Reviews: The Dog (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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

Reviews: Frank (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • [New - 8/14/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a funny, goofy movie with some serious things to say about art and madness, band dynamics, broken dreams and selling out.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • 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.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Frank has nothing interesting in it and it isn’t as funny or as emotionally involving as it might think it is – assuming any thought went into it whatsoever. Taken as a whole, it is just gibberish, unfocused and annoying.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Reviews: If I Stay (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: Land Ho! (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Katz’s team-up with Martha Stephens (she made 2012’s Pilgrim Song, which I have not seen), Land Ho!, is full of respectable filmmaking acumen but contains none of the quirk that makes a movie rise above mere time-passing. It’s a pleasant enough experience on the surface but its lack of identity leaves a void into which rushes, whether intentionally or not, some of the more regrettable aspects of its lead characters.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A wonderful and quirky film about two quite different seventy-somethings and their adventures during a trip to Iceland.
  • [New - 7/24/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/15/14] | 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…
  • [New - 8/1/14] | 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.

Reviews: Love Is Strange (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: The One I Love (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • [New - 8/21/14] | Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: both exceptional writing and superb performances elevate this film into an irregular realm of its own.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A remarkable, creative, and thought-provoking drama about treasuring love and sustaining marriage.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: An innovative way to demonstrate how relationships tend to lose their spark over time.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Uses what initially seems a slight, even ludicrous conceit to treat of deeper relationship issues in an intelligent, sophisticated way.

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

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a very expertly realized paean to a gritty kind of bygone glamour film blessed with a watershed performance by the talented Eva Green.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s a sin…
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Sin City is by no means a place you’d wish to book a family holiday, but 102 minutes immersed in this melancholic world does just the trick.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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

Reviews: The Trip to Italy (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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  • [New - 8/14/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.
  • [New - 8/14/14] | Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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(!).
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In The Trip to Italy, it feels as if they’re simply doing a routine, and it’s the same shtick we’ve already seen.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Trip to Italy is just an assault of laughs, whether it’s duelling impressions, sketches or bickering. However, it’s in that vulnerable state, when your face is sore from laughter and your ears are reverberating with Michael Caine’s voice that Winterbottom torpedos you with emotional truths. The people you love should keep you grounded, tease you incessantly and dwarf your accomplishments; because they know it makes you better.

Reviews: We Are the Best! (2014)

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Published on: August 21, 2014

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Reviews: The Expendables 3 (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

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.
  • 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: You know they’re going to make “The Expendables 4.” Call, text, write or email Millennium Films and Nu Image, and insist they make it as a silent movie.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The third movie is more of the same, although it makes some wrongheaded alterations.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | 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.
  • 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 - 8/21/14] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: No less bombastic than you might expect, but something feels off this time around. It’s neither as bloody as the first one nor as tirelessly self-referential as the second, but rather feels curiously flat and lacking in verve.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: An Expendable entry, perhaps?
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It’s slickly-made and better-produced than the first two films in the series, and that’s precisely the problem: while The Expendables 3 is a better film in most technical regards, it’s lost the goofy charm and rough edges that made the first two movies fun.

Reviews: The Giver (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

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Reviews: What If (2014)

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Published on: August 14, 2014

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  • [New - 8/21/14] | Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Yes, you have seen movies like ‘What If’ before, and yes, you will see movies like it again. But when it does what it does well, what’s the harm?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: 5 stars… one of the best comedies Canada has ever produced.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: With little risk taken, here is a film you’ve seen a million times before, and sadly, will see a million times again.

Reviews: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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Reviews: Into the Storm (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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

Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles,” “Wrath of the Titans”) competently manages a sprawling, technically complex production, but with no wit, style, warmth or charm. He isn’t helped by the Michael Bay imprimatur that’s all over this heavy industrial exercise masquerading as a movie.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]hese characters are fodder for an effects demo reel.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A large part of the story has nothing to do with ninja turtles, but rather a bunch of human beings that wouldn’t have enough presence to activate an automatic door, let alone occupy the focus of a movie. And the turtles themselves look disgusting, like gooey roided-up hulks impregnated with reptilian features.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: You may not be shouting “Cowabunga” but at least it’s not ‘The Secret of the Ooze’.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I say welcome back to some old friends.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s more relentlessly mediocre and instantly forgettable than a giant disaster, but do the makers really want such a ringing endorsement in the TV spots?
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: It was only last week when Guardians of the Galaxy delighted us all with its wanton folly while reminding us that one doesn’t have to treat the audience like a bunch of buffoons who need to be condescended to in order to snatch some of that sweet cash out of their wallets with as little effort as possible. Of course nothing lasts forever, so it took only a week for the new, Michael Bay-pumped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come along and ruin all of the goodwill set forth by Marvel’s delightful surprise.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: Ultimately, Guardians of the Galaxy exists and that’s going to hurt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles more than its flaws
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Michael Bay gets his hands on another beloved property from our childhoods, but as producer of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature his signature influence is somewhat muted. Director Jonathan Liebesman instead delivers a superhero adventure pitched squarely at the kids, with Megan Fox and William Fichtner providing human support alongside a quartet of mo-capped anthropomorphic reptiles, and the results are goofy, juvenile, shambolic, but admittedly quite entertaining.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Bright and colorful, fast and quick (at 101 minutes, that’s more than an hour shorter than the latest Transformers flick), with one standout, nicely-choreographed mountaintop action sequence, this thing is nearly decent enough to work.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that is very difficult to like and, at the same time, very difficult to hate. There’s so much wrong with it, yet you laugh and don’t find your mind wandering as with Bay’s other Hasbro enterprise. Dissenters will repel the movie while fans young and old will find something to like. You know who you are.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Another childhood treasure brutally ruined.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Reviews: Third Person (2014)

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Published on: August 7, 2014

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Reviews: Get On Up (2014)

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Published on: July 31, 2014

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

Reviews: Mood Indigo (2014)

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Published on: July 31, 2014

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Reviews: And So It Goes (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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

Reviews: Calvary (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: An impressive morality play about an Irish Catholic priest forced to suffer for the sins of others.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s the Stations of the Cross in an Irish fishing village soaked in despair, drink and debauchery…”Calvary” is divine filmmaking.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …quite powerful in all respects, setting out to delineate the beleaguered priest and his not so loyal flock through a passion story of a sort, propelled by an arresting opening scene.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s exceptional and exceptionally thoughtful film concerns itself greatly with matters of sin.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Intense and compassionate, it revolves around the complicated concept of forgiveness.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Calvary’s seriousness of intent reveals itself steadily, a palpable anger and mournfulness about the State of Things, but this is also a vitally funny film, with verbal comedy lethally sharp throughout.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Calvary is the hill in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified. And that’s a pretty good description of how I felt after this film was over.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Part existential comedy, film noir, and commentary on the scandalous Catholic Church, McDonagh’s ability to balance three competing tones is a thing of pure beauty.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Calvary is an interesting mood piece and a fascinating examination of the state of the Church and of faith in Ireland today, but it really needs some of its own ideas.
  • Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: When Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh get together, magical things happen.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: It gets you laughing and leaves you thinking, grabbing you from minute one and not letting go until its haunting final shot. Brilliant.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It won’t have mass appeal…
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: One you are in, you can’t jettison yourself, you can’t detach, no matter how touchy the events you are watching. To do so would be to betray the humanity on display.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Father James’ seven days of good works, reflection, and suffering evoke the Passion of Christ, although the priest is no saintly figure, just a flawed man with a stubborn sort of integrity.

Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: The plot is not of much consequence both in terms of how it is scripted and what we care about. The beauty and delight of this film is just having a group of characters that we simply love hanging out with and enjoy watching them interact.
  • Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Fabulosa película para todos repleta de humor, diversión y acción a raudales. De todas las hijas más o menos legítimas de “La guerra de las galaxias”, esta, con James Gunn a los mandos, puede ser la que mejor ha recogido su espíritu atemporal y universal.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: For much of ‘Guardians’’ 122 minutes, writer/director James Gunn’s grab-bag of quirky characters, genre ribbing, and incongruent ‘70s pop tunes goes over like gangbusters. The trouble is, it’s only irreverent to a point, and when the time comes to wrap things up, Gunn plays it strictly by the book.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There have been few must-see films of the 2014 summer season, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely one.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una película de superhéroes que se atreve a innovar pero que a veces también se queda en lo más superficial de sus personajes.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Marvel’s first outright comedy, kin to the deliriously funny and affectionate “Star Trek” parody, “Galaxy Quest.”
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: But even if it starts awkwardly and half-fumbles its ending, Guardians of the Galaxy never loses sight of the idea that a big summer blockbuster should be fun, and there’s a solid hour and a half of its running time that is hugely enjoyable.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a hilariously subversive spectacle.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tiene un guión obsesionado con que no dejen de pasar cosas, y no hacen más que complicar la trama para que casi no haya descansos.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a smart, snappy and sarcastic space opera more in the “Star Wars” mold. Thing is, this is the best movie of its type since “Star Wars,” and that’s not a comparison to be made lightly.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Goofy, energetic, space-faring fun!
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is the spiritual sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy we dreamed about. Action packed, well written and most of all fun!
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This movie should not work; there is a talking raccoon, a walking tree, and space battles. However, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best action film of the year so far.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy is a likably goofy, lively and cheeky lark, though really never the ecstatic, rollicking space adventure it could have been. It evaporates as fast as it comes, but while it’s onscreen, it’s fun.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: THIS is how you construct a sci-fi action/adventure that tries nothing more than to entertain its audience with every frame without underestimating the intelligence of said audience. THIS is how you combine a big-budget special effects summer blockbuster product while maintaining an original voice and constructing an intriguing and genuinely fun story. THIS is Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s nothing short of a modern sci-fi space adventure masterpiece.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Whereas many of the prior films have had veins of humor running through their plotting, Guardians makes the humor a more pervasive and inspired part of its narrative, which moves the film in a decidedly new and fascinating direction.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … retro space opera that plays more like a bad spoof of a ‘Star Wars’ spoof
  • Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic.com
    • Excerpt: Yes, you can spot Stan Lee making yet another cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ More importantly, his spirit can be found in just about every frame.
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the awesome baby of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jana J. Monji @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Guardians of the Galaxy, is a fun and witty gallop through the galaxy, with plenty of sympathetic characters and a dance-worthy retro to 1980s soundtrack that will make you think of a young Kevin Bacon.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Out of this world?
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Behold! A gleefully giddy Marvelverse B-movie space fantasy writ large, Guardians of the Galaxy is not just the best Marvel movie to date, but also the one of the finest science fiction adventures to come along in, well, quite some time.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The main genre is more adventure than sci-fi, and the tone lighter and more comic than a lot of recent superhero movies, but that’s what makes Guardians of the Galaxy so refreshing.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: From one end to the other, Guardians of the Galaxy feels like someone’s sincere attempt to make an everlasting cult film. It certainly feels like one. It’s goofy, it’s corny, it’s illogical, and it contains characters the feel like they were ejected from a more focused screenplay. The film will certainly be a hit at the box office, but you can easily imagine it someday finding its place among the best of the Friday Night cult films, right up there with The Fifth Element, Evil Dead II and Buckaroo Banzai. That’s good company.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s quite simply, the reason people go to and love the movies.

Reviews: Hercules (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: I Origins (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

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Reviews: Lucy (2014)

