Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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Into The Storm (2014)
"The rotating funnel clouds are almost spectacular enough to make up for the rote drama (a strict dad butts heads with his teenage son, yawn) and routine characterization (redneck comic relief, yee-haw). "
Sex Tape (2014)
The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)
Take Me to the River (2014)
The Drop (2014)
The Trip To Italy (2014)
"Is it inappropriate to laugh in the presence of a petrified victim of the volcanic eruption at Pompeii, even if that 'presence' is footage on a movie screen? If you think the answer is 'Yes,' then please avoid 'The Trip to Italy.' "
The Expendables 3 (2014)
As Above, So Below (2014)
"Scarlett -- a pretty young archeologist who favors allowing her sweater to slip coyly off one shoulder to expose a fashionable bra strap while she's vandalizing ancient relics -- may be the year's most absurd movie character. "
Life After Beth (2014)
The Identical (2014)
"Long a subject of fascination for certain Elvis fans and scholars of American popular culture, the connection between the King of Rock and Roll and the King of Kings finds its most elaborate expression yet in 'The Identical.' "
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
"This violent survival saga wears its angry politics on its bloody sleeve: Government conspiracies, black revolutionaries, 'the redistribution of wealth' and the 'worship' of firearms are among the topics broached (and sometimes bludgeoned). "
"As it circumnavigates the frozen globe of the climatic post-apocalypse, 'Snowpiercer' sometimes seems loaded with more allegorical freight than even a futuristic bullet train can carry. Yet it remains one of the year's more impressive films. "
"The odd compositions imply the camera is respectfully aware of the presence of something hovering above the characters, something invisible and mysterious that perhaps affirms the nun's faith, even in this awful world of Nazi murders and Communist purges. "
I Origins (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
Third Person (2014)
Begin Again (2014)
"The best thing about 'Begin Again' is what it's not. It's not a love story, or at least not a conventional love story; it's more of a friendship story between a man and a woman, which is something we almost never see in movies. "
Venus in Fur (2014)
"Polanski seems to revel in defeating the limitations imposed by this stagey project, which may be among the most personal of his career -- a movie that laughs at pain and sex and the absurdity of life even as it acknowledges life's terror and wonder. "
Life Itself (2014)
"The effect is uncanny and heartbreaking, yet exhilarating, not depressing. Mom sums it up, when Mason celebrates his 15th birthday: 'I'm so glad you were born.' We'd like to think she's speaking to all of us. "
We Are the Best! (2014)
Get On Up (2014)
"A largely successful attempt to present the life story of the impenetrable and eccentric genius of funk in a way that respects Brown's memory and experiments with the biopic formula while also entertaining a mainstream audience. "
Jersey Boys (2014)
"Eastwood jettisons the 'jukebox musical' approach of his source material to transform the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons into another of his inquisitions into the hopeful myths and dark realities of American history and celebrity. "
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
"Every frame is some kind of digital marvel, yet the most impressive sights are old school: the blunt-instrument fearsomeness of Mickey Rourke's Frankensteinian prosthetic face and the dangerous curves of femme fatale Eva Green's often undraped body. "
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
"For all its digital spectacle and redundant action-violence it understands the power of the fraught gesture, the soft word, the shadowed expressionistic closeup: Jolie is photographed as lovingly and spookily here as Simone Simon in "Cat People." "
Deadly Eyes (The Rats) (1982)
"The rat sequences are rather potent if you can overlook the fact that the ravenous rodents are often DACHSHUNDS, dressed in little rat outfits and little rat masks. But you can't overlook this, which is what makes this movie great entertainment. "
Hank And Asha (2014)
"The post-millennium indie film equivalent of an epistolary short story, the movie is not just a video-letter conversation but a calling card for its debuting co-directors, who demostrate a knack for crowd-pleasing instincts even on a micro-budget. "
Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
"Filled with wonderful examples of her art, alongside interviews with her former employers and the now-grown children once in her charge, the movie is a testimony to the value of Maier's work and to the unending strangeness of human personality. "
Southern Comfort (1981)
"Part heist film, part action thriller, part murder mystery, the movie is punishingly violent (in one scene, the camera lingers over squashed body parts after a drug agent is hit by a train). The ugliness is so pervasive it becomes perversely fascinating. "
Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)
"The film was somewhat radically reworked for a TCM special edition; the original is like an old-school monster movie that teases the audience before finally giving fans the spectacle they crave -- Elvis, tearing down the house in all his jumpsuited glory. "
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
The Sacrament (2014)
"The film has a ticking time-bomb quality that pays off in the accelerating violence of the breathless final act, which is more grim than gory, with the high body count one would expect from a movie inspired by Jonestown. "
Out of the Past (1947)
"'Maybe we thought the world would end,' Mitchum muses, during a short-lived spell of happiness in Mexico. 'Maybe we thought it was a dream.' A dream? In his trench coat and fedora, he's clearly not a man destined to die quietly in his bed. "
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
"With its climactic assassination attempt of a lovely songstress, this sardonic skewering of the music industry-as-America may be nothing less than a more rollicking, less sniffy predecessor to Altman's 'Nashville.' "
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
The Dog (2014)
"Any thought that Al Pacino overacts in 'Dog Day Afternoon' is instantly banished by the screen presence of the gleefully crude and unrepentant real-life Wojtowicz, a leering and self-promoting Priapus. "
Earth to Echo (2014)
Three on a Match (1932)
The Divorcée (1930)
A Free Soul (1931)
"Contains what may be the first instance of the 'If it doesn't fit you must acquit' defense: Barrymore wins Gable's freedom by having the accused man place on top of his head the too-small hat that was found at the scene of the crime. "
"The Chatterton character's appetite for sex is large: She cherry-picks the men in her factory and invites them to her spectacular home for business meetings that turn into seductions. When she's ready, she tosses a pillow onto a fur rug on the floor. "
22 Jump Street (2014)