Reviews: Wish I Was Here (2014)

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Published on: July 18, 2014

wish_i_was_hereReviews for this film from our members:

  • Erik Childress @ Film Threat
    • Excerpt: Braff’s heart is very much “in it” as Natalie Portman’s Sam would say, and while his character fantasizes about science fiction role-playing, the complete storyteller is looking for the reality in our everyday fictions and how it applies to all of us.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Braff has made a coming of age saga for a grown man. It works in part, his central theme a good one, but his more puerile filmmaking tendencies weaken its impact. Hudson, however, is excellent, the most mature element of a too fanciful film.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: For brief moments, Wish I Was Here gets it, only to return to its distancing ways.
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • 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.

Reviews: Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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

Reviews: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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Reviews: Sex Tape (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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

Reviews: Venus in Fur (2014)

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Published on: July 17, 2014

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Reviews: Boyhood (2014)

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Published on: July 11, 2014

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

Reviews: Rage (2014)

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Published on: July 11, 2014

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

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

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Published on: July 10, 2014

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Reviews: A Long Way Down (2014)

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Published on: July 10, 2014

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

Reviews: The Zero Theorem (2014)

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Published on: July 10, 2014

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Reviews: Begin Again (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Earth to Echo (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Life Itself (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

life_itselfReviews for this film from our members:

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

Reviews: Tammy (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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

Reviews: Willow Creek (2014)

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Published on: July 3, 2014

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Reviews: Young & Beautiful (2014)

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Reviews: Snowpiercer (2014)

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Published on: June 27, 2014

snowpiercerReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fantástico salto al panorama internacional de Joon-ho Bong, que propone una película tan divertida como demoledora en sus lecturas. El futuro distópico clásico subraya sus diferencias de clase a bordo de un tren que no puedes perder.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A dystopian masterwork illustrating the moral rot of dividing the population into a winning class versus everybody else as poor scum of the earth.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a masterpiece of action adventure science fiction fueled by a terrific international cast…Joon-ho has more on his mind than startling imagery and violence and his climax is both breathtaking and an emotional gut punch.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s a dumb idea on its surface, and as we get deeper and deeper into the concept, at no point does the screenplay … make us believe it is anything more than that.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Exciting, edge-of-your-seat action thriller – a wild ride that’s one of the best of the year, so far.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Is it better than a Michael Bay movie? Yes. But not that much better.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Snowpiercer is a politically provocative ensemble piece of legendary proportions. A parable that manipulates the medium in impressively dynamic ways which captivate the mind while delighting the eye.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: the dystopian world he envisions is incredibly immersive and extremely thrilling….but maybe some of those edits should have been kept in.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: Snowpiercer reminds us once again that genre pictures can be smart, sophisticated and even a little bit dangerous to the status quo.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: If you can buy the premise of this Bong Joon-ho graphic novel adaptation, you’re in for a good ride.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Deftly explores the themes of everyday society but taken to the extreme and heightened in a restricted setting, punctuating its narrative with bouts of thrilling and expertly choreographed action alongside moments of welcome humour.
  • Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: As Swinton’s Mason and later the man at the train’s helm (Ed Harris) point out, there is an order to things and everyone has their place and that’s what keeps Snowpiercer running. It’s also what keeps Snowpiercer running. Each sequence is connected to the last in a way that brings us ever closer to the end, creating a political allegory and a mind-altering action picture all powered by the same engine of insanity.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It may not be the brightest movie around, but it’s almost insanely watchable…deliciously different from run-of-the-mill doomsday pictures.

Reviews: Borgman (2014)

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Published on: June 26, 2014

borgmanReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Alex van Warmerdam’s (“Grimm”) latest parable is dark, tense and often funny, playing like a mashup of “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and Hanaeke’s “Funny Games,” but just when you think you’ve got a handle on his meaning, events conspire to undermine it.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The strange promotional art for ‘Borgman’ is reflective of the peculiar narrative that offers more questions than answers while completely engrossing the viewer in its bizarre story.
  • Mark Harris @ About.com
  • Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine
    • Excerpt: It is something when a film makes two of 2014′s arguably best films—Under the Skin and Enemy—seem accessible by comparison, but this horror-tinged whatchamacallit truly is uncompromising, unsettling, cryptic, elegantly shot and, frankly, quite weird.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Defies categorization — part satanic thriller, part social satire. Characters glide through narrative as if in Caligari-induced haze.

