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Category: 2015 Films

Reviews: Mountains May Depart (2016)

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Reviews: The Witch (2016)

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  • [New – 2/25/16] | 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.
  • 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
  • [New – 2/25/16] | 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
  • [New – 2/25/16] | 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.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | 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.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/25/16] | 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.
  • [New – 2/26/16] | 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.
  • 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.

Reviews: 88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts (2016)

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Reviews: The Boy (2016)

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  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Stranger and intense, delving into the paranormal and leaving the door ajar for a sequel…
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Boy is a very slow burn, one that successfully works to the narrative at hand, but isn’t particularly enjoyable to watch.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Up until a bonkers 11th-hour plot twist, “The Boy” is plenty dim and so very dull, jumpy dream sequences and smart-as-a-peach character decisions becoming its fallbacks.
  • Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis
    • Excerpt: Highly recommended if you enjoy shouting at movie characters about how stupid they are.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: In essence, ‘The Boy’ is one stillborn terrorizing tyke born out of artificial and tired creepy conventions.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: The Boy doesn’t really work in the end, but it’s nice to see a horror movie that creates tension via a carefully-crafted atmosphere and also follows a particular (and sensible) logic.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Forty years ago or so it might have passed muster; now it comes across like a well-preserved genre antique.

Reviews: The Choice (2016)

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  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Spare me.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The 11th film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel and if you’ve seen one, then there is a good chance you know everything about this movie. I suppose it’s fine for date night, but that only applies to a date who wants nothing to do with post-film conversation about deeper themes and messages. You’ll fine none of those here.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s neither good nor bad, just by-the-numbers bait that will satisfy its undiscriminating target audience. At the end of the day, you have to make the choice for yourself.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/25/16] | James Marsh @ South China Morning Post
    • Excerpt: The perfect lives of two beautiful people living in an idyllic small-town setting are thrown into chaos when they fall in love in The Choice, the eleventh screen adaptation of a work by hugely successful pulp romance author turned film producer Nicholas Sparks – think John Grisham without the law degree.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: There’s not a single moment of emotional honesty in this latest helping of meretricious melodrama from the pen of Nicholas Sparks, but that probably won’t stop his fans from sighing and weeping over its ham-fisted mixture of giggly romance and cheap sentiment.

