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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: September 26, 2014

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The BoxtrollsThe Equalizer, and Hector and the Search for Happiness, as well as Neighbors and The Rover - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

The Boxtrolls: 

  • Lisa Kennedy: There are many more delighted ‘Ewwws’ than too-easy ‘Awws’ in this charming, if a tad cynical, feature from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor:  It’s the most complex stop-motion animated film every released – and its dark, wry, snarky and steampunk sensibility makes it an absolute winner in my book. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Children intrigued by darkness but far too young for real horror fare, may relish the tonic that is The BoxtrollsRead Christian’s full review.

Hector and the Search for Happiness:

  • Ben Kendrick: Hector and the Search for Happiness includes laughs and relatable drama but struggles to find successful balance between engaging journeys and thought-provoking destinations. Read Ben’s full review.

The Equalizer:

  • Christian Toto: Denzel Washington’s official membership in the “I Never Make a Bad Movie” club expires with The Equalizer. Read Christian’s full review.

The Skeleton Twins:

  • Lisa Kennedy: The Skeleton Twins is a lovingly calibrated mix of heartbreak and hopefulness, guilt and the will to do better. Read Lisa’s full review.

The Song:

  • Christian Toto: The Song wallows in story beats you’ll see coming a mile away, but the film wraps with a union so sweet it could give an atheist a pang of doubt. Read Christian’s full review.

Still in Theaters

A Walk Among the Tombstones:

The Maze Runner: 

  • Andy Bockelman: The Maze Runner isn’t quite a-maze-ing. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: The Maze Runner leans heavily on its premise, to the detriment of individual characters, but still succeeds as one of Hollywood’s better young adult adaptations. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: The Maze Runner makes The Hunger Games look deep – and that’s saying something. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: The Maze Runner lacks the sociopolitical heft of The Hunger Games. Yet its combination of empathetic characters and danger gives it an edge over DivergentRead Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Unlike the cliffhanger endings of YA turkeys Eragon or The Host, The Maze Runner presents a series I’d be happy to see again. Read Barry’s full review.

Tusk:

  • Walter Chaw: As self-knowing self-deprecation goes, it lands as fairly hollow, because Tusk is interested not in examination, but in exploitation. Read Walter’s full review.

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The Drop:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini shine in dark crime tale The DropRead Lisa’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: The Drop lacks the scope of other Lehane adaptations, but there’s enough grit to give James Gandolfini a fitting screen farewell. Read Christian’s full review.

No Good Deed:

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Neighbors:

The Rover:

  • Lisa Kennedy: The Rover asks what happens on the downslope of Manifest Destiny. As hot, parched and heated as the atmosphere is, the answers are chilling. Read Lisa’s full review.
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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: September 19, 2014

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Maze RunnerA Walk Among the Tombstones, This is Where I Leave You, and Tusk as well as The Fault in Our Stars and Godzilla - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

The Maze Runner: 

  • Ben Kendrick: The Maze Runner leans heavily on its premise, to the detriment of individual characters, but still succeeds as one of Hollywood’s better young adult adaptations. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: The Maze Runner makes The Hunger Games look deep – and that’s saying something. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: The Maze Runner lacks the sociopolitical heft of The Hunger Games. Yet its combination of empathetic characters and danger gives it an edge over DivergentRead Christian’s full review.

A Walk Among the Tombstones:

  • Currently, there are no reviews available for this film.

This is Where I Leave You:

  • Currently, there are no reviews available for this film.

Tusk:

  • Currently, there are no reviews available for this film.

Still in Theaters

Dolphin Tale 2: 

The Drop:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini shine in dark crime tale The DropRead Lisa’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: The Drop lacks the scope of other Lehane adaptations, but there’s enough grit to give James Gandolfini a fitting screen farewell. Read Christian’s full review.

No Good Deed:

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The Fault in Our Stars:

  • Andy Bockelman: The Fault in Our Stars is a bright look at a dark topic. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: The Fault in Our Stars succeeds a heartfelt drama, where a pair of teenage protagonists set the stage for an ageless message about human life – both its frailty and beauty. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Big movies have their embedded lessons in heroism, but it’s nice to have tales of human-scale fortitude. Read Lisa’s full review.

Godzilla:

  • Andy Bockelman: Go, go, Godzilla! Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: A crowd-pleasing return for Godzilla with poignant human drama, blockbuster spectacle, and a third act brawl that sets a new bar for the King of the Monsters. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: Godzilla isn’t a great drama and just as well. It’s just a big, violent, spectacle. And as that, it’s terrific. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Director Gareth Edwards’ less-is-more approach short changes the real star of Godzilla. Read Barry’s full review.
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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘No Good Deed,’ ‘The Drop,’ & More!

September 13, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: September 12, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases No Good Deed and The Drop as well as Captain America: The Winter Soldier - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Dolphin Tale 2:  Christian Toto: Families eager for smart, wholesome storytelling are directly targeted by this sequel. Read Christian’s […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Identical,’ ‘Forrest Gump IMAX,’ & More!

September 7, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: September 5, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Identical and Forrest Gump (IMAX) as well as Draft Day - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Forrest Gump (IMAX): Currently there are no reviews available for this title. The Identical: Currently there are no reviews […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘November Man,’ ‘As Above, So Below,’ & More!

August 30, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: August 29, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The November Man, As Above, So Below, and The Trip to Italy as well as The Double and The Normal Heart - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters As Above, So Below: Currently there are no reviews available […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘If I Stay,’ ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’ & More!

August 22, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: August 22, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, If I Stay, When The Game Stands Tall as well as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Only Lovers Left Alive - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Sin City: A Dame To Kill […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Expendables 3,’ ‘The Giver,’ & More!

August 15, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: August 15, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Let’s Be Cops, The Expendables 3, and The Giver as well as Locke and Muppets Most Wanted - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Let’s Be Cops: Currently, there are no reviews available for this title. The Expendables 3: […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ ‘Into the Storm,’ & More!

August 8, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: August 8, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm, and The Hundred-Foot Journey as well as Divergent - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Into the Storm: Ben Kendrick: Into the Storm is another found footage failure – […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Get On Up,’ & More!

August 1, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: August 1, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Guardians of the Galaxy and Get On Up as well as Noah - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters  Get On Up: Lisa Kennedy: The film skates along the surface of Brown’s contradictory character but if it […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Lucy,’ ‘Hercules,’ ‘Boyhood,’ & More!

July 26, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: July 25, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Boyhood, Hercules, and Lucy as well as Transcendence and Dom Hemingway - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters A Most Wanted Man Lisa Kennedy: With his sharp instincts and exhausted wisdom, the character of Gunther offers […]

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