Latest Reviews

  • Into the Woods

    ‘Into the Woods’ struggles in fine tuning prior iterations for the big screen, and finding its own identity as a film, but it’s still an overall enchanting and entertaining musical experience for all ages.

    (93) by Ben Kendrick
  • Unbroken

    ‘Unbroken’ is every bit the Oscar-bait movie one would expect, but is elevated by offering viewers several different types of great drama in one tightly-woven narrative.

    (36) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Night at the Museum 3

    ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ is a fun enough trilogy-capper for every family or fan that has followed the series.

    (14) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Babadook

    While The Babadook is a well-crafted, insightful, and overall excellent film, it’s not going to be for everyone.

    (87) by Ben Kendrick
  • Wild

    Wild is more than a showcase for Reese Witherspoon’s performance, it’s a meditative journey that is refreshingly funny, insightful, and poignant .

    (14) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Annie

    Annie (2014) lands in an uninventive middle ground – it isn’t necessary (or an improvement) but it isn’t a total disaster either.

    (29) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

    Peter Jackson’s Battle of the Five Armies ends his Hobbit trilogy on a somewhat underwhelming note, but it’s worth taking that final trip to his Middle-earth.

    (61) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Top Five

    ‘Top Five’ is Chris Rock’s greatest accomplishment yet, mixing his signature brand of comedy with a hip and savvy filmmaking technique borrowed from some of cinema’s finest.

    (17) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Exodus: Gods and Kings is not an offensive Hollywood cash-grab, nor is it a particularly inventive revision of the Exodus story.

    (109) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Pyramid

    ‘The Pyramid’ overcomes thin writing and an inconsistent found-footage format to deliver a horror movie experience that actually fulfills its promises.

    (24) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Imitation Game

    ‘The Imitation Game’ is a fantastic piece of historical theater that never fully embraces its cinematic identity.

    (22) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Theory of Everything

    Well-acted and often moving, Theory of Everything is ultimately an insightful love story that just happens to be about Stephen Hawking.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Penguins of Madagascar

    Its stars didn’t need their own movie, but there’s enough kid-friendly wit and non-stop humor to justify Penguins of Madagascar’s existence.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Horrible Bosses 2

    Horrible Bosses 2 is another fun time with the crazy trio we met in the first film – only it’s a party that definitely feels exhausted by the end.

    (15) by Kofi Outlaw
  • VHS: Viral

    ‘VHS: Viral’ manages to improve upon its predecessors in terms of structure and format; however, in terms of actual scares, ‘Viral’ is more ‘tales of intrigue’ than ‘tales of horror.’

    (13) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    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.

    (67) by Ben Kendrick
  • Whiplash

    Whiplash is a tense (but somewhat hollow) psycho-thriller that features a ferocious performance to remember from J.K. Simmons.

    (36) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Foxcatcher

    ‘Foxcatcher’ is an interesting character study that struggles to convey insightful conclusions about its subjects.

    (15) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Rosewater

    Rosewater is emotionally sincere and thoughtful, but Jon Stewart’s movie also very much feels like a first-time director’s work.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Dumb and Dumber To

    Dumb and Dumber To is not required viewing but, with Carrey and Daniels back in the starring roles, the sequel delivers a fair number of enjoyable (though moronic) laughs.

    (40) by Ben Kendrick