Reviews: Life of Crime (2014)

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Published on: August 28, 2014

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  • [New - 8/29/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Like the shard of the marmalade jar that gets lodged in Aniston’s foot early on, Life of Crime lets sugar seep into where it could be pouring salt.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Schechter’s done a great job corralling the country clubs, Cadillacs, Colonials, Caribbean condos and costumes of the 1970s but its his cast that really makes his adaptation sing.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: easily the best Leonard adaptation since Out of Sight
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Set aside the lineage, and it’s a solid crime film with an excellent cast. Don’t pass it by.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Life of Crime has all the ingredients to be a successful, darkly funny crime caper, but despite its parts, it never adds up to anything.

Reviews: The November Man (2014)

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Published on: August 28, 2014

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  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …an OK time passer.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: From the eastern European locations to Marco Beltrami’s score, “The November Man” has a major case of Bourne envy. It doesn’t really have the budget for the gigantic, action set pieces that are one of the hallmarks of the Bourne movies, and so director Roger Donaldson ups the ante on the violence, which is the primary reason for the movie’s well-deserved R rating.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There is a great amount of confusion about the central character in The November Man, which is quite at odds with the character himself.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Slick ‘n’ sturdy, stumbling only occasionally….
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Will give you your spy thriller fix but nothing else. Treads in the safe waters of spy films past rather than exploring any new territory.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: In a genre where smarts and thrills are pivotal, The November Man delivers only routine (and uninspired) spy drama.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: There’s nothing egregiously wrong with “The November Man,” but there’s nothing particularly remarkable about it, either.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The kind of thing you probably won’t watch again, but that you don’t mind having watched the first time, because, hey, at least it delivered what it promised.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A pastiche of old-fashioned espionage cliches, clumsily stitched together and even more ineptly executed.

Reviews: The Dog (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • [New - 8/8/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a fascinating look at one of New York City’s most notorious and unlikely personalities.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The documentary, directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, is the study of a man in love with his own legend.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Dog’ is the compelling and blunt portrait of an alpha male who gained notoriety when he attempted to rob a bank to finance his lover’s sex-reassignment surgery in 1972.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries
    • Excerpt: Wojtowicz’s story is fascinating, but the flaw of a documentary with one predominant voice is bias smothers the filmmakers’ intention of burrowing under the surface.

Reviews: Frank (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a funny, goofy movie with some serious things to say about art and madness, band dynamics, broken dreams and selling out.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Frank’ Is The Role Of A Lifetime…For Someone…
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Frank’ is the captivating portrait of a unique singer who leads his band’s unusual creative process from the inside of a huge, fake head.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Frank is definitely an odd little film with a sensibility that will charm some and irk others.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An askew, bitter dramedy of artistic pretension and creative desperation that has something sneakily marvelous to say about what it takes — and what it doesn’t — to be an artist.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan have something to say about the lines of art and commerce, as well as genius and insanity, and wrap both comments into a bizarro road picture that carves its own tonally controlled route with dark, sometimes broad humor and dark, sad character layers.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Frank has nothing interesting in it and it isn’t as funny or as emotionally involving as it might think it is – assuming any thought went into it whatsoever. Taken as a whole, it is just gibberish, unfocused and annoying.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Reviews: If I Stay (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: Land Ho! (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Katz’s team-up with Martha Stephens (she made 2012’s Pilgrim Song, which I have not seen), Land Ho!, is full of respectable filmmaking acumen but contains none of the quirk that makes a movie rise above mere time-passing. It’s a pleasant enough experience on the surface but its lack of identity leaves a void into which rushes, whether intentionally or not, some of the more regrettable aspects of its lead characters.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A wonderful and quirky film about two quite different seventy-somethings and their adventures during a trip to Iceland.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This intermittently funny, sometimes touching tale of two senior citizens who seize the day when they’re not getting on each others nerves is most consistent as an Icelandic travelogue.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: LAND HO! never gets over-sentimental nor does it indulge in the kind of slapstick humor one would see in a geezer comedy like GRUMPY OLD MEN. Instead, the exploration of Iceland’s solitary alien landscape serves as an apt metaphor for our inquest into the inner life of these forever young old-timers.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A charming comical confection and en enticing Islandic travelogue…
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: In Land Ho!, two elderly gentlemen travel across Icelandic landscapes but fail to mold a corresponding story. They are merely on a documented trip with some amusing conversations.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: With plenty of laid-back charm and the easy pace of a couple of old guys with nothing particular to do and nowhere special to go, this geriatric buddy comedy falls somewhere between a slick home movie and an unpretentious indie road movie.

