Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: March 27, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Get HardHome, and It Follows, as well as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, and Unbroken - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Danny Collins:

  • Lisa Kennedy: What Fogelman doesn’t achieve as screenwriter at the start of the film he makes up for in his directorial debut. He supports wonderfully the affable allure of his attuned cast. Read Lisa’s full review.

Get Hard:

  • Lisa Kennedy: It trucks in stereotypes (black, white, Latino, female – the list is long) and plays clumsily with sexuality. Still, the movie’s greatest and altogether familiar sin is that it’s stupid. Read Lisa’s full review.

Home:

  • Ben Kendrick: Home is a colorful and entertaining CGI adventure, but weighed down by an uneven and shallow story, falls short of animated greatness. Read Ben’s full review.

It Follows:

  • Currently, there are no reviews for this title.

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Still in Theaters

The Divergent Series: Insurgent:

  • Andy Bockelman: Insurgent may not go in an entirely new direction, but as a bridge between two other movies, at least it holds up, even with the shaky foundation with which it started. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Insurgent falls short of hitting the bar set by superior YA film adaptations but is a step in the right direction for the Divergent series. Read Ben’s full review.

The Gunman:

  • Dave Taylor: An interesting story, competently acted and assembled, and a good addition to the action thriller genre. Read Dave’s full review.

’71:

  • Dave Taylor: Perhaps somewhat inadvertently, director Demange has delivered a tense, watchable drama about a tough period of UK history. Read Dave’s full review.

Cinderella:

  • Andy Bockelman: Cinderella is a lovely rendering of an already-told fairy tale. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Cinderella plays it overly-safe in transitioning from cartoon-to-live-action but is sure to entertain Disney’s go-to juice box crowd. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Cinderella remains a tale of good and evil but told with a maturity that never undermines its appeal. It only enhances it. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Lily James’ touching performance is the heart of this lovely, enthralling film. Read Barry’s full review.

Run All Night:

  • Dave Taylor: Run All Night is a mess with dramatically shifting tone and increasingly unlikely mano-a-mano combat. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Run All Night packs a predictable faux ending, paving the way for one last round of improbable heroism – and it won’t be the last for Neeson. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: At least Liam Neeson’s new movie Run All Night is better than Taken 3. Read Barry’s full review.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

  • Andy Bockelman: Too much of a good thing inevitably has to have its downside. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Walter Chaw: The Hobbit 3 is a bad movie left to die by an exhausted filmmaker. I’m right there with you, Pete. Read Walter’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Listen to Ben’s full podcast review.
  • Jonathan Lack: There is an emotional resonance to this film, from first frame to last, that frankly took me by surprise. Read Jonathan’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is terrific fun and while it’s not a perfect film, it’s definitely good enough for me to strongly recommend you go and see it on the big screen. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: The third Hobbit film features a breakneck pace and bravura set pieces, but adults will long for the rich characters that inhabited the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Both silly and exciting, this is the best of the three prequel movies. Read Barry’s full review.

Into the Woods:

  • Andy Bockelman: Into the Woods is happily ever after all over again. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Into the Woods struggles in fine tuning prior iterations for the big screen, and finding its own identity as a film, but it’s still an overall enchanting and entertaining musical experience for all ages. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: I really enjoyed Into the Woods quite a bit, particularly once I recognized the sly undercurrent of humor – sometimes rather dark humor – throughout. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Not every successful Broadway musical should be made into a movie, a fact someone needs to tell Rob Marshall. Somebody please stop him before he takes on Starlight ExpressRead Barry’s full review.

Unbroken:

  • Andy Bockelman: Unbroken is an occasionally inspiring movie, though its weakness comes from a lack of interest in portraying the bigger picture and extent of people that made up WWII. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Unbroken has a sheen and professionalism that reminded me of Seabiscuit when it should have played more like Lone SurvivorRead Barry’s full review.

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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: March 20, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Gunman as well as Annie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Penguins of Madagascar - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

The Divergent Series: Insurgent:

  • Ben Kendrick: Insurgent falls short of hitting the bar set by superior YA film adaptations but is a step in the right direction for the Divergent series. Read Ben’s full review.

The Gunman:

  • Dave Taylor: An interesting story, competently acted and assembled, and a good addition to the action thriller genre. Read Dave’s full review.

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Still in Theaters

Cinderella:

  • Andy Bockelman: Cinderella is a lovely rendering of an already-told fairy tale. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Cinderella plays it overly-safe in transitioning from cartoon-to-live-action but is sure to entertain Disney’s go-to juice box crowd. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Cinderella remains a tale of good and evil but told with a maturity that never undermines its appeal. It only enhances it. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Lily James’ touching performance is the heart of this lovely, enthralling film. Read Barry’s full review.

