Wolf Entertainment Guide
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
" Carey Mulligan excels in this new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel and the era's farm country life is captured effectively, and although the overall effect is so-so, the film is very watchable. "
The Forger (2015)
True Story (2015)
" Creepy tale that is involving yet unsatisfying as journalist disgraced for falsifying reportage attempts to redeem himself by writing about an accused murderer who is in turn using the journalist. They deserve each other. "
In The Courtyard (2015)
" Catherine Deneuve does another impressive acting job as a woman losing her bearings, but striking up a mutually helpful friendship with an out-of work musician hired by her husband as their building super. Warmth and humor. "
Dior and I (2015)
Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
Lambert & Stamp (2015)
Effie Gray (2015)
" Quality, well-acted Victorian drama exploring the marriage of Effie Gray to famous writer and critic John Ruskin, who refused to have sex with her, leading Gray to take bold step for a woman at the time to seek an annulment. "
Danny Collins (2015)
" Al Pacino terrific as aging rock star trying to get his personal and professional life back on track by making amends with his estranged son and rediscovering his talent submerged by stardom. Good performances trump over-jammed and overwrought script. "
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)
" Woman in Japan sees "Fargo," thinks it real and becomes obsessed with getting to North Dakota to find money buried in the film. Entertaining adventure tale with memorable performance by actress Rinko Kikuchi. "
3 Hearts (2015)
" Story and performances by Charlotte Gainsbiurg and Chiara Mastroianni command one's interest in this French import involving passion and infidelity, but the set-up, plot and outcome strain credibility. "
Seymour: An Introduction (2015)
Two Men in Town (2015)
Deli Man (2015)
Merchants Of Doubt (2015)
The Hunting Ground (2015)
Maps to the Stars (2015)
" Deeply involving Israeli rabbinical courtroom drama about a woman who desperately wants a gett, a divorce document freeing her from her husband, who stubbornly refuses to let her go in a religious environment biased against women. "
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
" Adaptation of best-seller is low in the titillation department with a bit of butt whipping, a dash of suspension and light bondage, plus the often nude body of Dakota Johnson. Barely rises to soft core porn within an R rating. "
" French film follows group of adolescent black girls in a suburb of Paris trying to make sense of their lives in their challenging milieu in a film rich in character study and reminiscent of Italian neo-realism. "
The Devil's Violinist (2015)
Above and Beyond (2015)
Beloved Sisters (2015)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
" Suspenseful crime drama about oil delivery dealer, his wife and his fight against mobster competition, truck hijacking and the law closing in on his company illegalities in a generally corrupt New york milieu. "
" Gripping,well-directed, written and acted slice of history depicting the heroism of those who braved police brutality and racism to march in Selma, Alabama 50 years ago seeking the right to vote for African-Americans "
The Interview (2014)
Two Days, One Night (2014)
American Sniper (2015)
" In director Clint Eastwood's latest, Bradley Cooper excels as real-life Chris Kyle, deadly sniper in Iraq war as we watch the horror of war, the demise of his victims and the emotional toll on Kyle and his wife back home. "
Big Eyes (2014)
" Tim Burton provides the fascinating back story to those 1950s and 60s Keane paintings of children with big, staring eyes as wife reveals that her husband was fraudulently taking credit for the paintings she did. "
" Angelina Jolie directs a stirring film about a real-life former Olympic runner who survives his bomber being shot down in World War II, being stranded at sea and surviving brutality of Japanese prison camp. "
Into the Woods (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
Top Five (2014)
" Chris Rock directs and stars as movie action hero in bear costume but wants more. Things change when he is interviewed by attractive, spirited reporter. Profanity and raunchy sex and very funny for those who dig such comedy. "
Winter Sleep (2014)
" Brooding, ambitious atmospheric and long (over three hours) film set in rural Turkey. Portrait of narcissistic, manipulative landlord and writer of editorials plus those around him. A times affecting but also remote and heavy-going. "
" Elderly woman in Florida condo gets dance lessons from brash gay teacher in corny story that gains from lively, entertaining and sometimes touching performances by Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson. "
Inherent Vice (2015)
Miss Julie (2014)
" Writer-director Liv Ullmann's largely faithful version of Strindberg's classic play sizzles with sexual class warfare between Jessica Chastain as Miss Julie and Colin Farrell as the valet of her father, a baron. "
Still Alice (2015)
Zero Motivation (2014)
" Jon Stewart turns writer director with successful real-life drama about Newsweek correspondent imprisoned in Iran on phony spy charge, interrogated, tortured but released after international pressure. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal. "
" Steve Carrell outstanding in performance as wealthy, arrogant and controlling John du Pont in well-told real-life story of his effort to dominate Olympics wrestling leading to a disastrous result. "
Viva la libertÓ (2014)
" Clever, deviously funny political satire of politics in Italy, with excellent actor Toni Servillo playing twin brothers, one a fed-up politician who vanishes, the other just out of an insane asylum and tapped to replace him. Ultra smart and entertaining. "
The Theory of Everything (2014)
" Physicist Stephen Hawking bio emphasizing his courage fighting his ALS-related illness, his devoted wife and other ultimately other romantic interests for both. Intelligent and often moving with superb performance as Hawking by Eddie Redmayne. "