Reviews: Love Is Strange (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: The One I Love (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • [New - 8/28/14] | Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: … [a] willowy and romantic science-fiction two-hander with a Twilight Zone twist about a couple with marriage problems whose sojourn at a therapeutic retreat takes a quirky turn.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: both exceptional writing and superb performances elevate this film into an irregular realm of its own.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A remarkable, creative, and thought-provoking drama about treasuring love and sustaining marriage.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: One stunning location, two main stars, family ties and a script that is a narcissistic science fiction twist on 1945′s Dorothy McGuire and Robert Younger starrer “The Enchanted Cottage” is the means to a clever directorial debut by Charlie McDowell…
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is smart filmmaking, not only for the inventiveness of Lader’s central conceit but also for the dexterity from all involved to keep it grounded in reality.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: An innovative way to demonstrate how relationships tend to lose their spark over time.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The One I Love has an inspired conceit that depends all on the element of surprise and its insight into interpersonal relationships. 
  • Kristy Puchko @ CinemaBlend.com
    • Excerpt: It’s happened to all of us. Everyone is raving about a movie with a “big twist.” You totally mean to see it. And right before you do, some jackass accidentally drops the bomb.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: An indie with an intriguing premise, The One I Love is a smart and surprising take on the romantic comedy. The script by Joe Lader adds an interesting dimension to the set-up of a troubled couple on a weekend retreat, one that the trailer only hints at and that I’ve seen other venues treat as a spoiler.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Uses what initially seems a slight, even ludicrous conceit to treat of deeper relationship issues in an intelligent, sophisticated way.

Reviews: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: In a sense, the film is much like Ava. I know it’s bad (or at least flawed) and yet I can’t help being seduced by it. The black and white with flashes of color is intoxicating, and now and then the clipped hardboiled dialogue sounds like poetry, but the parts are better than the whole.
  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ is, side by side, pretty much as good and as bad as the original, and it has most of the same problems. It’s all style and no substance, and said style springs from mere quotation of half-heard noir tropes — trafficking in clichés, rather than putting a spin on them.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: there’s one camp performance in particular that’s powerful enough to warrant the entire tent.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The stories are obviously sad but the storytelling is obviously fun, and yet they work at odds with each other instead of striking a meaningful contrast to present a valid point. Unless the point is to say that the audience is just as vile Sin City’s villains and victims for taking pleasure in of all this mayhem, but even then, whose fault is that?
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: more of a pictorial companion piece to a graphic novel than a movie, leading one to wonder why Miller doesn’t just employ Rodriguez as a photographic panel artist – all we’d be missing is Green’s gravelly purr.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a very expertly realized paean to a gritty kind of bygone glamour film blessed with a watershed performance by the talented Eva Green.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: There is nothing wholesome about “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” but this is a triumph of style over substance that gloriously captures the sick, seductive beauty of the gutter, blood and a whore’s lipstick reflected the same color on rain-slick streets.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [E]ven though Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn’t as effective as its predecessor, it is still a worthy trip to a brutal and exciting world.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Visually stunning but emotionally lifeless…
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: So utterly bereft of substance, as to offend the basic requirements of storytelling. It perverts the very idea of entertainment.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Sin City was such a game-changer that it’s disappointing Rodriguez doesn’t try to break new ground with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The story lines are a notch below the original, but the dialogue is just as ripe.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a jumbled but still enjoyable followup that, for most moviegoers, arrives on the scene too late.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Take away the style and what do we really have? Gratuitous female nudity, leaden blows to the head, and so many decapitations that you will lose track, yes, but that’s why the first “Sin City” exists.
  • Piers Marchant @ sweet smell of success
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s a sin…
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Sin City is by no means a place you’d wish to book a family holiday, but 102 minutes immersed in this melancholic world does just the trick.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The problem with the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is that it offers almost nothing new. It repeats the tone and broken narrative of the original without that film’s energy. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the visual trickery but when you try to give a rip about anything else, the movie – at about 2 hours – wears out its welcome around the 45 minute mark. Like the original, this film is a series of stories both in short and long form, but this time they’re hard to care about.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: …this 2014 followup does such a good job recreating the look and feel of the surprise 2005 hit, right down to renovating the rapidly aging faces of Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis to the point where they’re indistinguishable from their decade-younger selves, that you could edit the stories from ‘A Dame to Kill For’ into the original ‘Sin City’ and never notice the difference.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: For this viewer, once around the block was more than enough for Rodriguez’s vacuous explosion of comic-book flamboyance, extremely scantily-dressed females, ludicrously hardboiled dialogue and ultra-pulpish mayhem
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film cribs slavishly from the aesthetic and compositions of Miller’s comics, but it nonetheless feels gleefully cinematic.