Reviews: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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  • [New – 2/25/16] | Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: E allora, ancora una volta, quella che sembrava solo una commedia scatenata e nostalgica, si rivela qualcosa di più: un conte philosophique, che racconta l’importanza del capitale ben utilizzato e la costruzione di un’identità.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Los hermanos Coen proponen un thriller negro y cómico ambientado en un mundo loco, trágico y estupendamente absurdo. Comercialmente se sitúa en un lado bastante denso de su filmografía para el gran público, pero es perfectamente recomendable.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It is, all in all, mid-level Coens. But as so many others have noted, mid-level Coens still tops most other filmmakers at their peak.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A light-hearted dramedy about a good man working in Hollywood.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! es una graciosa y divertida carta de amor al excéntrico y mimado Hollywood de los años 50s. Desde las filmaciones de películas clásicas, hasta números musicales llenos de magia y esplendor, los hermanos Coen sin duda logran contagiarte con su amor por dicha época de oro del cine. Aunque lejos de ser de sus mejores ofertas, Hail, Caesar! termina siendo un agradable viaje al pasado, gracias a excelentes actuaciones, una hermosa fotografía y una historia serpentina respaldada por bastante humor sano.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: With Hail, Caesar!, it’s baffling to see the Coens deliver something with next to nothing at stake and zero involvement from a character perspective.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Who but the Coen brothers could make a Christ allegory with the Imperial Garden Chinese restaurant as the desert where Jesus is tempted?
  • Blake Crane @ Film Pulse
    • Excerpt: There’s something for every brand of Coen brothers fan in Hail, Caesar!
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Coen Brothers’ latest outing, “Hail, Caesar!,” basically takes the same subject matter as the Oscar®-nominated “Trumbo” and turns it inside out while on acid. In what would otherwise be just a goofy homage to Hollywood in the fifties, here the Communist screenwriters really are collaborating with the Soviet Union to turn America red. This should be offensive as hell, but “Hail, Caesar!” is so deftly executed it turns what could have been the second coming of John Wayne’s Cold War propaganda soap opera “Big Jim McLain” into a satire of right wing paranoia.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! is an episodic romp, filled with unabashed adoration for the feats, follies, and foibles of Hollywood.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The Coen brothers’ latest picture, ‘Hail, Caesar!’, is a silly tribute to traditional Hollywood starring all the usual suspects with a few fresh additions.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s not the worst Coen brothers picture, but it’s close.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Delightfully bonkers, it’s exuberant, entertaining and enjoyable.
  • Allyson Johnson @ CambridgeDay.com
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Rather than mock this era of studio primacy, the Coens celebrate it; they lovingly pay homage to it, even though they cloak the honor in comedy, satire, and wit. Hail, Caesar! is a refreshing and creative return to classic Coen Brothers brainy comedy; the kind they douse with clever, cheeky one-liners.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: There is more to Hail, Caesar! than simply a loving look of the Hollywood of a bygone era, but that vitality allows it to glide over any of its bumps in the road. It is difficult not to leave the theater wishing you had gotten a tad more, but the reason we want more is rooted in the quality of what the Coens have given us.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s more lark than full meal, but there is no denying that this is one of the Coens’ most plainly enjoyable and could probably end up being their most misunderstood and divisive.
  • Oktay Kozak @ The Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Review … obviously meant as a homage to the great Preston Sturges, the Coens’ latest disappoints; it’s a disjointed, surprisingly dour succession of double entendres, in-jokes, backlot vignettes …
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: If you love movies from the ’40s and ’50s, you’ll see the affection buried within the Coens’ often uproarious parody of the on- and off-screen cinematic world at that time.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! may not go down as one of the best Coen Brothers movie, but even that is still better than damn near every other offering out there.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: I’d totally watch it again and bask in its sketch comedy skit nature, but it could have been so much more. Instead it’s a fluff piece with a ton of memorable parts that ultimately add up to an underwhelming whole.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Hail to the Chief!
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Filmmakers achieve a rare level of freedom and anonymity when they’re as consistently good as the Coens are, and their latest film Hail, Caesar! is one wacky comedy that throws pie all over Tinseltown’s face.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: It’s intriguing that the Coen brothers are exploring their own relationship with Hollywood and moviemaking through this zany comedy. That alone makes it worth a rewatch.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It’s not their best film, but I’m happy that I saw it. It’s a giddy, colorful and sublimely goofy confection, a trip through Hollywood’s Golden Age and a heightened vision of what that era was all about. The brothers establish their story not with a singular narrative but with a structure that feels more like a series of short stories merged together with a common theme.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Impresses more as a fitfully engaging exercise than a fully realized vision. Among the collaborations of the Coens and Clooney, this falls closer to ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ than to ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ But to render unto ‘Caesar’ its due, the movie does deliver sporadic amusement and a few absolutely spectacular sequences.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: All of the watchable performances make this uneven Coen Brothers movie worth seeing.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: This ensemble comedy may be much ado about nothing but it is never less than thoroughly entertaining.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film slowly reveals more complex political and spiritual currents, which wriggle through the fizzy period dialog like shrewd serpents.

Reviews: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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Reviews: Boy and the World (2015)

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  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An edifying and out-of-the-box animated feature from Brazil that charts the quest of a boy to find his father.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Boy and the World’ is this year’s surprise animated Oscar nominee, but it more than earns its spot with a unique style and captivating story.
  • Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: One wonders how receptive young audiences should be to a film that puts its storytelling secondary to its message-making. Bubbly as Abreu’s aesthetics are…his deathly pale, black-hole-eyed human figurines, almost all voiceless, are just interchangeable representations of contemporary existential woes.
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: The whole is just as alive as the music, our toes tapping and hearts racing in hopes of a well-earned reunion. And even though the end proves bittersweet, it’s a tonally perfect conclusion to a beautifully complex dance.
  • Daniel Schindel @ Movie Mezzanine
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Even those who find fault with its core message will have to admit that “Boy and the World” is a visually dazzling experience, although it might appeal more to adult connoisseurs of animation technique than to kids.

Reviews: Theeb (2015)

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  • [New – 2/4/16] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An intense coming-of-age and survival tale set in the desert that is both awesome and harrowing.
  • [New – 12/3/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Much is foretold by Thaler’s use of light and space, Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen disappearing into the landscape not once, but twice, rock formations forming passages into the unknown.
  • [New – 10/26/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 11/12/15] | Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: He must find that strength despite the harrowing circumstances he finds himself within—a confidence to be skeptical of his enemies while keeping them close to learn their goals. Plot is soon thrown out the window as the film changes focus to the unnatural evolution of an innocent thrust into a life or death situation teetering on abject destruction.
  • [New – 11/5/15] | Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Reviews: Dirty Grandpa (2016)

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