Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
The Sacrament (2014)
"The film has a ticking time-bomb quality that pays off in the accelerating violence of the breathless final act, which is more grim than gory, with the high body count one would expect from a movie inspired by Jonestown."
Out of the Past (1947)
"'Maybe we thought the world would end,' Mitchum muses, during a short-lived spell of happiness in Mexico. 'Maybe we thought it was a dream.' A dream? In his trench coat and fedora, he's clearly not a man destined to die quietly in his bed."
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
"With its climactic assassination attempt of a lovely songstress, this sardonic skewering of the music industry-as-America may be nothing less than a more rollicking, less sniffy predecessor to Altman's 'Nashville.'"
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
The Dog (2014)
"Any thought that Al Pacino overacts in 'Dog Day Afternoon' is instantly banished by the screen presence of the gleefully crude and unrepentant real-life Wojtowicz, a leering and self-promoting Priapus."
Earth to Echo (2014)
Three on a Match (1932)
The Divorcée (1930)
A Free Soul (1931)
"Contains what may be the first instance of the 'If it doesn't fit you must acquit' defense: Barrymore wins Gable's freedom by having the accused man place on top of his head the too-small hat that was found at the scene of the crime."
"The Chatterton character's appetite for sex is large: She cherry-picks the men in her factory and invites them to her spectacular home for business meetings that turn into seductions. When she's ready, she tosses a pillow onto a fur rug on the floor."
22 Jump Street (2014)
Night Nurse (1931)
Think Like a Man Too (2014)
"Staggering in its efficiency, admirable in its insistence that the women deserve as much screen time as the men, and awe-inspiring as a vehicle of romantic and even career reassurance for moviegoers..."
The Rover (2014)
For No Good Reason (2014)
"The movie always circles back to Thompson, as if Steadman were a tetherball attached to the writer. In this way, Paul doesn't quite justify the need for a feature film about his subject (as opposed to, say, a profile segment on '60 Minutes'). "
The Nutty Professor (1963)
The Immigrant (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Red River (1948)
"It was Hawks' genius to recognize a kinship between his leads, and to understand that the 'naturalism' of the Wayne persona was as deep and complex as the more intellectualized approach of the neurotic young New York stage actor, Clift."
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
"Advances an interesting pro-diversity agenda: The 'nerds' aren't just brainy geeks but outcasts, including a flamboyant gay black man. (When big block letters that spell NERDS are set on fire outside the nerd house, you're reminded of burning crosses.)"
"'He was licking me!' That plaintive, disgusted wail is pretty unforgettable once you've seen this one-of-a-kind tongue-in-cheek/blood-in-mouth historical horror movie that has garnered an appreciative cult audience..."
Touch of Evil (1958)
Double Indemnity (1944)
King Kong Escapes (1967)
"Colorful, cartoonish fun, with an improved Toho Kong who eventually battles a 'robot Kong' created by evil Dr. Who (Hideyo Amamoto), variously described as 'an Oriental skeleton,' 'an international Judas' and 'a devil who lies like a gutter rat.' Ouch. "
Devil's Knot (2014)
"Lacks tension, focus and -- most damaging -- seems entirely unnecessary and redundant in the wake of the four documentary features that not only exhaustively examined the case but altered the lives of everyone involved in it."
Palo Alto (2014)
Cold in July (2014)
BB King: The Life of Riley (2014)
"Continues the idea, seen in Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis,' that the car is no longer a refuge and a symbol of freedom but an extension of the home and office -- a mobile space that through technology remains connected to the pressures of work and family."
3 Days To Kill (2014)
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
"Wanda Jackson's 'Funnel of Love' introduces us to Jarmusch's stylish vampires, his pale lovers, his connoisseurs of art and oenophiles of blood, swanning and swooning through eternity, together forever even if continents apart."
God's Pocket (2014)
Hey Bartender (2013)
Fed Up (2014)
The Quiet Ones (2014)
"The brothers of Delta Psi might be projections of the Rogen character's stress and anxiety, like the killer children in Cronenberg's 'The Brood,' a difference being that the frat bros wield bongs and dildos instead of lethal meat mallets."
Fading Gigolo (2014)
"If it's hard out here for a pimp, as Juicy J, DJ Paul and Frayser Boy assured us, how much harder must it be when said pimp is Woody Allen? Surprisingly, not that hard, judging from 'Fading Gigolo.'"
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
"Like other franchise films of the past few years, it demonstrates that its prime influence is not pop cinema nor even the Marvel canon but the quality dramas of cable television, with their large casts, handsome production values and serial storytelling."
Dom Hemingway (2014)
Blue Ruin (2014)
"Upends genre expectations by placing an unskilled, often hapless and physically undistinguished Everyman in the violent 'revenge' role that a Hollywood movie typically would assign to an invulnerable tough guy played by the likes of Liam Neeson..."
Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)