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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.

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Opening in Theaters

23 Blast:

  • Christian Toto: 23 Blast is awkward at times, and it could use some gridiron spit polish. It’s still has more than enough heart where it counts. Read Christian’s full review.

Birdman: 

  • Ben Kendrick: Birdman provides a thought-provoking and inventive exploration of artistry, family, and the difference between power, popularity, and prestige. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Does it dip? A time or two. Does it take vivid flight? Absolutely. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Birdman offers a cutting view of both the creative process and the deeply flawed people bringing art to the public square. Read Christian’s full review.

Dear White People:

  • Christian Toto: More often than not, Dear White People is so eager to punch the next cultural hot button it forgets to get to know its own characters. Read Christian’s full review.

John Wick:

  • Currently there are no reviews for this title.

Ouija:

  • Currently there are no reviews for this title.

Stonehearst Asylum:

  • Christian Toto: A last-minute hiccup isn’t enough to stain a story looking at both our medicinal past and present with unease. Read Christian’s full review.

Whiplash:

Still in Theaters

Book of Life: 

Camp X-Ray:

  • Christian Toto: Camp X-Ray doesn’t get bogged down by partisan wrist flicks. It’s more interested in two different people finding a connection – on that level it moderately succeeds. Read Christian’s full review.

Fury:

St Vincent:

  • Lisa Kennedy: As the movie builds to its coda, Oliver proves to be a rather deft detector of the BS we adults shovel and the deeper truths it can bury. Read Lisa’s full review.

Addicted:

  • Barry Wurst: Every bit about the dangers of sex addiction as Cheech and Chong movies are about the dangers of pot smoking. Read Barry’s full review.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • Kenny Miles: A sweet and scrappy family movie that rings true to the old fashioned genre while flirting with 1980’s-style PG naughtiness. Read Kenny’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Posses a warmth and winningly zany sense of humor that fits the mold of classic Disney comedies. Read Barry’s full review.

Automata:

  • Dave Taylor: his is an original and compelling indie sci-fi film that delivers a thoughtful exploration of the nature of humanity, evolution and robotics. Read Dave’s full review.

Dracula Untold:

The Judge:

  • Andy Bockelman: The Judge can be a bit of a trial to watch. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: The Judge is a very familiar tale of a man that finds humility in a return to his hometown – albeit one with a few genuinely powerful moments of drama. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Downey Jr. and Duvall in skillful The Judge? No objections. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: The Judge is about family, in all its deeply flawed beauty, and why we can leave home but never leave it behind. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Of course Downey Jr. and Duvall are great. They’re such seasoned, exceptional actors, they even shine in bad movies. Read Barry’s full review.

Kill the Messenger:

  • Dave Taylor: I recommend you see Kill the Messenger. Then do some homework of your own. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Kill the Messenger ends up like an Oliver Stone movie without the jump cuts and punk sneer, even if Webb cranks up some Clash mid-movie. Read Christian’s full review.

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Sex Tape:

  • Andy Bockelman: Sex Tape arouses little interest. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Despite an intriguing setup, Sex Tape squanders its clever premise with an underwhelming combination of cheap jokes and ham-fisted family drama. Read Ben’s full review.

Snowpiercer:

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

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Opening in Theaters

Book of Life: 

Camp X-Ray:

  • Christian Toto: Camp X-Ray doesn’t get bogged down by partisan wrist flicks. It’s more interested in two different people finding a connection – on that level it moderately succeeds. Read Christian’s full review.

Fury:

St Vincent:

  • Lisa Kennedy: As the movie builds to its coda, Oliver proves to be a rather deft detector of the BS we adults shovel and the deeper truths it can bury. Read Lisa’s full review.

Still in Theaters

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • Kenny Miles: A sweet and scrappy family movie that rings true to the old fashioned genre while flirting with 1980’s-style PG naughtiness. Read Kenny’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Posses a warmth and winningly zany sense of humor that fits the mold of classic Disney comedies. Read Barry’s full review.

Automata:

  • Dave Taylor: his is an original and compelling indie sci-fi film that delivers a thoughtful exploration of the nature of humanity, evolution and robotics. Read Dave’s full review.

Dracula Untold:

The Judge:

  • Andy Bockelman: The Judge can be a bit of a trial to watch. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: The Judge is a very familiar tale of a man that finds humility in a return to his hometown – albeit one with a few genuinely powerful moments of drama. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Downey Jr. and Duvall in skillful The Judge? No objections. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: The Judge is about family, in all its deeply flawed beauty, and why we can leave home but never leave it behind. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Of course Downey Jr. and Duvall are great. They’re such seasoned, exceptional actors, they even shine in bad movies. Read Barry’s full review.

Kill the Messenger:

  • Dave Taylor: I recommend you see Kill the Messenger. Then do some homework of your own. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Kill the Messenger ends up like an Oliver Stone movie without the jump cuts and punk sneer, even if Webb cranks up some Clash mid-movie. Read Christian’s full review.

Annabelle: 

  • Christian Toto: In Annabelle, we’re left with a lifeless doll that works better as a marketing prop than scare generator. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: There’s no gratuitous gore, but few recent American horror movies are this scary. Read Barry’s full review.

Gone Girl:

  • Andy Bockelman: Gone Girl is a mesmerizing mystery. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Walter Chaw: Flashbacks, unreliable narrators, a mystery, a skewed morality, Gone Girl aspires to high noir but lands mostly as high melodrama. Read Walter’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Gone Girl is a layered narrative experience that can be appreciated on multiple levels – with an intriguing central mystery, rounded characters, and sharp social commentary. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Gone Girl is a tale of marital contempt both gripping and silly. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Jim Noonan: Gone Girl is full of evil thoughts, vindictiveness, and teaches everyone that karma is a bitch. Or is it? Read Jim’s full review.
  • Mark Sells: With plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and a heavy dose of relationship doom and gloom, Gone Girl is highly engaging and will most certainly have you talking. Read Mark’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Gone Girl is several movies in one, but none are worth the pre-release hype, let alone Oscar consideration. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: David Fincher’s chilling, cynical thriller is the antidote to a decade of Nicholas Sparks weepies. Read Barry’s full review.

Left Behind:

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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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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Annabelle,’ & More!

October 3, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: October 3, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Gone Girl, Annabelle, and Left Behind, as well as Transformers: Age of Extinction and Chef - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Annabelle:  Christian Toto: In Annabelle, we’re left with a lifeless doll that works better as a marketing prop than […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Equalizer,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ & More!

September 27, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: September 26, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Boxtrolls, The 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. – Opening in Theaters The Boxtrolls:  Lisa Kennedy: There are many more delighted ‘Ewwws’ than too-easy ‘Awws’ […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘Tusk,’ & More!

September 21, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: September 19, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Maze Runner, A 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. – Opening in Theaters The Maze Runner:  Ben Kendrick: […]

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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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