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  • Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    Disney's Big Hero 6, or if you prefer, one of the movies the Academy snubbed The Lego Movie for, is actually a really good film. It's not as good as The Lego Movie, but it's good nonetheless.

    Set in the alternate reality city of San Fransokyo, Big Hero 6 chronicles the adventures of kid genius Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) and "Baymax" (voiced by Scott Adsit) a robot personal healthcare companion designed by his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney).

    I must…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Feb, 2015

    Alejandro González Iñlárritu's Birdman felt a little too pretentious and self-important, but Michael Keaton's best peformance in years coupled with an excellent performance by Edward Norton made it a very entertaining watch.

    Ron's recommendation: See it.

  • Rudderless

    Rudderless 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015 5

    With the awesomeness that was 2014's Whiplash, William H. Macy's Rudderless, a film with music at it's core, and one that like that film featured a darker undertone didn't get much press. I only knew about it after seeing a trailer in front of another film I watched. Similar to Whiplash, and other music based films like Once, the music was good. Not as good as the music in the films I mentioned, but good nonetheless. The reason Rudderless isn't…

  • Dear White People

    Dear White People 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    I didn't think Justin Simien's Dear White People was as sharp or witty as some make it out to be, but I think his film works well as satire, and he handles the discussion of race in today's society well. I think I was expecting it to be a little more on the funny side than it was, which probably affected my overall opinion of the film.

    Ron's recommendation: See it.

  • Fury

    Fury 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2015

    If there's one thing cinema isn't lacking, it's films set in or around WWII. It's a war that lends itself to great stories. Whether it's an all out war film, the tale of a great battle, or the story of survival against all odds, there's an abundance of films with what is history's most popular war as the backdrop. David Ayer's Fury is another one that can be added to that never ending list. A list that covers every end…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015 10

    Damien Chazelle's Whiplash is an impressive piece of work on several fronts. It's a film centered around music, but it's more a film about the drive and passion of it's main characters for their artform. It's an exploration of how far certain people will push themselves to achieve greatness. Often in a way that's a great detriment, not only to them, but to others. It felt like it had a message, that to succeed you have to be an asshole.…

  • The Judge

    The Judge 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    At times David Dobkin's The Judge feels like a made for TV movie with one hell of a casting director. It's full of clichés, and it's about as typical a courtroom drama as you're going to get, but Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are perfectly cast. They both provide excellent performances, doing their best with what is a very lackluster script. It's a film designed to pull at your heart strings, but it only succeeds at doing so in…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2015 10

    If I were to make a list of my favorite directors, David Fincher would easily be in my top 5. I've loved every film he's done, and he's mastered the thriller which just so happens to be my favorite genre. So as you can imagine I was extremely excited to see his latest film Gone Girl. I'm a little late watching it on the second day of the new year, but as I expected Fincher held true to form and…

  • Tusk

    Tusk 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Dec, 2014

    Kevin Smith's Tusk is utterly fucking ridiculous. It's a bit horror, a bit comedy, but mostly just fucking weird. I kept thinking I was watching complete shit, but then I'd laugh really hard at something. I wouldn't call it one of those films that's so bad it's good, it's more a case of it's so bad it's almost good. The laughs come at how fucked up it all is, but I think the most fucked up thing about the whole…

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

    A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014

    ★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2015 5

    You know, I like Liam Neeson, I really do, but fuck he takes some shitty roles. I was expecting another typical Neeson-is-a-badass kind of film based on the the trailers I'd seen for A Walk Among the Tombstones, but that's not what this was at all. I mean I suppose Neeson was a bit of a badass, but the most relevant part of the film's title is the word walk. Neeson spends a good portion of the film just walking…

  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★½ Watched 27 Dec, 2014 4

    Adam Wingard's The Guest is a film I felt was a good in theory, but it's held back by some lackluster acting and unnecessary campiness. The plot which centers around a soldier introducing himself to a family claiming to have served with their son who was killed in action gets off to an interesting start. It's clear from the very beginning that something is up with David (Dan Stevens). At first glance he's a nice young man willing to do…

  • The Drop

    The Drop 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    The Drop, based on Dennis LeHane's short story Animal Rescue, features Tom Hardy in yet another strong performance. I've been impressed with Hardy in everything I've seen him in and this film is no different. The man can carry a film all by himself. The problem with this overall film is there's just not enough to it. It's interesting throughout, and Hardy's Bob is an intriguing character, but it left me wanting more. From the very beginning I got what…