Posts Tagged ‘film criticism’
Sharlto Copley provides the motion-capture performance and voice of the robotic title character in "Chappie," a 2015 Columbia Pictures release directed by Neill Blomkamp.


"Chappie" is neither the easy kind of bad nor the sort from which co-writer / director Neill Blomkamp can't bounce back ... but damn, does it hurt to watch.
Al Franken stars as cable access TV-show host (and "Saturday Night Live" character) Stuart Smalley in 1995's "Stuart Saves His Family," directed by Harold Ramis.

Class of 1995: “Stuart Saves His Family”

Upending expectations of the "Saturday Night Live" subgenre, "Stuart Saves His Family" is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery.

Clark Duke, Adam Scott and Craig Robinson star in "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," a 2015 Paramount Pictures release directed by Steve Pink.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome comedy sequel we didn't need, "HTTM 2" proves some bottles aren't built to hold much more than a single bolt of lightning.
Fabrizio Rongione and Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard star in "Two Days, One Night," a 2014 French drama directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Two Days, One Night

A social drama with real sting & a commanding turn by Marion Cotillard, this is a fascinating field study of life on the financial fringes of the working class.

From left, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Marsden, Wentworth MIller, Karl Urban and Eric Stonestreet star in "The Loft," a 2015 release from Open Road Films and director Erik Van Looy.

Quick Takes: Jan. 30

Nick Rogers offers some quick takes on a trio of new movies that opened this weekend — "The Loft," "Black or White" and "Project Almanac."
Jessica Chastain stars as Anna Morales in A24's "A Most Violent Year," written and directed by J.C. Chandor

A Most Violent Year

There have been many pretenders to Sidney Lumet's vacant throne. Here is a thoroughly engrossing heir — with plenty of meat on its bones and ice in its veins.

Sean Penn stars as Andrew Daulton Lee, who was convicted of espionage for his involvement in selling U.S. intelligence to the Soviets, in 1985's "The Falcon and the Snowman."

Class of 1985: “The Falcon and the Snowman”

Although this biopic is mostly engaging, the truth of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee's lives may be stranger and stronger than its historical fiction.
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Nick’s Top 25 Movies of 2014

From what was an uncannily great year for movies, Nick picks his 25 favorites of 2014.