What If (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)
I Origins (2014)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
" As for the screenplay, it's a full-on fumble. Doddering, even, and distant from any representation of plausible human behavior. It's also yet one more early spring-late autumn romance from Allen's Olympia SM-3 typewriter, "
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
" The first time we see Hoffman's hand graze Hoss' shoulder, it's almost like a bomb has silently exploded, so graceful and engaged is this so-small, so-refined physical exchange of these two splendid actors. "
Happy Christmas (2014)
Mood Indigo (2014)
Closed Curtain (2014)
Speed Racer (2008)
" It seems less a commercial strategy by the Wachowskis as a philosophical one: to incorporate as many forms of communication and color-blind ethnicity as possible, much as they did with the Matrix pictures. "
Le Chef (2014)
" Boyhood is perfectly imperfect, and surely not the last exploration of feature filmmaking as the ideal form to encapsulate duration and unities of location to come from the dogged, invaluable writer-director. "
" You could reduce the narrative elements to Das Boot meets Metropolis, but that's saying too much and too little. Cinematic intelligence and Bong's unwavering class-consciousness offer up a fierce fable for our end times. "
Begin Again (2014)
" Boy already met girl, girl already left boy, that was "Once." What can a filmmaker do after that? John Carney doesn't fully succeed Twice, but there are sweet and knowing moments throughout his latest romance about songwriting and a city. "
" Capable, candy-colored, often giddily gruesome Euro-action from Norway, replete with lottery winnings, double-crosses, discreet vivisection and a shootout in a strip club called "Pink Heaven" with a single survivor whom the police want explanations from. "
Jersey Boys (2014)
The Rover (2014)
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014)
A Coffee in Berlin (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
Night Moves (2014)
Lucky Them (2014)
22 Jump Street (2014)
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
" Every moment is about what they desire, impulsively, fiercely, naively, not merely that they want to live, but they want to live fully in each moment. Here. I am alive. You are alive. This is our moment. I love you. Love me. What else is this life? "
Age of the Uprising (2014)
" Groundhog D-Day, or the reborn identity: Don't we all want a furious, jumbled intelligence like Doug Liman's to fashion memorable pop? Tom Cruise's every-doofus character is a great mid-career role for him, since it's briskly business. "
Black Box ()
" While echoes of V. C. Andrews' "Flowers In The Attic" are pronounced, the interplay of the characters in a simple setting also evokes a film that Cone has mentioned as an influence, John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club." "
The Dance of Reality (2014)
Chinese Puzzle (2014)
" "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" is charismatic critic, programmer and filmmaker Mark Cousins' avaricious attempt to explain the history of international cinema-to us? To himself?-in a mere 915 minutes. "
The Immigrant (2014)
" Memories upon memories upon memories upon legend upon lore upon sorrow upon sacrifice and ache: there is much of another time in James Gray's great and tender and sublimely sincere, emblematically cinematic "The Immigrant." "
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
" The super-slow-motion scenes shot at 3,000 frames a second are the wittiest, and thrilling both for comic invention and simple physical beauty in their tumbling eyefuls. (It's the Rube Goldberg version of the end of Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point.") "
" Pawel Pawlikowski's hushed, elemental story of a young Polish woman's discovery of her history and herself in the early 1960s as she's about to take vows as a nun shimmers with beauty and detail: it's breathtakingly great. "
Fed Up (2014)
" I'm not as angry reflecting on the nonfiction jumble "Fed Up" as I was during its slovenly length, but from modest distance, it still feels like a ruinously wasted opportunity, an inconvenient botch. "
Life Itself (2014)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
" The 9/11-style attack on London at the film's beginning is followed by backstory upon cover story and bright rhetoric soars and false flags are planted. They darkly wave. Political opportunity is not wasted on ready opportunists. "
Palo Alto (2014)
" Coppola finds a dreamlike drift to her first feature, suffused and detached, a woozy memory or a memory of a memory of a memory. You were there. You don't remember, really. But that sensation: I was there. So slight and so right. "
" A James L. Brooks movie that James L. Brooks never got around to making. Workplace, extended families, secondary families, love, longing, mild nostalgia, untamable optimism, stuff that makes you want to be a better man, woman, chef or critic. "
Big Joy (2014)
" No Buñuel-like, "Belle de jour" surrealism, no enormous political canvas to be drawn and illumined, no reductionist pronouncements of psychology: just large, curious eyes, looking without hurt or hope or damage but also without affect. "
" "Godzilla" stays serious-minded and serious-toned about apocalyptic quality of nuclear damage: now, instead of post-Hiroshima, post-Nagasaki, it's post-Fukushima, wary of worldwide flaws in the interconnectedness of the power grid. "
For No Good Reason (2014)
" There are many gems of earned wisdom, both spoken and demonstrated through the prowess of the man's process in conjuring his righteous satires, including "There's no such thing as a mistake, it's just an excuse to do something else." "
Moms' Night Out (2014)
" They aren't caricatures, per se, but in the behavior-reinforcing fashion of simple sitcom, we see an unflattering portrait of brittle, hostile, hustling, neurotic modern suburban control freaks. Who ought to listen to their man, and the Father. "
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)