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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
A stylish, somewhat brutal, Brit-centric bedtime story about deception, danger and Nicole Kidman in distress.
Posted Oct 31, 2014
John Wick (2014)
He's never been the most expressive of actors, but this role suits Reeves fine---mysterious, brooding, silent, sullen and super-cool, but capable of releasing an unstoppable torrent of deadly force in an instant.
Posted Oct 23, 2014
War is hell, and this gripping WWII battle drama brings you about as close to the angry, anguished flames as anyone would ever want to get.
Posted Oct 16, 2014
Dracula Untold (2014)
Never finds the right tone-be it frightful, funny, funky, horrifying, shocking or sexy-that viewers would expect from a modern flick about the most neck-fetish-ed, nocturnal daddy-o of them all.
Posted Oct 10, 2014
Gone Girl (2014)
A masterfully crafted brew of mind-bending misdirection, outright lies, psychotic scheming, and detailed criminal procedural that will keep you guessing right up until the end.
Posted Oct 3, 2014
The Equalizer (2014)
Punctuated with moments of gory, hyper-stylized action but hollowed out of anything smart, meaningful, purposeful or original.
Posted Oct 1, 2014
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
The title helps set the creepy stage right off the bat, and the opening credits--which play over a "dreamy" scene that you slowly realize is actually a nightmare--hit you like a punch to the gut.
Posted Sep 19, 2014
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
No splashy special effects---but lots of real splashes, and plenty of emotion centered around one fin-tastic dolphin, Winter, whose true tale continues to uplift and inspire.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
The Identical (2014)
A bland, edge-less, Elvis-tinged parable, with nothing to offend, shock or rub even the most sensitive of sensibilities the wrong way-like a lot of Elvis' music, or his own movies.
Posted Sep 4, 2014
As Above, So Below (2014)
A hopelessly tangled, shaky-cam knot of "gotcha!" haunted-house images, loopy, incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo and bargain-basement recycled ideas from other movies.
Posted Aug 29, 2014
When The Game Stands Tall (2014)
Caviezel's performance is so low-key, it almost feels like he's standing on the sidelines of the movie in which he's supposed to be starring.
Posted Aug 22, 2014
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The plots have ground down to near nothingness, the wisecracks aren't wise or crack-y anymore, and the original stars mostly lumber around like middle-aged slabs of spa-toned beefcake.
Posted Aug 15, 2014
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Despite being a bit too long, more than a bit predictable and a whole lot of corny, it has a lot of heart, and like a platter of yummy things presented by a hostess who relentlessly pours on the charm, it eventually wears down your resistance.
Posted Aug 8, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
A rollicking carnival ride halfway across the universe and back that leaves you with a big, goofy, satisfied smile when it's over.
Posted Aug 1, 2014
Get On Up (2014)
Sharp storytelling and direction take us inside, outside and all around Brown, across a span of nearly six decades---and through it all, we see, hear and feel the rhythm, music and grooves and drove him forward.
Posted Jul 31, 2014
And So It Goes (2014)
A sitcom-like blob of sentimental geriatric gloop.
Posted Jul 25, 2014
A smart, muscular, action-packed blockbuster that's easily one of the summer's most rousing sci-fi crowd-pleasers---some seriously strong, exceptionally well-made monkey business.
Posted Jul 22, 2014
It's one banged-up, scuffed-up, dented mess of a movie, but somehow, nonetheless, McCarthy makes it out, to the other side. To what, now, is the real question.
Posted Jul 15, 2014
Earth to Echo (2014)
Grownups and geeks may fixate on how much the movie borrows from Spielberg and others, but kids likely won't catch any of it--and likely won't care.
Posted Jul 9, 2014
Begin Again (2014)
The elements of the story interlace in delightful, heartwarming, human ways, all led by the music.
Posted Jul 1, 2014
22 Jump Street (2014)
In a summer of sequels, the most laughs so far, and by far, come from a raunchy retro repeat that makes plenty of fun of its own recycled folly-and expense.
Posted Jun 23, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Witty, rousing, heartwarming, sensational-looking, and at times touching, uplifting and even moving---and proof that Hollywood's still making movies that virtually all ages can enjoy, appreciate and admire.
Posted Jun 13, 2014
Dom Hemingway (2014)
Law tears into his role like he's like one of Shakespeare's most scabrous lost characters somehow unleashed in the modern world, and he clearly relishes the grit and the gristle.
Posted Jun 12, 2014
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Smarter, sharper and deeper than most movies targeted at teens--and much more than just a story about kids with cancer.
