Q Network Film Desk
The Babadook (2014)
Shock Waves (1977)
"nothing if not grandly ambitious, and while that ambition is certainly admirable, especially in an industry choking on increasingly interchangeable big-budget franchises and starving for original ideas, it is also part of the film's downfall. "
Trafic (Traffic) (1972)
The Big Day (Jour De Fete) (1952)
"a genial, ambling comedy that uses the figure of a klutzy postman named François (played by Tati himself) as the centerpoint for a series of comedic episodes involving a small French village preparing for a big festival "
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The Two Faces of January (2014)
"Amini is perhaps too intent on producing a film whose elegance outweighs its horrors, and as a result The Two Faces of January never fully delves into the hearts of darkness clearly beating beneath its mannered surface. "
The Innocents (1961)
"the beauty enhances the dread by intensifying our sense of how feeble even the most luminous of surfaces can be in hiding the horrors beneath, which is appropriate for a film awash in Freudian subtext "
Gone Girl (2014)
The Good Lie (2014)
"quite contrary to traditional Hollywood standards, the film does not approach a story about the Third World through the eyes of a Western protagonist, but rather through the eyes of those who live the story directly "
Believe Me (2014)
Kelly & Cal (2014)
The November Man (2014)
The Zero Theorem (2014)
"Waltz twitches nervously and holds his body in such a way that suggests he is literally trying to draw up inside himself, and despite the numerous obstacles to identification, he comes across as strangely sympathetic. "
The One I Love (2014)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
The Big Chill (1983)
Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)
Hearts and Minds (2004)
"fascinated by the conundrums of human psychology and moral frailty, which is why the film is centered on a protagonist who is generally dislikable as a person, yet is inherently compelling as a human subject. "
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
"Lee clearly has magical realism, fable, and historical enormity on the brain, and even though he stuffs the film with everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, his ultimate point is anyone's guess "
Red River (2001)
"while the narrative encourages a sense of philosophical reflection about the horrors of war, the film's video-game-inspired look constantly puts us at a distance by overly aestheticizing the violence with extreme slow motion and bullet time effects "
The Easy Life (1962)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Devil's Knot (2014)
"constructs a compelling narrative out of what must have been an enormous amount of footage, focusing on the age-old trope of the journey to give the bears' plight for survival a sense of sincere thematic heft "
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
"While there is much to enjoy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it is also hard not to feel like it is working primarily as yet another set-up, building the foundation for future films at the expense of the central narrative "
Blood Ties (2014)
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
"Siegel, with his innate sense of cinematic intensity and how to deploy violence with both visual and thematic heft, keeps the film's style relatively simple and straightforward, which allows the complexities of the situation at hand to take center-stage. "
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"Anderson's focus on oddball humor, audaciously eloquent dialogue, and cartoonish absurdity remains central and doesn't get derailed by the overly forced attempts at familial pathos that have marred some of his other films "
"It goes on a bit longer than it probably needs to, but the humor hits more than it misses, resulting in only a few sluggish places in a film that otherwise pays its audience's desire to revel in nonstop absurdity with just a dash of genuine social satire "
The Freshman (College Days) (1925)