Reviews

The Maze Runner

Andy Singleterry
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner puts an interesting spin on this trope. The movie opens with a boy waking up in a freight elevator rising through a dark corridor and then arriving in the Glade, a rustic colony of boys and young men. He remembers no details of his life before the lift other than his name...

The Zero Theorem

Colin Stacy
The Zero Theorem
Terry Gilliam’s latest dystopian, sci-fi film The Zero Theorem focuses on mankind’s search for the good life in the midst of the daily chaotic meaninglessness...

This Is Where I Leave You

Kevin Nye
This Is Where I Leave You
What happens when you take the director of Night at the Museum and Cheaper by the Dozen and give him an ultra-talented cast and a mediocre script? In the case of This Is Where I Leave You, you get a mediocre drama/comedy with a couple of special moments...

Ida - Alternate Take

Elijah Davidson
Ida - Alternate Take
Though its language is Polish, though its cinematography is staid and black and white, though it wears its admiration for European masters like Bresson and Kieslowski on its sleeve, and though it stars not a single actor you’ve ever heard of, I think Ida is a film you should seek out whatever your typical film watching preferences...

Frank

Elijah Davidson
Frank
Frank, a dark comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall about a young keyboardist, Jon, traveling with a band headed by a man wearing a papier-mâché mask, the titular Frank, is very knowing on these issues of artistic temperaments and creative drives...

The Drop

Kevin Nye
The Drop
The Drop is not about the afterlife. It is actually an excellent neo-noir, crime thriller. This does not stop the main character from, in his brief, understated narrations, thinking about the afterlife and speculating what might be in store for him.

Frontera

Gary Ingle
Frontera
Frontera excels in that it does not view Miguel and his family as “illegals” or even as Mexicans. It refuses to fall into that trap and instead views them simply as humans...

Boyhood - Alternate Take

Elijah Davidson
Boyhood - Alternate Take
As you watch Boyhood try to figure out what it means that this film was shot little by little over the course of many years. What do the way Boyhood was made and the kinds of things the filmmakers choose to focus on communicate to you?

The Hundred Foot Journey

Elijah Davidson
The Hundred Foot Journey
In The Hundred Foot Journey, food is home...

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Andy Singleterry
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
So, thumbs down for story, thumbs up for visuals and, unfortunately, a big thumbs down for spirituality...
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