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Published on: July 24, 2014

lucyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Lucy is silly, sometimes flat-out laughable, but by goodness is it never dull.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nuevo thriller de acción de Luc Besson, que amalgama como es habitual montones de cosas que encantan al director galo. Como (casi) siempre también, el resultado es un producto divertido, rápido y muy disfrutable con un bol de palomitas.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Lucy’ is too much of a mess for true greatness; it’s riddled with plot holes and unanswered questions, it is predicated (as you’ve probably heard) on a widely debunked scientific theory, Johansson’s choice to gradually replicate the vocal inflections of ‘Community’’s Abed is a peculiar one, and the film’s attempts at philosophical introspection mostly land with the thud of a dumb movie that thinks it’s smart. But the picture’s energy and style are undeniable, and frankly, it’s one of those occasional films where buying a ticket is like casting a vote—in this case, for more girls with guns at the movies.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain’s incredible powers.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s what summer movies are all about, and it has no shame in achieving this.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Giving a very similar performance to her great work in “Under the Skin,” Johansson’s tranced out dehumanization mixed with wonder is about as fine as anyone could do given this material, where fast firing brain neurons apparently increase one’s laptop RAM to something approaching the speed of light.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: If you were to take away the distraction of the science fiction gimmick, he might be criticized for implicit racism – there’s a disquieting aspect of pulp magazine, yellow peril hysteria as a slavering horde of sadistic, rape-happy Asian gangsters chases a beautiful white woman in the tight minidress. There’s a lot mumbo-jumbo interjected about time, immortality and the nature of the universe, but at its core this is a pulpy, action crime melodrama with well-intentioned delusions of grandeur.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Aside from the regressive portrait of its heroine, the movie is a mess of pseudo-scientific babble.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Wierd yet strangely intriguing, posing fascinating philosophical questions, like: Does time truly exist? Why are we here? And is our essence immortal?
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not good in the traditional sense, but it is hilariously nonsensical in spite of itself. This is pure camp and on that level, it qualifies as an entertaining movie.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson returns with a mix of high altitude science fiction and knuckle dragging action scenes all based on the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with thought-provoking science fiction.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s flashy and fanciful, trim and slick, and of little substance, but the viewer can either accept the delirious ridiculousness of it all and have fun, or reject it and be a fun sponge.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson is nothing if not adventurous. Steering clear of conventional subjects, Besson’s films range from daring to disappointing with Lucy falling somewhere in between, a generic amalgam of action clichés predicated on a scientific fallacy.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … Besson comes full circle … a wacky bravura blend of sci-fi, comic-book action and National Geographic cutaways. Think ‘Tree of Life’ spiced into ‘Taken.”
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: People are going to walk into ‘Lucy’ thinking this is just a Scarlett Johansson-fronted action movie and have their minds broken.
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Stylistic and engaging, and a real return to form for the director, mastering a genre he was partly responsible for pioneering
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: As silly as Lucy gets, I gotta give credit where credit is due: this thing flies by in a razzling, dazzling whirlwind, barely giving you time enough to think about what you’re actually seeing.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not the action spectacle Besson and his crew have been selling us. It’s a dopey superhero wannabe that eventually moves its lady lead out of the skirmish and into a chair in an empty room while she lets a French cop protect her from the bad guys. This is not an exaggeration. Lucy spends the climax of her own movie sitting down and thinking real hard about what she’s done…and could do. Bum-bum-bum.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Why, in a movie about a woman who can bend time and space, was it necessary to have her running from gangsters? Why did we need chase scenes? The woman unlocks the mysteries of the universe and apparently knows what happens when we die? Wouldn’t it have been much more interesting to have her reveal and explore those secrets?
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: …even the sight of Scarlett Johansson morphing into a black tentacle biocomputer can’t compensate for the feeling that you’re using less and less of your cerebral capacity the longer you watch this movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Loony and laughable.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Lucy’s premise is at least internally consistent, but the film’s understanding of neuroscience and evolutionary biology is so absurdly (and blithely) distorted that one can only gape in embarrassed disbelief.

Reviews: Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: July 24, 2014

magic_in_the_moonlightReviews for this film from our members:

  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A delightful romantic comedy with enchanting performances by Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s surprising just how lightweight the film is considering that it is consumed by one of Allen’s most personal fears – just what happens after we die
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Woody Allen has written extensively on [philosophy, religion and magic] over the course of his career, and it’s not hard to discern that he has little use for religion outside of a comedic context. At its best, however, Magic in the Moonlight feels like the work of a man approaching the end of his life and wondering about the possibility that he might be wrong.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The joke quickly runs dry…
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Whimsical, entrancing and ephemeral, it should airily appeal to those who loved ‘Midnight in Paris’ (2011).
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Magic in the Moonlight isn’t the worst Woody Allen film, but it’s 238,855 miles away from being the best.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I suppose we should merely give thanks for another Woody Allen film; hopefully, it is enough to tide us over into another masterpiece.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 8/21/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Colin Firth plays the world’s worst psychic debunker in Magic in the Moonlight, a lightweight piece of Woody Allen fluff with precious little magic or moonlight.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Like a charming and steadfast fellow who comes to every function and politely asks you to dance, Woody Allen continues to churn out reliably entertaining fluff that it would be easy to take for granted. His new one, Magic in the Moonlight, has a subtext that takes on such cynical indifference, however; the notion that to dislike this darling confection would be to resign oneself to a self-imposed gloominess is built right in.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: There will always be people who will avoid his movies because of their feelings about him, just as there are people who won’t go to a Wagner opera; but if we narrow our horizons to artists who are paragons of virtue, we’re going to miss out on a lot of good stuff. Magic in the Moonlight is good stuff. It would be a shame to miss it.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: There isn’t much magic left in Woody’s moon, but the sun in the south of France has the final say.
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