It’s a solid entry in the series, and lays an intriguing foundation for Part 2, but on its own Mockingjay – Part 1 is rarely as entertaining or rewarding as its predecessors.
by Ben Kendrick | 3 days ago45 Comments
Whiplash is a tense (but somewhat hollow) psycho-thriller that features a ferocious performance to remember from J.K. Simmons.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 week ago13 Comments
‘Foxcatcher’ is an interesting character study that struggles to convey insightful conclusions about its subjects.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 week ago13 Comments
Rosewater is emotionally sincere and thoughtful, but Jon Stewart’s movie also very much feels like a first-time director’s work.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 week ago5 Comments
Interstellar is an imaginative movie, but a heavy-handed mix of personal sacrifice and theoretical physics doesn’t leave much room for subtle storytelling.
by Ben Kendrick | 3 weeks ago109 Comments
St. Vincent is ultimately derivative of other (and better) indie filmmakers’ work, but thanks to Bill Murray’s performance, it’s still a pleasant and funny viewing experience.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 month ago2 Comments
‘John Wick’ excels, unapologetically, at what it seeks to be: a fun, pulpy, violent B-movie action romp, built upon a cool mythology within a compelling Noir world.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 month ago24 Comments
The Book of Life works as a visually dazzling celebration of Mexican culture, though its conventional kids’ movie elements leave something to be desired.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 month ago9 Comments
Hector and the Search for Happiness includes laughs and relatable drama but struggles to find successful balance between engaging journeys and thought-provoking destinations.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago3 Comments
While The Boxtrolls doesn’t represent the studio’s best work, it’s nonetheless another visually-inventive, witty, and energetic fairy tale adventure to add to Laika’s mantlepiece
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 months ago4 Comments
The Equalizer is a slow-burn, B-movie hero origin story propped up by a great lead actor and some unique stylistic flourishes.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 months ago35 Comments
The Maze Runner leans heavily on its premise, to the detriment of individual characters, but still succeeds as one of Hollywood’s better young adult adaptations.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago67 Comments
The Drop is ultimately a solid mood piece, with strong performances that help elevate it above its derivative story elements.
‘As Above, So Below’ milks a surprising amount of richness from its premise and found-footage format, but is hampered by its inability to fully develop both.
by Kofi Outlaw | 3 months ago7 Comments
If I Stay’s blend of teen romance and supernatural melodrama doesn’t break the YA mold, but it’s a decent addition to the genre nonetheless.
by Sandy Schaefer | 3 months ago9 Comments
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ is a jumbled but still enjoyable followup that, for most moviegoers, arrives on the scene too late.
by Ben Kendrick | 3 months ago35 Comments
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a by the numbers, yet charming, handsome, and well-acted dramedy that the whole family can enjoy.
by Sandy Schaefer | 4 months ago7 Comments
Anyone who’s interested in taking in a movie this weekend, but needs a break from the summer blockbuster offerings, should consider giving Get on Up a shot.
by Sandy Schaefer | 4 months ago6 Comments
Wish I Was Here definitely suffers from some sophomore stumbles but still possesses enough memorable performances, biting wit, and thought-provoking insights to be a worthwhile viewing.
by Ben Kendrick | 4 months ago6 Comments
In the end, Earth to Echo is surprisingly more fun and heartfelt than the stigma it earned for being a found-footage knock-off.
by Kofi Outlaw | 5 months ago25 Comments
Horror movie fans that are looking for traditional paranormal suspense and jump scares will probably find that Deliver Us From Evil offers more drama than demonic thrills.
by Ben Kendrick | 5 months ago18 Comments
Still, for audience members that enjoyed prior films in the series (even while acknowledging their faults), Transformers: Age of Extinction is the biggest Robots In Disguise movie yet.
by Ben Kendrick | 5 months ago246 Comments
It’s a quality film – albeit one that doesn’t explore enough new ground (in the story or the musical film medium) to excite casual moviegoers looking for a fresh song and dance drama experience.
by Ben Kendrick | 5 months ago14 Comments
As it stands, the uniqueness of the time reset premise and sci-fi action distinguish the film from so many others in the genre, and it is at least worth a matinée viewing on the big screen.
by Kofi Outlaw | 6 months ago101 Comments
At the end of the day, though, Chef is successful in fulfilling its ambitions – offering a pleasant cinematic road trip, which also works as a palate cleanser for Favreau the filmmaker.
