Reviews: Annie (2014)

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Published on: December 18, 2014

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  • [New – 12/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Gluck’s whipped up a cute, frothy concoction for family holiday viewing. In one of the few new songs written for this second screen version, ‘Opportunity,’ Wallis proves more than capable of carrying a tune.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Although the venerable sugar shock-inducer has been reimagined by a new creative team including director and co-writer Will Gluck (“Easy A,” “Friends With Benefits”) and producers Will Smith and Jay-Z, it remains “Annie” and all dietary warnings remain in full force and effect. If anything, this uneven,updated reboot is even more sugar-coated.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Most of its successes and shortcomings are primarily the result of the movie’s own design, and there’s something admirable about that.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A cloying, superficial debacle…
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: “Annie” is sunny, jubilant cotton candy with more than enough painless entertainment value to go around. It might get a hard knock for not always working, but it doesn’t deserve hate mail when you won’t leave the theater without a smile.
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: But if the original Annie means nothing to you, there is a chance this one won’t either.

Reviews: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Published on: December 18, 2014

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  • [New – 12/18/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Peter Jackson finaliza su travesía en seis tramos por la Tierra Media con una propuesta afortunadamente divertida y que pasa en un suspiro. Pero no aporta absolutamente nada que no hayamos visto antes.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 12/5/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: [It is] egregiously besides the point for a story about the folly of war and greed to luxuriate this long on rampant destruction, especially as a byproduct of stretching The Hobbit into three films for monetary gain.
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s taken us just shy of six hours to get here but finally Peter Jackson delivers with the conclusion to his painfully overextended Hobbit trilogy.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine
    • Excerpt: All we’re left with once [Jackson’s] grand plans go awry is the nostalgic tug to return to the textured, lived-in Middle-earth of 2001 before he got around to bulldozing it.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies primarily brings with it a sensation of relief that the muddling and ultimately middling affair is finished.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Peter Jackson creates a satisfying, visually spectacular finale, weaving all the threads together in the bucolic Shire.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New – 12/11/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: I fear that Peter Jackson has been suffering from a similar affliction to the dwarf king’s “dragon sickness”: a compulsive lust for epicness.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The unlikely coincidence of five different armies arriving on the same battlefield all within 30 minutes of one another is a plot hole I am very willing to overlook, but the smashing, throttling, and bludgeoning bass of the enveloping meleé is on the intriguing edge of ho-hum.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: What it also lacks in stand-alone value is made up in its gaggle of spectacular set-pieces and a coda that directly leads into “The Fellowship of the Ring.” At least the last prequel is a worthy companion piece to Peter Jackson’s superior trilogy.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: Rarely has a final battle been so anticlimactic (or padding been so apparent).
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy may never have reached the soaring heights of his ‘Lord of the Rings’ films, but as another chapter of fantasy film history draws to a close with ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’, we are left with the realization: this journey to Middle-earth has left a mark as well.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Don’t get me wrong, I still look forward to the day when all three movies are out on video and someone cuts the saga down to a single movie that sticks closer to Tolkien’s book, but for now I’ll take what I can get, and this isn’t bad.
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Everything ends.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: But while this third Hobbit film may be a fitting finale for the series – and will likely fare better with audiences that took issue with the leisurely pace of the previous films – it’s also the part of the trilogy that suffers most from being chopped into three parts. All payoff with no setup, that battle royale finale can be frequently exhilarating – but just as frequently wearying.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Beyond serving up pure fantasy spectacle and some Tolkienist pandering, Battle primarily concerns the distorting effects of wealth and the power it represents.

Reviews: Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb (2014)

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Published on: December 18, 2014

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  • [New – 12/18/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This third installment’s VIP is ‘Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, exhibiting a surprising knack for comedy as Sir Lancelot, but Stiller seems strangely enervated as Larry (his new character, caveman Laaa, is a different story) and Robin Williams, in his last screen appearance, barely there.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Not every movie merits a series, and not every series deserves a fond farewell.
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 12/19/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: There are no revelations to be had here. This is a film that is what most people will expect it to be when they enter the theater.

