror with buckets of blood, but it may prove impossible not to be drawn into the increasingly insular world.

Reviews: Happy Christmas (2014)

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Reviews: The Homesman (2014)

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  • [New – 11/13/14] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Marching decidedly to the beat of his own drummer, cowriter/star/director Tommy Lee Jones has made an endearing, feminist Western that defies expectations at every turn.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In its subdued way, The Homesman is a melancholy tale of lost souls who find temporary unity only to end up where they began…
  • [New – 11/13/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sturdy, bleak and understated – or, as one wag said, it’s No Country for Crazy Women.
  • [New – 11/13/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Much has been made about “The Homesman” being a feminist film. Inasmuch as it features dilemmas endured by women in the Old West, the movie is really about differences between the way men and women deal with expectation and loss.

Reviews: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

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  • [New – 11/20/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Es evidente que se trata de una película puente para alargar el final de la franquicia, pero este dramón bélico es tan entretenido y está tan bien presentado como la entrega anterior. Así que todo bien, a la espera de que el Capitolio sea pasto de las llamas. El amor, ya se verá.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Hunger Games has turned into a cliff hanger serial with long waits for the next installment, but the overall quality of the cast and production still earn it a grudging respect.
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: We may be among rebels fighting an evil empire here, but this revolution seems to have been stage-managed by Josef Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl. (Ironically, critics in 1977 wondered whether the triumphant denouement in “Star Wars” was deliberately modeled on Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will.”) When Coin addresses her uniformly-jumpsuited followers from an elevated balcony, their enthusiastic cries of “Hoo-rah!” might as well be “Sieg Heil!”
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
    • Excerpt: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 comes and goes, and by the end, I don’t really feel as if I’ve moved that much further ahead in the story from where we started to justify this movie existing on its own.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: We can almost hear this revolution’s resounding rallying cry: “Hurry up and wait!”
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is the calm before the storm as the rebels take steps towards the ultimate goal of overthrowing the Capitol and Katniss contemplates the role she’ll play in the campaign’s future.
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Dour, dreary, and disappointing, milking every last dime out of the franchise’s devoted following.
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Steven Greydanus @ Crux
    • Excerpt: Beginning in medias res and trailing off without a real cliffhanger climax, “Mockingjay: Part 1″ may be essential to series fans, but it feels more like a TV series arc episode than a feature film.
  • [New – 11/13/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: One of the best SF series ever deepens its critique of the power of propaganda in ways complicated, intriguingly contradictory, and a little bit horrifying.
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This unnecessary placeholder is a five minute prologue crammed into two hours of mostly nothing.
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: It’s a solid entry in the series, and lays an intriguing foundation for Part 2, but on its own Mockingjay – Part 1 is rarely as entertaining or rewarding as its predecessors.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: more streamlined Mockingjay might best offer an epic conclusion versus a one-two punch delivered months apart. Still, Mockingjay – Part 1 inevitably has audiences hooked for Part 2 and leaves one hungry for Katniss’s grand finale. She’s just amassing an army with her soulful tune for a bigger, better fight.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Its only sin is that it’s incomplete: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is only the first half of the final chapter of Suzanne Collins’ immensely popular young adult franchise, and boy, does it feel it. All setup and no payoff, the film replaces a climax with a mere story twist and ends on a cliffhanger that leaves viewers waiting until next year for a resolution.

Reviews: The Imitation Game (2014)

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Reviews: Jessabelle (2014)

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  • [New – 11/7/14] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 11/14/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Jessabelle’ Shows Potential, But Quickly Becomes The Ghost Movie That Everyone Expects
  • [New – 11/13/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Before going to the proverbial swamp for abrupt, jittery attacks by a screaming dead girl and shots of drippy faucets, “Jessabelle” is a tepid gumbo gaining some mileage out of its lived-in location.
  • [New – 11/14/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Here’s one I thought I’d never see: a supernatural horror movie where the ghost behaves as a Talking Killer. As our heroine cowers in fear during the climax of Jessabelle, the evil spirit appears to her and explains the plot of the movie to us, telling poor Jessie why she is being haunted and what the ghosts plan to do with her now. Just like a Bond movie.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ghosts, nightmares and Voodoo — that’s horrortainment for me, and “Jessabelle” passes the test.

