Reviews: Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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Published on: December 11, 2014

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  • [New – 12/4/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ridley Scott propone una de sus peores películas desde un planteamiento erróneo y apelotonado, además de fallar en la elección de buena parte de su reparto. Bastante mal todo, en general.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ridley Scott vuelve a tomar el tema del héroe, esta vez desde una perspectiva bíblica, en la que Christian Bale se lleva la mejor parte de una historia que no logra concretar todas sus promesas.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “Prometheus”) has taken on ancient epics with “Gladiator” and “Kingdom of Heaven,” but his take on Moses leading the chosen people out of Egypt is riddled with weird inaccuracies, a Pharaoh sporting an Australian accent and a running time that feels excessive while the story itself feels truncated.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [C]ommendably daring in its rational, distrusting slant on a biblical narrative, but there’s no ignoring that something fundamental is lost in the movie’s translation.
  • [New – 12/4/14] | James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Meeting, but rarely exceeding, expectations, Ridley Scott’s grand retelling of Moses and the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt is strong on visuals and A-list presence, but slight on narrative and characterisation. Christian Bale and Joel Egerton both put in fine performances as Moses and Rameses, while the rest of the big-name cast gets lost amidst a CG-heavy blizzard of battles, plagues, revolts and muddled imagery.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is a movie with grand ambitions, little followthrough, and no interest in the human component.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Diego Salgado @ IGN España [Spanish]

Reviews: Late Phases (2014)

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Reviews: Mommy (2014)

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Reviews: Top Five (2014)

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  • [New – 12/11/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The basic outline of Rock’s script is standard romcom…but Rock uses it to examine show biz, celebrity, addiction, discrimination and family in painfully funny fashion. It’s Rock’s hip hop homage to Woody Allen and his own stand up roots.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Rock lets his humor play broadly, but he fills out the space between gags with smart writing and pointed social insights.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he film has a lot to say about the nature and perils of fame, and it does so with Rock’s observant and caustic humor.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A savvy social satirist adroitly balances bawdy abrasiveness with the awareness of a black man blindsided by his own success.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: This is the movie I’ve been waiting for Chris Rock to make his entire career. It’s his stand-up sensibility perfectly transferred to film.

Reviews: Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Reviews: Inherent Vice (2014)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Reviews: Camp X-Ray (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

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

Reviews: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

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Reviews: Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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Published on: November 28, 2014

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Reviews: The Babadook (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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Reviews: Happy Christmas (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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Reviews: The Homesman (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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Reviews: The Imitation Game (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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  • [New – 12/11/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Cumberbath carries his intelligence with him from role to role, like Jennifer Lawrence’s likability or Tommy Lee Jones’ gruffness, and it allows each character to start with a set of expectations, and work forward from there. In the case of ‘The Imitation Game,’ that specific quality helps elevate what could’ve been a rote boilerplate biopic into a film with the spark of a live wire.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and an illuminating portrait of the large role secrets can play in our lives.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game is simple, but it is also cogent in making the case for its subject’s place in history…
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engrossing, if emotionally evasive – featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s exceptional performance…
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A marvelous combination of thrilling intellectual adventure and sensitive portrait of a man ahead of his time both personally and professionally.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Intriguing character study and exciting war drama rolled into one
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Imitation of life…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Genius mathematician Alan Turning finally takes center stage as the father of the modern computer, an unsung British hero of World War II, and as a victim of Britain’s draconian punishment of gays in this well-rounded biopic about the man who broke the Nazi’s cryptographic code machine — the “Enigma.”

Reviews: Jessabelle (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Jessabelle’ Shows Potential, But Quickly Becomes The Ghost Movie That Everyone Expects
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Before going to the proverbial swamp for abrupt, jittery attacks by a screaming dead girl and shots of drippy faucets, “Jessabelle” is a tepid gumbo gaining some mileage out of its lived-in location.
  • [New – 12/4/14] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Um filme sem apelo que apenas tem potencial para ser recordado como um dos primeiros trabalhos de Sarah Snook
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Here’s one I thought I’d never see: a supernatural horror movie where the ghost behaves as a Talking Killer. As our heroine cowers in fear during the climax of Jessabelle, the evil spirit appears to her and explains the plot of the movie to us, telling poor Jessie why she is being haunted and what the ghosts plan to do with her now. Just like a Bond movie.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ghosts, nightmares and Voodoo — that’s horrortainment for me, and “Jessabelle” passes the test.

