Toronto 2014 Review: THE IMITATION GAME Falls More Than A Bit Flat

From a British Nation that has had its fair share of scientific geniuses, it's perhaps no surprise that the life and work of Alan Turing has spawned its fair share of dramatic works. There have been TV versions, drama/docs, and... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS Is Lovingly Reverent Of The Ridiculous

Mark Hartley's unofficial biography of Cannon Films impresarios Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus is equal parts reverent and dumbfounded in its depiction of these maverick Hollywood outsiders. Bottling the same level of ravenous reportage for Cannon's bountiful output as Hartley... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: WILD, A Decent Film

Taking on another true story after his hugely successful Dallas Buyer's Club, Jean-Marc Vallée this time turns his lens onto the story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman with a past who takes it upon herself to hike hundreds of... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Celebrates The Messiness Of The Universe, Concisely

James Marsh's eye for documentary is a welcome aspect to this biopic about one of the most recognizable scientists to have ever lived. Stephen Hawking is perhaps known more widely for his physical struggles, synthesized voice and pop culture... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE EQUALIZER, A Quietly-Assured Thriller For The Masses

Cool and slick -- no, no, let's make that uber-cool and uber-slick -- while also being uber-warm -- yet wistful, kind to strangers and hostile to unrepentant criminals who ignore "stop that, please," Robert McCall is a superhero for the... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Jason Reitman Weaves An Ambitious, Enjoyable Tapestry In MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

Jason Reitman is having an identity crisis. As one of the most prolific voices in his generation of filmmakers, Reitman has been a model of consistency, pumping out smart and snarky dramedies every two years from Thank You For Smoking... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: NIGHTCRAWLER Out Networks NETWORK

Soon after seeing this film, I just kind of blurted out what this film meant to me when talking to fellow critics - it may be premature to declare it as such, but what the hell: Nightcrawler is my... More »
  

Telluride 2014 Review: ROSEWATER, Jon Stewart's Debut Is Earnest, If Middling

It's safe to say that for the last several decades Jon Stewart has been one of the most powerful voices in comedy. Since taking over The Daily Show, his show has been the beacon for popular American political satire,... More »
  

Review: AS ABOVE/SO BELOW, Found-Footage Garbage In/Garbage Out

If you gain pleasure from beating yourself up for 90 minutes, have I got a movie for you! It's been 15 years since The Blair Witch Project, yet filmmakers still insist upon employing found-footage techniques as though they represent an... More »
  

Review: THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD Kills Off Errol Flynn Once And For All

There aren't enough R's in "Errol Flynn" to convey just how R-rated the actor's life truly was. It's said that Flynn, one of the most iconic Hollywood swashbucklers to ever live (his most famous work, 1938's The Adventures of Robin... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE NOVEMBER MAN, A So-So August Rush

There are only two months separating August and November, yet they couldn't be more different. August is a final bastion of heat, transitional as summer break ends and school begins. November, by contrast, is chilled fall giving way to... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Where Broken Dreams Go To Die

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, like its sibling film 300: Rise of an Empire, is a sequel few were clamoring for. The first film from 2005 set the tone for these Frank Miller adaptations, strongly graphical with a... More »
  

Review: TO BE TAKEI Is Okay, By George

George Takei (pronounced Tak-AY, not Tak-EYE or Tak-EEE - and don't you forget it!) has a speech he often gives. It's a formal speech about the persecution his family experienced in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, that briefly... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE EXPENDABLES 3 Isn't Execrable...Mostly

"It's better than the last one!" Faint praise, perhaps, but given that Expendables films don't aim very high, it's probably praise that will be graciously accepted for The Expendables 3. Probably. It's fair to say the entire Expendables franchise... More »
  

Review: THE GIVER Tells Recycled Story In One Shade of Grey

To say that the apocalypse is the gift that keeps on giving is probably too easy and too predictable in this context, but then again, so too is The Giver. In the current age of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and umpteen... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: INTO THE STORM Comes Alive When The Wind Blows Hard

"The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind," sang Bob Dylan in the early 1960s. Fifty years later, the question is, Why would anyone want to make a new version of Twister? As someone who once stood, fascinated, in... More »
  

Review: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Chooses Not To Compete, And Succeeds

Michael Bay gets his hands on another beloved property from our childhoods, but as producer of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature his signature influence is somewhat muted. Director Jonathan Liebesman instead delivers a superhero adventure pitched squarely at... More »
  

Review: GET ON UP Gets Down With Its Bad Self

The brand new James Brown biopic Get On Up is a mixed bag, both admirable and aggravating. It manages to wear out it's welcome with only a few bad scenes. It's both boring and totally engaging; inert while dancing up... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

It starts with the soothing sounds of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love". Waves of reverb crash over the Rhodes electric piano riff, a building crescendo vocal harmonies that lead to the plaintive lead vocal line. Thus begins our look at... More »
  

Review: AND SO IT GOES, Easy To Enjoy, Easy To Forget

Rob Reiner has gotten a bad rap. His latest film, And So It Goes, will not change that. From Reiner's very first feature, This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, the filmmaker has trafficked freely in genial, heartfelt, genuine sentimentality, as... More »
  
 
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