Reviews: Dom Hemingway (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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  • [New - 4/17/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: In the end, the actual character development becomes a subplot rather than the focus of the story, with the main thrust of Dom Hemingway being a caricature that never goes beyond the set-up stage.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Law conjures a somewhat dim man who yet has quite the way with words, a hair trigger guy who might cry or bite your face off at any given moment. It’s a balls to the wall performance and utterly entertaining.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Self-consciously written and directed redemption saga, it’s certainly not as compelling as other dramas in this British gangland genre.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A funny but uneven story of love, criminal life, and self-reflection.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: When “Dom Hemingway” tries to soften its anti-hero, the film threatens to be a cowardly drag, but when Law is allowed to be a shamelessly blustery and vulgar force of nature without a filter, it’s a rampantly R-rated, rippingly in-your-face romp that’s ultimately hard to resist.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Now here’s the Jude Law who fucked the nanny!
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Though it’s nothing more than a lark, it’s one more engaging than most.

Reviews: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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Reviews: Bears (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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Reviews: Heaven Is for Real (2014)

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Reviews: Transcendence (2014)

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Published on: April 17, 2014

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  • [New - 4/18/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: In fairness and even admiration, it must be noted that it is a film of ideas. It’s just that so many of them are bad ones.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A sci-fi thriller that is carried into our consciousness by Rebecca Hall’s heartfelt and nuanced performance.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a good approximation of Johnny Depp’s career – an intriguing premise gives way to an artificiality that, if not entirely devoid of intelligence, fails to spark intellectual curiosity. He needs a reboot.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: What makes this more disappointing is that its the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister. Absent from TRANSCENDENCE are any memorable visual ideas that would allow the movie to, pardon the pun, transcend its schlocky underpinnings.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Every idea with potential is raised in the first act of Transcendence, never to be heard from again.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The neo-luddite attitude is bad enough, but the movie commits a far worse sin: it’s dull. If only it worked as a schlocky pile of pulp nonsense, that’d be something…
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Equivalent to the interminable time it takes for a webpage to load and then open up to an Error 404, “Transcendence” is a $100-million turkey that never comes close to living up to its name.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Johnny Depp acts like he’s repaying a favor in ‘Transcendence.’
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: If only Wally had shot the film himself!
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: But much like it’s main character, it’s just missing a soul. Transcendence is an example of high-concept ambivalence that falls flat due to poor execution.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than a modern Luddite fable so puerile in conception that it rivals ‘V for Vendetta’ in lack of intellectual depth.
  • [New - 4/18/14] | Phil Villarreal @ COED.com

Reviews: Joe (2014)

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Published on: April 11, 2014

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  • [New - 4/17/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: And yet what’s interesting about Joe is that it’s not a total about-face; if anything, the way director David Gordon Green (himself on the up side of a comeback, following the commercial/stoner comedy dregs of Your Highness and The Sitter) uses Cage, and the way the actor modulates the performance, seems a quiet commentary on who he’s become onscreen, and how to draw upon it.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: A low-key but rejuvenated-looking Nicolas Cage cuts an impressive figure as the gruff hero of this muscular and wry small-town Southern noir.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film may take one too many detours on an overly familiar road, but it’s been crafted with real feeling.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Just as Werner Herzog did with his recent BAD LIEUTENANT revision, Green frames JOE in such a way as to harness Cage’s volatility to create a raw, beautifully drawn study of both character and locale.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Joe might be familiar Southern Gothic stuff, but it’s well-told, well-directed, and well-acted. It also doesn’t hurt that Cage redeems himself, reminding us that when he feels like challenging himself there’s still some nuance and subtlety left in him.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: The film’s most effective anchor is not the cinematic aesthetic, however, but Nicholas Cage. Joe provides him with an opportunity to once more put some soul into his work.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A powerful piece of Southern gothic that gives Nicolas Cage his best role in years.

Reviews: Draft Day (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

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Reviews: Jodorowky’s Dune (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