Reviews: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

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Published on: December 18, 2014

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Reviews: Unbroken (2014)

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  • [New – 12/5/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The script relies so much on Zamperini’s determination that it never capitalizes on the many dramatic uncertainties that might have turned his story into a timeless nail-biting classic, as opposed to a solemn, respectful salute that lasts more than two hours.
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Jolie and her collaborators clearly have a lot of respect for the story they are telling, but their reverence prevents the film from having much passion, or from cohering into anything like a decent narrative. Instead, it feels like a series of well-shot scenes that happen to follow each other.
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There’s much to recommend here, but at over two hours the production taxes the viewer’s patience after a while. Let’s just say, Unbroken is worth watching once and then never again.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New – 12/12/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Gimme a break.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: [I]t feels unfair to fault the soft edges of Unbroken since Jolie’s direction favours the light of Zamperini’s tale rather than the darkness from which it emerges.

Reviews: Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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Published on: December 11, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ridley Scott propone una de sus peores películas desde un planteamiento erróneo y apelotonado, además de fallar en la elección de buena parte de su reparto. Bastante mal todo, en general.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: For as many awesome scenes like what we saw in “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Gladiator,” we get just as many scenes featuring Scott’s “Robin Hood” dull style of characterization.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ridley Scott vuelve a tomar el tema del héroe, esta vez desde una perspectiva bíblica, en la que Christian Bale se lleva la mejor parte de una historia que no logra concretar todas sus promesas.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “Prometheus”) has taken on ancient epics with “Gladiator” and “Kingdom of Heaven,” but his take on Moses leading the chosen people out of Egypt is riddled with weird inaccuracies, a Pharaoh sporting an Australian accent and a running time that feels excessive while the story itself feels truncated.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Exodus tiene momentos tan buenos, y el empaque visual es tan espectacular, que esos elementos casi compensan el guión tan malo que tiene. Son impresionantes, elegantes y muy originales la batalla del principio, las plagas y el mar Rojo (Roland Emmerich debe de estar rabiando de envidia); y la recreación del antiguo Egipto, a la que Scott le saca muy buen partido, es maravillosa.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is an exhilarating epic with both eye-filling spectacle and some genuinely interesting observations on the relationship between man and God. It’s never really as much fun as “The Ten Commandments,” but Scott has made a movie to be reckoned with.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [C]ommendably daring in its rational, distrusting slant on a biblical narrative, but there’s no ignoring that something fundamental is lost in the movie’s translation.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is Ridley Scott’s spectacular re-telling of the Biblical story about Moses and the Israelites’ emancipation, starring Christian Bale.
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Underwhelming – with little or no emotional resonance. Moses doesn’t even say, “Let my people go…”
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Ben-Hur We Go Again
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Exodus: Gods and Kings is not an offensive Hollywood cash-grab, nor is it a particularly inventive revision of the Exodus story.
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Meeting, but rarely exceeding, expectations, Ridley Scott’s grand retelling of Moses and the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt is strong on visuals and A-list presence, but slight on narrative and characterisation. Christian Bale and Joel Egerton both put in fine performances as Moses and Rameses, while the rest of the big-name cast gets lost amidst a CG-heavy blizzard of battles, plagues, revolts and muddled imagery.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is a movie with grand ambitions, little followthrough, and no interest in the human component.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Not quite ex-ceptional.
  • Diego Salgado @ IGN España [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Forget the red sea, the real miracle is that this film was even made.

