Denver Film Critics Society | cheap jerseys http://denverfilmcritics.org cheap jerseys Tue, 03 May 2016 02:07:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.11 ‘Spotlight’ Named 2015′s Best Film by DFCS http://denverfilmcritics.org/1488/news/spotlight-named-2015s-best-film-by-dfcs/ http://denverfilmcritics.org/1488/news/spotlight-named-2015s-best-film-by-dfcs/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:19:53 +0000 http://denverfilmcritics.org/?p=1488

Spotlight

“Spotlight,” the star-studded salute to The Boston Globe’s shoe-leather reporting on the Boston Archdiocese, earned the Denver Film Critics Society’s Best Picture award today.

The Colo.-based group gave “Spotlight” its highest honor, but no one film dominated this year’s awards. Indie films fared just as well as studio product. Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” only managed one award for legendary composer Ennio Morricone’s score.

DFCS’s Best Actor honors likely fueled awards season momentum for both Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Brie Larson (“Room”).

Perhaps the year’s biggest surprise came in the Best Comedy category. The mock doc “What We Do in the Shadows,” partially powered by a crowdfunding campaign, took top honors in that category.

The full list of DFCS Award Winners:

Best Picture: “Spotlight”

Best Director: George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Best Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”

Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Best Animated Film: “Inside Out”

Best Science Fiction/Horror Film: “The Martian”

Best Comedy: “What We Do in the Shadows”

Best Original Screenplay: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, “The Big Short”

Best Documentary: “The Look of Silence”

Best Visual Effects: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Original Song: “See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa, DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar and Charlie Puth), “Furious 7”

Best Score: Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”

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720x405-FRD-DS-00668The Denver Film Critics Society honored “Mad Max: Fury Road” with six nominations today, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress for Charlize Theron.

The Colo.-based group singled out the delayed franchise reboot, but it also feted two wildly different movies from acclaimed filmmakers.

Both “The Revenant” and “Spotlight” earned five nominations each, including Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Tom McCarthy, respectively.

No one film appears poised to sweep the group’s honors, although a dark horse contender is the emotionally-charged “Room.” Brie Larson earned a Best Actress nomination among the film’s four nods.

Denver critics will announce their winners Jan. 11. Below is the complete list of DFCS nominations:

Best Picture:

* “Room”
* “Spotlight”
* “Mad Max: Fury Road”
* “Inside Out”
* “The Revenant”

Best Director:

* George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
* Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
* Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
* Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
* Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Best Actor:

* Matt Damon, “The Martian”
* Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
* Will Smith, “Concussion”
* Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
* Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Best Actress:

* Brie Larson, “Room”
* Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
* Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
* Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
* Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Best Supporting Actor:

* Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
* Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
* Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
* Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
* Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress:

* Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
* Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
* Elizabeth Banks, “Love and Mercy”
* Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
* Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Best Animated Film:

* “Inside Out”
* “Anomalisa“
* “The Peanuts Movie”
* “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
* “The Good Dinosaur”

Best Science Fiction/Horror Film:

* “Ex Machina”
* “The Martian”
* “It Follows”
* “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
* “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Comedy:

* “Joy”
* “What We Do in the Shadows”
* “The Big Short”
* “Trainwreck”
* “Inside Out”

Best Original Screenplay:

* Pete Docter, Josh Cooley and Meg LeFauve, “Inside Out”
* Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
* Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
* Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”
* Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

* Emma Donoghue, “Room”
* Nick Hornby, “Brooklyn”
* Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, “The Big Short”
* Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
* Drew Goddard, “The Martian”

Best Documentary:

* “Listen to Me Marlon”
* “Cartel Land”
* “Amy”
* “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
* “The Look of Silence”

Best Visual Effects:

* Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
* The Walk”
* Mad Max: Fury Road”
* Ex Machina”
* The Martian”

Best Original Song:

* Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again,” “Furious 7”
* Sam Smith, “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”
* Lady Gaga, “Til It Happens to You,” “The Hunting Ground”
* Tim Wheeler, “Feels Like Summer,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
* Sumi Jo, “Simple Song #3,” “Youth”

