Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
American Sniper (2015)
"It is a sweeping spectacle that is so caught up in its own desire to overtake and outdo its predecessors that it forgot its most important ingredient - the need to capture the imagination of its viewers."
The Theory of Everything (2014)
The Homesman (2014)
" 'Birdman' is an unusual cinematic duck. A weird brew of backstage comedy, theatrical satire and surreal sequences, it is told impressively in very long takes that, at times, tax the viewers' patience."
Dracula Untold (2014)
The Judge (2014)
"The film, unfortunately, is a hodge-podge of courtroom dramatics and familial dysfunction, neatly wrapped in a conventional package that does whatever it takes to shout IMPORTANT, and, please remember us at Academy Award time."
Kill the Messenger (2014)
"Renner displays a man beaten down by overwhelming forces, who, despite fighting back as best he can, is transformed into an industry pariah through government lies and intimidation, as well as hostility from fellow professionals."
The Notebook (2014)
The Good Lie (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
If I Stay (2014)
Rich Hill (2014)
Into The Storm (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Get On Up (2014)
"Like most biopics, "Get On Up" is flawed, but once Boseman takes the stage, his re-creation ... makes you forget the little that is wrong with the film and just concentrate on enjoying the spectacle."
Obvious Child (2014)
Jersey Boys (2014)
For No Good Reason (2014)
"The film has some slow spots; at times, it reaches pretention, but overall it is an interesting portrait of a contradictory individual who is proud of his work, yet questions whether or not it had any impact on the world."
" "Maleficent" is rather good, mostly because of Jolie. She does grab your attention. But, overall, the movie lacks the Disney charm that has carried its fantasies - live action and animated - into the hearts and minds of viewers."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
" "Spider-Man 2" lacks focus. ... Is it a love story about the challenges of being a superhero and having a girlfriend? Or is it the standard superhero vs. a cadre of crazed super-villains action feature?"
Draft Day (2014)
"As if the behind-the-scenes, same-day machinations that lead up to the NFL draft are not enough, its writers, Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, pile subplot upon subplot, until they nearly bury the film's main storyline."
Ernest & Célestine (2014)
Bad Words (2014)
"Bateman's directorial debut is solid. He seems on sure footing behind the camera. If only he had been up to suppressing the nice guy within, "Bad Words" could have achieved a distinctive level of satire and black humor."
"Aronofsky's Noah, as portrayed by Russell Crowe, is a darker, more flawed protagonist. He goes about his task with a single-minded obsession, a devotion to duty, that supersedes his commitment to his wife and children."
Le passé (The Past) (2013)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
"(Eva) Green ... is the main reason to see "Rise of an Empire." Her Artemisia is a cold, cruel, merciless and deadly commander who brooks no opposition from anyone, whether it is a subordinate or an enemy."
The Wind Rises (2014)
" "The Wind Rises," nominated for an Academy Award as best animated feature, is a visual delight, with bright pastoral colors, clouds that float like ballerinas and clear, blue skies that envelop you."
"The movie gives off a vibe as if it were written in reverse. After all, Anderson and his screenwriters had a slam-bang finale. They just didn't pay much attention to the first three-fourths of the film leading up to the apocalyptic climax."
Lone Survivor (2014)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
August: Osage County (2013)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)