Reviews: Coherence (2014)

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Published on: June 26, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Joya de culto instantánea que marca el interesantísimo debut tras las cámaras de James Ward Byrkit. Una ciencia-ficción maquiavélica e hipnótica, interesante y atrapante a partes iguales. Cuando llega el cometa Miller, llega el terror.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Cracking good “Twilight Zone” riff turns a yuppie dinner party into an inside-out exercise in paranoia and relationship physics after a passing comet knocks out the power, and maybe more besides.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Strangely subtle, supernatural mindbender….
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Deploys twisty sci-fi concepts to warp the almost-clichéd dinner-party soap opera into a horror story of the human condition in the face of quantum philosophy.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s exciting both as a chilling peek into the dark shadows of alternate realities, and as an example of how resourceful filmmakers can produce thrilling effects using nothing more expensive than their own brains.
  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com
    • Excerpt: Flighty but fun romp in a gravitation field built for eight.

Reviews: Think Like a Man Too (2014)

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Published on: June 26, 2014

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  • [New - 6/26/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It has some very funny moments, and a few touching ones as well. Sure, it gets corny at times, but overall, it’s a very entertaining movie that can appeal to a broad audience.
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he sequel isn’t an advertisement. This is a legitimate movie; it is also a legitimately bad one.
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: I didn’t realize it going in, but after conquering Vegas, I somehow feel that I could follow this group anywhere.
  • [New - 6/26/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than another recycling of ‘The Hangover’…loud, abrasive, frenetic and singularly unfunny.

Reviews: Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

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Published on: June 26, 2014

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  • [New - 7/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A playful-yet-serious rumination on sexual gamesmanship presented through a form of theatrical artifice that Polanski embraces while giving it cinematic polish.
  • Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: You’ll get the beer commercial filmmaking you’ve grown to know and love. What you won’t get is a decent – or even coherent – script, effective charaterization, witty dialogue or a reasonable running time.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” didn’t promise to change your life. It promised giant robots in 3D, and it delivers giant robots in 3D.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This franchise has become a case of judging bad apples, and Transformers: Age of Extinction is the least rotten of the bunch.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Abysmal! Unless you’re really into techie toys, it’s excruciating to watch – a tortuous endurance test.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: If you want to save some money, have a few of your friends just scream at each other over the din of the garbage disposal. Now have them do this for the duration of 3 hours and you’ll have the same cinematic experience.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Rearranger of space and time Michael Bay has reached a level of aggressive self-actualization that perhaps no other human being has reached before.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: In the fourth installment of director Michael Bay’s sub-woofer-focused, explosions first / plot second Transformers franchise, there are all new humans, some familiar Autobots, and mostly the same elements tweaked just a bit to trick you into thinking you are seeing a new film rather than the same one for the fourth time.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: Still, part of me likes the idea of an old-school blockbuster so vast, fantastical and foolish that only the most indiscriminate, imaginative and youthful of viewers can truly tap into its potential. Man, I miss that.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Age of Extinction won’t win over Transformers movie skeptics but Michael Bay succeeds in giving his fans what they are looking for – unmatched CGI spectacle.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Is there really anything else to say? Virginal teenage boys who still love playing with toys will be first in line, so there’s that.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • James Marsh @ Screen International
    • Excerpt: The fourth instalment of Michael Bay’s big screen robot romp offers few surprises but an abundance of the series’ familiar tropes in another marathon-length, narratively vapid action spectacular. Bay’s trademark visual fireworks are as impressive as ever, while an all-new cast promises a new direction for what may become a second trilogy. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for the Autobots and Decepticons, which based on past performance means a huge box office performance everywhere.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: As the Autobots fight for Hong Kong with the Dinobots – a T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor – by their side, against all storytelling sense Age of Extinction finally wore me down and won me over.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: What’s different this time is that Bay seems to have abandoned the palette by which he created the other three films – that is to say this is the first Transformers movie that isn’t totally an ugly and unhappy experience. That doesn’t make it good, necessarily, what he created previously as dark and grimy has been replaced by a visual look that is aggressive, colorful and seems more childish than off-putting. That’s a nice way of saying he’s traded an ointment for a suppository. It still the stupidest film of the summer, but you don’t feel filthy when the movie is over.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
  • Mel Valentin @ VeryAware.com
    • Excerpt: A mind- and body-numbing sensory assault.