by Sandy Schaefer | 6 months ago13 Comments
Belle might be a little too polite, for those who prefer their period dramas to be more souped up; at the same time, though, it has an intelligence that should make it more appealing.
by Sandy Schaefer | 6 months ago10 Comments
Locke has its flaws, but manages to satisfy as a minimalist work of social realism that is both dramatically-rich and often quite engaging.
by Sandy Schaefer | 6 months ago9 Comments
Million Dollar Arm features a strong cast, an accomplished screenwriter, and a quality director – who ultimately deliver a solid but unremarkable sports drama.
by Ben Kendrick | 6 months ago12 Comments
Neighbors is a smart blend of prior Stoller films – a likable mix of over-the-top comedy beats grounded with relatable characters and life scenarios.
by Ben Kendrick | 7 months ago25 Comments
All in all, this movie feels like a step in the right direction for the rebooted Spider-Man franchise – hopefully leading to better installments in the future.
by Sandy Schaefer | 7 months ago232 Comments
The Other Woman is a semi-successful femme comedy showcase hampered by its own rom-com conventions, which undercut any real intelligent or insightful thematic messages.
by Kofi Outlaw | 7 months ago19 Comments
For cinephiles that enjoy artistic debate more than concrete answers, the film allows an intriguing platform for discussion and reflection.
by Ben Kendrick | 7 months ago51 Comments
The Raid 2 leaves us somewhere in a middle ground: a slow and convoluted crime saga story to sift through in order to experience some bigger, bloodier, crazier action sequence highlights.
by Kofi Outlaw | 8 months ago70 Comments
Muppets Most Wanted isn’t likely to wow casual filmgoers who gave The Muppets a chance three years ago, it accomplishes its primary goal – providing another enjoyable adventure.
by Ben Kendrick | 8 months ago12 Comments
The Veronica Mars movie is a win-win for fans and filmmakers alike and a fitting sendoff to the beloved series.
Peabody has a heart and mind, but compared to something like The LEGO Movie, this is definitely a second-tier contender for your dollar.
by Kofi Outlaw | 9 months ago13 Comments
It may not court casual moviegoers as easily as its predecessor, but Murro succeeds at delivering a 300 sequel that fans will enjoy watching.
by Ben Kendrick | 9 months ago38 Comments
About Last Night isn’t a movie one would necessarily need to rush out to a theater to see, but it is definitely something more unique than your average rom-com flick.
by Kofi Outlaw | 9 months ago5 Comments
War is only slightly better than its slightly good source material – but hopefully it will serve as a good introduction for mainstream viewers.
by Kofi Outlaw | 10 months ago113 Comments
Shadow Recruit falls short of realizing the character’s full franchise potential – resulting in a good but not particularly groundbreaking spy movie effort.
by Ben Kendrick | 10 months ago26 Comments
The film often feels like a homework assignment you’ve been required to watch – insightful, for sure, but something of a chore to sit through.
by Sandy Schaefer | 11 months ago7 Comments
Despite any setbacks, Stiller’s adaptation is an inspiring and beautifully shot character adventure – one that even manages to get a worthwhile message across without becoming too preachy.
by Ben Kendrick | 11 months ago23 Comments
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will likely fall short of certain viewer expectations, the followup is still slightly better than a lot of its contemporaries.
by Ben Kendrick | 11 months ago30 Comments
Out of the Furnace is definitely one of those mood movies where style trumps substance. However, it is a well-made and well-acted mood movie.
by Kofi Outlaw | 12 months ago14 Comments
The Oldboy remake is second-fiddle in nearly every way to its South Korean inspiration (save performances).
by Ben Kendrick | 12 months ago37 Comments
Moviegoers looking for seasonal entertainment that is accessible and family-friendly (without also being treacly and/or bland) – this is a Christmas show that you might want to check out.
by Sandy Schaefer | 12 months ago12 Comments
Dench and Coogan are the beating heart of Frears’ cinematic social/political commentary, as their work together is enough to accommodate many of the flaws in storytelling.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago3 Comments
Moviegoers who appreciate films for quality acting, immersive period settings, as well as a healthy dose of humor within a heartbreaking drama, will likely find The Book Thief delivers.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago9 Comments
The Best Man Holiday is a worthwhile revisiting that manages to push its characters forward in a very mature and emotionally honest way.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago17 Comments
Dallas Buyers Club works best as an uplifting viewing experience that showcases McConaughey and Leto’s great performances.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago15 Comments