Reviews: The Congress (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

congressReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

dolphin_tale_2Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/11/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A satisfying continuation of the story of the dolphin with a prosthetic tail that shows that animals have emotions and feel things deeply.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Harry Connick Jr. keeps the ship on a steady course as the dedicated scientist and father, perhaps not the signature role he was dreaming of, but one that fits like a wetsuit.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A pleasant, innocuous family movie that’s rather short on energy but compensates with loads of earnestness.

Reviews: The Drop (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

dropReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/12/14] | William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Michael R. Roskam’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Belgian crime drama Bullhead is a double threat: not only is it a sharp, intelligent, and beautifully acted tale of complex, shady morality, but it also includes multiple scenes of the impossibly studly Tom Hardy playing with a cute widdle puppy. I guess Hollywood really has been reading my letters.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …it’s Hardy’s incredibly moving performance that lingers most of all.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Not quite a new tale, it’s THE DROP’s strong and subtle performances that elevate it above the average crime story rehash.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What’s fascinating and ultimately frustrating about these characters is how they find ways to talk about anything but what they know to be the truth.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘The Drop’ – This Amazing Movie Is Not Your Father’s Crime Drama
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Move over, Uggie! Rocco’s now the top dog.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The Drop‘s most defining characteristic is tension. It’s constant. When Roskam thinks we are maybe getting too comfortable, he throws another curveball.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: May be remembered primarily as the last film featuring the late James Gandolfini, but it possesses a good many virtues beyond his stellar performance.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: At the film’s center is the magnetic Hardy, who portrays Bob as a deferential Working Joe boxed in by untenable, remorseless circumstances.

Reviews: The Identical (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 11, 2014

identicalReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/11/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: What if instead Elvis Presley had been separated from a twin brother at birth? The movie never quite gets the mileage it should out of such a promising springboard. Like its main character, the movie is an Elvis impersonator that’s not living up to its potential.
  • [New - 9/5/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘The Identical’ Is A Bad Impersonation Of A Rock And Roll Movie
  • [New - 9/5/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: At best, The Identical should be forgotten and only spoken about as a curiosity amongst bad movie aficionados.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: A shoo-in for a spot on any worst movies of 2014 list, this poorly constructed slice of propaganda, courtesy of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), is so unintentionally campy you can’t help but laugh.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: The basic premise is actually fairly interesting. Unfortunately, it’s been poorly worked out and clumsily executed.

Reviews: As Above / So Below (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

as_above_so_belowReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/4/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Once the film starts developing into an odd mixture of a lost Indiana Jones chapter and Stephen King’s abridged rendition of Satan’s operating powers, it all starts to get rather vacuous.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: As Above So Below earns its trek into the supernatural realm by creating a sense of dread for the natural one.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘As Above/So Below’ Makes Up For Its Contrivances With Some Freaky Scares
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Claustrophobic and frightening, it depends too much on shaky, hand-held camerawork and jump-cut editing to sustain suspense in this all-too-familiar found-footage concept.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Will “As Above, So Below” be worshipped for pioneering unseen territory? Hell, no. A decently freaky genre effort shot in the perfect location? Heavens, yes.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: As with so many horror movies, the setup is entrancing and it’s the payoff which is hugely anticlimactic.

Reviews: Code Black (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

code_blackReviews for this film from our members:

  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A sobering and idealistic call for more emergency room “mercy medicine” as an alternative to treating only paying patients.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: While some salient points are made that might make you empathize with these particularly gifted doctors, CODE BLACK does not sufficiently convince that the alternative of deregulation would serve patients across the rest of the country—where quality healthcare of the kind found in LA County is less assured—any better.
  • [New - 7/31] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: In terms of establishing a narrative, McGarry sees his story as a two-pronged deal: personalities and procedure. One leads to the other, and the filmmaker spends a lot of time interviewing the young doctors he shadows, finding out what motivates them not just at the time of filming, but also the things that initially pushed them toward this type of medicine.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: It’s hard to find fault with either McGarry’s earnest views or his skillful evocation of a singular place staffed by extraordinary people.

