Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Love Is Strange (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
"Note to mobsters: If you hope to eliminate an ex-agent whose very particular set of skills make Neeson seem as lethal as Cera, do not stage your assault in a big-box store where your target has access to barbed wire, blow torches and power drills."
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
The Good Lie (2014)
"The poster suggests a redux of 'The Blind Side,' times three. At top is Reese Witherspoon, airbrushed and beaming with charity. At bottom are three faceless Africans. Thank goodness this image is not an accurate representation of the movie's priorities."
Five Of A Kind (1938)
"'They sing! They dance! They act!' promised the poster for the film; in fact, 'the quints' go 0 for 3 in these talents, although the four-year-olds do struggle through a few verses of 'Frere Jacques.'"
Call Her Savage (1932)
"Prostitution, 'half-breeds,' cross-dressing, cat fights, dog-wrestling, 'wild poets,' wagon-train lechery and rampant bralessness are among the consistently jaw-dropping elements of this rollicking 1932 melodrama,"
Lake Placid (1999)
"'I'm rooting for the crocodile,' announces Betty White. The line is funny and revealing: The film is smart enough to admit the monsters are usually the most interesting characters in these movies, but it's also smart enough to make the people interesting."
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
"A genuine American nightmare that is not only uncompromisingly ferocious but truly original, and as much an art film in its way as another fact-inspired murder movie shot a year earlier by another Texas-connected filmmaker, Terrence Malick's 'Badlands.'"
"'I created this,' Beal says early in the film. 'I imagined it into existence.' The words could be a manifesto for filmmakers, an articulation of the director's mission, particularly in the case of as singular a work as 'Memphis.'"
No Good Deed (2014)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
"Apparently designed as a Michael Bayhem gateway drug to hook the few kids considered too young for 'Transformers' movies, this grim and charmless update is about the last thing the culture needs: The 'Dark Knight' of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies."
Into The Storm (2014)
"The rotating funnel clouds are almost spectacular enough to make up for the rote drama (a strict dad butts heads with his teenage son, yawn) and routine characterization (redneck comic relief, yee-haw)."
Sex Tape (2014)
The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)
Take Me to the River (2014)
The Drop (2014)
The Trip To Italy (2014)
"Is it inappropriate to laugh in the presence of a petrified victim of the volcanic eruption at Pompeii, even if that 'presence' is footage on a movie screen? If you think the answer is 'Yes,' then please avoid 'The Trip to Italy.' "
The Expendables 3 (2014)
As Above, So Below (2014)
"Scarlett -- a pretty young archeologist who favors allowing her sweater to slip coyly off one shoulder to expose a fashionable bra strap while she's vandalizing ancient relics -- may be the year's most absurd movie character."
Life After Beth (2014)
The Identical (2014)
"Long a subject of fascination for certain Elvis fans and scholars of American popular culture, the connection between the King of Rock and Roll and the King of Kings finds its most elaborate expression yet in 'The Identical.'"
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
"This violent survival saga wears its angry politics on its bloody sleeve: Government conspiracies, black revolutionaries, 'the redistribution of wealth' and the 'worship' of firearms are among the topics broached (and sometimes bludgeoned)."
"As it circumnavigates the frozen globe of the climatic post-apocalypse, 'Snowpiercer' sometimes seems loaded with more allegorical freight than even a futuristic bullet train can carry. Yet it remains one of the year's more impressive films."
"The odd compositions imply the camera is respectfully aware of the presence of something hovering above the characters, something invisible and mysterious that perhaps affirms the nun's faith, even in this awful world of Nazi murders and Communist purges."
I Origins (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
Third Person (2014)
Begin Again (2014)
"The best thing about 'Begin Again' is what it's not. It's not a love story, or at least not a conventional love story; it's more of a friendship story between a man and a woman, which is something we almost never see in movies."
Venus in Fur (2014)
"Polanski seems to revel in defeating the limitations imposed by this stagey project, which may be among the most personal of his career -- a movie that laughs at pain and sex and the absurdity of life even as it acknowledges life's terror and wonder."
Life Itself (2014)
"The effect is uncanny and heartbreaking, yet exhilarating, not depressing. Mom sums it up, when Mason celebrates his 15th birthday: 'I'm so glad you were born.' We'd like to think she's speaking to all of us."
We Are the Best! (2014)
Get On Up (2014)
"A largely successful attempt to present the life story of the impenetrable and eccentric genius of funk in a way that respects Brown's memory and experiments with the biopic formula while also entertaining a mainstream audience."
Jersey Boys (2014)
"Eastwood jettisons the 'jukebox musical' approach of his source material to transform the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons into another of his inquisitions into the hopeful myths and dark realities of American history and celebrity. "
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
"Every frame is some kind of digital marvel, yet the most impressive sights are old school: the blunt-instrument fearsomeness of Mickey Rourke's Frankensteinian prosthetic face and the dangerous curves of femme fatale Eva Green's often undraped body."
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
"For all its digital spectacle and redundant action-violence it understands the power of the fraught gesture, the soft word, the shadowed expressionistic closeup: Jolie is photographed as lovingly and spookily here as Simone Simon in "Cat People.""
Deadly Eyes (The Rats) (1982)
"The rat sequences are rather potent if you can overlook the fact that the ravenous rodents are often DACHSHUNDS, dressed in little rat outfits and little rat masks. But you can't overlook this, which is what makes this movie great entertainment."
Hank And Asha (2014)
"The post-millennium indie film equivalent of an epistolary short story, the movie is not just a video-letter conversation but a calling card for its debuting co-directors, who demostrate a knack for crowd-pleasing instincts even on a micro-budget."
Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
"Filled with wonderful examples of her art, alongside interviews with her former employers and the now-grown children once in her charge, the movie is a testimony to the value of Maier's work and to the unending strangeness of human personality."
Southern Comfort (1981)