Reviews: The Trip to Italy (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: We get more Michael Caine impersonations with garbled “Dark Knight” Christian Bale and Tom Hardy takes…While this sounds like recycling, some of it is side splitting, as is quick-witted punning on such things as a woman’s gait and kumquats(!).
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In The Trip to Italy, it feels as if they’re simply doing a routine, and it’s the same shtick we’ve already seen.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Trip to Italy is just an assault of laughs, whether it’s duelling impressions, sketches or bickering. However, it’s in that vulnerable state, when your face is sore from laughter and your ears are reverberating with Michael Caine’s voice that Winterbottom torpedos you with emotional truths. The people you love should keep you grounded, tease you incessantly and dwarf your accomplishments; because they know it makes you better.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The transplant to Italy has not made this Trip any less amusing, but Witerbottom takes full advantage of the country’s cinematic history. There are references to several famous films set in Italy, with an emphasis on those with bittersweet and unhappy endings.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: If the prospect of dueling Michael Caine imitations amid picture postcard scenery sounds charming, the film will likely prove to be an unassuming summer diversion.

Reviews: We Are the Best! (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: The Expendables 3 (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Sylvester y sus carnales siguen a tortas con los enemigos de la libertad en una nueva entrega que sigue entreteniendo como sus predecesoras. Más glorias fílmicas y más autoparodia para una aventura post-añeja.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Where the first EXPENDABLES played like a shaggy, small-scale reprieve from career oblivion for former action stars Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and Jet Li, this one feels like it’s lining up the burial plots. Where the second and best film in the series raised the stakes by bringing in Jean-Claude Van Damme as its villain and Chuck Norris as comic relief, THE EXPENDABLES 3 overplays its hand amassing a cast of has-beens and future never-will-bes of such an unwieldy size that few get a chance at making any kind of impression.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: You know they’re going to make “The Expendables 4.” Call, text, write or email Millennium Films and Nu Image, and insist they make it as a silent movie.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The third movie is more of the same, although it makes some wrongheaded alterations.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews [Portuguese]
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: For viewers who enjoyed the first two films, the second sequel, ‘The Expendables 3,’ offers much of the same with a fledgling twist.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Tired franchise – filled with punishing chase scenes and repetitive gunfire.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s just no point in even bothering. In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of this movie by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad, twisted sort.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Reading the cast list should be the sole arbiter on whether or not you will spend money to see the latest iteration of masculine menopause, of former A-list stars reciting B-movie lines and hamming it up for over the top self-parody.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Delivering on the bread and butter of the action genre, “The Expendables 3″ entertains once in a while on a junky, brain-dead level, but the rest of the time, it’s wearisome and you’ll be checking your watch.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: There’s not much here to complain about or praise. If you enjoyed the first two movies, all you’ll be looking forward to is the same product with around 20% more action and a Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson boost.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … bigger, slicker, better directed that the other installments … In spots it resembles a ‘Fast & Furious’ adventure.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: No less bombastic than you might expect, but something feels off this time around. It’s neither as bloody as the first one nor as tirelessly self-referential as the second, but rather feels curiously flat and lacking in verve.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: An Expendable entry, perhaps?
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It’s slickly-made and better-produced than the first two films in the series, and that’s precisely the problem: while The Expendables 3 is a better film in most technical regards, it’s lost the goofy charm and rough edges that made the first two movies fun.

