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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: June 26, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Max and Ted 2 as well as Chappie and Run All Night - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Max:

  • Currently, there are no reviews for this film.

Ted 2:

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Still in Theaters

Dope:

Inside Out:

  • Andy Bockelman: You’ll cheer, you’ll cry, there’s no way you won’t feel something. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Robert Denerstein: Pixar’s Inside Out offers a creative look at the way emotions operate in the mind of an 11-year-old girl. Read Robert’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Inside Out is an important reflection on the power of emotion – and proof that Pixar is still king of imaginative CG animated storytelling. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Not since Up, has the studio taken on the gnarliness of being human and made it so visually delightful and emotionally resonant. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Inside Out has emotional punch and the expected visual brilliance but there’s both simplicity and narrative limitations to its intriguing premise. Read Barry’s full review.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl:

  • Robert Denerstein: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl effectively mixes humor and heartbreak. Read Robert’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a must-see for moviegoers who aren’t afraid to find joy and self-reflection in the story of a dying girl. Read Lisa’s full review.

Jurassic World:

  • Andy Bockelman: Jurassic World is no worse than the sequels that came before it — a popcorn movie that demands only your undivided attention as everything goes haywire. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Robert Denerstein: Jurassic World may satisfy audiences, but for me, the thrill is gone. Read Robert’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Listen to Ben’s podcast review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Jurassic World is ersatz Spielberg. It’s a knock-off that, even with the brand tag of the filmmaking titan as executive producer, makes the credit feel faux. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Jim Noonan: Both Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow have breathed new life into the franchise. There’s a bright future for Jurassic WorldRead Jim’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: If there’s a signature moment, it’s Pratt, riding his motorcycle alongside a pack of “domesticated” velociraptors, as admirably goofy and exhilarating as it sounds. Read Barry’s full review.

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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.

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 3Read Barry’s full review.

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Inside Out Movie Poster 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: June 19, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Inside Out and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as well as Chappie and Run All Night - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Inside Out:

  • Ben Kendrick: Inside Out is an important reflection on the power of emotion – and proof that Pixar is still king of imaginative CG animated storytelling. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Not since Up, has the studio taken on the gnarliness of being human and made it so visually delightful and emotionally resonant. Read Lisa’s full review.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl:

  • Ben Kendrick: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a must-see for moviegoers who aren’t afraid to find joy and self-reflection in the story of a dying girl. Read Lisa’s full review.

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Jurassic World Poster

Still in Theaters

Jurassic World:

  • Ben Kendrick: Listen to Ben’s podcast review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: Jurassic World is ersatz Spielberg. It’s a knock-off that, even with the brand tag of the filmmaking titan as executive producer, makes the credit feel faux. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Jim Noonan: Both Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow have breathed new life into the franchise. There’s a bright future for Jurassic WorldRead Jim’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: If there’s a signature moment, it’s Pratt, riding his motorcycle alongside a pack of “domesticated” velociraptors, as admirably goofy and exhilarating as it sounds. Read Barry’s full review.

Insidious: Chapter 3:

  • Ben Kendrick: A streamlined story and menacing villain make-up for Insidious: Chapter 3‘s imperfections – an eerie, albeit forgettable, horror movie. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: The biggest scare is saved for the very last scene and Insidious: Chapter 3 leaves you with one final image to keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Love and Mercy:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Unnerving as it is thrilling, as visually and aurally vivid as it is emotionally harrowing. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Its remarkable, how a film so unsettling can soar so high. A film of great pain and passion, in which we see both the psychological and very real obstacles Wilson faced. Read Barry’s full review.

Spy:

  • Dave Taylor: Unfortunately, Spy is terrible, though that’s no surprise as it’s helmed by Paul Feig, director of the crass, banal and yes, successful, BridesmaidsRead Dave’s full review.

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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.

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 3Read Barry’s full review.

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Jurassic World’ & More!

June 13, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: June 12, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical release Jurassic World as well as The Duff, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Project Almanac - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Jurassic World: Lisa Kennedy: Jurassic World is ersatz Spielberg. It’s a knock-off that, even with the […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3,’ ‘Entourage,’ ‘Spy’ & More!

June 7, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: June 5, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Insidious: Chapter 3 and Spy as well as Focus and Jupiter Ascending - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Insidious: Chapter 3: Ben Kendrick: A streamlined story and menacing villain make-up for Insidious: Chapter 3‘s imperfections – an eerie, albeit […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘San Andreas,’ ‘Aloha,’ & More!

May 30, 2015

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. – 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 […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Tomorrowland,’ ‘Poltergeist,’ & More!

May 24, 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. – Opening in Theaters Poltergeist (2015): Ben Kendrick: Poltergeist (2015) is a forgettable diversion – one that may satisfy casual viewers looking for a mildly […]

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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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