Reviews: And So It Goes (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: Calvary (2014)

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Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • [New - 7/24/14] | Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: THIS is how you construct a sci-fi action/adventure that tries nothing more than to entertain its audience with every frame without underestimating the intelligence of said audience. THIS is how you combine a big-budget special effects summer blockbuster product while maintaining an original voice and constructing an intriguing and genuinely fun story. THIS is Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s nothing short of a modern sci-fi space adventure masterpiece.

Reviews: Hercules (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • [New - 7/25/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s a mischievous smirk just under the surface of Johnson’s performance and, for that matter, the movie itself. We spend most of Hercules vainly waiting for that playfulness to erupt.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: I had a rollicking good time, and you will too!
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Just what we all wanted: a Hercules movie minus the mythology.

Reviews: I Origins (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: Lucy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • [New - 7/24/14] | Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain’s incredible powers.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Giving a very similar performance to her great work in “Under the Skin,” Johansson’s tranced out dehumanization mixed with wonder is about as fine as anyone could do given this material, where fast firing brain neurons apparently increase one’s laptop RAM to something approaching the speed of light.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Aside from the regressive portrait of its heroine, the movie is a mess of pseudo-scientific babble.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson returns with a mix of high altitude science fiction and knuckle dragging action scenes all based on the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with thought-provoking science fiction.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: People are going to walk into ‘Lucy’ thinking this is just a Scarlett Johansson-fronted action movie and have their minds broken.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not the action spectacle Besson and his crew have been selling us. It’s a dopey superhero wannabe that eventually moves its lady lead out of the skirmish and into a chair in an empty room while she lets a French cop protect her from the bad guys. This is not an exaggeration. Lucy spends the climax of her own movie sitting down and thinking real hard about what she’s done…and could do. Bum-bum-bum.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Loony and laughable.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Lucy’s premise is at least internally consistent, but the film’s understanding of neuroscience and evolutionary biology is so absurdly (and blithely) distorted that one can only gape in embarrassed disbelief.

Reviews: Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • [New - 7/24/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A delightful romantic comedy with enchanting performances by Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s surprising just how lightweight the film is considering that it is consumed by one of Allen’s most personal fears – just what happens after we die
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The joke quickly runs dry…
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Whimsical, entrancing and ephemeral, it should airily appeal to those who loved ‘Midnight in Paris’ (2011).
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I suppose we should merely give thanks for another Woody Allen film; hopefully, it is enough to tide us over into another masterpiece.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Like a charming and steadfast fellow who comes to every function and politely asks you to dance, Woody Allen continues to churn out reliably entertaining fluff that it would be easy to take for granted. His new one, Magic in the Moonlight, has a subtext that takes on such cynical indifference, however; the notion that to dislike this darling confection would be to resign oneself to a self-imposed gloominess is built right in.

Reviews: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • [New - 7/24/14] | Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: …elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If at first [Hoffman's] German accent seems unnatural, trust in the actor, whose low guttural enunciation exhibits an ear finely tuned to the idiosyncrasies of the language.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …Hoffman’s take on the jaded Bachmann could easily rival Oldman’s Oscar nominated performance in TINKER TAILOR… When Hoffman is on screen, his Bachmann eclipses anyone else, a considerable achievement given the movie’s formidable company of players.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The screenplay by Andrew Bovell (unsurprisingly, based on a novel by John le Carré) is not as concerned with matters of plot as it is with the mysteries of morality and justice playing out behind the scenes.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Ostensibly Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last movie, it’s to the late performer’s credit just how much nuance he brings to what is intended to be a rather stone-faced portrayal of an old-guard spook.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on a 2008 John le Carré novel) remains an engaging experience despite numerous aspects that weigh it down.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A deliberately downbeat commentary on the ways of the post-9/11 era [in which] Philip Seymour Hoffman…gives a remarkable performance.

