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Rating Title/Year Author
My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (2014) Nicholas Bell Too uncomfortable to be a mere bonus feature and too slight to feel relevant outside of those curious about Refn, perhaps it will just represent a stepping stone for Corfixen as she reclaims her own creative endeavors. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2/5 Everly (2014) Nicholas Bell With its drab visual palette and ceaseless repetition of violence, there's little to recommend. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 Maps to the Stars (2014) Nicholas Bell A maudlin brew of wacky circumstances and over-the-top flourishes that sometimes work, but, more often than not, fall flat the longer running the time wears on. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Queen and Country (2014) Nicholas Bell Though one doesn't have to experience Hope and Glory to appreciate Queen and Country, it does lend a bit of weight to the narrative continuation if you are familiar. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 McFarland, USA (2015) Nicholas Bell Sure, at the end of the day, it may be just another sports drama, replete with generic dramatic shifts and cutesy comic relief, but Caro manages to sail us through a tale that ends with an emotional, even inspirational triumph. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 All the Wilderness (2014) Nicholas Bell Though performances and tech credits are all first rate (not to mention a great soundtrack), this type of familial despondency, that requires its main protagonist to make peace with personal tragedy, is overly familiar and, at times, painstakingly cliché. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (2012) Nicholas Bell A beautiful eulogy from the type of loving friend we'd all be lucky to have. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
1/5 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Nicholas Bell Funny that no one seemed to understand in the making of Grey that watching two vaguely defined characters engage in ceaseless rounds of conservatively filmed grimaces and stifled moans gets tiresome quickly. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
1/5 The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014) Nicholas Bell You might be startled once or twice while watching Angel of Death, but the thrills are cheap tricks. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2/5 Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2014) Nicholas Bell A product that ends up being incredibly sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess, which is glaringly evident whenever it turns away from the unique energy of its two leads. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 Li'l Quinquin (2015) Nicholas Bell While Li'l Quinquin arguably works better if viewed in four separate pieces, it's another unique film from Dumont, whose knack for comedy is as delightfully off center as his more dramatic entries. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2/5 Rec 4: Apocalypse (2014) Nicholas Bell This is one more flesh-eating virus we've become immune to. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 A Most Violent Year (2014) Nicholas Bell As excellent as Chastain is in a role that finally gives her something to chew on, the film belongs to Isaac's suave, mostly well-intentioned businessman. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 Unbroken (2014) Nicholas Bell Beautifully, if sometimes too glossily mounted, Angelina Jolie's sophomore effort as a director, Unbroken, is too poker faced to enjoy either as a dramatic motion picture or a document of an excruciating, unnecessary experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Tip Top (2013) Nicholas Bell Bozon has created another strange hybrid of form with this blackly comedic, sexually perverse examination of racial inequality and notable political bigotry. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4.5/5 Leviathan (2014) Nicholas Bell Andrey Zvyagintsev succeeds in cinematic sublimity with this multilayered and operatic exploration of the crushing corruption of an unchecked regime. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 The Gambler (2014) Nicholas Bell No matter how finely feathered the hair or slim and trim the figure, Wahlberg is simply one of the glossy mistakes Wyatt's film trips over. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Big Eyes (2014) Nicholas Bell It's a likeable recapitulation of 1950s era America and the strange mutations that occur involving those humans attempting to buck the wrongly conditioned trappings of gender based social mores. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Ask Me Anything (2014) Nicholas Bell An intriguing, if sometimes questionable supporting cast rally splendidly around a noticeable central performance from Britt Robertson, often making up for the film's tonal missteps to become a surprisingly entertaining indie feature. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Nicholas Bell Beyond a bloated, mind-numbing free-for-all that feels like watching a bunch of school kids playing Dodge ball with reckless abandon, Jackson fails to instill the same sense of awe and magic evident in his first round of monolithic films. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