Best Score:

* Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
* John Williams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
* “Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai and Ryuichi Sakamoto, “The Revenant”
* Howard Shore, “Spotlight”
* Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Foreign Language Film:

* “Son of Saul”
* “The Fencer”
* “The Assassin”
* “Taxi”
* “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

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Denver Film Critic Society Review Round-Up: September 4, 2015

This week’s DFCS round-up includes reviews of new theatrical releases The Transporter Refueled and A Walk in the Woods as well as Mad Max: Fury Road which is now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

The Transporter Refueled:

  • Ben Kendrick: Despite a lot of shortcomings and undercooked elements, The Transporter Refueled is a mildly entertaining action film. Read Ben’s full review.

A Walk in the Woods:

  • Robert Denerstein: A Walk in the Woods is harmless, and that’s a shame for Redford and Nolte, both of whom are capable of better. Read Robert’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: A few tender moments in A Walk in the Woods shows what it might have been without the sitcom banter and stale situations. Read Christian’s full review.

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Still in Theaters

No Escape:

  • Robert Denerstein: Absent any significant thematic thrust, the movie comes off as another example of fear-mongering in which decent Americans are threatened by hostile, uncivilized thugs. Read Robert’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: A family scrambling for life is so exquisitely choreographed it renders every criticism moot. It’s hard not to recommend that audiences swallow hard and try this EscapeRead Christian’s full review.

We Are Your Friends:

  • Christian Toto: We Are Your Friends could have headed in a number of dramatic directions. Instead, it bounces from genre to genre before stumbling upon an uplifting coda. Read Christian’s full review.

American Ultra:

  • Robert Denerstein: Eisenberg and Stewart are game to be battered and bruised, when the animated closing credits roll, American Ultra confirms what we already knew: It’s not to be taken seriously. Read Robert’s full review.

Diary of a Teenage Girl:

  • Robert Denerstein: Diary of a Teenage Girl is an odd duck of a movie: Brave and cheeky, but not an inch removed from the sometimes wanton behavior of its characters. Read Robert’s full review.

Hitman: Agent 47:

  • Dave Taylor: Hitman: Agent 47 isn’t great cinema. It’s not even a great action film. But it’s still not bad and is unquestionably superior to the original Hitman that came before it. Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Hitman: Agent 47 wraps in a tidy 90 minutes, shrewdly putting its guns away before we’re totally numb to their impact. Faint praise? No doubt. Read Christian’s full review.

Learning to Drive:

  • Robert Denerstein: Learning to Drive is not a volatile movie or one that requires pressing into anyone’s book of memories. Read Robert’s full review.

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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.

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Mr. Holmes’ & More! http://denverfilmcritics.org/1386/reviews/ant-man-movie-trainwreck-2015-mr-holmes/ http://denverfilmcritics.org/1386/reviews/ant-man-movie-trainwreck-2015-mr-holmes/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:51:12 +0000 http://denverfilmcritics.org/?p=1386

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Max’,’Ted 2′, & More! http://denverfilmcritics.org/1360/reviews/ted-2-max-movie-2015/ http://denverfilmcritics.org/1360/reviews/ted-2-max-movie-2015/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:34:30 +0000 http://denverfilmcritics.org/?p=1360

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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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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:

  • 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! http://denverfilmcritics.org/1345/reviews/jurassic-world/ http://denverfilmcritics.org/1345/reviews/jurassic-world/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:35:28 +0000 http://denverfilmcritics.org/?p=1345

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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 DuffKingsman: The Secret Service, and Project Almanac - which are now available for DVD/Blu-ray/Digital purchase.

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Opening in Theaters

Jurassic World:

  • 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.

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Still in Theaters

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.

Aloha:

  • Andy Bockelman: Aloha is a low point for director Cameron Crowe. Read Andy’s full review.
  • 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.
  • Barry Wurst: Crowe’s aim is overreaching by trying to shape an unconventional tapestry into a romantic comedy but I admired how much he gets right. Read Barry’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.
  • Barry Wurst: An indefensibly stupid but premium junk food movie. The spectacle is truly something to see, as there are lots of big, dumb, extravagant summer movie thrills to savor. Read Barry’s full review.

