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  • The Absolute Worst Films of 2014

    The worst of the worst of 2014. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: FOXCATCHER

    "John du Pont is the Batman of being a douchey trust-fund baby" Read More
  • Out in Theaters: ANNIE

    "False, lifeless and unnecessary." Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

    Peter Jackson's sixth, and final, take on J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth. Read More
  • Weekly Review 66: MOTIVATION, COPS, FOLLOWS, BELLE, WILD, EXPENDABLES, JOURNEY

    A few rewatches and seven new films for 2014. Read More
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  • Out in Theaters: TOP FIVE Of Top Five, comedian all-star Chris Rock notes that he wanted to make a movie that felt like his stand up routine. Rather than divvy up the goods - this joke for the movies, this one for a live show - as he had done in the past, Rock melts all the goods down, like an aging alchemist performing a do-or-die swan Read More
  • Out in Theaters: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS If there's one thing Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings gets right it's the amount of hairstyles Christian Bale can rock in one movie. I stopped counting after about the eight iteration of mangy hair/trim beard to mangy beard/trim hair transformation. Eventually some gray enters the mix. It's very life affirming. Read More
  • Weekly Review 65: DEBORAH, BIRDCAGE, THIN, BEST!, GIRL It's an insanely busy time of year as I'm rushing to see the remainder of 2014 flicks, preparing for a Top Ten Horror Films of the year and bustling to get ready for a trip around the world. Last week in theaters meant two big blockbuster with colons screenings, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Exodus: Gods Read More
  • Ranking Ridley Scott: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly When asked about his diversity of films and if he himself had any idea what constitutes a Ridley Scott film, the 77-year old director admitted, "There never was a plan and there still is no plan. I just jump into what fascinates me next." His fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants attitude towards picking projects is illustrated by his definitively wonky filmography. Read More
  • Weekly Review 64: OCTOBER, HOUSEBOUND, VIRAL, ABCS 2, POINT, RESCUE It's been a week or two (ok fine, two and a half) since I've updated things 'round these parts after all the holiday hubbub so there's quite a bit on today's dockets. In theaters, things have ratcheted down to a much more steady cadence of one or two flicks a week in theaters. Last week, I caught screenings of Horrible Read More
  • Out in Theaters: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 A comedy sequel that slam-dunks over its predecessor, Horrible Bosses 2 is a sardonic, infantile laugh riot. Joke for joke, it's more meaty than the 2011 original. The characters are churned up and the window dressings turned down. This has one and only one purpose: to make you laugh. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 From stadiums to tedium, the third entry in Lions Gate's multi-billion dollar franchise is decidedly half a story. Following up on what I like to call "Harry Potter Precedent", The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 takes us through the first half of Suzanne Collins' 390 page young adult dystopian fiction without ever getting to the fanfare of an actual conclusion. Read More
  • Weekly Review 63: LATE, CHEERLEADERS, MOCKINGBIRD, DEN, BORDERLANDS, BANSHEE, WER, EXISTS The amount of films I've seen this week is sheer insanity. In the theater, I only had a screening of Dumb and Dumber To (one I seemed to cull more enjoyment from than many others) but the real work was put in at home. After digesting a viewing of The Graduate (one of my all time favorites), I continued to Read More
  • Out in Theaters: DUMB AND DUMBER TO Dumb and Dumberer To threatens - at multiple intersections - to sidestep its truly manic, childish comic sensibilities for a gargantuan black hole of doo-doo jokes. "Smell my finger" gags, "lock in the fart" physical comedy and even the dreaded diaper change all rear their ugly fecal heads throughout the film. It's as if the Farrelly Brothers were contractually obligated (by Charmin Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING To take a man's life and dilute it down to a 123-minute biography might not be quite as daunting a task as coming up with a singular formula that describes and unites all things in the universe but it is not without its challenges. James Marsh takes on these theoretical hurdles with the problem-solving gusto of a seasoned mathematician. He Read More
  • Out in Theaters: ROSEWATER Jon Stewart's directorial cinematic debut is appropriately politically astute but throws his signature satirical edge out the window, resulting in a competently made, educationally sound - if not entirely entertaining - biopic. But such can be expected from a filmmaker who's primary goal seems to be to shine a light into a dark place and report back on what he finds. That Read More
  • Weekly Review 62: DEVIL, EVERYONE, PHILIP, FORCE, LOW Another fairly lax week at the theater held screenings of Interstellar and Big Hero 6 - both of which I had high hopes for (the former far more than the later) and was fairly disappointed by both. At home, I had some time to catch up with a few new screeners (bringing my cume of 2014 films to a whopping 198), Read More
  • Out in Theaters: BIG HERO 6 In the past, I've been something of a bitch when it comes to animated movies. The Pixar classics are notorious for beating down my manliness and summoning up the tears - Up, Toy Story 3, even f*cking Ratatouille all got me going. Something about the to-the-bone earnest family connection gets this child of divorce waterworking. It's clockwork. Minute 82 and I'm Read More
  • Talking (in French) with Michel Hazanavicius & Berenice Bejo of THE ARTIST The Artist was an unprecedented film. Movies don't come in black and white anymore. And no one would think to make a silent black-and-white film in 2010. When you chat with the brains behind the film, it makes sense. These are incredibly French, reserved folk who speak in hushed tones. I've spent a lot of time in France (my Grandma lives in Read More
  • Out in Theaters: INTERSTELLAR Don't be fooled, Interstellar is no blockbuster. Nor is it the critical darling think piece so many expected it to be. It seems crafted to engulf the minds of the critical community in nit-picky debates about minute details; destined to conjure up various theories and interpretations (a la Inception) but I don't see that happening. For all its loopholes, space Read More
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