Q Network Film Desk
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
American Sniper (2015)
"It's too bad that it isn't a better movie, as its more complex shadings tend to get lost in the narrative rush and overly familiar situations, which makes it all the easier to misunderstand it and treat it like a political jackhammer "
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"works reasonably well in bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion while also delivering a cavalcade of action sequences that, unlike some of the action in the earlier films, is narratively justified and effectively rendered "
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"Redmayne will get the lion's share of attention for his performance, but Jones's portrayal of Jane cannot be underestimated, as her ability to convey the conflict between her character's fortitude and her emotional exhaustion is the film's foundation "
The Babadook (2014)
Shock Waves (1977)
"nothing if not grandly ambitious, and while that ambition is certainly admirable, especially in an industry choking on increasingly interchangeable big-budget franchises and starving for original ideas, it is also part of the film's downfall. "
Trafic (Traffic) (1972)
The Big Day (Jour De Fete) (1952)
"a genial, ambling comedy that uses the figure of a klutzy postman named François (played by Tati himself) as the centerpoint for a series of comedic episodes involving a small French village preparing for a big festival "
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The Two Faces of January (2014)
"Amini is perhaps too intent on producing a film whose elegance outweighs its horrors, and as a result The Two Faces of January never fully delves into the hearts of darkness clearly beating beneath its mannered surface. "
The Innocents (1961)
"the beauty enhances the dread by intensifying our sense of how feeble even the most luminous of surfaces can be in hiding the horrors beneath, which is appropriate for a film awash in Freudian subtext "
Gone Girl (2014)
The Good Lie (2014)
"quite contrary to traditional Hollywood standards, the film does not approach a story about the Third World through the eyes of a Western protagonist, but rather through the eyes of those who live the story directly "
Believe Me (2014)
Kelly & Cal (2014)
The November Man (2014)
The Zero Theorem (2014)
"Waltz twitches nervously and holds his body in such a way that suggests he is literally trying to draw up inside himself, and despite the numerous obstacles to identification, he comes across as strangely sympathetic. "
The One I Love (2014)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
The Big Chill (1983)
Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)
Hearts and Minds (2004)
"fascinated by the conundrums of human psychology and moral frailty, which is why the film is centered on a protagonist who is generally dislikable as a person, yet is inherently compelling as a human subject. "
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
"Lee clearly has magical realism, fable, and historical enormity on the brain, and even though he stuffs the film with everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, his ultimate point is anyone's guess "
Red River (2001)
"while the narrative encourages a sense of philosophical reflection about the horrors of war, the film's video-game-inspired look constantly puts us at a distance by overly aestheticizing the violence with extreme slow motion and bullet time effects "
The Easy Life (1962)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Devil's Knot (2014)
"constructs a compelling narrative out of what must have been an enormous amount of footage, focusing on the age-old trope of the journey to give the bears' plight for survival a sense of sincere thematic heft "
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)