Reviews

Boyhood

Gary Ingle
Boyhood
I was most impressed by Linklater’s decision to tell the story of Mason’s coming-of-age by not focusing primarily on his big life events. Rather, Mason’s story is presented as a amalgam of all of the in-between, ordinary moments of life.

22 Jump Street

Elijah Davidson
22 Jump Street
I like to think of 22 Jump Street's self-awareness as a kind of protest against the fact that the filmmakers are being asked to make a sequel simply because the first film in the series was financially lucrative. It's their way of saying, "We know what's going on here."

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Alternate Take

Elijah Davidson
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Alternate Take
Where does our humanity lie? In how we treat one another? Or is it deeper than that? Is our humanity bestowed upon us by an extra-human authority? By God? Is it granted to us by other humans?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Gary Ingle
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes excels in its complex exploration of the true issue at the heart of most conflicts - trust...

Chef

Jessi Knippel
Chef
Chef is another entry into a long tradition of films that make use of beautiful, mouth-watering images of food. I mean, seriously, the images of food in this film are so beautiful. In Chef, the food represents connection and community...

Ida

Jessi Knippel
Ida
This is an incredibly beautiful movie. Everything about this film is stunning...

Blended

Jessi Knippel
Blended
This major problematic element aside, the presentation of the various family relationships between the two parents and their children is quite normal and sweet...

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Gary Ingle
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Perhaps that is how Michael Bay's films keep proving themselves to be financially successful, by overwhelming his audience to the point of jaw-­dropping awe...

Hellion

Gary Ingle
Hellion
The real power of Hellion lies in its story, which relentlessly engages viewers in the struggles of these troubled adolescents. Hellion takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster ride, alternating between hope and hopelessness.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Gary Ingle
How To Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is not your average animated film. Rather than re-hashing the story from the first film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds upon already established themes and dives deeper into an exploration of friendship, loyalty, responsibility, leadership, destiny, peace, and the effects of violence.
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