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  • [New - 4/10/14] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Frank Pavich’s documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, early on gives some background on the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky before moving on to a film that the man did not make. Perhaps this film is as much a passion project as its subject but it ultimately amounts almost to nothing more than a piece of fluffy fandom.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: like the ne plus ultra of blu-ray extras for a film that was never made.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The most mesmerizing interviewee is Jodo himself who, in his mid-80s, is still a potent force of nature whose mad, animated ravings are infectious and run the gamut from thunderous indignation to wailing lamentation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film is a wealth of anecdotes … told by people who are still enthusiastic about the project and still in disbelief that it failed to come to fruition.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Jodorowsky’s Dune is a engrossing document because it provides the history behind a bizarre movie that never came to fruition. In his fertile and uninhibited imagination, the production becomes sort of a no-holds-barred, anything is possible fantasy with limitless possibilities.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: When it comes down to it, what Pavich has teased out of the old rascal is not just the story of an insane moviemaking vision, but really, a treatise on what it means to create and the powerful aphrodisiac that is the unbridled artistic impulse.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Alejandro Jodorowsky is much more than a mad genius of cinema. The Chilean-born artist/filmmaker who created “El Topo,” the experimental surrealist film that started the Midnight Movie craze in 1970, has lived a life full of such enthusiastic artistic creation that his very existence defies all expectation.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A tantalizing taste…of what might have been…even if you doubt that the completed film would have been as remarkable as Jodorowsky and his admirers are inclined to claim.

Reviews: Oculus (2014)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

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  • [New - 4/17/14] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: While not as frightening or overall effective as “Insidious,” “The Conjuring” or “Sinister,” “Oculus” is still a fun ride for fans of horror films.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The neatest trick Flanagan pulls off is how he cuts between the past and the present until the two timelines dovetail and overlap. But he also telegraphs one gross-out effect too insistently and a death by pottery shard fails to convince.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Discovering the method of this mirror is the film’s central delight.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Oculus is a character driven story shrewdly written and beautifully acted. It’s nice to bask in the sophistication of an intelligently written screenplay that doesn’t depend on jump scares.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Outside of its technical competence and a cool blueprint, though, “Oculus” pales as a horror film from one fundamental problem: it’s never genuinely scary, the intensity factor and number of generated goosebumps never as high as one might have predicted or hoped.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: ‘Oculus’ is like a meal that smells delicious when cooking, but winds up tasteless and bland on the table.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Flanagan’s titillating tale of a macabre and mysterious mirror, traumatic childhood memories and parental abandonment issues just has enough eerie punch to lift this otherwise generic goosebump offering beyond its atmospheric twitching.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: [A] slow-burning supernatural thriller [that's] uneven but genuinely eerie and unsettling.

Reviews: In the Blood (2014)

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Published on: April 4, 2014

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Reviews: Rio 2 (2014)

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Published on: April 3, 2014

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  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Secuela del éxito de hace unos años que mantiene la pauta de aquél: correcta, sin más. Eso sí, para los peques propone todo un aluvión de música y colorido que clama por la salvaguarda de la Madre Naturaleza.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film’s knockout number goes to Chenoweth, whose no-holds-barred ‘Poisonous Love’ is a winner.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: If the original movie was forgettable for the most part, Rio 2 at least has the dishonorable advantage of being memorable for the wrong reasons.
  • [New - 4/17/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A frantic, family-friendly, musical adventure that’s filled with familiar feathered friends
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: This is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Between the film’s white-world-order depiction of a multicultural society and its ham-fisted treatment of an ostensibly pro-ecology agenda, “Rio 2” is a confused piece of animation propaganda.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Simply tries too hard–overly busy and uncomfortably loud…though the animation is colorful and kids might enjoy it.

Reviews: The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

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Published on: March 28, 2014

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Reviews: Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)

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Published on: March 27, 2014