Reviews: Late Phases (2014)

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Published on: December 11, 2014

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Reviews: Mommy (2014)

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Reviews: Top Five (2014)

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  • [New – 12/18/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: For the first time, Rock’s not trying to stuff his gonzo energy into the ill-fitting box of a “normal” person in a conventional comedy; we didn’t want to see Rock doing the lame white-people-dance-funny bits of ‘Head of State’ or the even lamer Viagra gags of ‘I Think I Love My Wife.’ In ‘Top Five,’ he finds a cinematic approximation of his act: free-flowing, unpredictable, personal, spiced up with pop cultural references, political shout-outs, and a decidedly hip-hop energy, and above all else, funny as hell.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The basic outline of Rock’s script is standard romcom…but Rock uses it to examine show biz, celebrity, addiction, discrimination and family in painfully funny fashion. It’s Rock’s hip hop homage to Woody Allen and his own stand up roots.
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Rock lets his humor play broadly, but he fills out the space between gags with smart writing and pointed social insights.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he film has a lot to say about the nature and perils of fame, and it does so with Rock’s observant and caustic humor.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A savvy social satirist adroitly balances bawdy abrasiveness with the awareness of a black man blindsided by his own success.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Pootie Tang tires of the cheap laugh and wants you to take him seriously
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: As a film, “Top Five” isn’t successful enough to even make one’s top twenty, but this is an uninhibited chance to really see Rock at the height of his powers.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: This is the movie I’ve been waiting for Chris Rock to make his entire career. It’s his stand-up sensibility perfectly transferred to film.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This film doesn’t quite know what it wants to be, but that being said, all of this would be forgiven if the thing was just funny. It’s not.

Reviews: Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Reviews: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Reviews: Inherent Vice (2014)

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Reviews: Camp X-Ray (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

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  • [New – 10/30/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The baggage Stewart brings to ‘Camp X-Ray’ makes its first hour more compelling than anything in the screenplay. If the character is out of her depth, there’s a question as to whether the actor is as well; both certainly walk into Gitmo (the setting and the set) with something to prove, and when obstructions are placed in front of them, their jaw hardens and they proceed with even greater determination.
  • [New – 10/16/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.
  • [New – 10/16/14] | Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries
    • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.
  • [New – 11/14/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least.
  • [New – 11/28/14] | Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least.

Reviews: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

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Reviews: Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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Reviews: The Babadook (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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Reviews: Happy Christmas (2014)

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Reviews: The Homesman (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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Reviews: The Imitation Game (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Cumberbath carries his intelligence with him from role to role, like Jennifer Lawrence’s likability or Tommy Lee Jones’ gruffness, and it allows each character to start with a set of expectations, and work forward from there. In the case of ‘The Imitation Game,’ that specific quality helps elevate what could’ve been a rote boilerplate biopic into a film with the spark of a live wire.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and an illuminating portrait of the large role secrets can play in our lives.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game is simple, but it is also cogent in making the case for its subject’s place in history…
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Imitation Game’ is the fascinating story of Alan Turing (played by an indelible Benedict Cumberbatch) and his contributions to a top secret military project that turned the tides in WWII.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engrossing, if emotionally evasive – featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s exceptional performance…
  • [New – 12/18/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: For most of the run time, The Imitation Game remains a highly polished, beautifully acted picture. That mystifying resolution though.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A marvelous combination of thrilling intellectual adventure and sensitive portrait of a man ahead of his time both personally and professionally.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Did the geeks win World War II?
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Intriguing character study and exciting war drama rolled into one
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Imitation of life…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game is a very entertaining movie. It could have been a lot more than that.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Genius mathematician Alan Turning finally takes center stage as the father of the modern computer, an unsung British hero of World War II, and as a victim of Britain’s draconian punishment of gays in this well-rounded biopic about the man who broke the Nazi’s cryptographic code machine — the “Enigma.”

Reviews: Jessabelle (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Jessabelle’ Shows Potential, But Quickly Becomes The Ghost Movie That Everyone Expects
  • 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 – 12/4/14] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Um filme sem apelo que apenas tem potencial para ser recordado como um dos primeiros trabalhos de Sarah Snook
  • 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.
  • 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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Published on: November 20, 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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Published on: November 20, 2014

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Reviews: Starry Eyes (2014)

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

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