GODZILLA

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

If devastation porn is your cup of tea, this is the picture for you. That’s all it has to offer. No characters developed enough to care about, no narrative coherence, no tweaks to the genre, not so much as a suggestion of humor and zero metaphors. Just monster-on-monster, building bashing action like you haven’t seen since maybe last week…


Posted on May 19, 2014 by

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

The guy didn’t shoot a frame and changed the course of science fiction anyway…


Posted on May 14, 2014 by

THE SELFISH GIANT

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

The world Barnard creates here is so alien it might as well exist in another galaxy. So unrecognizable is the dialect subtitles are often required. At the same time, the story she tells is movingly universal…


Posted on May 8, 2014 by

THE OTHER WOMAN

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 109 minutes

Nothing in this upside down ode to empowerment is remotely believable-much less entertaining-and no one in the cast does anything which even vaguely resembles acting…


Posted on April 30, 2014 by

LE WEEK-END

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 93 minutes

Come for the Paris sights; stay for the emotional bloodbath. C’est l’amour…


Posted on April 26, 2014 by

OCULUS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

You know a filmmaker’s got something when he can take a trope as overused as a mirror and make you forget for a couple hours all the cliched ways they’ve been utilized in movies over the decades…


Posted on April 14, 2014 by

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

While Karasawa gives her space to revisit career highpoints, the film’s primary focus is on what it’s like, having spent one’s life in the spotlight, to contemplate facing that final curtain. Brassy and brutally unguarded, Stritch isn’t one for sugarcoating…


Posted on March 27, 2014 by

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

Time after time, Morris backs him into factual corners and, if the legendary director’s latest falls at all short, it’s in his reticence to go for the gotcha moment…


Posted on March 19, 2014 by

TIM’S VERMEER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 80 minutes

It’s hardly surprising that a movie made by Penn and Teller would feature a mindbending stunt. What you’re less likely to expect is that the magicians aren’t the ones who perform it and it’s a 17th century Dutch masterpiece that’s pulled out of a hat…


Posted on March 15, 2014 by

THE GREAT BEAUTY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 142 minutes

Sorrentino’s Oscar winner literally does not have a dull or meaningless moment. The picture’s asides, its incidental vignettes, say more than most entire movies…


Posted on March 6, 2014 by

3 DAYS TO KILL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 117 minutes

Costner’s performance provides an appealing counterweight to the story’s flightiness, however, along with enough good old fashioned movie star magnetism to hold its disparate elements together and make this film a better time than it has any right to be…


Posted on February 26, 2014 by

THE PAST

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 130 minutes

It’s not at all clear what the filmmaker’s trying to say but entirely conceivable he’s making a point of not making a point, of not saying the wrong thing by not saying anything…


Posted on February 19, 2014 by

“UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS” – REVIEW AND INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT GREENWALD

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 63 minutes

Robert Greenwald makes documentaries. He also makes waves. And enemies. In the capital of this country there are doubtless lots of seriously powerful people who’d like to see him come to harm. Or be ruined. And they’re the kind of folks who can make this happen. They eliminate people and destroy reputations for a living. Robert Greenwald makes documentaries about them…


Posted on February 18, 2014 by

THE MONUMENTS MEN

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 118 minutes

Directed and co-written by Clooney, with frequent collaborator Grant Heslov and based on the nonfiction book by Robert M. Edsel, the picture unsteadily straddles the line between goofball comedy and inspirational issue film…


Posted on February 12, 2014 by

LABOR DAY

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 111 minutes

Fun, however, is in short supply here despite the movie’s snortworthy premise that the three immediately hit if off and commence fulfilling one another’s yearnings…


Posted on February 5, 2014 by

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