Definitely my favorite movie that I have seen from last year (granted I have not seen everything). Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan give amazing performances and Steve McQueen is my favorite new director. One of the best films about addiction I have seen since Panic in Needle Park.
I thought the first part of the film was clunky and thought the use of voice over was overused to get the plot going and shove a lot of information down your throat at one time. Clooney does an amazing job but I was really impressed with Shailene Woodley. There are a lot of incredible moments that anchor the film, but I was expecting something a little bit more from a filmmaker as Alexander Payne.
A lot funnier than I thought it was going to be. The filmmakers do a good job of pulling off a wry satire on the entire remake genre that has now come about. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (surprisingly hilarious and almost steals the show) make a great team and play well off of each other.
I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would. I think Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain give weight to what could have been an over the top experience (see The Happening). A slow burn, but I thought it was very well shot.
Hands down the best movie that I have seen this year and one of the best directorial debuts I have seen in a long time. Elizabeth Olsen is mesmerizing in the lead role. The movie kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Loved every frame.
A surprising film that I really enjoyed. The performances are good all around, but I thought Seth Rogen stole the show as the supportive best friend. The chemistry between Gordon-Levitt and Rogen is great and the movie does a great job of walking a thin line between comedy and drama in what could have become a sappy run of the mill cancer drama, but excels as a humanistic look at dealing with disease.
A well acted and well made drama that wasn't anything groundbreaking, but still made for an entertaining watch. All the actors involved are great, but they're all great actors so it wasn't surprising. Good, but not great.
I hate baseball, but I loved this movie. Brad Pitt is good, but I was more impressed with the script and how the film was executed. Big praise to Bennett Miller who took a good sports story and made it a great movie. I found myself cheering even though I knew what happened at the end. One of the better movies I have seen this year for sure.
Brendan Gleeson is hilarious and has great chemistry with Cheadle whose only annoying habit is deciding whether he wants to stick with his annoying and ever disappearing hick accent. I also enjoyed Mark Strong who is proving to be one of most talented character actors in the game right now. The cinematography and dialogue are what sets this apart from an otherwise ho hum cops and robbers film.
Alex is right on with his review. It did seem like a bunch of friends who wanted to get together and make a movie. The thing is that all of the friends are really talented and charming so it makes for a good watching experience. The core of the story has some real potential (the idea of a character who is so good he is naive is interesting), but it not as well executed as you would have hoped. It's a sweet movie, but it's also a movie you will forget about fifteen minutes after watching it.
An entertaining movie. I, like everyone else, enjoyed the Bill Murray stuff the best. Woody Harrelson is also hilarious, but the whole showing the rules every other scene was kind of annoying. And also, I don't know much about the zombie movie rules, but I'm smart enough to know that if you turn on all the lights at an amusement park, it's probably going to attract something.
My favorite movie of the year so far is a beautifully depressing look at life and love. Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer give amazing performances in a funny, well acted and well written film by Mike Mills. I love the way the film was shot and edited together and what could have turned out to be yet another hipster view of life turns out to be an entertaining joy ride of the ups and downs of life. I can't say enough about the movie. It stays with you and that is more than I can say about most of the movies I have seen this year.
A well written film that lacks the emotional staying power of the taut drama it could have been. Here's the thing and call me a moron: I have no idea what the fuck is going on with the investments and I think the filmmaker likes that fact considering he gives you no clues to what is going on other than we should be really worried about it. Jeremy Irons and Kevin Spacey are great, but I kept wondering why we should give a fuck and felt stupid for not knowing why I should give a fuck. A movie that feels more importantly than it really is.
You cannot deny the opening sequence of this film. It is absolutely gorgeous and gives Tree of Life a run for it's money with some of the most striking images I have seen on film this year. You also can't deny that Kristen Dunst gives the best performance of her career in Lars Von Trier's most assessable film since Dancer in the Dark. Look, I am all for depressing movies and I really enjoy the way that Von Trier films, but after awhile the depression that runs throughout the film becomes almost laughable. There is a sense of suspense that drives the last thirty minutes but that is all ruined by Von Trier's need to be in your face about how much the world and everyone in it sucks. I heard someone say the ending was hopeful which makes it even more hilarious.
Ugh. This movie is awful. Definitely needed more Jason Segel. And Justin Timberlake is absolutely atrocious in this movie as if his entire part was a really, really, really bad SNL skit that seems to never end. I laughed a couple of times but those were also the same parts in the trailer that were funny.
This was tons better than I expected and it's largely due to the cast. Does it have some very cliche moments? Absolutely, but I was so entertained that it really didn't take away from the story. There are some really good moments between Carell and Moore showing a natural relationship at the core of the film. There is also good moments between Gosling and Stone (who is surprisingly funny and endearing making her even more attractive in her role). The great stuff comes between Gosling (he is so good he makes other actors in the same scene with him better....my man crush on him deepens with every role) and Carell who I could have watched for two hours on their own. It's a shame that they had to bring in the story about the kid being in love with the babysitter because it comes off more creepy than anything. Overall, extremely entertaining.
I don't get it. I think good-natured improv is good, but this grinded my nerves a little bit. Charlie Day plays his It's always Sunny character except now he is a dental assistant, Jason Sudekis seems to be doing the same thing he does in every SNL skit (swarmy and loud), and Jason Bateman is again stuck doing the I'm the straight man routine that he deserves better than. Look, the bosses are funny. Spacey can make anything sound good, Aniston was great, and Farrell came off well, but surprisingly my favorite character was Jamie Foxx's and only because his speech about Snow Falling on Cedars. I did laugh a couple of times, but kept waiting to laugh my ass off. I just think we've gotten into this lazy improv where we just watch directors try to corral guys who are funny and edit around their fits.
I was kind of disappointed with this film. I expect a lot from Frost and Pegg coming off the greatness that is Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz. It left me wondering what this film would have looked like with the touch of Edgar Wright. Everyone does a good job especially Bateman and Wiig who have the best parts in the film. Other than that, it just seems like a bunch of really funny people trying to convince themselves they are in a really funny movie.
This is the most maddening I have seen in awhile. I loved the first section of the movie introducing us to the characters. Then came the middle half which went from good to eye roll inducing to even a couple of "really?!?!" moments (I hated everything about the double date that Hanna has with her newfound friend). A thing that kept me watching were the performances of Bana and Ronan who are both very effective. The usually effective Blanchett does the ridiculous accent that disappears and reappears every other scene and it was really off-putting. I also thought the killer she hired was a little too weird for weird's sake. The definite thing you can say about this movie is that it looks really great and you have to give it to Joe Wright. This guy has moments in each of his films that are really compelling filmmaking wise and I think I will always be interested in what he is doing. The reason the movie annoyed me is the same reason it enthralled me with style over substance, but I LOVED the ending.