Reviews: Let’s Be Cops (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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  • [New – 8/21/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ is a pretty disposable movie, the kind of picture that seems destined for Sunday afternoons on TBS. Many of the comic set pieces are sort of half-thought-out, and the climax makes the mistake that police comedies have made since ‘Beverly Hills Cop,’ of taking their shoot-outs and crime plots seriously (as if anyone actually cares).
  • [New – 8/21/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: So rotten that you have the right to refrain.
  • [New – 8/15/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Enthusiastically performed at best and exasperatingly unfunny at worst. Watching it in a theater of smart, discerning moviegoers will be like witnessing the sound of a pin drop or crickets chirping.
  • [New – 11/13/14] | Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • [New – 11/20/14] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Não vale a pena ser visto

Reviews: The Liberator (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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Reviews: Starry Eyes (2014)

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

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Reviews: Wild (2014)

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Published on: November 20, 2014

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  • [New – 12/11/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: There’s no question that empty, random sexual encounters aren’t exactly a five-star coping mechanism, but the presentation of female sexual aggressiveness as the ultimate debasement is slightly problematic. What’s worse, Vallée wants to have it both ways; if the sex scenes are tragic emblems of Strayed’s downfall, they’re also shot and cut in the formal language of filmed erotica, carefully framing Witherspoon’s nude body less for emotional impact than for the titillation of an infrequently disrobed star baring all for “the right role.”
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: When people compare films to the work of Terrence Malick, they are usually talking about aesthetics. Wild doesn’t look like a Malick film but it is heartbreakingly specific and tender while simultaneously vast and contemplative in ways any Malick fan should recognize.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A soul-stretching movie about surviving in the wilderness, a solid mother and daughter relationship, and bringing out the best in yourself.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: With an impressive physical and emotional performance from producer Witherspoon and a heart breaking yet joyous turn from Dern, “Wild” is not only a self-reflective adventure tale but a deeply moving mother/daughter story.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: One of the underlying themes of Wild is that life is hard, particularly if you’re on the road, particularly if you’re on your own, and especially if you’re a woman. There are no easy answers in Cheryl Strayed’s journey.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The physical backdrop of the story is the trail, but the far more vital and vibrant one is the repetitive, unceasing terrain of Cheryl’s memory.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Wild is a showcase for Witherspoon, a controlled, conventional actor who is a good fit for this material. Ultimately, despite the many good things it has going for it, Wild left me sadly uninspired.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: At the end of the long and winding road, between lack of dramatic heft and a character arc that’s as slender as a sapling, we’re left wondering just where the Wild went.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Wild’ is another tour de force starring Reese Witherspoon in which she puts aside her good girl guise to portray a woman determined to face her life’s mistakes on a 1,000 mile hike alone.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A compassionate, arduous, stream-of-consciousness journey of self-discovery…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There will be inevitable comparisons to Into the Wild, the tale of Christopher McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness. The difference is Cheryl Strayed is a more sympathetic character.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Bristles with emotional resonance and enlightenment.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Our protagonist’s multiple poor life choices fail to produce a bountiful level of empathy for her situation, yet Wild is frequently an engrossing and enjoyable experience.
  • Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Wild is a slightly familiar journey of self-discovery and perseverance that hits the viewer with a moving catharsis. In playing the real Cheryl Strayed, Reese Witherspoon has never been this raw, shaded, brave, emotionally (and literally) naked, and unglamorous.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Engrossing story of two parts may be Witherspoon’s best role yet
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: This is how you do a great adaptation.
  • [New – 11/28/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Um poderoso drama humano que merece ser abraçado por todos.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: The best stuff in “Wild” is the simplest. The movie is at its strongest when it’s just Strayed out in the wilderness, seeing what there is to see and finding the strength to keep going.
  • [New – 12/11/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Wild sounds like the kind of outdoor travelogue that Walt Disney use to make. Today, in the 21st century, it’s not good enough to simply show someone communing with nature. Now, we have to leaden the story with the interior struggle, with horrid flashbacks to unhappiness and tragedy.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Wild” is an unsatisfying self-help drama that exposes the limitations of Reese Witherspoon’s range.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Inspiring and thought-provoking — but gruelling to watch.

Reviews: Beyond the Lights (2014)

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Published on: November 13, 2014

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Reviews: Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

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Published on: November 13, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Dos décadas después, los hermanos Farrelly demuestran que hay resortes del humor que no pasan de moda con una comedia muy divertida que conserva el espíritu de su predecesora. Por Jim Carrey y Jeff Daniels no pasa el tiempo.
  • [New – 11/28/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There’s an air of desperation about this film, not just by the directors but by Jim Carrey as well. (After all, when was the last bona fide hit this guy had?)
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s not that there’s nothing funny here, but it will help if you check your brain at the door. Post- lobotomy patients will have a distinct advantage.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The characters were never particularly endearing, but at least they never became too annoying in the first movie…
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Disappointing and tedious, as the Farrelly brothers ineptly try to reprise the vulgarity and sophomoric humor…
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Dumb and Dumber To is not required viewing but, with Carrey and Daniels back in the starring roles, the sequel delivers a fair number of enjoyable (though moronic) laughs.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Chances are better than one in a million that if you liked Harry and Lloyd twenty years ago, you’ll like them again, but “Dumb and Dumber To” will not endure. Perhaps the first time was dumb enough.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 12/5/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: This sequel isn’t very good, but I can’t honestly say it’s much worse than the first film. Gags fly just as fast and furious, and while most of them miss the mark, every once in a while there’s a genuine laugh. That’s more than I can say for most mainstream comedies.

Reviews: Foxcatcher (2014)

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Published on: November 13, 2014

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Reviews: Mr. Turner (2014)

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