Reviews: Let’s Be Cops (2014)

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  • [New – 8/21/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ is a pretty disposable movie, the kind of picture that seems destined for Sunday afternoons on TBS. Many of the comic set pieces are sort of half-thought-out, and the climax makes the mistake that police comedies have made since ‘Beverly Hills Cop,’ of taking their shoot-outs and crime plots seriously (as if anyone actually cares).
  • [New – 8/21/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: So rotten that you have the right to refrain.
  • [New – 8/15/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Enthusiastically performed at best and exasperatingly unfunny at worst. Watching it in a theater of smart, discerning moviegoers will be like witnessing the sound of a pin drop or crickets chirping.
  • [New – 11/13/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New – 11/20/14] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Não vale a pena ser visto

Reviews: The Liberator (2014)

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  • [New – 10/2/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: The Liberator is a nicely framed, highly romanticized, and undeniably dry portrait of a revolutionary.
  • [New – 10/9/14] | Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • [New – 10/9/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: While it’s disappointing the film never gets as in depth as it could, perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that The Liberator leaves us wanting to learn more.
  • [New – 10/9/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
    • Excerpt: The lavish war epic comes back to life is this swashbuckling tale of treachery and charisma.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Director Avelo and screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton are plainly focused on creating a Latin American version of that cinematic chestnut, the Oscar-bait historical prestige epic.

Reviews: Starry Eyes (2014)

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Reviews: V/H/S: Viral (2014)

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  • [New – 11/20/14] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/vhs-viral-review
  • [New – 10/24/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Every installment is a mean-spirited little treat for horror fans, and in a genre that is largely defined by inconsistency, that’s a tiny little triumph in and of itself.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Mark Harris @ About.com
  • [New – 10/24/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: While there is no pleasure in taking down a filmmaker, the shockingly piss-poor efforts by these so-called “visionary directors” (the one-sheet’s words) manage to turn the “V/H/S” series into a complete joke.

Reviews: Wild (2014)

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Reviews: Beyond the Lights (2014)

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Published on: November 13, 2014

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Reviews: Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

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Published on: November 13, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Dos décadas después, los hermanos Farrelly demuestran que hay resortes del humor que no pasan de moda con una comedia muy divertida que conserva el espíritu de su predecesora. Por Jim Carrey y Jeff Daniels no pasa el tiempo.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There’s an air of desperation about this film, not just by the directors but by Jim Carrey as well. (After all, when was the last bona fide hit this guy had?)
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s not that there’s nothing funny here, but it will help if you check your brain at the door. Post- lobotomy patients will have a distinct advantage.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The characters were never particularly endearing, but at least they never became too annoying in the first movie…
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Disappointing and tedious, as the Farrelly brothers ineptly try to reprise the vulgarity and sophomoric humor…
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Dumb and Dumber To is not required viewing but, with Carrey and Daniels back in the starring roles, the sequel delivers a fair number of enjoyable (though moronic) laughs.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Chances are better than one in a million that if you liked Harry and Lloyd twenty years ago, you’ll like them again, but “Dumb and Dumber To” will not endure. Perhaps the first time was dumb enough.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

Reviews: Foxcatcher (2014)

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Published on: November 13, 2014

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Reviews: Mr. Turner (2014)

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Reviews: Rosewater (2014)

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Reviews: ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

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Published on: November 6, 2014

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Reviews: Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

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Published on: November 6, 2014

