Reviews: Aloha (2015)

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Published on: May 28, 2015

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  • [New – 5/28/15] | Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic
    • Excerpt: There are quintessential bits of Crowe in a film that just cannot commit to the payload it wants to deliver.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There are enough small moments here to illustrate what might have been…but some shaggy editing and too many false moves – particularly the ridiculous climax and tone deaf epilog – deep six the film.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]here are times when it feels as if writer/director Cameron Crowe simply started filming with the basic outline of a screenplay that had yet to be written.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: There’s no defending Aloha, but there’s no reason to deride it, either. It’s just a forgettable film that backfires in spite of the range of talent both behind the camera and in front of it.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Infuriatingly messy and opaque…so misshapen qand tonally awkward that whatever [Crowe] intended has to be imagined rather than experienced.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Aloha is a pleasant, nonthreatening sort of romantic dramedy, in that the film mostly coasts on genre conventions and the magnetism of its lead actors.

Reviews: Beyond the Reach (2015)

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Reviews: Child 44 (2015)

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  • [New – 4/17/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 4/17/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Child 44 doesn’t just lose the plot. It loses the point.
  • [New – 4/23/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Forbidding and forgettable, this adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s suspenseful best-seller just doesn’t translate onto the big screen.
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Ostensibly about the hunt for a child killer in Stalinist Russia – a fictionalized account of the Andrei Chikatilo ordeal, as portrayed in the excellent HBO movie Citizen X – Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44 devotes only about a quarter of its 137-minute running time to the murder investigation it purports to depict.

Reviews: I Am Big Bird (2015)

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  • [New – 5/7/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Four years after “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” promoted the idea that a Muppet character embodied love, along come the documentarian duo Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker to reinstate the legacy of Sesame Street’s original star.
  • [New – 5/15/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: We get the surface of who this man is, but—and perhaps this is a testament to the man himself—we want to know more.
  • [New – 5/15/15] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 5/7/15] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story does a fly-over of many areas that may have been ripe for dissection, but it seems content to just celebrate the near-anonymous contributions and mechinations of Caroll Spinney the man, juxtaposed with the fame that his iconic character has achieved.

Reviews: Poltergeist (2015)

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  • [New – 5/28/15] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un remake tan intrascendente como era de esperar. El respeto/temor al clásico y la irrelevancia industrial de una propuesta de fin de semana convierten el conjunto en un pim, pam, pum discotequero correcto, pero más bien sosete y amigo del ridículo en ocasiones.
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The essential paradox of the remake has seldom been as explicitly — and often frustratingly — actualized as it is in Gil Kenan’s new ‘Poltergeist,’ which assembles a very gifted group of people to go through another movie’s paces, a cover band you wish would just play their own songs.
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Poltergeist, a condensed remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror film, is doubly redundant.
  • [New – 5/22/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Creepy and contrived, it’s a nostalgic yet totally unnecessary remake.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Mark Harris @ About.com
  • [New – 5/22/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: If you have any inclination to see this, just rewatch the original. You will lose nothing, and you’ll have a far better time.
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Poltergeist (2015) is a forgettable diversion – one that may satisfy casual viewers looking for a mildly eerie (and sometimes humorous) ghost story.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: 2015’s “Poltergeist” doesn’t do much wrong; it just doesn’t do much that stands out or distinguishes itself beyond the competent, nor is it particularly scary.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Poltergeist isn’t one of those remakes that totally pisses on the corpse of the original, but it doesn’t do much with the framework either.
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The remake feels like a rush through paces we’ve been over before brought to you by filmmakers who never bothered to understand why they worked in the first place. Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper worked to create a sense of magic and life and energy. That movie was also fun. This one, directed by Gil Keanan (Monster House), feels like a checklist. There’s no time for anything, no time for characters, no time to establish tension or mood.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • [New – 5/22/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Doesn’t improve on Hooper’s film, or equal it, but at least it doesn’t bastardize it. But…why settle for a respectable retread when you can still savor its superior model?
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Goerge Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]

Reviews: San Andreas (2015)