Reviews: The Giver (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

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Reviews: What If (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

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  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Yes, you have seen movies like ‘What If’ before, and yes, you will see movies like it again. But when it does what it does well, what’s the harm?
  • [New - 8/22/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Some fresh insights and new slants on the pesky question: can a man and a woman be friends and not lovers?
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Another shot fired across the bow at Hollywood’s attempt to kill the romantic comedy genre, “What If” may veer uncomfortably close into some too cutesy moments and scatological bad taste, but it always manages to right itself, buoyed by its charming star pairing of Radcliffe and Kazan.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Trifling and tedious , totally predictable rom-com – not even worth placing on your Netfliix queue.
  • [New - 8/22/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What If is pleasant enough but the slightness of the story ultimately relegates this affair to little more than passable time filler.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: What If has modest ambitions and stars you will never get tired of watching, but you’ll leave thinking it could have been a more lasting relationship rather than just a fling.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Back in 1989 after When Harry Met Sally was released, a studio exec probably said, “What if we make a sequel or another rom/com similar to this one?” His partners told him that was not a good idea; too bad that advice did not filter down to 2014.
  • [New - 8/22/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: After a rather unctuous start and strained wackiness creeping in on occasion, WHAT IF hinges on the connection between Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, who’s an unfailing delight.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: 5 stars… one of the best comedies Canada has ever produced.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: With little risk taken, here is a film you’ve seen a million times before, and sadly, will see a million times again.

Reviews: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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Reviews: Into the Storm (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: 1996′s “Twister” was far from a great film, but at least it had Philip Seymour Hoffman and flying cows. This latest fx extravaganza doesn’t even have sharks
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Steven Quales (“Final Destination 5”) and writer John Swetnam (“Step Up All In”) seem to have started with the concept of a “found footage” disaster movie, and thankfully, saner heads have prevailed. You wouldn’t be able to make heads or tails out of a movie about a barrage of tornadoes shot with cell phones.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s the right kind of dumb—here, the senseless destruction—and the wrong kind—everything surrounding that devastation. The wrong greatly outweighs the right in Into the Storm.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A suspenseful, truly terrifying thrill ride…
  • [New - 8/21/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A movie to make you despair of the found-footage conceit (if you weren’t already). Suddenly Twister looks like Shakespeare.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is classier than a SyFy original, but they are not distant cousins; you would think they look alike at the family picnic.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is another found footage failure – a gimmicky natural disaster film that fails to provide exciting tornado action or impactful human drama.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Creates legitimate, grip-your-date’s-leg excitement to turn a blind eye to the scripting issues and stiff, merely adequate performances. Sometimes, particularly in a disaster movie, that is enough.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Into the Storm is Sharknado sans sharks; a Syfy feature masquerading as a Hollywood production, released in theaters due to methodology at Warner Brothers not comprehended by the average cinephile.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: The latest Storm of the Century conveniently doubles as bonding experience and first date … Those looking for airborne bovine a la ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Twister’ will be disappointed.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Stormy weather ahead…
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Sharknado minus the sharks: stormchasers gets more than they bargained for in this SyFy version of Twister

Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: One Word ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Review: Cowabungled
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles,” “Wrath of the Titans”) competently manages a sprawling, technically complex production, but with no wit, style, warmth or charm. He isn’t helped by the Michael Bay imprimatur that’s all over this heavy industrial exercise masquerading as a movie.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]hese characters are fodder for an effects demo reel.
  • [New - 8/28/14] | João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews [Portuguese]
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A large part of the story has nothing to do with ninja turtles, but rather a bunch of human beings that wouldn’t have enough presence to activate an automatic door, let alone occupy the focus of a movie. And the turtles themselves look disgusting, like gooey roided-up hulks impregnated with reptilian features.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: You may not be shouting “Cowabunga” but at least it’s not ‘The Secret of the Ooze’.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I say welcome back to some old friends.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s more relentlessly mediocre and instantly forgettable than a giant disaster, but do the makers really want such a ringing endorsement in the TV spots?
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: It was only last week when Guardians of the Galaxy delighted us all with its wanton folly while reminding us that one doesn’t have to treat the audience like a bunch of buffoons who need to be condescended to in order to snatch some of that sweet cash out of their wallets with as little effort as possible. Of course nothing lasts forever, so it took only a week for the new, Michael Bay-pumped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come along and ruin all of the goodwill set forth by Marvel’s delightful surprise.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Ultimately, Guardians of the Galaxy exists and that’s going to hurt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles more than its flaws
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Michael Bay gets his hands on another beloved property from our childhoods, but as producer of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature his signature influence is somewhat muted. Director Jonathan Liebesman instead delivers a superhero adventure pitched squarely at the kids, with Megan Fox and William Fichtner providing human support alongside a quartet of mo-capped anthropomorphic reptiles, and the results are goofy, juvenile, shambolic, but admittedly quite entertaining.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Bright and colorful, fast and quick (at 101 minutes, that’s more than an hour shorter than the latest Transformers flick), with one standout, nicely-choreographed mountaintop action sequence, this thing is nearly decent enough to work.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that is very difficult to like and, at the same time, very difficult to hate. There’s so much wrong with it, yet you laugh and don’t find your mind wandering as with Bay’s other Hasbro enterprise. Dissenters will repel the movie while fans young and old will find something to like. You know who you are.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Another childhood treasure brutally ruined.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Reviews: Third Person (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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Reviews: Get On Up (2014)

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Published on: July 31, 2014

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: certainly gives Brown his due, but the filmmakers’ approach leaves nagging questions while starting to wear out its welcome at 138 minutes. Still, the film has enough funkitude to work more often than not.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s an emotional logic to this structure, though, which envisions the late Brown’s life as a series of moments of unmitigated ego and irresolvable pain.
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Swingin’ but scrambled biopic that never quite finds its rhythm.
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Chadwick Boseman is impressive as James Brown. He fully embodies the man in vocal inflections, attitude and behavior.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: When thousands of teenage girls scream their hearts out at a Bruno Mars concert, I wonder if they realize they are actually screaming for James Brown.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • [New - 8/7/14] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: As formulaic and arty as the storytelling sometimes is, the film stays with you thanks Chadwick Boseman’s shrewd, powerhouse performance.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Get On Up never really finds its groove, but it will have you moving in your seat and tapping your toes, in wonderment of what was the real James Brown.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Awesome! Between Chadwick Boseman’s riveting portrayal of James Brown and this film’s pitch-perfect kaleidoscopic narrative form, “Get On Up” is the kind of musical biopic that audiences await with bated breath.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Reviews: Mood Indigo (2014)

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Published on: July 31, 2014

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Reviews: And So It Goes (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There’s a dumbfounding lapse of continuity, suggesting Leah can turn white wine into red while telekinetically moving it from her right to her left.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What a condescending movie this is.
  • [New - 7/31] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engaging, yet forgettable – aimed at a senior-citizen audience, it should enjoy a long life as a DVD.
  • [New - 7/31] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Even if it were aiming to be pleasant comfort food, the generically titled “And So It Goes” goes down as easily as a rock down a garbage disposal. Everyone need not bother because “Something’s Gotta Give,” this certainly is not.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It’s like watching Oscar the Grouch turn into Mr. Rodgers in ninety minutes.