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  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: It’s a dopey premise that makes little use of an exceptional cast of actors, and falls completely apart when you realize that none of it makes any sense.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep isn’t merely bad cheese, it’s Limburger.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The point is to make us distrust everyone and everything that everyone says. It works a little too well, because we end up distrusting the movie as a whole.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep’ Is A Suspenseful Ride Through The Twists And Turns Of Nicole Kidman’s Mind
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Stylish and suspenseful – like ‘Gone Girl,’ it belongs in a new sub-genre labelled ‘marriage thriller.’
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: When it finally collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness, this would-be elegant thriller becomes a cheap retrograde melodrama.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep does little to redefine the psychological thriller genre but still offers an intriguing central mystery that should keep viewers guessing.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep eventually goes off the rails as an exercise in manipulation with a “Sleeping with the Enemy”-like climax and a treacly, unearned epilogue.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Watching this movie is the intellectual equivalent to watching paint dry. But at the end of the day, the stylishly silly ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ is too bland to get worked up about it.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep is a terrible movie, but it’s also a highly entertaining one: this positively idiotic thriller – which is basically Memento told in chronological order – gets sillier and sillier as it goes along, up to the point where I was struggling (and failing) to contain my laughter. It requires so much suspension of disbelief that it might as well require the viewer to have amnesia, too.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Comparisons with the better, more effective thriller, Gone Girl, are unavoidable. But taken on its own, Before I Go to Sleep should satisfy most movie-goers, even if it becomes quickly forgotten by morning.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A lethargic, very silly would-be thriller…featur[ing] scenes of abuse that are extremely nasty and protracted.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A lot of emotion but not enough screenplay to keep things moving even for the spare 92 minute run time.

Reviews: Big Hero 6 (2014)

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  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: For all the fanciful superhero hijinks Big Hero 6 has to offer, for all the many hilarious jokes and genuinely breathtaking action sequences, what Don Hall and Chris Williams’ film captures best is the heartbreaking-turned-heartwarming emotional journey of its Hiro.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: This doesn’t top Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” but doggoned it if it doesn’t come close.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a terrific film in its first half, where screenwriters…have rejiggered the characters into a bunch of science and engineering geeks, but once its super hero aspects kick in, the film becomes derivative and tedious.
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Thrilling, well-crafted set pieces are only one aspect of what makes blockbusters like this tick. The bond between a boy and his android makes up the rest.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: What is lacking is the grander scale and more meaningful themes of animated classics like its closest predecessor, Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The humor and especially the charm are slowly but surely drained from the proceedings, and in their place, Big Hero 6 supplies only routine and formula.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Big Hero 6’ is exactly what you would hope for from the collaboration of Disney and Marvel, both visually and narratively.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Bouncy and beguiling, it’s family fare that values brains over brawn.
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: May be a bit too glib to reach the heights of The Incredibles or The Iron Giant, but if you can’t have Brad Bird, this is pretty much the next best thing.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Baymax conveys so much with so little. His expressionless face is two dots connected by a line, but his sweet innocence comes through in every scene.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: A Scooby-Doo mystery wrapped in 21st century robotics.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Big Hero 6 not only has what it takes to be a witty, vibrant, lump-in-your-throat entertainment enjoyed by kids and parents alike, but the fact that it has a heart as big as Baymax makes it that much more special.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: It takes just about every comic book cliché and throws them into a Pixar cuisinart and tries to make something new and family-friendly via melding the various Disney brands, but what comes out the other side is dull and predictable and lacking in any clever spin on the material.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Of all the recent Disney animated features Big Hero 6 is the most engaging. It’s a fun little movie that meshes a Pixar-style animated adventure with a palette borrowed from anime, while cashing in the billion dollar superhero juggernaut that the Disney studio is currently making possible.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The best part of Big Hero 6 was the touching, heart-warming short film, Feast, that preceded it, that tells the tale of a dog’s life. There was more heart and emotion in that five minute film than in the bloated entirety of Big Hero 6.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Basically a genial, good-natured boys’ adventure, and if it stumbles somewhat in the second hour, when it becomes more derivative and action-oriented, it remains likable to the end.

