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2.5 yaps

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Mercifully shorter than its predecessors, “Mockingjay” nonetheless has a low thrills-to-doldrums ratio, with really only one action sequence to carry momentum. Continue reading

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5 yaps

Whiplash

The best movie of 2014 hits video, (hopefully) just in time to bask in its multiple Academy Award wins. Continue reading

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2 yaps

V/H/S Viral

The third in this found-footage series of horror films missteps badly; is it out of ammo, or does it just need to reload? Continue reading

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5 yaps

Life Itself

Roger Ebert’s life had all the ingredients for a great movie. And “Life Itself” is that movie. Continue reading

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3 yaps

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is a cookie-cutter family comedy with multiple laughs but zero heart.
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4 yaps

The Homesman

If not for a meandering third act, I’d call “The Homesman” a standout Western. Two top-notch performances still make it worthwhile. Continue reading

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3.5 yaps

The Judge

Two great performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are overshadowed by a raft of secondary characters and needless subplots. Continue reading

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4.5 yaps

The Boxtrolls

Easily the best animated film of 2014, “The Boxtrolls” is a wonderful, whimsical — and very British — ride through childlike imagination. Continue reading

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3.5 yaps

Men, Women & Children

More cautionary tale than a cohesive story, “Men, Women & Children” is a noble effort but not a successful film. Continue reading

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4 yaps

Boyhood

“Boyhood” is a great idea that turned into merely a good movie. It’s more an exercise in creativity than an act of creation; it’s all tell and no show. Continue reading

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