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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  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: The plot is not of much consequence both in terms of how it is scripted and what we care about. The beauty and delight of this film is just having a group of characters that we simply love hanging out with and enjoy watching them interact.
  • Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fabulosa película para todos repleta de humor, diversión y acción a raudales. De todas las hijas más o menos legítimas de “La guerra de las galaxias”, esta, con James Gunn a los mandos, puede ser la que mejor ha recogido su espíritu atemporal y universal.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: For much of ‘Guardians’’ 122 minutes, writer/director James Gunn’s grab-bag of quirky characters, genre ribbing, and incongruent ‘70s pop tunes goes over like gangbusters. The trouble is, it’s only irreverent to a point, and when the time comes to wrap things up, Gunn plays it strictly by the book.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There have been few must-see films of the 2014 summer season, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely one.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una película de superhéroes que se atreve a innovar pero que a veces también se queda en lo más superficial de sus personajes.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Marvel’s first outright comedy, kin to the deliriously funny and affectionate “Star Trek” parody, “Galaxy Quest.”
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: But even if it starts awkwardly and half-fumbles its ending, Guardians of the Galaxy never loses sight of the idea that a big summer blockbuster should be fun, and there’s a solid hour and a half of its running time that is hugely enjoyable.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a hilariously subversive spectacle.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tiene un guión obsesionado con que no dejen de pasar cosas, y no hacen más que complicar la trama para que casi no haya descansos.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a smart, snappy and sarcastic space opera more in the “Star Wars” mold. Thing is, this is the best movie of its type since “Star Wars,” and that’s not a comparison to be made lightly.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Goofy, energetic, space-faring fun!
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is the spiritual sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy we dreamed about. Action packed, well written and most of all fun!
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This movie should not work; there is a talking raccoon, a walking tree, and space battles. However, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best action film of the year so far.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is a likably goofy, lively and cheeky lark, though really never the ecstatic, rollicking space adventure it could have been. It evaporates as fast as it comes, but while it’s onscreen, it’s fun.
  • 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.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/28/14] | Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Whereas many of the prior films have had veins of humor running through their plotting, Guardians makes the humor a more pervasive and inspired part of its narrative, which moves the film in a decidedly new and fascinating direction.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … retro space opera that plays more like a bad spoof of a ‘Star Wars’ spoof
  • Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic.com
    • Excerpt: Yes, you can spot Stan Lee making yet another cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ More importantly, his spirit can be found in just about every frame.
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the awesome baby of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jana J. Monji @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy, is a fun and witty gallop through the galaxy, with plenty of sympathetic characters and a dance-worthy retro to 1980s soundtrack that will make you think of a young Kevin Bacon.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Out of this world?
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Behold! A gleefully giddy Marvelverse B-movie space fantasy writ large, Guardians of the Galaxy is not just the best Marvel movie to date, but also the one of the finest science fiction adventures to come along in, well, quite some time.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The main genre is more adventure than sci-fi, and the tone lighter and more comic than a lot of recent superhero movies, but that’s what makes Guardians of the Galaxy so refreshing.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: From one end to the other, Guardians of the Galaxy feels like someone’s sincere attempt to make an everlasting cult film. It certainly feels like one. It’s goofy, it’s corny, it’s illogical, and it contains characters the feel like they were ejected from a more focused screenplay. The film will certainly be a hit at the box office, but you can easily imagine it someday finding its place among the best of the Friday Night cult films, right up there with The Fifth Element, Evil Dead II and Buckaroo Banzai. That’s good company.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s quite simply, the reason people go to and love the movies.

Reviews: Hercules (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: I Origins (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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