Latest Reviews

  • The Interview

    For all the controversy, in the end, the funniest thing about The Interview may be people’s “Is that what the fuss was about?” response to the finished product.

    (127) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Big Eyes

    Tim Burton buttons down his kooky expressiveness with Big Eyes, but the resulting film is one of his better (and more self-reflective) in recent memory.

    (12) by Sandy Schaefer
  • 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.

    (89) 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