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  • Transcendence 2014

    ★★ Added

    The visuals are great, the specials effects are very good, and there’s a great cast all going a great job; However, “Transcendence” feels pretty pointless. The film lacks any real conflict, there’s absolutely no thrills, and the film feels like it thinks it is brilliant but is really just a mess of boredom, plot holes, and a story that really never gets up and does anything that special. It’s basically the movie equivalent of that guy you know who says…

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. II 2013

    ★★ Added

    I wasn’t too thrilled with the first installment of Lars von Trier’s sexcapades/drama epic arthouse pic but I dug the acting and the story was solid enough for me to find some interest in it—although, admittedly, not a lot. However, this second installment is even less to me than the first. While the good acting is still here, the story just got too ridiculous for me at the end. It didn’t fly off the rails but the drama that was…

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I 2013

    ★★★ Added

    The story is decent, the acting is strong, and it has some great drama (and, for those of you out there—you know who you are—there is a lot of sex in it…and you see everything) but “Nymphomaniac Vol. I” was just okay in my book. While the story is alright, it got boring to me and got boring a lot. Additionally, the real shots of real sex (well, real in the fact they had body doubles really doing it and…

  • The Zero Theorem 2014

    ★★★ Added

    I liked the wacky and colorful visuals, I REALLY liked the performances (especially Christoph Waltz), and I liked the core concepts of the story. However, the film just didn’t feel as feathered out as it needed to be and came off more like a very elaborate and a really long short film that just forget to add some more depth when it made the jump to feature length. I like Terry Gilliam’s work but this might not be my favorite…

  • Divergent 2014

    Added

    Right off the bat, I have to say that I fully realize that I am not the intended audience for “Divergent.” However, I realized that with “The Hunger Games” but I am a fan of that franchise (albeit, I honestly didn’t care for the first film and only found myself a fan after watching the second one). “Divergent” is basically just the overly familiar tween dystopian formula with all the characters and plot movements that you would expect. In fact,…

  • Locke 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    Before watching “Locke,” it could be easy to write it off as a gimmick. A film that takes place entirely in a car while a man is driving and pushing the story and drama along through phone calls might be as bad as having an entire subgenre of horror films be about people who are obsessed with video taping themselves and not realizing that there are times where you need to put the damn camera down and run from the…

  • Lone Survivor 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    At best, I thought this movie was going to just be a propaganda film about how awesome America’s military is and, at worst, I thought the movie was going to be a mess of Hollywood-upping the hell out of a true story. While the former is slightly true, the movie proved to be just a great tale of survival and even dealt with the Afghani people in a respectful manner—meaning, they weren’t shown as all being Anti-American. I also had…

  • The Signal 2014

    ★★★ Added

    There was definitely some promise to “The Signal” but the film leaves too many questions and feels like it ends right as the film’s Third Act should be starting. I like the visuals, the acting was great, and the human/emotional element added to the story is a nice touch but the movie, ultimately, felt like a short film stretched to a feature length and leaves you with about as many answers as a short film would offer. The concept is…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    What a heavy and absolutely captivating movie! First off, I love David Fincher’s work and love that he uses Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to do his scores—so, right off the bat; I loved what these men brought to the film. I love how Fincher approaches, composes, and lights a scene, and when you add Reznor’s chilling music, you have magic! Additionally, the cast is awesome. Affleck is amazing, Neil Patrick Harris surprised me how at home he looked in…

  • Sabotage 2014

    Added

    “Sabotage” is annoying and obnoxious. The characters are entirely unlikable and the actors playing them are unconvincing (except Arnold, he was pretty decent). Then, if the rest of the cast wasn’t bad enough, Mireille Enos decides she’s going to outdo them all in the overacting/utterly annoying department. Finally, as if to mask the problems, the film has a level of gore and violence that quickly becomes so over-the-top and so out-of-place that it made the film look entirely silly and…

  • Lucky Bastard 2014

    Added

    To put it bluntly, “Lucky Bastard” is boring. The movie is supposed to be a thriller about an unsettling and disturbing man snapping but with its cheesy, unconvincing acting, complete lack of anything even remotely scary or frightening, and the fact the entire film is dragging its feet to get anything done and spends all of its time stretching each and every scene to the point of tedium and boredom, the film just ends up being a really great sleep…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Added 2

    For some reason, when a Wes Anderson film gets really Wes Anderson-y, the more I enjoy it. Sure, a lot of people see him as the director that hipsters all worship but I find myself becoming a bigger fan with every movie he directs and creates. All the usual Wes Anderson-isms are seen—like the lavish and colorful sets, eccentric characters, and typical camera work—but this might be the funniest bit of work I’ve seen from the guy. Without a doubt,…