Laramie Movie Scope
Alan Partridge (2014)
"This is a funny film, an absurdest comedy with great acting, solid writing and interesting visual effects. It is also a remarkable technical achievement in terms of acting, cinematography and editing."
"This documentary film is a real eye-opener. It turns out that corruption in all three branches of the federal government, legislative, administrative and judicial, is far worse than I thought it was."
We Are the Best! (2014)
"The three girls are full of life. They have a lot of fun just being kids. They are excited about their potential and their possibilities. This movie is a tribute to the spirit and optimism of youth."
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"These are adult people dealing with substantial problems with intelligence, love, wit, charm and respect for each other. This should not be so rare to see in a movie, but it is, and it is wonderful to see."
Life Itself (2014)
"For the most part, this film is a fitting tribute to a great champion of films and filmmakers. It is an interesting look into Ebert's life, warts and all, and it packs a real emotional punch, like life itself."
Force Majeure (2014)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
"I was afraid this was going to be another case where a greedy studio doing a book adaptation managed to screw things up by splitting a book in half, ending up with a movie with half a story, but this one works out O.K."
"This dystopian fantasy is unpleasant enough and inhuman enough that I never want to see it again, but it is interesting visually. The acting is also very good. Octavia Spencer ("The Help") gives a knockout performance as a desperate mother. "
Ivory Tower (2014)
"I was hesitant about seeing this movie. I thought it was just another film glamorizing suicidal people. It turns out to be more of a celebration of the short, but incredibly productive life of Aron Swartz and the things he stood for."
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Begin Again (2014)
"This movie is inspired by the success of the film 'Once', written and directed by John Carney. Carney's new movie has a similar story, but this time, with more money, better music and actors, he's made a better film."
"First-time director Dan Gilroy maintains a good pace throughout the film. It works on every level as drama, social commentary, action. The cinematography by Oscar-winner Robert Elswit is excellent. "
The Book of Life (2014)
The Judge (2014)
"This is a film that is well cast, and director David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers") gets solid performances out of this fine cast. While the story could have been tighter, it has plenty of emotional and dramatic power."
St. Vincent (2014)
"This is a sentimental film, but it isn't cheap, or superficial sentiment. Most of all, however, the film is funny, with a lot of good comic dialog and a lot of funny situations, which is more than most comedies deliver."
John Wick (2014)
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
"The real reason for this film's high level of realism and drama is its screenplay (this film is written and directed by Richard Linklater) which is refreshingly adult, realistic, dramatic and reflective of today's society."
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
The Maze Runner (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
"The game is full of suspense, twists and turns. The characters are fascinating. The locations, sets and costume designs are all first-rate. The story is held back by the Disney formula, but is strong enough to overcome it."
The November Man (2014)
"The pace of the film is fast and it generates a lot of tension. The acting is solid, led by Brosnan, who handles this role with aplomb, along with veteran actor Bill Smitrovich ("Ted") who plays CIA section chief Hanley."
Get On Up (2014)
"Boseman gives a performance both subtle and powerful, featuring a bewildering combination of supreme self-confidence, volcanic anger and emotional vulnerability. The supporting cast is also excellent."
"The screenplay by writer-director Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises") shows a keen insight into the psychology of the sons of alcoholic fathers. Tom Hardy, one of the best actors working today, shows his versatility in this subtle performance."
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
"This movie has impressive production values and it looks great, especially in 3D. The battle scenes are well staged and there is excellent stunt work. The story is compelling and the characters are interesting."
"It does, in a limited way, explore the idea of human potential, evolution, and what it means to be human. In short, despite many plot holes, this film is a little more ambitious than I expected it to be."
Underwater Dreams (2014)
Jersey Boys (2014)
"If it weren't for the musical performances, this would not be much of a movie. Fortunately, the music is very good and John Lloyd Young is a fine singer. This languid film does display energy during the musical performances."
22 Jump Street (2014)
"While this film is dominated by vulgar, slapstick humor, it is not exactly brain dead. There is a certain self-aware, self-mocking quality to it. It also helps that the characters are basically good guys."
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
"Angelina Jolie is magnificent playing the powerful, brooding, conflicted title character. Her familiar, Diaval (Sam Riley of 'Control') and the sweet princess (Elle Fanning) give strong supporting performances, too."
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
"On the whole, this film is well-acted and there is plenty of action. The plot could have been better, but most of the plot problems are not large ones. The special effects are very good, and the film looks good in 3D."
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
"While I was disappointed this film wasn't as funny as I hoped it would be, the unexpected depth and growth of these vulgar characters elevates this film to a slightly higher level of sophistication than one might expect."
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"This wacky screwball comedy, loosely based on stories by Stefan Zweig, has a plot so labyrinthine and frantic it is hardly worth following, except for the fantastic sets and appealing central characters played by Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)