Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"Most appealing is that those of us who somehow chose to ignore Winehouse's profound musical style when she was alive can now in her death learn to cherish what her fans have loved all along the way. "
Good Kill (2015)
""Good Kill" does not offer any easy moral answers or, for that matter, less-than-intense air-strike sequences that would make it a more painless picture to watch. Of course, the most meaningful ones rarely do. "
True Story (2015)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
"For some reason we expected much more from this Farrelly Brothers sequel, whose less-than-energetic screenplay and sparse number of gut-busting laughs makes it one of the year's most disappointing and surprisingly dull films. "
"Following a few compelling turns and sly plot twists, the final confrontation between gifted student and tyrannical teacher comes quickly, then ends on an equally sudden if just about perfect note. "
Dear White People (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
The Boxtrolls (2014)
"It's not exactly a walk on the wild side, but it will take a stout heart to deal with the hostility and venom dished out by an assortment of troubled parishioners, all introduced taking Holy Communion, of all things. "
Get On Up (2014)
"The twins playing the pre-teen Brown (Jamarion and Jordan Scott) do a sweet job of understating the pain in the childhood of the superstar-to-be, and Boseman carries the rest with a mix of pure talent, confidence, magnetism and rage. "
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
"By Friday night, anyone who has seen this first "Guardians" will be speaking volumes about all its future possibilities, especially big-name actors scampering to hop aboard for a potentially huge and long franchise ride. "
And So It Goes (2014)
"Thank goodness Mr. Jang (Min-Sik Choi), the preeminent villain in movies this year, almost saves the day when the story veers toward territory already presented last spring in Johnny Depp's "Transcendence." "
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
"Please know that it all adds up to a seriously gripping, always thought-provoking narrative for our cautious times. Ironically, it includes one last enormous performance from one of our most trustworthy actors, an unfortunate gift to us all. "
Venus in Fur (2014)
Life Itself (2014)
"Certainly (Ebert and Siskel) together wouldn't have enough digits to bestow honest praise on a film that so nicely records their relationship and will be embraced by anyone who loves movies crowded with genuine humanity. "
Jersey Boys (2014)
The Signal (2014)
Fading Gigolo (2014)
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
"I swear that same sense of dread that overwhelmed me watching all those cheesy if menacing "monster movies" of the '50s and '60s came back once more, only now accompanied by a recognizable cast and superior special effects. "
The Quiet Ones (2014)
Heaven Is for Real (2014)
Draft Day (2014)
"After not helming big-screen offerings for almost nine years (not since "You, Me and Dupree"), Cleveland-reared directors Anthony and Joe Russo throw in a few inspired winks to some stimulating movies from the more politically influenced past. "
Bad Words (2014)
"Director Jaume Collet-Serra, working with a script credited to three writers, takes a few twists around conventional wisdoms collected post 9/11. However, moving the story along is another matter entirely. "
Labor Day (2014)
The Invisible Woman (2013)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
"All complaints aside, the heavy action material still outpaces the faulty logic, and Branagh, doubling as director, once more proves he can handle popcorn cinema ("Thor") as swell as he does Shakespeare. "
Lone Survivor (2014)
"Jonze ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation") makes it all palpable with a combination of charm, humor and human interaction for Theo in the form of an intriguing best friend (the always convincing Amy Adams, appearing almost unrecognizable). "
August: Osage County (2013)
"Think Elizabeth Taylor in full-"Virginia Woolf" mode, and then some, as Streep starts the very special revelation sequence with, "You never know when someone might need a kidney," before taking her pound of flesh from everyone. "
Captain Phillips (2013)
"...this is one theater trip that still plays out as harrowingly as the real thing. In fact, a final scene with Phillips/Hanks gasping for air and emotionally letting it all hang out is as good as it gets at the movies. "