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Published on: May 28, 2015

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  • [New – 5/29/15] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: San Andreas is lightweight, crowd-pleasing summer entertainment that knows its place and delivers the goods.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: seems to have its tongue firmly planted in cheek, screenwriter Carlton Cuse’s take…hitting every genre cliche so relentlessly it all adds up to preposterous entertainment.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: San Andreas fulfills its promise of providing massive quantities of disaster. Ultimately, though, we’re left wondering if that alone is a promise worth keeping.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Scary disaster movie, revealing spectacular devastation along the California coastline…
  • [New – 5/28/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Cornball disaster-porn melodrama… in 3D! Dumb, insulting, and bloodless. It’s Hollywood’s subconscious death wish brought to life, in more ways than one.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Rock uses earthquakes to save his family and his marriage; pure summer popcorn fun
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: It may be big, loud, and pretty dumb, but San Andreas is a fun (albeit fleeting) piece of summer blockbuster escapism.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: While director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) can make cinematic disasters that make the expense of 3D glasses less unreasonable, he and screenwriter Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Lost) aren’t nearly as successful at creating believable people to occupy the ruins.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: There are no surprises to be had here, no shades of grey, but “San Andreas” is epic and over the top and, at its best, a rocking good time of a popcorn disaster flick.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Why isn’t San Andreas more fun? It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why but, for all its CGI bells and whistles, death, destruction and general gargantuan catastrophes, it never feels real.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Predictable… to a fault.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The only thing that could save San Andreas is a real-life earthquake that shakes the theatre, collapses the ceiling, and turns moviegoers into raspberry jam.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Hundreds of thousands (millions?) die, we can assume, but let’s not worry about those nameless, faceless souls – the film rarely stops to consider the poor saps about to meet their fates, and the PG-13 experience features no bodies or bloodshed throughout all the carnage.
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: I appreciate San Andreas because at the very base level, gives me what I want. Last week I saw Poltergeist in which I didn’t see any ghosts; this week at least I got the earthquake that I paid for. That’s progress, I suppose.
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: An unabashed throwback to the simple-minded disaster movies of decades ago…[and] a ho-hum affair.

Reviews: Welcome to New York (2015)

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Reviews: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

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Reviews: Good Kill (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

good_killReviews for this film from our members:

  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: although all the pieces form a tidy little puzzle, the end result has about as much impact as spending two hours assembling a picture out of colored cardboard.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film’s visuals are its strongest selling point, overhead views of drone kills paralleled with similar shots of the Egan household imparting empathetic vulnerability.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 5/29/15] | Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: Andrew Niccol’s latest, Good Kill, is his most realistic film to date, but it’s also even more surreal than the ones that preceded it. In examining how drone warfare has gone from science fiction to something that’s become eerily mundane, Niccol doesn’t have to strain himself to come up with something that’s appropriately uncomfortable and weird.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: not unlike the pilots and their UAVs, there is a disconnect between the audience and those we see on screen, who are vehicles of delivery themselves…not carrying bombs, but instead hauling with them the thinly-veiled directives of the filmmakers.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: One has to give it credit for taking on a serious subject, even if it fumbles the attempt.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Hawke coasts through an undistinguished performance, but the real problem originates with Niccol’s unfocused screenplay.

Reviews: I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015)

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Published on: May 21, 2015

ill_see_you_in_my_dreamsReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 5/14/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: I’ll See You in My Dreams is not a movie about death any more than it’s about aging. At the risk of being corny, it’s a movie about life.
  • [New – 5/14/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It is a delight to see Danner in a lead role, and her character study bubbles with a relatable, melancholy feistiness bolstered by strong support…”I’ll See You in My Dreams” is a small scale marvel.
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: I’ll See You in My Dreams may not be “about” much, but nonetheless, it has a lot to say and, like its characters, says it with precision.
  • [New – 5/22/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A formulaic but engaging dramedy…older audiences in particular will find it a pleasant way to spend their time.
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Exquisite chemistry between Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott make this dramedy something special indeed.
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