Reviews: The Grand Seduction (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

grand_seductionReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: So, why do we need a French Canadian English language remake of a 10 year old French Canadian film which itself was a cute but uninspired take on “Doc Hollywood” by way of “Local Hero?”
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Charming comedy, filled with breezy Irish blarney.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Just as good as the original, eh?
  • Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Breezy, mildly confusing and charmingly off-kilter The Grand Seduction is an English-language Canadian film that tickles the funnybone in its cheeky conviction detailing the desperate economical times of a financially-strapped Newfoundland fishing village.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Has a lot of heart and a certain charm to it which makes for an easy, gratifying experience

Reviews: The Internet’s Own Boy (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

internets_own_boyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The documentary’s release as the net neutrality debate rages will only underscore what we have lost.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The end result is a one-sided but emotionally compelling view. It will make you angry but it will also make you profoundly sad.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: Despite some shortcomings, it remains a deeply compelling documentary about some of the most important issues of the Information Age.
  • [New - 8/29/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An essential — and enraging — documentary about the life, career, and death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, a danger to corporate hegemony whose work could not be allowed to continue.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com
    • Excerpt: A cautionary tale about the power of entrenched financial interests in an era of unlimited information access.

Reviews: Life After Beth (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

life_after_bethReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Starred Up (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

starred_upReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: They Came Together (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: September 4, 2014

they_came_togetherReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The spoof movie may have risen from the dead, Dracula (or, more appropriately, ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It’) style, thanks to director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter, whose rom-com send-up ‘They Came Together’ is as funny a film as I’ve seen in a good, long while.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: They Came Together is smart and incisive satire of the scorched-earth variety.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘They Came Together’ is a clever parody of the romantic comedy featuring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as a couple who experience all the typical ups and downs generally prescribed by the genre.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Those weaned on every Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Katherine Heigl starrer will surely get a kick out THEY CAME TOGETHER, a spoof of romantic comedies that is just the right kind of so-stupid-it’s-funny and closer to parody than what we’ve been treated to as of late.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Inane, unavailing and ultimately, rather farcical, They Came Together defies the odds and somehow manages to maintain its hilarity, despite fearing the joke will wear thin after a mere matter of moments.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com
    • Excerpt: Dream comedy cast revives broad spoofs

Reviews: Life of Crime (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 28, 2014

life_of_crimeReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: The November Man (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 28, 2014

november_manReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New - 9/4/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: like a semi-talented juggler that takes on one ball too many, Donaldson’s film of furiously committed and concurrent clusters end up smashing into each other
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …an OK time passer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Slick ‘n’ sturdy, stumbling only occasionally….
  • 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.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: In a genre where smarts and thrills are pivotal, The November Man delivers only routine (and uninspired) spy drama.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: Meat Loaf once sang that “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” but in the case of The November Man, having an able leading man and a proficient director can’t make up for a limp script.
  • Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: There’s nothing egregiously wrong with “The November Man,” but there’s nothing particularly remarkable about it, either.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

dogReviews for this film from our members:

  • [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)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

frankReviews for this film from our members:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: We can’t all be genius weirdo artists encased in fibergalss heads, but we can all laugh at “Frank.”

Reviews: If I Stay (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

if_i_stayReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: Land Ho! (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

land_hoReviews for this film from our members:

  • 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)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

love_is_strangeReviews for this film from our members:

  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: director Ira Sachs delivers what is perhaps his most heartfelt and warmly observed film thus far.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Moving drama about an aging gay couple forced to improvise when their life together in love is put in jeopardy.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lithgow and especially Molina create a lived-in relationship shared by two very different people, both actors very moving in their separate journeys back into one another’s arms.
  • [New - 9/12/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The situations in the movie could only happen to these specific men, but the feelings that arise as a result are ones we can all identify with. It’s this seeming contradiction that makes LOVE IS STRANGE such an ironic title.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: ‘Love is Strange’ Explores The Trials And Tribulations Of Marriage In The 21st Century
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Review
    • Excerpt: Love is Strange is a well written drama that beautifully handles the observational insights of a family tree and the way a simple crisis affects its many branches.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Sidesteps the politics bubbling just beneath the surface to focus on a couple and their relationship. Lithgow and Molina each deliver memorable and applause-worthy performances.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Kristy Puchko @ CinemaBlend.com
    • Excerpt: Love Is Strange is kept humming by the fantastic performances of its cast, each imbruing their character with a rich emotional life.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Sachs, who co-wrote Love is Strange with Mauricio Zacharias, has crafted an erudite portrait of later life. Older couples, gay or straight, aren’t exactly common in Hollywood movies, but here the filmmaker eschews the usual “old people are funny” routine for an emotional, insightful look at what it means for two aging men to have endured together so long only to be separated by happenstance and bad luck.

