Category: 2014 Films (Page 1 of 37)

Reviews: Life of Riley (2014)

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  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: With a finale that suggests an ‘all’s well that ends well’ ideal, Life of Riley is a highly styled exercise from a master filmmaker, a bittersweet addendum to an impressive body of work.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A French comedy of manners in which various couples try to cope with middle-age disappointments and mediocre marriages.
  • Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Despite the brightness of the comedy and energetic work of the splendid cast, it is hard to watch Life of Riley without a certain melancholy setting in. Like the unseen George Riley, Alain Resnais’ ghost haunts this motion picture. The final grace note of the film reminds us of just how enormous our loss really is.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 3/20/15] | Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile
    • Excerpt: On paper, Life of Riley makes for a wry little tale about self-delusion and faux-virtuous narcissism, but Resnais makes some unfortunate choices in the process of bringing it to life.

Reviews: The Overnighters (2014)

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  • [New – 10/9/14] | Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: In Jesse Moss’ taut and morally complex documentary, a pastor opens his church to homeless men looking for work in the booming North Dakota oil fields and faces the wrath of a small town nervous about their community’s rapid transformation.
  • [New – 11/13/14] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Overnighters’ is the captivating story about a series of despondent men trying to turn their luck around in the North Dakota oil fields and the pastor risking everything to help them do it.
  • [New – 3/5/15] | Steven Greydanus @ Crux
    • Excerpt: An existentially probing documentary with more layers than a twisty Hollywood thriller, at turns inspiring, challenging, sobering, and finally devastating.
  • [New – 11/14/14] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Come visit the boomtown Williston, North Dakota and see what happens when folks known for their Christian charity run out of nice.
  • [New – 11/13/14] | Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Reviews: Song of the Sea (2014)

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  • Timothy Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An Irish folktale about facing our fears, embracing death and human frailty, walking in wonder and returning home as transformed lovers.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: [Moore] turns to Irish folklore for his story, incorporating the Pictish markings of stone carvings and shapes from nature into his stunning animation design. ..resembles a mosaic not unlike the Scottish jewelry made from the dyed stems of heather
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Moore’s second film continues his aesthetic style … It’s like a storybook in motion.
  • Steven Greydanus @ Crux
    • Excerpt: Like Miyazaki, Moore isn’t afraid to take the time to breathe deeply, savor moments of silence and beauty, and open the door to wonder and mystery. In the last decade or more, with the exception of Pixar’s luminous “Wall-E,” I can’t think of any Hollywood cartoons about which I could say the same.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: With Hollywood studios dominating at the multiplexes these days, Song of the Sea is a beautiful anomaly amongst the current computer graphics landscape.
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: Even as it entertains increasingly far-fetched detours, the film’s folkloric narrative offers an ideal vehicle for [Tomm Moore’s] pictorial play.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Magic and mysticism inhabit visual style in Moore’s Irish fairy tale
  • [New – 7/3/15] | Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: What makes Song of the Sea so memorable is not just its bittersweet story, nor its rich visual artistry, but the way that everything harmonizes so splendidly.

Reviews: National Gallery (2014)

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Reviews: Leviathan (2014)

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  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Zvyagintsev builds to a crescendo with the force of an ocean storm…”Leviathan” is a great, literary work of existential despair, as magnificent as its titular creature.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Leviathan’ Is The Feel-Bad Movie Of The Winter
  • [New – 3/26/15] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: An extensive, at once sweeping and intimate portrait of an expanding yet internally rotting Russia.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Zvyagintsev is more concerned with letting his audience settle into the lives of his characters than he is the more conventional happenings of the script outline. He lets us discover who Dmitry is and why he’s visiting Kolia and what Kolia is so angry about matter-of-factly, the way we might were we just casually observing.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: It contains scenes of exhilarating, and devastating power, including a leviathan-like appearance near the end of the devouring jaws of modern machinery. But there are flaws in the storytelling, which can be both disconnected and, at nearly two and a half hours, heavy-handedly drawn out.
  • [New – 3/27/15] | Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Change the things you can, accept the things you cannot, and go to jail and die either way.

Reviews: Alive Inside (2014)

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Reviews: Goodbye to Language (2014)

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Reviews: Red Army (2014)

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Reviews: Two Night Stand (2014)

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Reviews: Automata (2015)

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