Reviews: Citizenfour (2014)

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  • [New – 10/23/14] | 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.
  • [New – 10/31/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This isn’t a one-sided movie as much as it is a movie about half of one side.
  • [New – 10/23/14] | 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.
  • [New – 10/23/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New – 10/30/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Citizenfour is an historical document of confounding significance. It’s a glimpse behind the closed doors of a moment in time that has otherwise only been revealed in the abstract.
  • [New – 10/23/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.
  • [New – 10/30/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Enter the real life world of spy craft and believe the truth is stranger than fiction

Reviews: Dear White People (2014)

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  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Justin Simien takes on race relations in the Ivy League with this dagger-sharp satire, a film filled end-to-end with tiny sticks of dynamite, each lit carefully with a gleeful smirk.Simien is a righteous filmmaker, but his bitterness is exhilarating, and at its best, ‘Dear White People’ vibrates with the visceral thrill of watching a gifted new voice get away with something.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film isn’t as funny as it could be, largely because Simien’s tone isn’t as fueled by anger as [Spike] Lee’s films, but when he scores, it’s often a bullseye.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The script is particularly intelligent as it develops a cast that is both enlightened & foolish, likable & rude, admirable & flawed. They are developed human beings that have nuance and depth.
  • [New – 11/14/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Provocative, searing, and whip-smart in how it breaks down stereotypes, “Dear White People” still has a few hallmarks of a first-time effort, but when it takes aim, it is an enlightening reactionary piece fueled with acrimony and articulateness.

Reviews: Force Majeure (2014)

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Reviews: The Heart Machine (2014)

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  • [New – 10/24/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: a case study of mutation in a modern struggle to connect with another person intimately in a world that no longer conditions us to have the patience or mind frame to do so.
  • [New – 10/24/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A thought-provoking psychodrama about the misuses of technology in affairs of the heart.
  • [New – 10/2/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • [New – 10/23/14] | Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: New York filmmaker Zachary Wigon’s concise introspective thriller, by contrast, is a rare example of a work that operates outside expected approaches, showcasing a genuine fascination with the mind/body split engendered by Skyping, online dating, and constant app usage through a plot that doesn’t fuel itself on received wisdom, instead considering its isolated characters as though through an anthropological lens.
  • [New – 11/6/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A disturbing love story set in the unforgiving world of the Internet.

Reviews: Horns (2014)

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Reviews: Interstellar (2014)

