Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: July 17, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Ant-Man, Trainwreck, and Mr. Holmes as well as Ex-MachinaSecond Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Ant-Man:

  • Lisa Kennedy: The action is a zippy pleasure. The more Scott shrinks, the bigger the fun. The visual effects are witty, especially when he begins making allies of various ant colonies. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: Ant-Man ends up more Guardians of the Galaxy than Avengers: Age of Ultron, as it works very well on screen. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Ant-Man isn’t the dud some fans feared – and the unlikely hero continues Marvel’s hot streak. Read Christian’s full review.

Mr. Holmes:

  • Barry Wurst: The second Ian McKellen/Bill Condon collaboration is no “Gods and Monsters” but it’s a lovely, special film all the same. Read Barry’s full review.

Trainwreck:

  • Robert Denerstein: In Trainwreck, Schumer earns a center-stage spot on the big screen, but her movie hits flat spots even as it finds major comic flourishes. Read Robert’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Trainwreck is an honest film that defies gender stereotypes; though, more often than not, it still adheres to familiar romantic comedy tropes. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Trainwreck may take gentle shots at marriage; however, the takeaway is anything but progressive. True love means embracing a partner, warts and all. Read Christian’s full review.

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Minions 2015 Movie Poster

Still in Theaters

Batkid Begins:

Minions:

  • Andy Bockelman: Minions manages to be hilarious for all ages. Even if you’re not giggling for the same reasons. Read Andy’s full review.

Self/less:

  • Ben Kendrick: Self/less is an average science-fiction drama that pulls heavily from prior filmic explorations of immortality – and passes familiar plot beats off as fresh ideas. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: From the performances to the sets, the inane underlying technology to the overwrought “twist”, to the rather idiotic ending, Self/less just doesn’t deliver the goods. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Begins well, with the intrigue of the premise and energetic filmmaking casting a spell and pulling us in. But just when it should take off, it sputters. Read Barry’s full review.

Magic Mike XXL:

  • Barry Wurst: Magic Mike XXL is episodic and contains little, if any, substance but this funnier sequel has great scenes throughout. Read Barry’s full review.

Terminator Genisys:

  • Ben Kendrick: Terminator Genisys is a good entry point for new viewers, with worthwhile setup for future installments, but falls short in evolving core elements of the series. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: I suspect Schwarzenegger will always be back but it’s this franchise that has yet to fully return to form. 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.

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.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Sure, Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has the comfy vibe of the familiar, but it’s all in feel-good fun. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: The film’s beauty and tender center are both rare and welcome, in a sequel that could have just been called Grumpier Old TouristsRead Barry’s full review.

X-Men: Days of Future Past:

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Next Week: Paper TownsSouthpawPixels, and more!

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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: July 3, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys as well as Get Hard and While We’re Young - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Magic Mike XXL:

  • Currently, there are no reviews for this film.

Terminator Genisys:

  • Ben Kendrick: Terminator Genisys is a good entry point for new viewers, with worthwhile setup for future installments, but falls short in evolving core elements of the series. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: I suspect Schwarzenegger will always be back but it’s this franchise that has yet to fully return to form. Read Barry’s full review.

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Still in Theaters

Ted 2:

  • Robert Denerstein: Laughs are in short supply as Seth MacFarlane brings back Ted the bear. Read Robert’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Much of Ted 2 fails, because it seems so confident that it’s a sure thing. It’s like the movie itself is so high, it can’t even tell what a drag it is, man. Read Barry’s full review.

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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.

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Get Hard:

  • Lisa Kennedy: It trucks in stereotypes (black, white, Latino, female – the list is long) and plays clumsily with sexuality. Still, the movie’s greatest and altogether familiar sin is that it’s stupid. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: I hated scenes of Steve Martin (in a career low) going to “the hood” in Bringing Down The House and it’s equally depressing watching Ferrell slum it on the same path. Read Barry’s full review.

While We’re 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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Next Week: The Gallows, Minions, Self/Less, and more!

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Max’,’Ted 2′, & More!

June 27, 2015

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. – Opening in Theaters Max: Currently, there are no reviews for this film. Ted 2: Robert Denerstein: Laughs are in short supply as […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Inside Out’, ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ & More!

June 19, 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. – Opening in Theaters Inside Out: Ben Kendrick: Inside Out is an important reflection on the power of […]

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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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