Reviews: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: Wish I Was Here (2014)

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Published on: July 18, 2014

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  • Erik Childress @ Film Threat
    • Excerpt: Braff’s heart is very much “in it” as Natalie Portman’s Sam would say, and while his character fantasizes about science fiction role-playing, the complete storyteller is looking for the reality in our everyday fictions and how it applies to all of us.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Braff has made a coming of age saga for a grown man. It works in part, his central theme a good one, but his more puerile filmmaking tendencies weaken its impact. Hudson, however, is excellent, the most mature element of a too fanciful film.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: For brief moments, Wish I Was Here gets it, only to return to its distancing ways.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Award
    • Excerpt: Wish I Was Here is a vanity project trying to recapture the same themes, but Braff is no longer adrift
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Never becomes anything more than an enemic sit-com leavened with heavy-handed doses of mawkishness. ‘Wish I Was Here’ will make you wish you weren’t.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

Reviews: Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Entertaining animated sequel in which the superstar crop duster learns to deal with disappointment and put others ahead of himself.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Gannaway and his animators have done a great job illustrating the dangers and logistics of mountain set fire fighting (the fires themselves are photo realistic), but one wonders how much of this will be understood by the demographic the film is aimed at
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

Reviews: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: not a great movie, but its drive-in aesthetics recall such films as “Escape From New York,” “The Most Dangerous Game” elements of the first film magnified in a climactic bit of satire that’s a memorable set piece.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The sequel takes the morally hypocritical position of its predecessor’s climax as its foundation.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Not perfect, ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is the 1970s style revenge thriller that you didn’t know you wanted.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A surprisingly humdrum affair, notable only for the mixed messages it manages to deliver along its corpse-strewn route.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

Reviews: Sex Tape (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Even the very title, SEX TAPE, indicates how out of step this movie is with the times.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Too bad no one thought to call the technical support number. This whole mess could have been avoided.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There are flashes of potential here … but Sex Tape possesses too much comedic insecurity to do anything of value with them.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A farce that tries so hard to be naughty without becoming tasteless and raunchy without becoming gross that it winds up exhausting its stars as well as the audience, while never achieving the hilarity it’s straining for.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

Reviews: Venus in Fur (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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Reviews: Boyhood (2014)

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Published on: July 11, 2014

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  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Boyhood’ reveals itself as something deeper, more noteworthy and ambitious than even its remarkable production would suggest, for Linklater has given us nothing less than a cinematic approximation of human memory.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: One of the best and most memorable films ever made about the art of improvisation as a path of wisdom, creativity, and personal renewal.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …will have you reflecting on your own life, all those moments big and small, many of which represented crossroads you may not have seen at the time.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: But what is truly moving is seeing her succumb to her own happiness–having a successful career, watching her children grow up in their own ways, and even getting that unexpected compliment from their father and her first husband (played by Ethan Hawke) who reaffirmed that, hey, in spite of everything she did alright.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • [New - 7/25/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A noteworthy accomplishment – and an unparalleled movie experience.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The sum total of these excellent scenes is a pretty impressive whole, the image of a life lovingly observed.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

Reviews: Rage (2014)

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Published on: July 11, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nuevo pagadeudas de Nicolas Cage, en esta ocasión con el español Paco Cabezas detrás de las cámaras. Esperemos que al cineasta le sirva para abrir puertas en Hollywood, porque no le vemos más utilidad a este mini thriller de acción.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Tedious. dim-witted action thriller – a total waste of time.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: A pulpy, no-nonsense vigilante number that could have been scripted by computer program … Say what you will about Cage, he gives the viewer his money’s worth in tics, mad-dog froth.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: A bloody cautionary tale about how revenge can backfire.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.

Reviews: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

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Published on: July 10, 2014

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Reviews: A Long Way Down (2014)

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Published on: July 10, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Pascal Chaumeil sigue abriendo zanja internacional en su trabajo con esta floja adaptación de la novela de Nick Hornby que sacrifica su mordacidad para abrirse a un discurso más bien meloso.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A suicide-club meet-cute? It shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world.
  • [New - 7/10/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Based on one of Nick Hornby’s more forgettable novels, four people happen to show up at the same time and same place to commit suicide. More lackluster comedy than drama, these shallow, one-dimensional characters are tough to care about.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: This disappointing adaptation of the novel by Nick Hornby falls with a splat.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Shamelessly cloying, so misguided and vacuous it made me want to scream, A Long Way Down is an unusually bad test of your patience that is bound to induce squirms.