Reviews: The One I Love (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

one_i_loveReviews for this film from our members:

  • 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.
  • 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 - 9/5/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I guarantee you the conversation in the car on the way home will be far more profound than the one you had on the way there.
  • 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)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

sin_city_a_dame_to_kill_forReviews for this film from our members:

  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Visually stunning but emotionally lifeless…
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 9/4/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Miler and co-director Robert Rodriguez have perfectly captured the style of the comics, but they’ve done so at the cost of the tone: these look exactly like the comics, but they just don’t feel like them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Oozing with more hard-boiled wit than a dozen Dashiell Hammett novels and more visually compelling than every comic book movie Hollywood has put out in the past three years combined, “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is an action-packed feast.
  • 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)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

trip_to_italyReviews for this film from our members:

  • 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.
  • [New - 9/4/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Leisurely and sublimely sybaritic, it;s filled with irrepressibly clever repartee.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 21, 2014

we_are_the_bestReviews for this film from our members:

Reviews: The Expendables 3 (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 14, 2014

expendables_3Reviews for this film from our members:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [New - 9/11/14] | James Marsh @ The Society For Film
    • Excerpt: The Expendables 3 accomplishes an almost impossible task, managing to be the most enjoyable entry in the franchise so far, while simultaneously breaking almost every rule of Stallone’s original mission statement in the process. As a result the film is light and breezy viewing, but ultimately a frustrating experience.
  • 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)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 14, 2014

giverReviews for this film from our members:

  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Its greatest triumph? The casting of Katie Holmes as Thwaites’ authoritarian inclined mother—every sequence featuring the actress is granted an additional layer of satirical heft .
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A cogent morality play about love, memory, and what is needed for a full and rich life.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: feels like a retread of so many films that have come before it, “Divergent” by way of “Pleasantville” topped off with “Citizen Kane’s” talismanic Rosebud.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie appears always on the verge of diving into the workings of this world, but instead, it stands cautiously on the edge.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: The screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s beloved YA novel is platitudinous and disappointing.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Giver was a published novel before the recent trend of teenage-focused dystopias (The Hunger Games and Divergent), but it arrives on film after them and comes across as just another cog in the young adult book to film adaptations.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Giver movie is a surprisingly generic addition to the young adult film genre – especially for a story that champions individuality and self-expression.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The Giver might not be as dramatically profound as it wants to be, but it certainly pulls off a tricky feat in portraying a slick, clinical world without the film itself coming off too slick or clinical.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘The Giver,’ like the world it creates, is bland and flavorless.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • [New - 9/11/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: The future is an emotionless 1950s nightmare in The Giver, a stark, often beautifully realized adaptation of Lois Lowry’s popular novel that nevertheless lacks the courage of its convictions: too often does the film gloss over the novel’s inherently strong story elements to deliver a more box office-friendly young adult action-adventure.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Far from inspired…devolves into sledgehammer sermonizing punched up with familiar action-movie cliches.
  • Kent Turner @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Long in gestation, the movie version of Lois Lowry’s trendsetting 1993 novel takes a thoughtful, but not a slavishly literal, approach to the multiplex.

Reviews: What If (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
Comments: No Comments
Published on: August 14, 2014

what_ifReviews for this film from our members:

  • [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.
«page 1 of 35

About the OFCS
The Online Film Critics Society is the largest, most respected organization for critics whose work appears primarily on the Internet. e-mail us.

Twitter feed

Facebook

OFCS Forums
Categories
Twitter
OFCS Fans

Welcome , today is Wednesday, September 17, 2014