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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: May 29, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Aloha and San Andreas as well as American Sniper - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Aloha:

  • Lisa Kennedy: A romantic comedy that has more than hearts on its mind. Teasing the uneasy and complicated partnership of the military and the private sector, Crowe takes on issues integral to Hawaii. Read Lisa’s full review.

San Andreas:

  • Ben Kendrick: It may be big, loud, and pretty dumb, but San Andreas is a fun (albeit fleeting) piece of summer blockbuster escapism. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor:  San Andreas is awful. It’s riddled with trite, painful dialog, the performances are almost universally poor, and the storyline doesn’t actually make any sense. Read Dave’s full review.

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Still in Theaters

Poltergeist (2015):

  • Ben Kendrick: Poltergeist (2015) is a forgettable diversion – one that may satisfy casual viewers looking for a mildly eerie (and sometimes humorous) ghost story. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: If you ignore the original and take this on its own, you’ve got a strong start, a couple of aggressive jump scares and a nonsensical, anticlimactic finish. Read Barry’s full review.

Tomorrowland:

Mad Max: Fury Road:

  • Ben Kendrick: Listen to Ben’s full podcast review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: There’s enough horror remixed here – of the Heart of Darkness version – to engage our current moment. That should be one of the obligations of a reboot. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Jonathan Lack: Among the most ambitious, strange, and accomplished Hollywood blockbusters to come along in my lifetime. Read Jonathan’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Berserk, shrill and amazing, with some of the most jaw-dropping imagery you’ll see all summer. The action sequences are so exciting, they put me in a state of bliss. Read Barry’s full review.

Pitch Perfect 2:

  • Andy Bockelman: Pitch Perfect 2 is a satisfying but cyclical sing-quel. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Pitch Perfect 2 will sate its target audience – though that audience may have trouble sharing the movie with casual comedy lovers. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst:To use the movie’s “hip” lingo, this isn’t aca-trocious, but it’s not aca-umphant, either. I feel stupid for having written that. Read Barry’s full review.

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American Sniper Movie Reviews

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American Sniper:

  • Lisa Kennedy: A deep appreciation of the masculine that adds texture to our understanding of violence, warfare and more. At least as it is represented onscreen. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: At age 84, Eastwood has made a tough, no-nonsense, and exciting tribute to a courageous and fascinating man. Read Barry’s full review.

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DFCS Spotlight: Features, Interviews, and More

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Next Week: Entourage and more!

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Tomorrowland Movie Poster 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: May 22, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Tomorrowland and the Poltergeist remake as well as American Sniper - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Poltergeist (2015):

  • Ben Kendrick: Poltergeist (2015) is a forgettable diversion – one that may satisfy casual viewers looking for a mildly eerie (and sometimes humorous) ghost story. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: If you ignore the original and take this on its own, you’ve got a strong start, a couple of aggressive jump scares and a nonsensical, anticlimactic finish. Read Barry’s full review.

Tomorrowland:

  • Lisa Kennedy: If only all of director Brad Bird’s fantasy adventure had lived up to its promise. Read Lisa’s full review.

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Mad Max Fury Road Movie Poster 2015

Still in Theaters

Mad Max: Fury Road:

  • Ben Kendrick: Listen to Ben’s full podcast review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: There’s enough horror remixed here – of the Heart of Darkness version – to engage our current moment. That should be one of the obligations of a reboot. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Jonathan Lack: Among the most ambitious, strange, and accomplished Hollywood blockbusters to come along in my lifetime. Read Jonathan’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Berserk, shrill and amazing, with some of the most jaw-dropping imagery you’ll see all summer. The action sequences are so exciting, they put me in a state of bliss. Read Barry’s full review.

Pitch Perfect 2:

  • Ben Kendrick: Pitch Perfect 2 will sate its target audience – though that audience may have trouble sharing the movie with casual comedy lovers. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst:To use the movie’s “hip” lingo, this isn’t aca-trocious, but it’s not aca-umphant, either. I feel stupid for having written that. Read Barry’s full review.

Far From the Maddening Crowd:

  • Dave Taylor: If you enjoy love winning out against all odds and a strong female character making her way through overt sexism in Victorian England, this might well be a film for you. Read Dave’s full review.

Maggie:

  • Barry Wurst: There is beauty and compassion in Maggie that makes it a welcome standout. Never before has Schwarzenegger seemed so natural, relaxed and present in front of the camera. Read Barry’s full review.

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American Sniper Movie Reviews

New on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Download

American Sniper:

  • Lisa Kennedy: A deep appreciation of the masculine that adds texture to our understanding of violence, warfare and more. At least as it is represented onscreen. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: At age 84, Eastwood has made a tough, no-nonsense, and exciting tribute to a courageous and fascinating man. Read Barry’s full review.

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DFCS Spotlight: Features, Interviews, and More

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Next Week: San AndreasAloha, and more!

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ & More!

May 16, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: May 15, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical release Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 as well as Blackhat and Still Alice - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Mad Max: Fury Road: Lisa Kennedy: There’s enough horror remixed here – of the Heart […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Hot Pursuit,’ ‘Far From the Maddening Crowd,’ & More!

May 8, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: May 8, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical release Hot Pursuit as well as Fifty Shades of Grey and Selma - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Far From the Maddening Crowd: Dave Taylor: If you enjoy love winning out against all odds and a strong […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ & More!

May 2, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: May 1, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical release The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as The Gambler and Inherent Vice - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters The Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ben Kendrick: It misses the bar of classic movie greatness but Avengers: Age of Ultron […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Age of Adaline’ & More!

April 26, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: April 24, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Age of Adaline and Ex Machina as well as Cake and Taken 3 - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters The Age of Adaline: Currently, there are no reviews for this title. Check back soon! Ex […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Unfriended,’ ‘Paul Blart Mall Cop 2,’ & More!

April 18, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: April 17, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended as well as The Babadook and Big Eyes  - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Paul Blart Mall Cop 2: Currently, there are no reviews for this title. Check […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Longest Ride,’ ‘While We’re Young,’ & More!

April 10, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: April 10, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Longest Ride and While We’re Young as well as A Most Violent Year  - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters The Longest Ride: Christian Toto: We might look back on The Longest Ride as the start of a […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Fast and Furious 7′ & More!

April 5, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: April 3, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Furious 7 as well as The Imitation Game Interstellar, and Wild - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Furious 7: Currently, there are no reviews for this title. Check back soon! – Still in Theaters Danny Collins: […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Get Hard,’ ‘Home,’ ‘It Follows,’ & More!

March 27, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: March 27, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Get Hard, Home, 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. – Opening in Theaters Danny Collins: Lisa Kennedy: What Fogelman doesn’t achieve as screenwriter […]

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