Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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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.

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Opening in Theaters

The Avengers: Age of Ultron:

  • Ben Kendrick: It misses the bar of classic movie greatness but Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most exciting and entertaining Marvel entries. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Whedon provides more than enough glib jokes, FX spectacles and sweet human insights to make Age of Ultron a popcorn must for the rest of us in need of a little comic-book wisdom. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Jonathan Lack: Age of Ultron is the most impressive thing Marvel has yet achieved, and as a whole, it is a glorious personification of their interwoven comic-book storytelling. Read Jonathan’s full review.
  • Jim Noonan: The Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t just for comic book nerds, it’s built for mass appeal. Read Jim’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: It isn’t perfect but Avengers: Age of Ultron is still ridiculously entertaining and will have you cheering and laughing when you’re not caught in the storyline and stunning visuals. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Much of this is fun, though it’s hit and miss, and a bit confused about its identity. Age of Ultron has lots of moments I liked a great deal, in a movie that’s a near-miss. Read Barry’s full review.

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Ex Machina:

  • Ben Kendrick: Ex Machina is memorable and downright challenging, full of sharp performances that blur the lines between humanity and programming. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy:  Ex Machina is a methodically absorbing sci-fi drama. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: Go see Ex Machina. Then ask yourself how you’d react to Siri or Cortana if she happened to be in a very attractive container. Read Dave’s full review.

True Story:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Digs deeper into the cultural fascination with killers and attempts a potent corrective along the way, reminding us who’s been lost but also how justice isn’t just another gripping procedural. Read Lisa’s full review.

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The Gambler:

  • Barry Wurst: Director Rupert Wyatt has fashioned a great-looking drama so slick, the style allows the audience a safe distance from Bennett’s broken soulRead Barry’s full review.

Inherent Vice:

  • Jonathan Lack: Inherent Vice has staying power, boasting as many cinematic riches in a single frame as some perfectly decent films do in an entire run-time. Read Jonathan’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: This deadpan comedy/mystery is cool and very funny, despite a plot that’s nearly impossible to follow. Make no question, The Dude Still Abides. Read Barry’s full review.

Paddington:

The Wedding Ringer:

  • Ben Kendrick: The Wedding Ringer is a mixed, but overall enjoyable, dramedy – one that includes a number of laugh-out-loud scenes couched in an often clumsy story. Read Ben’s full review.

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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.

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Opening in Theaters

The Age of Adaline:

  • Currently, there are no reviews for this title. Check back soon!

Ex Machina:

  • Ben Kendrick: Ex Machina is memorable and downright challenging, full of sharp performances that blur the lines between humanity and programming. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy:  Ex Machina is a methodically absorbing sci-fi drama. Read Lisa’s full review.

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Still in Theaters

True Story:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Digs deeper into the cultural fascination with killers and attempts a potent corrective along the way, reminding us who’s been lost but also how justice isn’t just another gripping procedural. Read Lisa’s full review.

The Longest Ride:

  • Christian Toto: We might look back on The Longest Ride as the start of a second Eastwood generation of movie stars. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Very long, takes too much time to grab hold and, in story and characterizations, never digs very deep. Yet, is preferable to other Nicholas Sparks cinematic assaults. Read Barry’s full review.

Monkey Kingdom:

  • Barry Wurst: Termites overwhelming every frame of the monkey kingdom seriously reminded me of the famous locust sequence from Days of Heaven (a high compliment). Read Barry’s full review.

Woman in Gold:

While We Were Young:

  • Lisa Kennedy: The wonderful thing about the relationship that develops between Josh and Cornelia and Jamie and Darby is that it’s less about resentment than it is a celebration of romantic love. Read Lisa’s full review.

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Cake:

  • Lisa Kennedy: In Cake, Jennifer Aniston burrows into Claire’s walking-wounded gait and eclipsed mood. Read Lisa’s full review.

Taken 3:

  • Ben Kendrick: Taken 3 takes the franchise past the point of absurdity – purely for the sake of selling a third series installment. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Late in the game (too late, in fact), this finally gets as nasty, over-the-top and consistently entertaining as it should be. Read Barry’s full review.

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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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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Divergent Series: Insurgent,’ ‘The Gunman,’ & More!

March 21, 2015

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. – Opening in Theaters The Divergent Series: Insurgent: Ben Kendrick: Insurgent falls short of hitting the bar set […]

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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

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: March 6, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Chappie, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Unfinished Business as well as Foxcatcher and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Chappie: Ben Kendrick: Chappie succeeds in Blomkamp’s principle goal: exploring a heightened version […]

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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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