Film Reviews

‘Nightcrawler’ creeps into theaters, but leaves some thrills to be desired

‘Nightcrawler’ creeps into theaters, but leaves some thrills to be desired

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just in time for Halloween, Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest film, “Nightcrawler” creeps on to the screen this weekend

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“Birdman” glides effortlessly with wonderful performances and unique approach

“Birdman” glides effortlessly with wonderful performances and unique approach

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

By harnessing this rawness and finding a way to combine the advantages and rawness of theatre in a cinematic medium, “Birdman” provides a very realistic and unforgiving outlook on human nature that will stick with audiences until well after the credits fade.

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Renner shines in political thriller ‘Kill the Messenger’

Renner shines in political thriller ‘Kill the Messenger’

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Kill the Messenger” won’t necessitate a trip to the theater anytime soon but fans of political or journalistic dramas or thrillers will be mostly pleased after spending an evening with this film.

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Unsaintly ‘St. Vincent’ will make you laugh & cry

Unsaintly ‘St. Vincent’ will make you laugh & cry

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever heard one of those viral Internet stories about Bill Murray crashing some friend’s party or just being an all-around awesome dude, you might already be thinking of the timeless actor as a bit of a saint. However, in “St. Vincent,” Bill Murray’s character is probably the furthest thing you can imagine from a saint.

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‘Men, Women & Children’ connects in a world of disconnectedness

‘Men, Women & Children’ connects in a world of disconnectedness

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

While “The Social Network” proved to feature plenty of analog human interaction, the joke of a film that fringed on that social barrenness was left dangling as a concept. Director Jason Reitman pleasurably plucks the idea and crafts a wonderful, sobering and thought provoking ensemble piece analyzing how social media and modern technology affects human relationships for both the better and worse.

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‘The Judge’ delivers strong performances amidst a delightful, but cliché-ridden story

‘The Judge’ delivers strong performances amidst a delightful, but cliché-ridden story

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Unfortunately the film forgot the golden rule that while a poor cast and crew can ruin a good script, not even a great one can do much to elevate a mediocre script.

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‘Gone Girl’ provides moving, disturbing glimpse into the dark chasm of   relationships

‘Gone Girl’ provides moving, disturbing glimpse into the dark chasm of relationships

| October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Gone Girl” holds up its novel’s reputation of being a slow burn that both disturbs and excites.

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‘Tusk’ squanders promising concept with inconsistent execution

‘Tusk’ squanders promising concept with inconsistent execution

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” is the epitome of an amusing joke that goes on for too long. Worse than that, it’s the sort of joke that doesn’t know what sort of gag it wants to be.

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‘The Maze Runner’ is a thrilling adventure that improves on the book (Bethany’s Review)

‘The Maze Runner’ is a thrilling adventure that improves on the book (Bethany’s Review)

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The next young adult post-apocalyptic dystopian novel to tackle the big screen is James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner.” And for once, the movie is actually better than the book.

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‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ brings throwback techniques to solid thriller

‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ brings throwback techniques to solid thriller

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Liam Neeson has made a name for himself as an action man over the past five years with the “Taken” films and “Nonstop.” “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is the next film in line for Neeson to add to his badass repertoire. While the film has its small stumbles, it manages to add small nuances that its predecessors lacked.

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