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 | 4 weeks ago59 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 month ago13 Comments
‘Foxcatcher’ is an interesting character study that struggles to convey insightful conclusions about its subjects.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 month ago13 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 | 1 month ago145 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 | 2 months ago24 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 | 3 months ago4 Comments
The Drop is ultimately a solid mood piece, with strong performances that help elevate it above its derivative story elements.
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 | 6 months ago246 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 | 7 months ago9 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 | 8 months ago234 Comments
For cinephiles that enjoy artistic debate more than concrete answers, the film allows an intriguing platform for discussion and reflection.
by Ben Kendrick | 8 months ago53 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 | 11 months ago113 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 | 12 months ago23 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
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
Science fiction fans, along with anyone who is especially intrigued by the time travel premise, should temper certain expectations and, instead, focus on About Time’s endearing character moments.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago2 Comments
Thor: The Dark World succeeds at building on the Thor (and Avengers) foundation to offer a bigger and more exciting adventure for Marvel’s God of Thunder.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago308 Comments
The Counselor is a novelist-turned-screenwriter experiment likely to be met with mixed reception between the get it and don’t get it types in the audience.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago39 Comments
Rush excels in its exploration of the Hunt and Lauda relationship as well as how the iconic rivalry helped shaped each racer – both on and off the track.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago18 Comments
There are certainly worse ways to spend two hours at the theater than by watching De Niro play an old Mobster in a self-reflexive action/comedy.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago7 Comments
Wan’s prowess as a storyteller and director in this more interesting and well-plotted second chapter may ironically end up luring in those who weren’t even onboard with Insidious in the first place.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago51 Comments
Even as the film locks into a more familiar monster-killing/CGI action-thriller, Twohy has enough smart elements in the mix that keep the film sharp.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago89 Comments
The World’s End is another worthwhile team-up from Pegg and Wright as well as a welcome addition to their cult-favorite trilogy.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago47 Comments
A worthy buy for any fan of the material (or the characters), and a good film for even casual fans (or those curious about the potential for future live-action films) to check out.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago82 Comments
The Wolverine ranks among the better X-Men movies – along with Bryan Singer’s first two installments and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago172 Comments
Monsters University proves to be as spiritually-uplifting and pleasant as Monsters, Inc., but isn’t equally strong as a creative accomplishment – and might not be as well-remembered in the long run.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago6 Comments
Die-hard fans of Rogen, Franco and their merry band of foul-mouthed misfits will probably be more forgiving of the film’s weaknesses and just relish in the sheer comedic insanity.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago53 Comments
The Purge is an easily commendable film to those who like the short, sweet, and cathartic violent enjoyment of a solid thriller.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago68 Comments
This film makes for pretty good popcorn entertainment – and (almost) demonstrates that Hollywood movies can still entrance, even in the age of frantic blockbusters stuffed full with hollow eye candy.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago33 Comments
The by-the-numbers kid’s movie elements (which includes an unnecessary romance subplot) prevents Epic from completely living up to its name.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago27 Comments
At times, Fast & Furious 6 is a little unwieldy, saddled with a lot of added baggage, but it’s still an extremely entertaining ride.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago39 Comments
The Iceman is an average biopic that is elevated to something higher based solely on the strength of its star.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago19 Comments
Iron Man 3 should provide enough fun and excitement for both Iron Man die-hards and newly acquired Avengers fans.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago356 Comments
Mud is worthy viewing if you’re looking for a wonderfully strange indie folk tale – but be ready to invest the stamina needed to pull through the slower segments.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago14 Comments
Melodrama and predictable reveals keep the film from being the mind-bending creation that Kosinski may have envisioned, but the director still presents a captivating future with rich visuals.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago173 Comments
Remakes don’t get much better than this – in terms of revitalizing the franchise and servicing both veteran and newcomer viewers.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago66 Comments
As a whole, this makes for an audacious, yet enthralling and even transcendent, portrait of maturity sprouting from a place of corruption and avarice.
The Croods is yet another successful film for Dreamworks, managing to land somewhere between their best works (Panda, Dragon) and their lackluster efforts.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago4 Comments
The story of Oscar Diggs is a worthwhile tale with a satisfying payoff – an experience that will leave most filmgoers glad that Raimi decided to investigate the humbug behind the curtain.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago67 Comments
Stoker is worthy viewing for those who are fans of its director or are open to exploring a very unconventional cinematic story, made in homage of classic Hitchcock.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago16 Comments
The Last Stand is a fun throwback to the days of formulaic but immensely entertaining Schwarzenegger-led films
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago32 Comments
Successfully pays homage to its spaghetti western inspiration and disturbing source material with sharp performances, entertaining characters, as well as poignant violence.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago127 Comments
Jack Reacher is primarily a frame for the fan-favorite actor to flex his (noticeably aging) action muscles – but that doesn’t mean the film fails to satisfy with plenty of excitement.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago50 Comments
The film nonetheless offers a lot intriguing visual stimuli and food for thought – which you’ll have no choice but to consume as it’s being force-fed to you.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago28 Comments
The rich performances, succinct screenwriting, and strong direction make it a re-interpretation worth seeing.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago12 Comments
Seven Psychopaths is a smart and well-executed dark comedy full of over-the-top violence and intriguing rumination on human nature and the joy of killing.