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Dear White People (2014)
This intelligent, funny, articulately hyper-verbal campus comedy-drama...serves up tart satire...
on some level tells a relatable story of one person's attempt to get, for once, something right, while functioning as a useful cultural critique of the disconcerting inextricability of commerce from art on stages and screens.
A film every single American and, indeed, every world citizen should see and contemplate.
...it's the career-best performances by Simmons and Teller...that make
A throwback combat movie that offers tanks for the memories, along with vivid performances.
The Judge (2014)
Runs on clichés and ultimately earns more credit for what it doesn’t do...than for what it does.
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Rather than a fiercely intelligent, live-wire exposé, the well-intentioned picture comes across as weak-tea drama that never fully justifies its docudramatic form.
Pays heartwarming testament to the flexibility of solidarity.
Gone Girl (2014)
Once the chaotic adult-fairy-tale elements override Fincher’s otherwise meticulous style, one suspects this tawdry tale of marital fury signifies nothing more than a nihilistic view of heterosexual marriage.
The Equalizer (2014)
The star makes the film something like a guilty pleasure, but he and touches like the film-opening Mark Twain quotation form little more than a gilded cover wrapped around pure pulp.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
What’s best about
A Walk Among the Tombstones
is atmospheric...What’s worst about the film is its sense of generic luridness...
My Old Lady (2014)
How relevant or relatable viewers will find all this is questionable, but fans of the actors will take true pleasure in their tart verbal sparring...
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Wiig and Hader's shared history beautifully informs their entirely credible screen relationship, which can be as testy as it is loving, as distressingly haunted as it is funny...
The Maze Runner (2014)
One could wish the picture were less thematically anemic...but there's something to be said for the nifty concept and pure adrenaline, when it kicks in.
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
Wait—is this a lesbian dolphin dating movie?
The Last of Robin Hood (2014)
Technically qualifies as a true-crime tale, and seems to exist mostly out of a sense of marketable prurience: hallmarks of Lifetime’s infamous cable movies.
The Trip to Italy (2014)
The Trip to Italy
is almost exactly like its predecessor
, and for the most part, that's a good thing.
Love Is Strange (2014)
The film may seem to be doing very little, but it evinces great sensitivity...as it explores a universal theme of dealing with life's unexpected derailments and trying to get back on track.
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
We've seen the 'Full eyes, clear hearts, can't lose' ethic before on screen, and more winningly dramatized, but
When the Game Stands Tall
does a good, and family-friendly, job of encapsulating Ladouceur's 'winning' approach...
If I Stay (2014)
Shamelessly engineered and sappy, but swoony romantics (c'mon, you know you are one!) may not much mind.
The resulting mystery-play-goes-mystery-movie allegory may have a heavy hand, but it also has its finger on the pulse of the struggles facing the [Catholic] Church and the emotional needs of its drifting parishioners.
The Expendables 3 (2014)
It's a bit like watching old friends drunkenly mud wrestle: it's good to see them, but not like this.
The Giver (2014)
Too bad that this junior version of
turned out drippy...It's odd to watch a film about the rediscovery of love, faith, passion, and color, and for the film to be so by-the-numbers colorless.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
This GMO hybrid of foodie drama, culture-clash comedy, travelogue, and romance gently establishes, in middlebrow just-go-with-it fashion, the tone of a fable.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
To be fair, this isn't
War and Peace
. It's a movie with a nunchuk-wielding reptile standing over six feet tall, drooling over pizza, and making boner jokes about Megan Fox.
Into the Storm (2014)
It's ironic but true that
remains more palatable by being a consciously entertaining action fantasy, a cinematic roller-coaster, rather than a hellish 'you are there' safari tour through death and destruction.
Need for Speed (2014)
Like throwing a pile of car parts at the wall to see what'll stick. Spoiler: nothing.
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
While it's not unpleasant, this
disappointingly fails to capture the imagination.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Lurches along a bit awkwardly, but always with utterly dazzling visuals and a goofy gag at the ready.
Besson reminds us how limber he can be...The material is always cheeky in its sense of humor and stylistic and cultural allusions...and frequently, if not fundamentally, provocative...
Fading Gigolo (2014)
At times thuddingly earnest...at times, jazzily, goofily endearing...Turturro's romanticism keeps undercutting the humor before it has a chance to get satisfyingly irreverent. Call it comoedia interruptus.
Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities—a potentially mainstream experimental film—the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift
Operation Petticoat (1959)
Hasn't aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards' film remains a diverting enough escape from reality.
Radio Days (1987)
[A] ridiculously entertaining nostalgia exercise...
emerged from a highly fertile period for [Woody] Allen, and the film bubbles with creativity and Allen hallmarks.
Le Week-End (2014)
Little satisfies more at the movies than the relatively cheap special effect catalyzed by putting together a couple of great actors and letting them (figuratively speaking) dance a lengthy pas de deux.
Blue Ruin (2014)
A hauntingly memorable, even thoughtful shoot-'em-up.
Sex Tape (2014)
A sometimes amusing R-rated comedy that never quite hits the spot.
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Were you to sit down and write a movie with the instruction that it be funny, sad, and inspirational, you're likely to come up with better ideas than...this tepid Generation X version of a James L. Brooks film.
An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)
Thrilling—you are there at the inception of
!—and deeply poignant, sometimes at the same time...with actors like Bradley and Cox in place, it's difficult to imagine a better treatment.
Rio 2 (2014)
was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn't fly far from the nest...[it's the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, 'Poisonous Love,' that is the picture's hands-down highlight.
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