Latest Reviews

  • 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
  • Laggies

    Buoyed by Keira Knightley’s empathetic performance, Laggies is a decent coming of adult age dramedy that (like its protagonist) is a bit too directionless.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Big Hero 6

    ‘Big Hero 6′ combines Disney wonder and charm with Marvel awe and action to deliver a film that exhibits the best of both studios.

    (84) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Interstellar

    Interstellar is an imaginative movie, but a heavy-handed mix of personal sacrifice and theoretical physics doesn’t leave much room for subtle storytelling.

    (190) by Ben Kendrick
  • Nightcrawler

    Anchored by Jake Gyllenhaal’s chilling performance, Nightcrawler is an effective neo-noir thriller that provides insightful (though troubling) social commentary on the side.

    (12) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Horns

    ‘Horns’ is the sort of concept that just didn’t translate effectively from page to screen.

    (13) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Before I Go to Sleep

    Before I Go to Sleep does little to redefine the psychological thriller genre but still offers an intriguing central mystery that should keep viewers guessing.

    (6) by Ben Kendrick
  • Dear White People

    ‘Dear White People’ is a strong debut for a newcomer director, who tackles sensitive racial and cultural topics with wit, sensitivity, and thoughtful commentary.

    (137) by Sandy Schaefer
  • St. Vincent

    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.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Birdman

    Birdman provides a thought-provoking and inventive exploration of artistry, family, and the difference between power, popularity, and prestige.

    (180) by Ben Kendrick