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  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El Capi vuelve en solitario antes de la llegada de Ultrón en una nueva entrega del megaculebrón superheroico. Mantiene el nivel, es divertida de un modo distinto al de su predecesora.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Captain America: The Winter Soldier delivers the superhero movie goods, but it does so with a grin and a wink, and that seems more and more like the right way to approach these things.
  • [New - 4/11/14] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Matt Brown @ Twitch
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Even though this is technically a spring movie, and the first film came out in the summer, this one feels like a bigger event film. It’s an enjoyable ride and should be good for keeping the anticipation at bay for next summers’ “The Avengers” sequel.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: With clear parallels to post 9/11 American loss of freedoms and the use of drones, writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely tackle serious issues and wrap them in an action-packed, nostalgically patriotic package.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: It is a response to its patriotic predecessor, a corrective that refocuses our perspective away from the simple, iconic trappings that represent freedom and onto what it really means to champion liberty for all.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: “Capitán América: El soldado de invierno” estaría bien si la trama fuera infinitamente más sencilla y tuviera muchas menos escenas de acción, y eso que son muy imaginativas y no están nada mal.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” is arguably the best movie to come out of the superhero franchise-specialist studio. In many ways it provided the most hurdles for a follow-up. Fast-paced, engaging and sometimes even surprising, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a thoroughly satisfying sequel.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is a sequel that easily surpasses its predecessor by turning its previously dull hero into one with unexpected but logical depth.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle
    • Excerpt: Sometimes the Marvel universe isn’t as Marvelous as we’ve come to expect. Might have been more enjoyable if there had been a compelling story to go along with all the sound and fury, Nick Fury.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A timely, spy-centric, intriguing thriller
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The pace is efficient with a narrative that doesn’t disappoint fans looking for excitement featuring people they already know and love. There’s enough human interaction to satisfy those who savor a little character development in their superhero flicks.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: In Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo send Steve Rogers into a 70s conspiracy thrill ride that uses S.H.I.E.L.D to question what America has become.
  • Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland Movies
    • Excerpt: “The Winter Soldier” is a strong piece of escapism, with enough thematic nuance, cine-literacy and performative confidence to push toward the upper tier of Hollywood’s increasingly crammed superhero canon.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A timely narrative, deeper exploration of fan-favorite characters, and unforgettable action set pieces make ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ one of Marvel’s best adventures.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Swiftly paced, genuinely thrilling at times, and a good deal of fun, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has what it takes to make audiences’ anticipation match their actual enjoyment.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to sitting through Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the last couple of years, as a critic who ends up having to see most major releases, I developed a sort of Marvel ennui as we’re bombarded with yet another installment taking place in that superhero universe every six months or so.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: The First Avenger’s second outing is a third-rate conspiracy thriller, but Chris Evans and company give it their all.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an emotional mystery that stands near the peak of Marvel’s cinematic mountain.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: America, $£#! Yeah!
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: The Winter Soldier is solid and creatively boisterous as it delivers a whimsical punch while pitting our heroic costumed cad in today’s societal strife of terrorism.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: As starships explode around him, Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce glances out the window and mutters “what a waste…” Hah! My sentiments exactly.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: Despite some of its more rickety story elements, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is possibly the studio’s best action film and the one most able to stand on its own since the original “Iron Man.” So much so that it makes you sorry they’ve shoehorned in so much connective tissue to keep the shared universe turning.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: While it isn’t deeply psychological like The Dark Knight, nor the rock star epic of Iron Man, this second adventure for Cap does something refreshing – it actually tells a compelling story.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A rousing adventure that will make devoted fans of Captain America swoon, while also pleasing those who met him only in the first film.
  • Phil Villarreal @ COED.com
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: While there’s nothing especially remarkable about Winter Soldier, fans who have followed Marvel’s episodic epic this far will find it a gratifying, thrilling chapter.

Reviews: Cesar Chavez (2014)

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Published on: March 27, 2014

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Reviews: Sabotage (2014)

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Published on: March 27, 2014

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  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Swatting away a thin but competent premise in favor of randomness, Ayer suggests that his film’s script holds minimal importance, an ironic approach from the guy who still flaunts his “Training Day” writing credit as if the film debuted last year.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: ‘Ayers]’s gone so over the top he’s made an R-rated cartoon, one in which he’s turned ‘The Killing’s’ Mireille Enos into a rabid, man eating and beating glassy eyed junkie with pupils the size of manhole covers.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a love letter to action fans who haven’t quite given up yet on a once thriving genre.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]f we’re going to be dragged through the morass of the worst human nature has to offer, we should at least expect a point to getting so dirty.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle
    • Excerpt: It’s nothing more than an excuse for Arnold to literally throw his weight around, bludgeoning us with equal parts of carnage and deathly boredom … which is sort of like killing us twice.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Flimsy, testosterone-fueled stop on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mucho-macho comeback tour.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Safe to say this is the most violent film Schwarzenegger has ever been a part of, although it’s not nearly as torturous as Jingle All the Way.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Armed with a hard R-rating and the nastiest sensibilities in a non-slasher movie, “Sabotage” is brutal and vicious, making no apologies for its ruthless disregard for human life. It’s also ugly and stupid.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: Sabotage had so much potential to turn into an uber-violent DEA version of End of Watch, too bad it ends up as kind of a stale slasher flick for the gun nut crowd. We already know from watching an excellent film like End of Watch and even a terrible one like Street Kings that writer/director/cop dialogue extraordinaire David Ayer has an authentic eye when it comes to depicting the intimate inner world of police officers.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A grim, blood-soajed, very ugly excercise in mayhem and macho action.

