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Tag Archive: cinema

Review – Chappie

Here comes the elevator pitch for Chappie; it’s Three Men and a Baby meets Short Circuit via Robocop minus the satire. Bonkers, right?

Criticwire Survey: My First ‘Inappropriate’ Movie

Each week at Indiewire the Criticwire Survey gets film and television critics to answer a specific question and this week’s focus was on the first ‘inappropriate’ movie you saw.

Review – Selma

An astonishing story, told with grace, and I bow down to Queen DuVernay

Review – Foxcatcher

A conduit to examine the hubris of America, and the fallout of never living up to the potential of a greatness that may have never existed

Review – American Sniper

Bleeds red, white and blue in the worst ways

Review – Birdman

A superb examination of the pursuit of validation.

Awesome Mix Vol. 2014: The Best Films of the Year

2014 somehow felt smaller, intimate, and well-paced with releases. Here are 34 of the best.

Review – Force Majeure

Force Majeure is a comedy of passive aggressiveness

Review – Stations of the Cross

The experience of German fundamentalist Catholic guilt is suffocating in the superb Stations of the Cross

Review – What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows does for vampires what This is Spinal Tap did for rock bands.

Review – A Million Ways to Die in the West

During the opening credits of A Million Ways to the Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane’s name appears in gigantic letters four times. Take heed of this as a warning, this film is a vanity project, but a funny bit of indulgence.

Review – The Raid 2: Berandal

The larger scope of the sequel allows for Gareth Evans to flesh out the narrative, but too many chatty gangsters almost cripple the momentum between incredible action sequences that certify Evans’ ascension to a supreme action cinema maestro.

Review – Need for Speed

Following a long and intensive street racing sequence that opens Need for Speed, I’d had my fix of burning rubber, actors intensely staring out from behind a steering wheel, and enough ‘bros’ to make a dictionary want to take an early retirement. The problem was that there was another two hours of automotive spectacle left and nothing but constantly revving engines.

Review – 300: Rise of an Empire

The side-saddle sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 (he co-writes Rise of an Empire) is macho motivation and nothing more.

Review – Nebraska

Director Alexander Payne crafts a striking portrait of a dysfunctional family and a refined piece of Americana that contains a wonderfully dry sense of humour.