Run All Night:

  • Dave Taylor: Run All Night is a mess with dramatically shifting tone and increasingly unlikely mano-a-mano combat. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Run All Night packs a predictable faux ending, paving the way for one last round of improbable heroism – and it won’t be the last for Neeson. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: At least Liam Neeson’s new movie Run All Night is better than Taken 3. Read Barry’s full review.

Chappie:

  • Ben Kendrick: Chappie succeeds in Blomkamp’s principle goal: exploring a heightened version of childhood development told through the lens of gritty science-fiction and gangster stereotypes. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Chappie isn’t the work of a revolutionary new talent trying out his tricks on moviegoers, it’s a recycled romp made of spare parts that fit better elsewhere. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Chappie: an admirably eccentric but wobbly melding of RoboCop and The Elephant ManRead Barry’s full review.

Red Army:

  • Kenny Miles: Red Army is the perfect documentary about hockey which blends the beloved sport with Geo-political conflict and Russian history. Read Kenny’s full review.

Road Hard:

  • Christian Toto: Road Hard delivers a firm, but well deserved, slap at modern fame, YouTube stars are trotted out for our inspection. Read Christian’s full review.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Sure, Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has the comfy vibe of the familiar, but it’s all in feel-good fun. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: The film’s beauty and tender center are both rare and welcome, in a sequel that could have just been called Grumpier Old TouristsRead Barry’s full review.

Unfinished Business:

  • Christian Toto: What a shame that Unfinished Business adds enough raunchy gags to fuel a fourth Hangover film, proving business as usual for Vaughn’s current losing streak. Read Christian’s full review.

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Annie (2014):

  • Ben Kendrick: Annie lands in an uninventive middle ground – it isn’t necessary (or an improvement) but it isn’t a total disaster either. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: If ever there was a recent film that provided a summary of all the things that wrong in film and pop culture at this point in time, Annie is the one. Read Barry’s full review.

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.
  • Dave Taylor: The bad, unfortunately, outweighed the good, starting with a surprisingly lackluster performance from Christian Bale as Moses. Read Dave’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.

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.

Song of the Sea:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Song of the Sea tells the sort of story that makes you crave the flickering of firelight or wish for the warmth of a blanket pulled up to your chin while mom or dad reads a bedtime tale. Read Lisa’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.

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Run All Night,’ & More!

March 13, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: March 13, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Cinderella and Run All Night as well as Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Cinderella: Ben Kendrick: Cinderella plays it overly-safe in transitioning from cartoon-to-live-action but is sure to entertain Disney’s […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Chappie,’ ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ & More!

March 8, 2015

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Focus,’ ‘The Lazarus Effect,’ & More!

February 27, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: February 27, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Focus and The Lazarus Effect as well as Beyond the Lights, Big Hero 6, Horrible Bosses 2, and Whiplash - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Focus: Ben Kendrick: Despite its never lose focus catchphrase, unnecessary tangents and underwhelming reveals […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2,’ ‘McFarland, USA,’ ‘The Duff,’ & More!

February 21, 2015

  Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: February 20, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Hot Tub Time Machine 2, McFarland, USA and The Duff, as well as Birdman, Dumb and Dumber To, The Interview, and The Theory of Everything - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters The Duff: Ben Kendrick: The Duff makes timely points […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ & More!

February 14, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: February 13, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Kingsman: The Secret Service, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Old Fashioned, as well as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Nightcrawler, and Rosewater - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Fifty Shades of […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ ‘Seventh Son,’ & More!

February 6, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: February 6, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Jupiter Ascending, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water, and Seventh Son as well as Dracula Untold and John Wick - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Jupiter Ascending: Lisa Kennedy: This sci-fi-inflected fantasy has many a wince-worthy romantic exchange between stars Channing […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Project Almanac,’ ‘Black Sea,’ ‘A Most Violent Year,’ & More!

January 30, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: January 30, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Project Almanac, Black Sea, and A Most Violent Year as well as Before I Go To Sleep, The Book of Life, Fury, and The Judge - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Black or White: Lisa Kennedy: It may […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Strange Magic,’ ‘Still Alice,’ ‘Cake,’ & More!

January 25, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: January 23, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Boy Next Door, Strange Magic, Still Alice, and  Cake as well as Lucy and The Zero Theorem - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters The Boy Next Door: Currently, there are no reviews available for this title. Cake: […]

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