Movie Review

Movie Review: 'Noah' takes big risks, but prevails

Movie Review: ‘Noah’ takes big risks, but prevails

Even when it’s an absurd mess, “Noah” remains admirable in its vision. Rarely does a blockbuster have balls this big, willing to take hallowed material and warp it into such a twisted beast. It pays off in bizarre fantastical spectacle and brooding brilliance, in about equal measure. And the stark, vivid imagery always dazzles, whether […]

‘Jayhawkers’ movie depicts mix of sport, suffering, jazz

‘Jayhawkers’ movie depicts mix of sport, suffering, jazz

The opening scenes of any indie film, especially one produced in the Midwest, are typically a time of uncertainty for an audience. Questions arise: Are these scenes telling of rest of the film’s ambience? I’ve never heard of any of these actors, so is this movie credible at all? Is this thing even worth finishing? […]

Vampire Academy sucks more than blood

Vampire Academy sucks more than blood

Another young adult fantasy novel adaptation, another weak attempt at starting a new hit franchise. “Vampire Academy” combines the setting of “Harry Potter,” the high school politics of “Mean Girls” and the watered-down vampire depictions of “Twilight.” Though it doesn’t carry misogynistic themes like “Twilight” and actually features empowered female characters, it totally sucks the […]

Movie Review: 'The Monuments Men' gives lighthearted view of WWII

Movie Review: ‘The Monuments Men’ gives lighthearted view of WWII

Leave it up to America’s golden boy George Clooney to make a WWII movie so traditionalist that it feels straight out of the ‘60s. “The Monuments Men,” directed by Clooney and co-written with his writing partner Grant Heslov, plays out like an educational Saturday morning cartoon. It uses a winsome ensemble cast to remind viewers […]

'The Lego Movie' lets audience relive childhood memories

‘The Lego Movie’ lets audience relive childhood memories

I admit, “The Lego Movie” is in fact another example of Hollywood cashing in on toys that we all loved during our childhoods. That being said, the filmmakers have done a damn fine job creating an immensely enjoyable, complexly animated film and the first must-see of 2014. Seamlessly combining stop-motion animation and CGI, “The Lego […]

Review: 'Labor Day' exceeds typical romantic expectations

Review: ‘Labor Day’ exceeds typical romantic expectations

Though its marketing gives the impression of a higher grade Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “Labor Day” is more than a mere romance between two lost souls; it’s a thematic departure for writer and director Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”), who pulls off a balancing act between low-key thriller, romantic drama and coming-of-age tale. It […]

Jonze’s ‘Her’ explores love in an age of technology

Jonze’s ‘Her’ explores love in an age of technology

After perplexing us with “Being John Malkovich”, boggling our minds with “Adaptation” and touching our hearts with “Where the Wild Things Are,”Spike Jonze has completely outdone himself and directed perhaps the most important piece of modern cinematic art of Generation Y. “Her” is an ingenious — and powerfully realistic — commentary on the direction modern […]

Hoskins: Recent Coen movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" doesn't dissappoint

Hoskins: Recent Coen movie “Inside Llewyn Davis” doesn’t dissappoint

If the Coen brothers had hung their hats after “No Country for Old Men” and never again peered through another lens, their historical pillar among America’s finest film directors would have been permanently cemented. However, after trying to push “No Country’s” success into the brilliantly satirical, yet widely ill-received “Burn After Reading,” the brothers seemed […]

Lamb: Top 10 movies of 2013

Lamb: Top 10 movies of 2013

1. “Her”  Spike Jonze’s vision of the near future speaks volumes about how our society feels more connected through technology as we grow further apart from each other, but that’s not even the most profound aspect of his romantic dramedy “Her.” The insight into relationships, mainly between Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and Theodore (Joaquin […]

'Dallas Buyers Club' shows Matthew McConaughey in new light

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ shows Matthew McConaughey in new light

We’ve seen Matthew McConaughey in many forms. We’ve seen him as a stripper, a treasure hunter and a seedy lawyer, just to name a few. Last Friday’s “Dallas Buyers Club” casts McConaughey in a new light. “Dallas Buyers Club” centers on Ron Woodruff, a Texan electrician living in the late ‘80s. Woodruff’s favorite hobbies include […]

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Drinking games add to classic Christmas movies

‘Tis the season to get drunk. No, that doesn’t sound right. The holidays are about enjoying the company of your family and friends. The first snowfall of the season, listening to “Jingle Bells” on the radio and buying gifts for loved ones make us giddy for the best time of year. Spending this much time […]

Dallas Buyers club casts McConaughey in a new light

Dallas Buyers club casts McConaughey in a new light

We’ve seen Matthew McConaughey in many forms. We’ve seen him as a stripper, a treasure hunter and a seedy lawyer, just to name a few. Last Friday’s “Dallas Buyers Club” casts McConaughey in a new light. “Dallas Buyers Club” centers around Ron Woodruff, a Texan electrician living in the late 80’s. Woodruff’s favorite hobbies include […]

'Oldboy': A Korean film gem better left unmined

‘Oldboy’: A Korean film gem better left unmined

Doesn’t the “Spike Lee” stamp count for anything anymore? If you’re part of the dwindling number of moviegoers who still associate that name with any kind of cinematic substance, think again. Lee’s new film, “Oldboy,” is a remake of Chan-wook Park’s gritty, stylish, well-composed Korean symphony of raw emotion. Park’s version went down in American-underground-cult-film […]

Underrated holiday movies: Try these Christmas movies to get in the holiday spirit

Underrated holiday movies: Try these Christmas movies to get in the holiday spirit

By the time Dec. 25 rolls around, you’ve probably heard the phrase “cotton-headed ninnymuggins” way too often and the amount of times the channel listings have featured “It’s A Wonderful Life” has convinced you that, no, it’s actually a terrible one. But what if there was more to the holiday season than just Will Ferrell […]

'Catching Fire' burns up the box office

‘Catching Fire’ burns up the box office

“Catching Fire” is arguably one of the most anticipated movies of the year. This second installment in the insanely popular “Hunger Games” series is just as gripping as the first — maybe even more so — and twice as jarring. The “Hunger Games” trilogy resumes with main character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) dealing with the […]

'12 Years a Slave' evokes emotion, deserves Oscar

’12 Years a Slave’ evokes emotion, deserves Oscar

There isn’t a word in the English language that can describe director Steve McQueen’s masterpiece “12 Years a Slave.” Gorgeous. Tragic. Merciless. Heartfelt. These are all fairly apt descriptors but they fall short when it comes to describing the movie as a whole. It has to be seen to be believed. The film, based on […]