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The Duff:

  • Ben Kendrick: The Duff makes timely points about self-love, body image, and modern relationships but falls short of becoming a teen drama classic. Read Ben’s full review.

Kingsman: The Secret Service:

  • Andy Bockelman: Kingsman is entertaining but no crowning achievement. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Smart genre riffs and hyper-stylized action, Kingsman: The Secret Service manages to provide a clever twist on the spy movie format. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Kingsman: The Secret Service starts as a sartorially splendid spin on British spy games before ending like the Kick-Ass sequel no wanted. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: A movie that bludgeons its audience before turning the mallet on itself. Read Barry’s full review.

Project Almanac:

  • Ben Kendrick: Even though Project Almanac does not reinvent the found footage format, the movie still manages to tell a gripping (and stylish) time travel story. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Every generation must learn the perils of time travel via a demographically appropriate movie. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: Forget Bill and Ted, these are dumbest, least imaginative time travelers I can think of. Here’s a tip on how to use a time machine: try doing something you couldn’t possibly accomplish in your actual lives! Read Barry’s full review.

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3,’ ‘Entourage,’ ‘Spy’ & More! http://denverfilmcritics.org/1339/reviews/insidious-chapter-3-entourage-movie-spy-2015/ http://denverfilmcritics.org/1339/reviews/insidious-chapter-3-entourage-movie-spy-2015/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2015 22:47:23 +0000 http://denverfilmcritics.org/?p=1339

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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.

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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 forgettable, horror movie. Read Ben’s full review.

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, Bridesmaids. Read Dave’s full review.

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Still in Theaters

Aloha:

  • Andy Bockelman: Aloha is a low point for director Cameron Crowe. Read Andy’s full review.
  • 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.
  • Barry Wurst: Crowe’s aim is overreaching by trying to shape an unconventional tapestry into a romantic comedy but I admired how much he gets right. Read Barry’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.
  • Barry Wurst: An indefensibly stupid but premium junk food movie. The spectacle is truly something to see, as there are lots of big, dumb, extravagant summer movie thrills to savor. Read Barry’s full review.

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:

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Focus:

  • Andy Bockelman: Focus is a sham of a scam movie. Read Andy’s full review.
  • Ben Kendrick: Despite its never lose focus catchphrase, unnecessary tangents and underwhelming reveals make Focus a somewhat unfocused, though still enjoyable, viewing experience. Read Ben’s full review.
  • Lisa Kennedy: It’s a shiny, diverting ride. (And right about now, that’s OK.). Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: You can’t trust a con man. Nor can you trust a con artist movie that can’t stop lying long enough to tell its tale. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: The beautiful cinematography and sex appeal of the two leads can’t con us on such a dull movie. Read Barry’s full review.

Jupiter Ascending

  • Lisa Kennedy: This sci-fi-inflected fantasy has many a wince-worthy romantic exchange between stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Read Lisa’s full review.
  • Dave Taylor: If you can overlook the flaws, there’s a lot to appreciate in Jupiter Ascending and definitely enough to justify the price of a movie ticket (so you can enjoy the spectacle on a big screen). Read Dave’s full review.
  • Christian Toto: Jupiter Ascending is a hyper-ambitious saga salvaged by stars who know not to take it all too seriously. That makes it a serviceable February release wisely saved from a summer movie beating. Read Christian’s full review.
  • Barry Wurst: This is my kind of flop–a charmingly bad, un-cynical personal work by The Wachowskis, who are overreaching here by light years. Read Barry’s full review.

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DFCS Review Round-Up: ‘San Andreas,’ ‘Aloha,’ & More! http://denverfilmcritics.org/1334/reviews/san-andreas-movie-aloha-2015/ http://denverfilmcritics.org/1334/reviews/san-andreas-movie-aloha-2015/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 15:21:06 +0000 http://denverfilmcritics.org/?p=1334

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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:

  • 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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