Sex Ed (2014)
" Even with considerable flaws, Sex Ed does offer a few charms, including a committed lead performance from Haley Joel Osment, whose depiction of dented dignity and comic timing supports the picture when it needs it the most. "
Hit By Lightning (2014)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
" Credit writer/director Dan Gilroy for taking a shot with an unpleasant lead character and his business of pure ugliness, pulling off an amazing filmmaking achievement with this devious but hypnotic effort. "
Force Majeure (2014)
Art and Craft (2014)
" Frequently humorous and sharply observed, Laggies may not have the grit typically associated with Shelton's work, but it preserves a sweet spot of complex behavior and retains a whole lot of charm. "
" Doesn't always click as tightly as it should, but the ambition of the picture is refreshing, with Aja weaving the wild, violent, darkly comic world of author Joe Hill into an impressively demented feature. "
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
ABCs of Death 2 (2014)
Dear White People (2014)
John Wick (2014)
" 2014 has seen its share of big screen lethargy, but John Wick is a potent reminder that concentration on the visual essentials and a sharp sense of narrative goals are all any filmmaker really needs to cause an exceptional commotion. "
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
The Book of Life (2014)
" Superbly designed and animated, but it's also a cluttered endeavor, spending too much time explaining what's going on instead of experiencing the rich multiverse co-writer/director Gutierrez is laboring to create. "
Men, Women & Children (2014)
The Best Of Me (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
" Scattershot and artificial, St. Vincent is kept alive by Murray, who's game to go where the script leads, adding his own spin to characterization when necessary, backed by an agreeable supporting cast. "
" There's nothing in Fury that needs 135 minutes of screentime, with a leaner, more concise version of the picture perfectly able to generate the road show of doom the helmer is practically tattooing on the viewer. "
" Incredible amounts of fun, with a ferocious sense of humor and attention to pace and character connection that maintains a smooth, silly viewing experience with the occasional acid splash to identify it as a Carnahan picture. "
The Judge (2014)
Dracula Untold (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
" Cuesta is a gifted helmer, great with gritty, streetwise tales of survival, and moments score in the feature. There are just not enough of them to shake off a few questions of authenticity concerning Webb's painful decline. "
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)
The Pact II (2014)
One Chance (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
" As a puzzler, it leaves much to be desired, with Fincher often too busy doing white-gloved finger-wipe inspections on the corners of the frame to pay much attention to the nail-munching aspects of Flynn's winding work. "
Left Behind (2014)
" It's no shock to share that Cage is a major step up from Cameron, but it's surprising to see the new Left Behind refuse the benefit of hindsight, content to make the same corny, labored film all over again. "
Last Days in Vietnam (2014)
" A vital piece in the ongoing puzzle of the conflict, Last Days in Vietnam is an eye-opening documentary that captures the charged emotions and troubled leadership that fed into an overall sense of panic. "
Good People (2014)
Open Windows (2014)
" Overplotted and underwhelming, the feature gets by on sheer novelty for a considerable amount of time, only to be shut down by the helmer's refusal to play the premise as economically as possible. "
Drive Hard (2014)
" Falls a little flat, never quite secure in its insanity and perhaps a bit too ambitious with its screenplay, which spends more time building secretive allegiances than it does tending to the visceral highlights. "