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Despampanante megapelícula de Christopher Nolan que impacta en lo técnico y se la juega en unas conclusiones finales que gustarán a unos y espantarán a otros. Una película arriesgada pero innegablemente fascinante en su visionado.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s new film doesn’t have the crispness of ‘Inception’ or the jangly momentum of ‘The Dark Knight.’ It’s his ‘White Album,’ overlong and overwritten, corny, and self-important, and also a great movie–and yes, it can be all of those things at once.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s latest is an impressive visual spectacle riddled with plot holes and false emotions.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: This film is meant to be Nolan’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but he’s tilting at windmills here. Kubrick’s film was a masterpiece that hit the mark on every wild attempt to reach for the stars. Nolan catches a lot of these stars, but at least as many slip through his fingers.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nolan ofrece, con su sentido del espectáculo de siempre, una poderosa combinación entre ciencia-ficción, reflexión ecológica y relato familiar.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: an ambitious film, but it’s difficult to get swept up in its sweep.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Separating Coop from his daughter may be necessary for Interstellar to advance, but it also forces Nolan to overcompensate by beginning to favor schmaltzy, New Age platitudes over the alluring scientific premise that may attract much of the movie’s audience in the first place. It’s as if the gulf of time and space that keeps McConaughey and Chastain from acting opposite each other onscreen also causes Nolan to lose his bearings.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Interstellar” runs nearly 3 hours, which is too long, pure and simple. There’s no question that the movie would have benefited from judicious trimming and tightening, though what to cut would have been a daunting question.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]his is a film with the weight of space, time, and humanity on its shoulders. It is unafraid of stumbling and soldiers forward with the conviction of its audacity.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Audaciously ambitious and awesome, it’s a speculative, mind-bending sci-fi adventure through the celestial space-time continuum.
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: As emphatically as Nolan writes PROSE PROSE PROSE PROSE PROSE, in the largest possible font, it never verges into poetry.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The cinematography is full of breathtaking images as they reinforce a lofty tale of epic proportions. If you can feast on the visuals, then perhaps that will be enough to hold you.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: what good is that adventurous spirit if Nolan doesn’t trust the audience enough to see it through to the end?
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Thrilling intellectually and viscerally, full of stirring notions of what humanity is capable of, and full of hope. A wonderfully refreshing sort of SF.
  • Dan Kelly @ Danland Movies
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Interstellar is an imaginative movie, but a heavy-handed mix of personal sacrifice and theoretical physics doesn’t leave much room for subtle storytelling.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Hefty in both its challenging ideas and visual grandeur but awfully flawed in their execution, “Interstellar” is ambitious to a fault.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Donald J. Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Cornpone existentialism … New Age-y, fuzzy headed sci-fi’er that borrows heavily from ‘2001,’ ‘Contact’ and Nolan’s own ‘Inception.”
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic is a beautiful, ambitious, ultimately flawed film about nothing less than the survival of the human race.
  • James Marsh @ The Society For Film
    • Excerpt: Interstellar is quite possibly Christopher Nolan’s most personal film to-date, a grand spectacle of deep space exploration involving wormholes and theories of relativity, but which ultimately rests on the relationship between one man and his daughter. For all its epic visual splendour and scientific mumbo-jumbo, Interstellar is at its heart an intensely human drama. Its success, and indeed the success of the mission on screen, relies less on mathematics, mechanics and technology than on real emotion – and as a result, the film may alienate and upset those looking for a simple white-knuckle thrill ride.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: A strong first third and a decent second third are undone by a terrible final third. ‘Interstellar’ once again proves that while Christopher Nolan may be a talented director, he is, at best, a mediocre writer.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Interstellar’ is full of incredible highs and moments that leave you absolutely flat.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Interstellar provides us with the best sort of science fiction; ambitious and thought-provoking while still remembering the importance of the human connection.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Stellar…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Interstellar, like CSI Miami, might best be enjoyed with the volume off, but the awesome visuals demand to be seen at least once with the sensory overload of astro-jargon and Phantom of the Opera pipe cues in order to appreciate fully the spectacular mess that is Interstellar.
  • [New – 11/20/14] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: É um grande filme, mas não é aquele filme magistral que se esperava.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It starts out as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, morphs into 2001: A Space Odyssey, and then devolves into Contact by the end: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, one of the most anticipated films of 2014, is not the masterpiece some may be expecting, but this kind of visionary head-trip is so rare that it can be appreciated for sheer ambition alone.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: The point is, it’s not a film that’s easy to dismiss, just as it may not be entirely easy to grasp, but the sheer force of Nolan’s filmmaking and his dedication to his vision makes it worth grappling with all the philosophy and cosmic kookiness.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Call it 2001: A Space Odyssey, as conceived by three college sophomore philosophy majors on acid and a junior from the physics department.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Its brilliance comes in chunks…navigating a shifting, convoluted asteroid field full of ideas and aspirations.
  • [New – 11/21/14] | Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: … fires on all cylinders, but sputters toward the journey’s end.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: You can certainly respond to its craft, but its attempts at emotional depth and cosmological profundity fall short.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Using familiar raw materials, Nolan creates an exhilarating and often terrifying experience that engages earnestly with two of his abiding interests: the individual’s struggle to find their purpose, and how technology both enables and hinders that quest.
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