1.5/5 After the Fall (2014) Nicholas Bell Filled with convenient turns and easily attainable avenues of retribution, the film ultimately seems like an archaic example of the dangerous follies of patriarchy. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 Joker (2019) Nicholas Bell If Scorsese's 1976 classic Taxi Driver is a classier comparison for what Phillips concocts, what we have here is, without a doubt, a success thanks to an uncomfortable, disturbing portrait of a social outcast by Joaquin Phoenix. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2.5/5 Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Nicholas Bell Too solemn in its mighty grandeur, Scott's treatment seems already mummified. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 Dying of the Light (2014) Nicholas Bell Rife with a series of awkward developments and bizarrely presented characters that are grimly determined to maintain an aura of stilted seriousness that does its clichéd narrative no favors, it's neither Schrader's best nor worst work. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Zero Motivation (2014) Nicholas Bell Boredom, apathy, and contempt are the ingredients swirled about in Zero Motivation, and the results make for an indelibly entertaining film. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 Black or White (2014) Nicholas Bell Too easy, breezy, and unabashedly middle of the road, Black or White doesn't truly grapple with contemporary issues of racism in America. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Pioneer (2013) Nicholas Bell It's an expertly manipulated film featuring some terrific underwater sequences and another intense performance from Aksel Hennie. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Life Partners (2014) Nicholas Bell Lefkowitz's tender, sharply observed script gets fleshed out by a handful of genuinely engaging performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 The Foxy Merkins (2013) Nicholas Bell Perhaps scrappy and episodic, which only adds to its infectious charm, this is an unfailingly funny film. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Wild (2014) Nicholas Bell Sometimes, simplicity makes for a most evocative and emotional journey, and Vallee's Wild is successful in that regard. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 Late Phases (2014) Nicholas Bell Retains interest mostly for how much it will remind you of the films its clearly derived from. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time Was I, Verônica (2012) Nicholas Bell "Veronica" is a refreshing and subtle examination of its protagonist's emotional development. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 The Babadook (2014) Nicholas Bell [Director Jennifer Kent's] ability to tap into base human fears and without the aid of cheap or excessive frills only makes this simplistic narrative all the more potent. Additionally, Kent's built her scares around a strong, emotional core. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 Before I Disappear (2014) Nicholas Bell It's a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 The Mule (2014) Nicholas Bell Generally interesting and with a decent production value, The Mule is worth a look. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/5 Extraterrestrial (2014) Nicholas Bell A generic thrust of recycled, disambiguated alien abduction narratives that's not only hopelessly shallow but utterly routine. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) Nicholas Bell Interesting for its drifting away from the formulaic model already established, yet it feels something like a misnomer of a film, more of an extended prologue to a finale rather an actual 'part' deserving of its own distinction. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Nicholas Bell More of a feeling and a mood than a definitive story, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night belongs on a shortlist of modern and effective vampire films. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1/5 VHS: Viral (2014) Nicholas Bell While this is the only portion of this franchise entry to remotely deal with this motif, it's also the least effective, lacking in any real kind of cohesive design. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1/5 Viktor (2014) Nicholas Bell Philip Martinez's Viktor is neither of significant quality nor campy enough to justify its bizarre existence. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 Starry Eyes (2014) Nicholas Bell Unfortunately, it becomes a grisly, exploitative Faustian romp in the second half, reduced to cliché and depending on a descent into violent gore. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 Miss Meadows (2014) Nicholas Bell Tonally awkward and a bit too underwhelming to fully succeed as the black comedy cum violent thriller character study it is trying to be. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 The Homesman (2014) Nicholas Bell While it may afford us with a rare perspective of women's experiences in such a time and place, the film's narrative manages to appear misogynistic even as it appears to be developing an argument for agency. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Beyond the Lights (2014) Nicholas Bell A showbiz romantic melodrama that could have maintained an all-too familiar narrative and tone if it weren't for the freshness of its perspective and a vibrant performance from lead Gugu Mbatha-Raw. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 The Theory of Everything (2014) Nicholas Bell Standardly told, yet executing the complicated parameters and perils of the biopic quite satisfactorily, it may not be as brilliant as its subject, but it's a moving piece of cinema nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) Nicholas Bell A Merry Friggin' Christmas is just too F'in lazy and milquetoast to register as more than mere background noise. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/5 Open Windows (2014) Nicholas Bell Open Windows is a stretched out gimmick, one hiding its predictability in its flashy visual innovations. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 () Nicholas Bell Visually a commanding electro-punk dance movie, its supreme stylistic choices overwhelm what amounts to little more than a trashy, sexploitation soap opera. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 () Nicholas Bell Ripstein has always presented the oft unexplored base realities of human behaviors -- and as is the case here, not without respect and empathy for his subjects, who are often on the verge of irreparable breakdowns into the uncivilized. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/5 () Nicholas Bell Although likely to be a winning combination of familiar narrative tactics and subject paired with ambitious, period-defined political intrigue, The Moneychanger doesn't conquer any new territory. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019