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  • Comic Con: The Maze Runner (★★★)

    There probably won’t be a film to hit in September that will be more entertaining than The Maze Runner. The film, which screened for fans,...

  • Very Good Girls (★★½)

    A movie that had all the ingredients to be really interesting but seems content to just skirt by, Very Good Girls is a slight disappointment...

  • Lucy (★★)

    Luc Besson has brought forth some fabulous character creations over his directing tenure.  He introduced us to the awe-inspiring talent of Natalie Portman in The...

  • Magic in the Moonlight (★★★)

    It’s gotten to be a bit of a running joke in the cinema world that every other year Woody Allen puts out a “lesser” work....

  • I Origins (★★)

    I’m not sure what to make of Mike Cahill as a filmmaker so far. I was decently fond of Cahill’s previous film Another Earth, but...

  • The Purge: Anarchy (★½)

    2013’s The Purge was an unmitigated disaster, squandering every drop from a fascinating premise and boiling it down to a vaguely racist/classist home invasion “thriller”...

  • The Purge: Anarchy (★)

    With the sole exception of the absolute worst films of the year so far like the offensive God’s Not Dead and just dreadful offerings like Need for...

  • Obvious Child (★★★)

    Does anyone else think it’s weird that for all the reputation Hollywood has of being some radical leftist cesspool, their output so often appears terrified...

  • Sex Tape (★★½)

    High concept comedies are a tricky thing to pull off. You have to make sure that you execute the concept while also making a movie...

  • Wish I Was Here (★★)

    Zach Braff’s 2004 directorial debut, Garden State revitalized the indie movement (or at least popularized it with burgeoning hipsters) and turned a sixteen year old girl...

  • Wish I Was Here (★★★½)

    As someone who absolutely loved Zach Braff‘s directorial debut Garden State when it came out a decade ago, I’ve been looking forward to another outing...

  • The Congress (★★★½)

    The blending of two worlds haven’t been this enjoyable in some time.  Director Ari Forman, who won his first Academy Award for Waltz with Bashir,...

  • Cinema Komunisto (★½)

    What’s that old show biz adage? Open with a bang? Well, Cinema Komunisto opens with a near-lethargic fizzle, pairing dated Yugoslavian footage (e.g. a bust of...

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (★★★½)

    Very few sequels outdo their predecessors.  Some will credit Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II as the greatest sequel of all-time while I find...

  • Love is Strange (★★★)

    Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, two of the most under recognized actors to grace my cinematic screen for decades, have finally teamed together in one...

  • A Long Way Down (★★)

    I remember enjoying Nick Hornby‘s novel A Long Way Down quite a bit (though it’s not his best book by any stretch) back when I...

  • Land Ho! (★★)

    Old guy comedies/road trip movies have never tickled my fancy.  Grumpy Old Men with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau is mildly amusing in its 90′s...

  • Boyhood (★★★★)

    Every once in a while, you can witness something that hits you at your very core.  I’ve felt this very few times in my film loving...

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (★★★½)

    After the surprising critical and financial success of the franchise reboot/prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you couldn’t be blamed for looking at...

  • Life Itself (★★★★)

    Roger Ebert meant so much to the entire film community and when it was announced that there would be a documentary about his life and...