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

THEO’S HOUSE

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

Finnish filmmaker Rax Rinnekangas has created an intriguing experimental feature film that mixes discussions of architectural design with ruminations on regret, loneliness and lost dreams…


Posted on December 17, 2014 by

DIGITAL CELLULOID – ISSUE 234: NOT OBI-WAN’S GREATEST MOMENT

Digital Celluloid, a comic strip by artist Chris Cirillo, pokes fun at the films of today, tomorrow and yesterday. Whether it is a classic or an upcoming blockbuster, no film is safe! This week, with the new “Star Wars” teaser and the approach of Life Day had us thinking about some silly moments and speculation in the prequels…



Posted on December 17, 2014 by

TIME BANDITS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 116 minutes

Criterion’s new Blu-ray upgrade of Terry Gilliam’s classic “Time Bandits” doesn’t include all the bonus features found in previous releases, such as Anchor Bay’s two-disc Special Edition, but it has enough good stuff that it’s worth the purchase by fans of the film. The improved video and audio are good reasons to grab this one too…


Posted on December 15, 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 IMITATION GAME

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 114 minutes

It’s a lovely year end present. Near perfect, and damn entertaining with moments of thrills, triumph, and sadness…


Posted on December 13, 2014 by

THE SHEIK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

The name Khosrow Vaziri may not be immediately familiar to most people, but during the early 1980s he was among the most hated men in America. Or, to be more accurate, he was the man that Americans loved to hate…


Posted on December 11, 2014 by

I AM SANTA CLAUS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

Of course, beyond just the entertainment factor, the film does look at the philosophical and emotional levels that come along with taking on the role of Santa Claus. There’s what the gig means to those who do it, and those who enjoy it. There’s the spirit of the holidays, the tradition and the often redemptive power of assuming an identity that’s all about spreading good will…


Posted on December 10, 2014 by

COMING HOME

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

When a falsely convicted man is sent home after spending almost fourteen years in a New York prison, he soon discovers that earning his daughter’s trust and love will be a formidable challenge…


Posted on December 1, 2014 by

NATIONAL GALLERY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 180 minutes

For the first hour, the film is utterly fascinating…


Posted on November 29, 2014 by

DON GIOVANNI (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 174 minutes

It is a fascinating experiment that pays off with unexpected results, breathing contemporary vitality into a very old favorite…


Posted on November 27, 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

MST3K: VOLUME XXXI: THE TURKEY DAY COLLECTION (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

The latest “MST3K” collection centers on the show’s famous Turkey Day marathons from the early to mid-90s, complete with 30 minutes of original bumpers, a retrospective of those events, new Turkey Day intros from Joel Hodgson and CGI versions of the bots, and a few interviews focused on the movies in this set…


Posted on November 25, 2014 by

THE WIND RISES (BLU-RAY)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

It’s a lyrical film that deals with passion and loyalty, and how far one should go in pursuit of both, as it unspools the fictionalized personal life of Japanese plane designer Jiro Horikoshi, who was responsible for his country’s infamous Zero fighter planes during World War II…


Posted on November 24, 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

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