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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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • 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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Reviews: I Origins (2014)

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Reviews: Lucy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain’s incredible powers.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • 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.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Aside from the regressive portrait of its heroine, the movie is a mess of pseudo-scientific babble.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Loony and laughable.
  • 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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  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A delightful romantic comedy with enchanting performances by Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
  • 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
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The joke quickly runs dry…
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Whimsical, entrancing and ephemeral, it should airily appeal to those who loved ‘Midnight in Paris’ (2011).
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: …elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: If for no other reason, THE PURGE: ANARCHY is worth seeing for Grillo, who at middle age is just entering his prime.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The sequel takes the morally hypocritical position of its predecessor’s climax as its foundation.
  • 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.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Doubles down on the first film’s angry approach to class, inequality, and violence, and once again reflects an image of America that is ugly but only slightly distorted.
  • 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 @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: The maddening thing about The Purge series as a whole is the wasted potential in the story. There’s a lot more to the premise than an “us vs. them” story, or maybe I just want there to be.
  • 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.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Not perfect, ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is the 1970s style revenge thriller that you didn’t know you wanted.
  • 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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Reviews: Venus in Fur (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.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
  • Matt Brown @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: In Boyhood we’re always ‘here now,’ with no moody dissolves or title cards to dog-ear the pages of the book. Thiths is boyhood, and this, I think, is the point.
  • 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
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Here is a film that captures the essence of memory.
  • 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.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Boyhood’ is writer/director Richard Linklater’s masterpiece presenting the life of a boy from ages six to 18 using the same actor over 12 years.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Richard Linklater’s naturalistic, bittersweet, coming-of-age alternative to studio productions.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The drama advances organically and the actors perform naturally. Rarely has an individual’s developmental transitions been dramatized so imaginatively on film.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Despite some narrative issues, there’s no denying this sad, funny, and hopeful film is a technical and emotional achievement.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Concerning ambition and sheer fortitude, Boyhood leapfrogs the Before films and shatters conventional expectations on how audiences consider the concept of time in movies.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A noteworthy accomplishment – and an unparalleled movie experience.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: The real reason to seek Boyhood out is in the way Linklater explores these characters with equal parts empathy and voyeurism. Just like the way our own memories work, picking random scenes from our lives as we try to make sense of the whole complex endeavor, we simply enter the memories of a young boy whose instantly relatable confusions, joys and frustrations are presented to us like a bunch of old-fashioned slides spread across an empty room.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • 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.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun, Richard Linklater goes and makes the most anti-Hollywood movie ever conceived.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: An instant classic twelve years in the making, striking in its tender tone and stunning in ts cumulative emotional impact.
  • Mel Valentin @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: An affecting exploration of the complexities and contradictions of a particular family and the positive-negative impact of seemingly mundane events (here momentous, if not epic-scaled).

Reviews: Rage (2014)

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Published on: July 11, 2014

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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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Reviews: Tammy (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Willow Creek (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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