Q Network Film Desk
Jurassic World (2015)
San Andreas (2015)
The Rose (1979)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Odd Man Out (1947)
Adult Beginners (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ex Machina (2015)
"Ex Machina works because it gradually shifts the terms of the narrartive and thematic structure, forcing us to reevaluate what we thought we knew and seriously question the fundamental essence of humanity"
Beyond The Reach (2015)
The Harvest (2015)
The River (1959)
"takes the all-too-familiar beats of the story and plumbs them for deeper levels of feeling and physicality, merging the sensual and the chaste in a way that is uniquely compelling in its experiential bliss"
Into the Woods (2014)
"some of the violence and, in particular, more explicitly sexualized aspects of the original production have been eliminated or softened, although the overall tone remains decidedly dark and complicated"
It Follows (2015)
"Even though the setup creates little more than variations on the same basic threat, the film maintains a rigorous tension that is as unrelenting as the ambiguous monstrosity that keeps coming at us. "
Run All Night (2015)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
"Morris was working in a dangerous middle ground between the traditional documentary and the fictional feature film, and his merging of various techniques paid off in a film of singular uniqueness in both its aesthetic approach and its real-world impact."
"Blomkamp is clearly a man of ideas, but with the exception of District 9, he has been unable to fully articulate those ideas through character and action, a problem that is unfortunately confirmed by Chappie's muddled themes and misguided tonal shifts. "
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Watership Down (1978)
"The film's careful balance of humanizing the rabbits while also recognizing the realities of their inherent nature (which is more territorial and combative than cute and cuddly) gives its conflict a particularly sharp edge"
Inherent Vice (2015)
"the film's convoluted plot and lack of genuine feeling for the characters undercut even its most impressive sequences, making it feel empty where it should be boisterous, boring when it should be at the very least intriguing"
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
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)