Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
About Last Night (2014)
"Padilha protracts Murphy's existential ordeal,so that the revenge plot that motivates the action becomes secondary to Murphy's struggle to hold onto his identity even as political, corporate and scientific interests seek to erase it. "
The Iran Job (2013)
The Monuments Men (2014)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
The Invisible Woman (2013)
"When the Dickens-Ternan relationship becomes physical, Fiennes presents the event as more a redundancy than a revelation. A truer consummation occurs earlier, when Dickens allows Nelly to read 'Great Expectations' in manuscript form... "
Farewell, My Queen (2012)
Ride Along (2014)
Escape Plan (2013)
Devil's Due (2014)
"Distressingly locates evil in ethnicity: A scene in which the wife marvels at the lovely 'whiteness' of her nude husband sleeping among snowy sheets seems more troubling than cute after the couple falls victim to dusky satanists in the Dominican Republic. "
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
"A low point is when Hercules kills the Nemean lion, who seemed to be minding his own business in his forest; not cool, Herc, even if he was all digital and as fakey as those stuffed cats they used to throw at Steve Reeves. "
"More sidebar than sequel, this interesting fifth film in the found-footage fright franchise attempts to reboot (re-boo?) the series by relocating the supernatural action to a low-income but vibrant Hispanic neighborhood... "
Last Vegas (2013)
Lone Survivor (2014)
"At its best, it recalls the intimate fist-to-face, bayonet-to-belly battlefield films of yore; less successfully, it wears its (purple) heart on its sleeve, almost demanding at times that you rise from your seat with your hand on your heart... "
August: Osage County (2013)
"The grande dame demiurge presiding over this Dust Bowl carnival of souls is, of course, La Streep, who channels the stoned fury of Liz Taylor in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' and the ghoulish glee of Bette Davis in 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' "
Grudge Match (2013)
47 Ronin (2013)
Tank Girl (1995)
Eve of Destruction (1990)
Night of the Comet (1984)
"When most of the people of the Earth are dehydrated into pink dust, will girls still just want to have fun? 'Night of the Comet' answers that question in the affirmative, with a flourish of candy colors, short skirts, MTV beats & 'teenage comet zombies.' "
The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)
"As it torments Lorre, the hand becomes a manifestation of the metaphorical notion of a hand tugging us toward our destiny or reaching from the past to punish us; an alternate, utterly appropriate title might be 'The Hand of Fate.' "
"'She's dead,' muses Richard Carlson. 'She doesn't exist. She's a perfume, she's a footprint, she's a hand, she's a face in a picture...' In other words, she sure is present for something that 'doesn't exist'; isn't that the way 'dead' loves tend to be? "
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
"When an aerobics instructor and her new police detective boyfriend make the beast with two backs, you can't help but notice that his is disturbingly hairy. That is just one of the many disorienting elements that make this such a wacked-out experience. "
Just Before Dawn (1981)
"The film's lush locations -- the mossy forest with its prehistoric ferns, huge trees, rocky cliffs and misty waterfalls -- add not just production value but a sense of urgency and conviction to the smart script's subtle environmental message... "
House of the Seven Corpses (2000)
"Ultimately intends to be scary, but it works best -- rather wonderfully, in fact -- as a somewhat acid comedy about the production of a cheesy occult horror movie that weary if needy cast and crew assume will be 'garbage.' "
"The staging is mostly spot-on, especially when the father and son visit some cousins who can barely muster a moment's attention for their long-lost relatives before their eyes return to their television set. "
"The concept of face -- as a noun, as a verb, as the mask that hides and exposes our emotions, as the anchor to our definition of self -- is so essential to human identity that horror films that hinge on the disfigurement of the face have a special power. "
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"'Taxi Driver' diagnosed American sickness as interior and hellish, while 'Wolf' suggests the sickness has spread outward until the culture has become all but immune to the pangs of conscience and shame... "
Angels Sing (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
"'Hang me, oh hang me,' warbles Llewyn Davis at the start of this movie filled with gallows humor; its mystical looping structure reminded me of the most famous American short story about a hanging, Ambrose Bierce's 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.' "
American Hustle (2013)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
"Travers' legitimate concerns are presented as the killjoy grinching of a dried-up prig who just needs a good you-know-what, with Uncle Walt -- or rather, Walt Disney Inc. -- as just the one to give it to her, metaphorically speaking. "
The Beast Within (1982)
"One begins to feel that the addition of just one more special effect, one more grimacing Orc face or one more digital feat of derring-do might cause one to explode, like the man offered the after-dinner mint in 'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.' "
Cutie And The Boxer (2013)
The Uninvited (1944)
"'This is the only way I can paint you,' says Milland, at the piano. 'Some black keys, and some white.' The speaker might as well be cinematographer Charles Lang, whose painterly compositions -- some black keys, and some white -- make this a spooky gem. "
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
"Lee has been highly critical of 'Django Unchained,' but is not 'Oldboy' his own serio-comic captivity-and-revenge thriller, redeemed by its basis in fantasy rather than history? An alternate title might be '20 Years a Slave.' "
Black Nativity (2013)
"Lemmons' refusal to go for cheap laughs and easy uplift places her at odds with the cliched and predictable aspects of her own screenplay. The movie overall is earnest and respectful but unexciting "
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
"Conjures a convincingly scary and self-serving future dictatorship that connects it more truly to the 1970s tradition of protest science-fiction cinema ('Rollerball') than to its contemporary competition for teenage hearts and minds (the 'Twilight' saga). "
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
"Works wonderfully as a 1970s-style portrait of a charming if not entirely likable outsider-lowlife; it's less successful as an 'issue' movie that hectors the Food and Drug Administration for being a 'pusher' for Big Pharma... "