The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Narratively bereft...thematically redundant...[but] fans of the series and fanboy grumblers may have to agree that
The Battle of the Five Armies
is often entertaining.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Serviceably dramatizes an important historical story while giving rising star Cumberbatch suitably juicy material.
Top Five (2014)
more deeply felt and less by-the-numbers, Rock might have avoided the impression of a long-winded, self-massaging fantasy about reclaiming authenticity...
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
A biblical epic in 2014 is a strange beast indeed, walking a fine line in the hopes of pleasing both the faithful...and those audiences more accustomed to secular myths.
A satisfying excursion, a secular but spiritual journey of self-discovery.
Quietly but firmly interprets the disturbing story of millionaire John du Pont through bifocal lenses of American dreaming and the sexual fantasies made accessible by wealth.
Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
Will probably divert kids with ease, given its manic exertion and pace...[but] we find out the hard way that these waddlers are better in small doses.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (2014)
We're meant to feel the weight of Katniss' situation, and we do, but the picture can also fairly be called leaden...
The Theory of Everything (2014)
With its equation tantalizingly out of reach, winds up being by the numbers.
Above all, and not surprisingly, media icon Stewart shows his deep belief in the almost holy power of media to bolster political change, and he's not wrong.
While the borderline silly material could easily have sunk like a lead balloon, Shelton and her actors sprinkle enough pixie dust to make
Love is what's really between the stars, y'all.
The Notebook (2014)
Are you a nihilist? Trouble finding a way to bring satisfaction to a Friday night in the void of meaningless suffering that is your universe? Well, do I have the movie for you.
The Boxtrolls (2014)
The stealth allegory of the insidious nature of gossip as a tool of domination, and the scathing class satire of misbegotten and socially unjust personal goals, carry a productive sting that should leave kids smarting but a bit wiser...
Dear White People (2014)
This intelligent, funny, articulately hyper-verbal campus comedy-drama...serves up tart satire...
on some level tells a relatable story of one person's attempt to get, for once, something right, while functioning as a useful cultural critique of the disconcerting inextricability of commerce from art on stages and screens.
A film every single American and, indeed, every world citizen should see and contemplate.
...it's the career-best performances by Simmons and Teller...that make
A throwback combat movie that offers tanks for the memories, along with vivid performances.
The Judge (2014)
Runs on clichés and ultimately earns more credit for what it doesn’t do...than for what it does.
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Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Lisa Hanawalt—
Staying with some friends in this big house in the Hollywood hills...I just remember looking out over the deck of this house and seeing the city below and feeling like 'Oh, I’m on top of the world. And I’ve never been more lonely or isolated.'
Love Is Strange
It’s a pretty classic kind of set-up for the love story genre because it’s two people who are in love who have to face an obstacle together. And what we reveal in the story is the depth of their love, through how they do that.
Malcolm is a totally different kind of role than I've ever played. He's a listener. And that's a really powerful thing to be able to do...Hank Jennings was a duplicitous guy...
At the end of the shoot, I would talk to the actors, like 'Okay, next year, here's what's coming.' And then I had the year to think about it, and so did they.
And So It Goes
The Case Against 8
—6/19 & 6/20/2014
I enjoy the creative process. I love the writing part of it, the editing—one of my favorites. But I also like the production process. It’s just fun to do. That’s what I’ve discovered, you know, as I’ve gotten older.
First Person, Casino Royale
Never, ever date a writer. It’s always a mistake. Just do not trust us.
Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo—
The Case Against 8
[Katami:] You know, watching the film did one thing for us. It made sense of what happened, because when you're living it, it's very odd to have to go to court and defend your life, and have to testify about your love and how that cannot change.
Josh Wiggins & Kat Candler—
[Wiggins:] He really does have a good heart. He just doesn't know how to use it...'cause he's been polluted by all this stuff that's happened in his life......there's a lot of stuff going on in that head of his.
John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen & Michael Lomenda—
[Young:] Valli offered me much more help than he ever knew. Because I stole from him shamelessly every time I've seen him over all of these years. You can learn something about somebody's psychology more by what they choose to evade...
Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Dean DeBlois, & Bonnie Arnold—
How to Train Your Dragon 2
[Jay Baruchel:] Dean always allows us time to 'find daylight,' to sort of try to make it our own and kinda do what I call 'handmade acting,' right? Make it a bit clumsy, rough around the edges, homemade.
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