Reviews: Anna (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: June 19, 2014

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Reviews: Ida (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: June 19, 2014

idaReviews for this film from our members:

  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: In stripping IDA down to cinema’s simplest genre elements, Pawlikowski trains our eye with a laser focus on Anna/Ida herself, a study of stillness and repression who essentially stands in for the Poland depicted onscreen.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ida tiene una historia que no está nada mal, pero está contada de la forma más aburrida posible.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Exquisite and intellectually affecting in its brief, precise 80 minutes.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A stark environment boldly highlights Ida’s introduction into a world she has never experienced. Through it all we are mesmerized by her face, a quiet 18 year old who has been fairly sheltered thus far in her young existence.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Pawlikowski examines life, the role of religious commitment and choices. What corrupts life? What corrupts people? Are there ways to escape our own corrupt nature?
  • [New - 7/18/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Norm Schrager @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: … a nearly flawless work of cinematic art.

Reviews: Jersey Boys (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: June 19, 2014

jersey_boysReviews for this film from our members:

  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A biopicture about the pop music group worth seeing for the playful and melodic songs.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Jersey Boys” is a stroll through the park with your aging uncle who adores Frankie Valli and makes you listen to records as he recalls the good old days. Sure, there’s a certain warmth to it, but even at the ripe middle age of 42, I found myself antsy and wanting to move on almost as soon as the movie starts.
  • Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: In adapting the Broadway musical to film director Clint Eastwood uses the old neighborhood brotherhood as his base note, layering in the conflicts among the original four members with the play’s pass-the-baton, Rashomon-like, direct address device.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …Eastwood stands aside in deference to the material, a by-the-numbers biopic that would be merely serviceable were it not for the group’s memorable music.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Too long, not well-focused and a tad too edgy for its own good, this is still an entertaining movie when it counts. “Jersey Boys” may have a messy bridge, but it does hit the high notes.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: One gets the sense that the movie … likes the music of the Four Seasons but doesn’t entirely respect it.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Subdued, nostalgic behind-the-music story of this iconic rock’n’ roll group…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What made the original such a joy was the wonderful plethora of hit songs from the Four Seasons, not the generic Behind the Music-style story. Eastwood highlights the weakest aspects of the play while de-emphasizing the music.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Director Clint Eastwood’s discomfort with his own material is enormous and obvious. Does he just not get pop music, or is he actively disdainful and suspicious of it?
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: For all the wonderful performances and quirky stories behind the songs you know so well, the film’s sputtering and lurching second half is enough to weigh down the film’s overall feel good vibe.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Jersey Boys is an enjoyable but ultimately straightforward stage-to-screen transfer – over-polished and lacking in the raw energy that made its source material so enchanting.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Jersey Boys should explode and pop off the screen, and it just seems unremarkable and bereft of dramatic interest. Those timelessly catchy doo-wop tunes will surely stick in your head, but the last thing the viewer should feel at the end of the show is neutral.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Clint Eastwood’s new film of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys delivers enough moments of wit and candor to nearly escape this sort of reductive criticism.
  • [New - 7/3/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Jersey? Sure.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Jersey Boys marks the first—and hopefully only—time I have left a movie thinking, “Gee, I wonder what Adam Shankman could have done with that.”
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: I’d guess you wouldn’t find yourself in the theater if you weren’t already a fan. But if you happen to, it’ll be nearly impossible not to become one.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Neither very entertaining nor especially enlightening…an old-fashioned rags-to-riches-to-rags show-biz melodrama punctuated by a few laughs and some musical interludes.
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