As Above So Below (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 29th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

As Above So Below isn’t a great thriller. Its final portion, while exciting, doesn’t linger for a second to try and explain itself and essentially becomes an escalating series of images chronicling escapes, close calls and sudden deaths that happen just because.

As Above So Below isn’t a great thriller. Its final portion, while exciting, doesn’t linger for a second to try and explain itself and essentially becomes an escalating series of images chronicling escapes, close calls and sudden deaths that happen just because.

The November Man (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 29th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Throw in a series of ever-escalating romances, double-crosses, hidden agendas and mistaken identities, and it’s clear that director Roger Donaldson’s The November Man has a heck of a lot on its twisted little mind.

Throw in a series of ever-escalating romances, double-crosses, hidden agendas and mistaken identities, and it’s clear that director Roger Donaldson’s The November Man has a heck of a lot on its twisted little mind.

Locke (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 25th, 2014 - Blu-ray and DVD

An incredible, life-affirming motion picture that will be talked about and remembered for many years to come, Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release a solid one worthy of multiple looks.

An incredible, life-affirming motion picture that will be talked about and remembered for many years to come, Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release a solid one worthy of multiple looks.

If I Stay (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 22nd, 2014 - Movie Reviews

If I Stay might be the worst film of 2014. A hackneyed, overly melodramatic mess that talks down to its audience and wallows in the basest forms of simple-minded sentimentality.

If I Stay might be the worst film of 2014. A hackneyed, overly melodramatic mess that talks down to its audience and wallows in the basest forms of simple-minded sentimentality.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 22nd, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a case study in style over substance, Rodriguez and Miller trading in hard-boiled noir tropes not doing a single thing one would ever consider character-driven, complex or subtle.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a case study in style over substance, Rodriguez and Miller trading in hard-boiled noir tropes not doing a single thing one would ever consider character-driven, complex or subtle.

The Expendables 3 (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 15th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

You know what you’re going to be getting when it comes to The Expendables 3, so anyone buying a ticket shouldn’t be particularly shocked by the lo-fi ambiance of the visual esthetics or the third-rate nature of the script.

You know what you’re going to be getting when it comes to The Expendables 3, so anyone buying a ticket shouldn’t be particularly shocked by the lo-fi ambiance of the visual esthetics or the third-rate nature of the script.

The Giver (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 15th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

The simple beauty of the initial bits had me close to convinced Noyce and company had figured out the path to allow Lowry’s work to transition to the silver screen [but] as good as The Giver is initially the sour taste left by the final act is just too foul to easily get beyond.

The simple beauty of the initial bits had me close to convinced Noyce and company had figured out the path to allow Lowry’s work to transition to the silver screen [but] as good as The Giver is initially the sour taste left by the final act is just too foul to easily get beyond.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 8th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Director Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey is one of the better films he’s made in quite some time, probably since 2006’s The Hoax, maybe even 1999’s The Cider House Rules. At the same time, that doesn’t make it much more than harmless foodie fluff, the movie telegraphing the majority of its moves right from the start not particularly caring that it does so.

Director Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey is one of the better films he’s made in quite some time, probably since 2006’s The Hoax, maybe even 1999’s The Cider House Rules. At the same time, that doesn’t make it much more than harmless foodie fluff, the movie telegraphing the majority of its moves right from the start not particularly caring that it does so.

Into the Storm (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 8th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Into the Storm is still nothing more than Twister for the SyFy Channel generation, that comparison not exactly meant as a compliment.

Into the Storm is still nothing more than Twister for the SyFy Channel generation, that comparison not exactly meant as a compliment.

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