Posted Jun 6, 2014
Jolie's star power can't stir up enough magic Disney pixie dust to keep this big fractured fairy tale from falling into its own cracks.
Posted Jun 3, 2014
You get a sense of where it's headed as the first scene opens to the sound of a toilet flushing and the sight of Drew Barrymore exiting a public restroom stall.
Posted May 28, 2014
A prehistoric creature that still has the atomic oomph to strut out of the ocean depths, make a 400-foot-tall, megaton statement, and set the world straight--well, there's only one that comes to mind.
Posted May 23, 2014
Construction and cracks, choices and consequences, decisions and detours, right and wrong, and frailty and strength are woven into a masterstroke of storytelling and minimalist filmmaking.
Posted May 21, 2014
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
More cynical viewers might wish for a more cynical movie, but for anyone who wants to bask in a ray of early summer sunshine, this uplifting, spirit-boosting tale could be just your ticket.
Posted May 16, 2014
The Other Woman (2014)
Director Nick Cassavettes lacks the deft touch to bring off the right blend of humor and humanity needed for a "revenge comedy" that ventures into the tricky trifecta of love, marriage and serial adultery.
Posted May 9, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
It's jam-packed, stuffed with too much of everything, especially bad guys-do we really need three of them? Perhaps next time, this itsy bitsy spider won't have such a hard time fighting for his own spotlight.
Posted May 5, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Anderson's sights are like scenes from a storybook, and the actors move and speak with a clockwork cadence that adds to the sense of comedic orchestration.
Posted Apr 29, 2014
Draft Day (2014)
Fans will enjoy the air of authenticity, spotting the real-life sports personalities---and throwing penalty flags when Hollywood puts a bit too much melodramatic spin on the subject.
Posted Apr 22, 2014
A bold, trippy new interpretation of an old, old story, about miracles of varying size and shape, in which we still today might find some new angles of inspiration.
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A brawny blockbuster-formula movie with the brains of an espionage thriller, it recalls vintage '70s spy romps but resonates with contemporary issues.
Posted Apr 7, 2014
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
A rollicking roundup of trademark put-on-a-show shtick, gonzo sketch comedy, toe-tapping musical numbers and a zany bombardment of guests.
Posted Mar 31, 2014
Young adult audiences can SO relate.
Posted Mar 25, 2014
Need For Speed (2014)
The plot is about as thin as the wisp of air between vehicles swishing past each other on a narrow highway, and the actors say empty-headed things like 'We'll settle this behind the wheel.'
Posted Mar 18, 2014
The LEGO Movie (2014)
A story about creativity, independence and cooperation running on a crazy rail of pop-cultural riffs and satirical references, understated comedic nuance and explosively absurd visual magic.
Posted Mar 10, 2014
Twists, turns, a serious tussle in the lavatory, and a rip-roarin' finish that had one woman seated behind me whooping, gasping and hollering "Save the baby!!!"
Posted Mar 4, 2014
Too much of this rebooted robot tale just feels recycled instead of refreshed, especially compared to the visceral, original kick of its groundbreaking '80s predecessor.
Posted Feb 21, 2014
A simple road trip that becomes something much bigger, much broader, and much deeper-a tale of fathers and sons and families and the many shades of grey in the wide spectrum of love.
Posted Feb 17, 2014
The Monuments Men (2014)
'Oceans 11' plus 'Saving Private Ryan' divided by 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'
Posted Feb 13, 2014
Labor Day (2014)
Brolin and Winslet, fine actors both, do their best, but they're fighting an undertow in a sea of cheese, and the movie fails to fan their coals of passion into anything resembling a flame.
Posted Feb 3, 2014
An old-fashioned romantic convention run through an innovative wavelength of sci-fi wi-fi that doesn't seem all that out of sync with today.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Ride Along (2014)
A quick roll in a barrel of cheap, hollow laughs down a familiar, forgettable road that we've traveled many times before.
Posted Jan 20, 2014
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Through the centuries, the legend of Hercules has survived. It will survive the splat of this big B.C. cheese ball, too.
Posted Jan 13, 2014
Grudge Match (2013)
If I had a towel, I'd have thrown it in long before the legacies of two great movies were slammed to the mat and ground into a crappy comedy like this one.
Posted Jan 9, 2014
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
For anyone who can feel its genuine grasp of its subjects, its music and its times in its deep, dig-it grooves, this cinematic sonnet to a struggling '60s singer might just become a greatest hit.
Posted Dec 30, 2013
American Hustle (2013)