Reviews: Divergent (2014)

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Published on: March 20, 2014

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Reviews: Noah (2014)

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Published on: March 20, 2014

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  • [New - 4/10/14] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Darren Aronofsky propone una ida de olla que no luce en absoluto su abultado presupuesto. Aburrida y sosa pese a ser un atronador disparate, una película bobalicona que no debería levantar ampollas en los católicos de todo el mundo. Ni en nadie, vamos.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The fact that it takes itself so very seriously will, no doubt, lead its more cynical viewers to dub it an unintentional laugh riot — and you can choose to laugh at it. But you can also choose to wrestle with it, to engage as fully as Aronofsky has.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: Russell Crowe’s embodiment of Noah’s tempestuous righteousness nearly carries Darren Aronofsky’s muddled Biblical parable of man-made catastrophe.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A creative and thought-provoking interpretation of the Noah story as a parable about second chances, the excesses of zeal, and the blessings of mercy.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There are some brilliant elements to “Noah,” mostly in the first half. Armed with beautiful production design and some impressive special effects, “Noah” is stunning to watch, a bonkers version of the book of Genesis, if you will.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Aronofsky and his cowriter have ingeniously filled in the Biblical blanks (in addition to Androcles one can see Abraham’s conundrum in Noah’s surmising) to create a provocative yet action packed epic.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: What ultimately undermines NOAH’s credibility lies in its clumsy move to reduce the man to a kind of archetypal superhero tale, complete with origin chapter, a visit to the sage wizard, and inclusion of absurd aliens.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is a fine film that is as much about the struggles with and consequences of faith as it is the recounting of a religious tale.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Unconventional, yet totally accessible spectacle
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: A work of art and imagination that makes this most familiar of tales strange and new: at times illuminating the text, at times stretching it to the breaking point.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Individuals driven by obsessive quests have long been a tenet of Darien Aronofsky’s work, so the religious subject mater isn’t as foreign as it seems. A man driven by obsession could be the focus of a fascinating film, but this drama doesn’t cut beneath the surface to delve deeply into the emotional concepts present.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Aronofsky’s film sits quite naturally in a space that believers and non-believers can appreciate, allowing room for a bit of evolution to the divine origin.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don’t need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Controversial but an all around quality good overcoming evil character drama.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Converging art-house and mainstream studio sensibilities, the whole of the final product—a monumental, nearly two-and-a-half-hour epic with a blockbuster-sized budget from a brief story—comes nowhere near its glimmers of audacity and daring. But between the film’s big ideas and bigger spectacle, its maker at least went for it.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Baby, the rain must fall … Noah’s climactic transformation plays like Ethan Edwards in ‘The Searchers.’
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Putting the hullabaloo to one side and taking the film for what it is, a daring retelling of a well known story anchored by committed performances and a simultaneous sense of sheer spectacle and grounded emotion, it’s an admirable success.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Whatever floats your boat…
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: The childhood saying of “rain, rain go away…come back another day” certainly takes on a whole new grandiose meaning in Aronofsky’s powerful, Bible-thumping boating blockbuster. In short, Noah skillfully rocks the boat and does justice to the legendary Holy Book’s flooding fable.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: A fever-dream spectacle brimming with outré imagination, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah takes the story of the Ark and goes nuts with it – it’s the Old Testament for the Transformers generation, and an endlessly fascinating journey into the mind of madness – both the mind of Russell Crowe’s Noah, and the mind of the filmmaker who carries his weight.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “Noah” is a remarkable interpretation of The Great Flood and a fitting choice to open during Lent, a time of repentance and ultimate rebirth.
  • [New - 4/10/14] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: There are a lot of things to admire about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah , most refreshing is the fact that, for once, a biblical epic is being helmed by a competent director. After the recent short shrift given to Jesus in Son of God and the torpid Christian pep-rally of God’s Not Dead, it is nice to finally come to a Hollywood biblical epic that’s infused with a great director’s steady hand.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Won’t please literalists…and on its own terms it’s frequently a bit absurd. But visually ‘Noah’ evinces a sort of loony grandeur, and emotionally it possesses much stronger resonance than one might expect, not least because of Russell Crowe’s zealous performance.

Reviews: Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (2014)

Categories: 2013 Films
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Published on: March 14, 2014

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  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s downright terrible at times. However, it’s not nearly as awful as his two features that came out last year.
  • [New - 3/20/14] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Contrived, formulaic, heavy-handed melodrama about camaraderie and the value of female solidarity
  • [New - 3/20/14] | Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: …slaphappy but uneventfully lame. Basically, this is yet another opportunistic attempt for Perry’s impulse to pander to the estrogen-driven, Oprah-loving curvaceous crowd.

Reviews: Bad Words (2014)

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Published on: March 13, 2014

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Reviews: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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Published on: March 13, 2014

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Reviews: Veronica Mars (2014)

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Published on: March 13, 2014

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Reviews: 24 Exposures (2014)

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Published on: March 6, 2014

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Reviews: 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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Published on: March 6, 2014

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Reviews: The Bag Man (2014)

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Published on: March 6, 2014

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Reviews: Journey to the West (2014)

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Published on: March 6, 2014

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