Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: December 12, 2014

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Exodus: Gods and Kings, Top Five, and Wild as well as Calvary, Dolphin Tale 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Exodus: Gods and Kings:

  • Ben Kendrick: Exodus: Gods and Kings is not an offensive Hollywood cash-grab, nor is it a particularly inventive revision of the Exodus story. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Scott’s epic has enough grandeur, good performances and compelling scenes to recommend it but it’s a problematic film I frequently felt detached from. Read Barry’s full review.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya:

  • Jonathan Lack: Not a film to be digested in one viewing, it builds to a final half-hour so powerful and piercing that I look forward to revisiting it, and seeing how my reading and reactions evolve. Read Jonathan’s full review.

Top Five:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Like Rock’s best stand-up shows, Top Five mixes the sweet with the salty, the naughty with the remarkably kind. It celebrates the darkly hilarious with the light of whip-smart observations. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Despite notable comparisons, the bulk of Woody Allen’s directorial efforts are more insightful, better structured and, of course, flat-out funnier than what Rock has to offer in Top FiveRead Christian’s full review.

Wild:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Not since June Carter Cash in Walk the Line has Witherspoon been so present to a character. Her Cheryl is funny and messy, wounded but not without survival instincts. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Jonathan Lack: The film is emotionally rich, and absolutely inspirational, but it comes by these sensations honestly, always approaching the material with sensitivity and intelligence. Read Jonathan’s full review.

Still in Theaters

Foxcatcher:

  • Jonathan Lack: There is only the ambiguity of human nature here, and if that makes Foxcatcher a difficult film to enjoy or engage with, it also makes it an accomplished portrait of a challenging subject. Read Jonathan’s full review.

Horrible Bosses 2:

  • Christian Toto: Horrible Bosses 2, barring an unlikely sophomore slump, will probably lead to a third installment even less necessary than the current model. That’s a shame. . Read Christian’s full review.

Penguins of Madagascar: 

  • Christian Toto: The Penguins of Madagascar should slap the film’s creators on their collective chins and demand a better, more streamlined story for the inevitable sequel. Read Christian’s full review.

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Calvary:

  • Lisa Kennedy: A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Kenny Miles: A Christian movie for everybody else – and just maybe even the Christians who praised God’s Not DeadRead Kenny’s full review.

Dolphin Tale 2: 

Guardians of the Galaxy:

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Next Week: AnnieThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: December 5, 2014

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Pyramid and Keep on Keepin’ On as well as Dawn of the Planet of the ApesAs Above, So Below, and The Hundred-Foot Journey - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

The Pyramid:

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Still in Theaters

Horrible Bosses 2:

  • Christian Toto: Horrible Bosses 2, barring an unlikely sophomore slump, will probably lead to a third installment even less necessary than the current model. That’s a shame. . Read Christian’s full review.

Penguins of Madagascar: 

  • Christian Toto: The Penguins of Madagascar should slap the film’s creators on their collective chins and demand a better, more streamlined story for the inevitable sequel. Read Christian’s full review.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1:

  • Andy Bockelman: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 almost satisfies your hunger. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: It’s a solid entry in the series, and lays an intriguing foundation for Part 2, but on its own Mockingjay – Part 1 is rarely as entertaining or rewarding as its predecessors. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a dry, confusing film characterized by poor performances and an unengaging narrative. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: We know where this is all going and we’ll have to wait another year to get there. For now, Part 1 is a two-hour infomercial for the main event. Read Christian’s full review.

The Mule: 

  • Christian Toto: Those looking for a tale told with intelligence, humor and the element of surprise, though, will be glad to greet this MuleRead Christian’s full review.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’, & More!

November 28, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: November 28, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Horrible Bosses 2, Penguins of Madagascar, and Foxcatcher as well as The Expendables 3, The Giver, and The November Man - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Horrible Bosses 2: Christian Toto: Horrible Bosses 2, barring an unlikely sophomore […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ & More!

November 21, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: November 21, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 as well as 22 Jump Street, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Wind Rises - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: Ben […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’, ‘Rosewater’, ‘The Theory of Everything’, & More!

November 14, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: November 14, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Dumb and Dumber To, Rosewater, and The Theory of Everything, as well as How to Train Your Dragon 2, Jersey Boys, and Tammy - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Beyond the Lights: Lisa Kennedy: Director Prince-Bythewood, who made the move […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Interstellar’, ‘Big Hero 6′, & More!

November 7, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: November 7, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Big Hero 6 and Interstellar, as well as Hercules and Maleficent - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Big Hero 6: Lisa Kennedy: Big Hero 6 celebrates nerd culture. And not merely the pop-culture- obsessed version (comic books) but the […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Nightcrawler’, ‘Before I Go to Sleep’, & More!

November 1, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: October 31, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Nightcrawler, Before I Go to Sleep, and Horns, as well as Wish I Was Here - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Before I Go to Sleep: Ben Kendrick: Before I Go to Sleep does little to redefine […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘John Wick’, ‘Whiplash’, ‘Birdman’, and More!

October 24, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: October 24, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases John Wick, Ouija, and Birdman as well as Snowpiercer and Sex Tape - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters 23 Blast: Christian Toto: 23 Blast is awkward at times, and it could use some gridiron spit polish. It’s still […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Book of Life,’ ‘Fury,’ & More!

October 18, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: October 17, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Fury and Book of Life as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Book of Life:  Kenny Miles: A lavish and vivid animated feature about love, life, and laughs. Read Kenny’s full review. […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Dracula Untold,’ ‘The Judge,’ & More!

October 11, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: October 10, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Dracula Untold, The Judge, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as Edge of Tomorrow, Million Dollar Arm, and A Million Ways to Die in the West - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening […]

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