Sunday, January 25, 2015

American Sniper Movie Reviews

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: January 16, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Paddington, American Sniper, and The Wedding Ringer as well as Gone Girl - which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

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.

Blackhat:

  • Christian Toto: Blackhat reminds us of the dangers lurking in our connected world as well as how A-list directors need better scripts to complete their visions. Read Christian’s full review.

Paddington:

  • Currently, there are no reviews for this title.

Still Life:

  • Christian Toto: Still Life is a shrug of a movie, filled with micro gestures that gain traction in its final minutes. By then the narrative damage is done. Read Christian’s full review.

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.

Still in Theaters

Inherent Vice:

  • Walter Chaw: Anderson’s great accomplishment here is that he’s created a work where there’s no past, no future–there only is, man. Read Walter’s full review.
  • Jonathan Lack: Anderson has crafted something vast and significant, a film designed to reward deeper engagement at every possible level. Read Jonathan’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Patient, attentive viewers willing to just go with it may dig it. Make no question, The Dude Still Abides. Read Barry’s full review.

Predestination:

  • Christian Toto: Perhaps the best thing about Predestination is how it demands a second viewing. Cult status may be in the offing. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: The kind of story that can take you anywhere, and isn’t afraid to try. Predestination fits in that refreshing category of sci-fi that is idea-driven. Read Barry’s full review.

Selma:

  • Lisa Kennedy: Selma is a triumph of relevant cinema that rouses and resonates. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: David Oyowelo’s performance will ensure that Selma will remain a vital, if not definitive, portrait of an incredible man. Read Barry’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.

Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death:

  • Ben Kendrick: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is yet another example that not all successful horror movies have what it takes to become successful horror franchises. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Once this handsome but mostly dull sequel moves past its elaborate set-up, it does everything we’ve seen before. Read Barry’s full review.

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Gone Girl Movie Reviews

New on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Download

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.

Honeymoon:

  • Christian Toto: The final act serves up some icky FX with the psychological pain, but the story maintains its grip on us without over sharing. Read Christian’s full review.
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american-sniper“American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s mesmerizing look at the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, earned the Denver Film Critics Society’s Best Picture award today.

The Colo.-based group spread the honors liberally through 2014’s best films, with “Birdman” scoring the most awards (Best Original Screenplay, Best Score and Best Cinematography).

Bradley Cooper’s performance as Kyle tied with Ralph Fiennes’ comic turn in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for Best Actor honors.

In the supporting actor categories, J.K. Simmons won for “Whiplash” while Patricia Arquette’s conflicted matriarch gave “Boyhood” one of its two honors.

The full list of DFCS Award Winners:

Best Picture: “American Sniper”

Best Director: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actor: (tie) Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Animated Film: “The Lego Movie”

Best Science Fiction/Horror Film: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Best Comedy: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Best Documentary: “The Overnighters”

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Original Song: “Everything Is Awesome,” Tegan and Sara, “The Lego Movie”

Best Score: Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Two Days, One Night”

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Taken 3,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ & More!

January 9, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: January 9, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Taken, Selma, and Inherent Vice as well as Boyhood and Get on Up - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Inherent Vice: Jonathan Lack: Anderson has crafted something vast and significant, a film designed to reward deeper engagement at every possible […]

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DFCS Nominates ‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood’ for Group’s Major Awards

January 7, 2015

The Denver Film Critics Society honored “Birdman” with seven nominations this week, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The Colo.-based group also singled out “Boyhood,” “Inherent Vice,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Under the Skin,” reflecting both the year’s diverse array of films and the fact that no one movie is breaking away […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’ & More!

January 3, 2015

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: January 2, 2015 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, Unbroken, and The Interview as well as The Equalizer and Tusk - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Ben Kendrick: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Into the Woods’ ‘Unbroken’, ‘Big Eyes’, & More!

December 26, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: December 26, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Unbroken, Into the Woods, Big Eyes, and The Interview as well as The Maze Runner, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Skeleton Twins - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Big Eyes: Barry Wurst: A fine, compelling tribute to a woman who […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’, ‘The Babadook’, ‘Annie’, & More!

December 19, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: December 19, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Annie (2014), The Babadook, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb as well as The Maze Runner, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Skeleton Twins - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, ‘Top Five’, ‘Wild’ & More!

December 12, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: December 12, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Exodus: Gods and Kings, Top Five, and Wild as well as Calvary, Dolphin Tale 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Exodus: Gods and Kings: Ben Kendrick: Exodus: Gods and Kings is […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘The Pyramid’, ‘Foxcatcher’, & More!

December 5, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: December 5, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Pyramid and Keep on Keepin’ On as well as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, As Above, So Below, and The Hundred-Foot Journey - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters The Pyramid: Currently there are no […]

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’, & More!

November 28, 2014

Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: November 28, 2014 This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases Horrible Bosses 2, Penguins of Madagascar, and Foxcatcher as well as The Expendables 3, The Giver, and The November Man - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase. – Opening in Theaters Horrible Bosses 2: Christian Toto: Horrible Bosses 2, barring an unlikely sophomore […]

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