FOXCATCHER

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 135 minutes

The movie is 135 minutes long and takes its time saying absolutely nothing of consequence about America, entitlement, the power of privilege, the haves and have nots or what have you. It offers little more than the portrait of a psychologically unstable hobbyist behaving in psychologically unstable ways…


Posted on January 24, 2015 by

AMERICAN SNIPER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 132 minutes

Eastwood stages the scenes of confrontation masterfully. This is one of the very few war movie told from the viewpoint of a sniper and the director, now 84, takes full advantage of the unique perspective…


Posted on January 15, 2015 by

BIG EYES

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

The Keane saga is a fascinating one and Burton could’ve gone in any number of directions with it. Unfortunately, he chose the dullest…


Posted on January 9, 2015 by

WILD

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 115 minutes

In her book, Strayed never managed to connect the motivational dots between her self-destructive behavior and the decision to take a long, difficult, potentially dangerous walk, so it’s no surprise the movie’s creators aren’t more successful at making sense of her story…


Posted on December 18, 2014 by

THE HOMESMAN

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 122 minutes

One of the film’s chief themes is the toll pioneer life took on the women and children and, in making this his focal point-as opposed to gunfights and saloon brawls-Jones has quite possibly made the first feminist western…


Posted on December 14, 2014 by

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 123 minutes

It may have its Hallmark moments and gloss over an unflattering fact or two but the film in the end triumphs as a portrait of a brave, brilliant man and the equally courageous woman who gave him everything…


Posted on November 26, 2014 by

WHIPLASH

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes

What a weird film. Are we not supposed to notice that it’s a valentine to an abusive relationship? Or that kids are pitted against one another like they’re attending the University of Hunger Games?


Posted on November 22, 2014 by

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 119 minutes

The picture is a stylistically fearless rush; surreal one moment, satirical the next but never for a second dull, showy or overreaching. I haven’t seen a film this year with half as much to say about what it means to be an artist, much less the nerve to ask whether art even matters any more in a world where comic book movies and movies about giant toys can generate more money than entire national economies…


Posted on November 13, 2014 by

NIGHTCRAWLER

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

It’s a seat-glueingly suspenseful, chillingly visionary film comment as perfect for its time as “Taxi Driver” or “The King of Comedy” were for theirs…


Posted on November 5, 2014 by

ST. VINCENT

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 102 minutes

You know a movie’s got problems when the story of how it got made is more entertaining than the movie itself…


Posted on October 29, 2014 by

FURY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 134 minutes

Do the experiences of real life soldiers have plots? No, they have outbursts of grisly, deafening, chaos punctuated by periods of waiting, joking and, occasionally, pillaging. For 134 minutes that’s exactly what Ayer gives us…


Posted on October 22, 2014 by

THE JUDGE

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 141 minutes

Two things a movie should never waste-the talent of its cast and the time of its audience…


Posted on October 15, 2014 by

ANNABELLE

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes

There’s barely an engaging, much less original, minute in this derivative drivel about a California couple whose lives are turned upside down in 1969 by the sorts of events you’ve seen turn lives upside down in far better films countless times before…


Posted on October 8, 2014 by

THE EQUALIZER

1 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 131 minutes

Unstoppable killing machines become tiresome once it becomes clear they can’t be stopped. Even when they’re played by an Oscar winner…


Posted on October 1, 2014 by

THE TRIP TO ITALY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

The cinematography could not be more gorgeous, as you might imagine, and the shots of haute cuisine are beyond mouth watering…


Posted on September 26, 2014 by

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