Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)
Ms. 45 (2013)
"The Halloween finale is one of the indelible set pieces of the decade, offering the astonishing image of a beautiful gunwielding nun indiscriminately shooting men while moving in slow-motion against a wall decorated with stylized bats and spider webs."
13 Sins (2014)
The Lunchbox (2014)
Le Week-End (2014)
Heaven Is for Real (2014)
"The movie's visions of a greenscreen afterlife of digital angels and a Jesus who resembles Dan Fogelberg on the cover of the 'Greatest Hits' album is more trite than inspiring, yet the film is smart enough to recognize the weirdness of its premise"
Under the Skin (2014)
"Early in the film, the woman plucks an ant from a body, and the moviegoer at times may feel as uncomprehending as that insect, while the Johansson character might as well be an alien entomologist, observing the strange hive culture of humanity. "
Hateship Loveship (2014)
"The unlikely directors are comedy connoisseurs Anthony and Joe Russo, working with a gargantuan Marvel/Disney support team no doubt organized on the theory that these movies have become Too Big To Fail..."
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)
The Raid 2 (2014)
The Unknown Known (2014)
"Rumsfeld seems to suggest that any pre-emptive strike can be justified, if we have the 'imagination' to envision future history as a succession of Worst Case Scenarios, enacted by America's enemies."
The Nut Job (2014)
"A tired assembly of the expected celebrity voices (Liam Neeson is a despotic raccoon) and already dated pop-culture references (the end credits feature an animated version of Psy leading the cast of animals in a dance-along to 'Gangnam Style')."
Frankie & Alice (2014)
"It may be based on true events, but it seems more truly inspired by the star-producer's desire for an ostentatious showcase to demonstrate that her Best Actress recognition didn't Jinx (ouch) a career notable for such post-Oscar calamities as 'Catwoman.'"
The Face of Love (2014)
The Great Flood (2014)
"The damage gives the images an appropriately mud-spattered, post-disaster appearance; sometimes the splotchy, jumpy degradation transforms these smalltown flood scenes into abstract animated splatter paintings."
Bad Words (2014)
"A feat of sustained tension and unrelieved dread that spins its web of unease with elegantly creepy visuals (the Toronto sky seems dusted with noxious yellow pollen) and spooky sound design (the score consists of nervous strings and sonorous woodwinds)."
Tim's Vermeer (2014)
"Jenison's compulsiveness and ingeniousness are interesting, and his research may prove to have some art-scholarship value, but another impresson is that spending 180 days to reproduce 'The Music Lesson' is a colossal waste of time."
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
The Horror At 37,000 Feet (2014)
The Book Thief (2013)
"This extremely moving drama suggests the Holocaust story Ray Bradbury might have written: Events are seen through a child's eyes; books are shown to contain a healing, transformative power; and the supernatural is real, if symbolic."
Tennessee Queer (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
"As Persia's sexiest naval commander, Eva Green is to this 'sidequel' as Cate Blanchett is to 'Blue Jasmine,' and I mean that as a compliment and not a joke: She's a frightening and awe-inspiring force of nature, draped in camp instead of Chanel."
"The premise is sure-fire, but director Jaume Collet-Serra's grip on the material is not as tight as the cabin pressure; moments of sentiment and unnecessary back story relieve the claustrophobia and stall the momentum."
The Art of the Steal (2014)
"There's more steal than art in 'The Art of the Steal,' a second-tier caper comedy-drama that pilfers its inspiration from such superior stories of crime and misdirection as 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Reservoir Dogs'..."
The Visitor (1979)
"The movie suggests that contrary to Cassius' claim, the fault is not in ourselves but in our stars -- that, as the paranoid and psychotic have suspected, our unhappiness is the collateral damage of an eternal and cosmic struggle."
Mother Of George (2013)
The Great Beauty (2013)
The Selfish Giant (2013)
Adult World (2014)
Finding Hillywood (2013)
"Described on its website as 'a feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda's film industry,' this is a paean to the therapeutic 'ppower of fim': most of the featured movies relate directly to the effects of genocide in Rwanda."
The Wind Rises (2014)
"Possibly Miyazaki can relate to Horikoshi's dilemma. He is both technician and artist, engineer and dreamer, and he works in a field -- cinema -- that too often promotes violence as a shortcut to a solution rather than as a last resort."
Le passé (The Past) (2013)
"'The Past' opens at a Paris airport, where Marie and the newly arrived Ahmad greet each other through a pane of glass. Their lips move, but they don't actually hear one another. This is a state that will be maintained more or less throughout the film."
The LEGO Movie (2014)
Vampire Academy (2014)
"Previous teen films from brothers Daniel and Mark Waters had a lot of bite, so it's sad their first collaboration is a toothless horror-adventure-comedy-romance motivated by The Weinstein Company's eagerness for a Harry Potter-meets-Twilight franchise."
A Fierce Green Fire (2013)
"Not another documentary exposé of a particular disaster or eco-crime but a history of the environmental movement itself, motivated by the idea that 'our industrial civilization has grown so powerful that it threatens the natural world...'"
In Secret (2014)
"'Love Means Breaking All the Rules' is the misleading slogan on one promotional graphic. In this case, the hijinks defined as 'breaking all the rules' include adultery, murder and the excess drinking of absinthe"
About Last Night (2014)
"Padilha protracts Murphy's existential ordeal,so that the revenge plot that motivates the action becomes secondary to Murphy's struggle to hold onto his identity even as political, corporate and scientific interests seek to erase it. "
The Iran Job (2013)
The Monuments Men (2014)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)