Category Archives: 2015 Films

Reviews: Eddie the Eagle (2016)

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Reviews: Forsaken (2016)

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Reviews: Gods of Egypt (2016)

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Reviews: Triple 9 (2016)

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  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: riple 9 es una película entretenida hasta cierto punto. La misma comienza con mucha promesa, dependiendo astutamente del aspecto de robos y acción. Lamentablemente, el filme decide descansar encima de los hombros de un guión vago, incoherente y que no ofrece nada nuevo dentro del género. El impresionante elenco en realidad termina sin mucho que hacer, y las emocionantes secuencias de acción llegan muy separadas. Viniendo del cineasta John Hillcoat, Triple 9 debió ser un mejor filme.
  • Blake Crane @ BlakeCrane.com
    • Excerpt: Triple 9 boasts an exciting ensemble of stars, but it’s too wrapped up in the machinations of its banal, faux gritty crime story to let it shine.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s simply nothing challenging about this storytelling.
  • Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: Hillcoat’s final product is only slightly above a passing grade, feeling slightly redundant of HEAT, THE DEPARTED and THE TOWN.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: While what you see on screen can be fantastic—the action scenes, especially, are enough to warrant a watch—but as the film ends on a freeze frame, you can’t help but think Triple 9 could have been something great instead of just okay.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Officer down.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: “Triple 9” is an original heist thriller that will pull you to the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: An exercise in dreary cynicism… It’s hard to imagine a picture that’s more of a wallow in corruption and nastiness than this.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Whatever Triple 9 might lack in narrative focus, it makes up for in its intense, textured take on the ensemble urban crime drama form.

Reviews: Mountains May Depart (2016)

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Reviews: Race (2016)

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  • [New – 2/25/16] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Race’ feels, much of the time, like a missed opportunity, and that’s a shame. It’s an important story about a groundbreaking African American, and it’s disappointing to see it reframed, by its (white) director and (white) screenwriters, as a film that’s just as much about the white people around him.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [O]ne can’t help but feel that the movie downplays the far more important ideas and ideals here.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Kenji Fujishima @ Paste
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Old-fashioned, conventional biopic that’s inspirational – a noble effort…
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Even though Race is stuffed to the gills with training, racial tension, and Nazi skullduggery, the entire effort consistently drags. Opening up Owens’s story inside a larger context is an effective choice, but Race refuses to tie it together.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Race finishes in the middle of the biopic genre pack – a bronze medal winner that honors Jesse Owens but falls short of cinematic greatness.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Hopkins was attempting to make the definitive film about Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics, where Nazi prejudice played into political pressures and the making of Leni Riefenstahl’s historic documentary Olympia. And so Owens’ story gets lost in the midst of these others.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Jesse Owens deserves an impactful, powerful, meaningful and memorable film. Unfortunately, Race isn’t it.
  • Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Earnest and semi-hagiographical (like the recent ’42’ about Jackie Robinson’s breaking of Major League baseball’s racial barrier), it’s hard to dislike but at the same time easy to criticize for treating its subject in such glossy, sanitized terms.

Reviews: Rams (2016)

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Reviews: Risen (2016)

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  • Kevin Carr @ Fat Guys at the Movies
    • Excerpt: Why I’m not getting behind this movie for religious reasons, I do respect the preaching it does to the choir (which is what it intends to do). More so, I respect the movie for giving us a well-made production with solid performances and an interesting perspective.
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: Whether we’re followers of Old Testaments or New, we should all believe deep down that the worst possible thing a movie can be is a preaching to the choir. Yet, Risen is only a few hallelujahs short from being another wasted morning at Sunday School.
  • Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered
    • Excerpt: Risen simply tends to its flock, ignoring outside views through yet another, by-the-books biblical rehash.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he movie’s argument could have had a more meaningful, less obvious impact if it had left room for at least some doubt — without needing to go so far as, say, finding the body.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Respectfully spiritual and restrained, it’s timed for a faith-based audience during the Lenten season that culminates with Easter Sunday…
  • Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: Part Biblical epic, part police procedural, the film is an inspired, refreshing spin on the well-known tale.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Brent McKnight @ Cinema Blend
  • James Roberts @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: Risen might be far from the worst movie of faith I’ve ever seen, but it’s equally far from the greatest. Its laziness is palpable and its corner cutting transparent.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: While hardly a masterpiece, the oblique approach to the Gospel story makes it a more engaging retelling than straight-on sermons to the choir like ;Son of God.’

Reviews: A War (2016)

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Reviews: The Witch (2016)

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  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Eggers patiently threads his needle with themes of faith, family, and fear, and sews it up into a mélange of unsettling mood and unshakable images; it’s a movie that drifts along, haunting yet manageable, and then it clobbers you.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Robert Eggers…has made a masterpiece right out of the gate. This production is absolute perfection in every regard, from its well researched screenplay and art direction to its great ensemble cast and unnerving score
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: And as the third act surrenders to that blackest magic, hurdling audiences into a kind of Puritan fever dream, the palpable dread that you’re partaking in something truly wicked will grab hold of you as sure as hellfire.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: There’s something so alarmingly primordial about “The Witch” that you begin to understand why people are afraid of the dark. The relentlessness of “The Witch” is close to punishing. But for those who can handle it, this is a remarkably intelligent and genuinely frightening movie.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In a uniquely twisted way, The Witch is a condemnation of religious fanaticism, as well as the stubbornness of ideas and ideals that comes with it.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Witch’ is a skilfully creepy thriller that chronicles a family’s destruction triggered by supernatural interference or simple paranoia.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This engrossing saga of a Puritan family’s worst nightmare is extremely artistic. That makes this horror film rather unique in this day and age.
  • Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: This prickly, shifty, unnerving psychological nail-biter turns the screws slowly, resulting in a vise grip of terror.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Eerie and sinister, operating on a more psychologically incisive level than the typical horror flick… until it tosses it all with a cop-out of an ending.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: The Witch does not hide its malevolence offscreen, but it does not overplay its hand either, opting instead for disjointed flashes of…something…that so often defies description. Anything and everything seems possible, and Eggers uses that unease to his advantage by pumping the gas sparingly but with bone-chilling effectiveness.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: …the first truly accomplished horror film of 2016 thus far.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The Witch holds you in its grasp with a chilling exploration of how evil chooses some people to be its victims and others to do its bidding.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The Exorcist filtered through The Crucible, Rosemary’s Baby by way of the Salem Witch Trials, The Witch marks a stunning debut, and is a movie that will leave a long-lasting impression in horror and beyond.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: Don’t expect to jump at all because Eggers isn’t interested in cheap tricks. He’d rather lull us into a state of trepidation and subtly bring forth his evil from the shadows as though it was there all along.
  • Jon Patridge @ Cinapse
  • James Roberts @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: The Witch is a powerful and unnerving reminder of what the genre can accomplish given creativity and, in a just world, will become a beacon for current and future makers of horror.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A study in paranoia that creates a deepening mood of unease and dread…[and] despite a few stumbles (most notably a miscalculated final scene) is genuinely creepy.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: What ultimately makes the film so absorbing and haunting is not its rustic folktale terrors, but its potent depiction of a Protestant household—that alleged rock of American life—coming spectacularly undone amid snarls of deception, sorrow, and psychosexual tension.