Reviews: The Zero Theorem (2014)

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Published on: July 10, 2014

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Reviews: Begin Again (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Earth to Echo (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Life Itself (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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  • Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A powerful, illuminating, and heart-affecting documentary about the long career of the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and his courageous battle with cancer.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: we see how the man who’d literally lost his voice procured a new one via his blog where he wrote about everything under the sun and if there’s a weakness in this film it is that we don’t hear enough about this fine work.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: I write about films because I love cinema, and if I do it with any skill, it’s because I spent hours reading Ebert.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Life Itself is an empathetic, affectionate, and, at times, shattering film that honors its subject through its candor.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The latter scenes with his wife Chaz contrast with his often cantankerous relationship with his famous cohort Gene Siskel. Although those displays are where the documentary soars, the final act provides a poignant coda on the life of a man who left an indelible legacy on film criticism.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: A superb tribute that will leave Roger Ebert fans delighted and inspired. Thumbs Up.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: As Roger would say about any of his four star reviews, “I could not imagine not seeing this film again.”
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
    • Excerpt: It’s filled with biographical information, clips of films, great anecdotes, and loving reminiscences. But what lingers is the sight of Ebert in the hospital, propped up in a wheelchair with a keyboard on his lap, determined to put down more words.
  • Don Lewis @ Film Threat
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: The ultimate cineaste to the end, Ebert saw himself as James’s collorator rather than his compliant subject … Fascinating, engrossing, life-affirming … without being in the least mawkish.
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: It exudes his love of the movies from every frame, and ultimately, the love that the movies returned to him.
  • Piers Marchant @ sweet smell of success
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: This is not a sponge-cleaned prepackaged documentaries that glorifies Ebert as a product, but rather the bittersweet story of a kid who came from a small town in down-state Illinois, fell in love with journalism, developed a deep passion for the movies, and became famous by being lucky enough to talk about it on television.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Life Itself may not be perfect, but it is compelling, insightful and most of all, personal. I’d like to believe that is exactly what Roger would have wanted it to be.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: In the end, “Life Itself” has too much to do with Roger Ebert’s death and not enough to do with the man who trademarked a couple of thumbs pointed either up or down.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: A truly extraordinary documentary about Roger Ebert’s life — warts and all.
  • Mel Valentin @ VeryAware.com
    • Excerpt: A heartfelt, poignant documentary of the world’s favorite film critic.

Reviews: Tammy (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: July 3, 2014

tammyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The formula is going to wear itself out, and either McCarthy will disappear, or she’ll figure out how to properly harness her considerable talent. For now, ‘Tammy’ is a disappointment, because it asks an energetic, unpredictable performer to play it so calculatingly, frustratingly safe.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It is admirable that McCarthy and Falcone try to push an agenda that gives the young perspective on their elders (and vice versa), but except for a (very) few funny set pieces, the film’s pretty flat.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The most frustrating thing about this ego-driven misfire of a movie is the unforgivable squandering of Melissa McCarthy’s gigantic talents. Beautiful and funny with almost preternaturally good comic timing, McCarthy is absolutely wasted here, and by her own script.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The jokes are either too obvious or rely on our patience for the actors to riff on a joke well after its point has been made.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Tiresome and tedious, Melissa McCarthy takes an unfortunate pratfall.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: It makes one wonder why this was such a big deal project for her in the first place.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women. Yay? Nah.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: The picture gets off to a boisterous start, evading all but the most basic of character work, leaving audiences with no point of emotional connection for the spiralling labyrinth of nothingness that follows.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Jagged around the edges and far from perfect, just like its protagonist, TAMMY is still fitfully amusing and its dramatic moments surprisingly work more often than not. Ultimately, the moderate success of this episodic road dramedy all comes back to Melissa McCarthy whose presence alone makes a considerable difference in jockeying material and making it better.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Piers Marchant @ sweet smell of success
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Too scattershot and episodic to work as a whole, but overall it’s a better vehicle for McCarthy than those she’s shouldered before.

Reviews: Willow Creek (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: July 3, 2014

willow_creekReviews for this film from our members:

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