The Imitation Game (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 19th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Using Andrew Hodges’ best-selling book Alan Turing: The Enigma as inspiration, screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) have put together an engrossing, thought-provoking procedural that never quite goes the way you expect it to, allowing the mathematician’s choices and actions to come to life with a rigid, almost anachronistically obtuse matter-of-factness that’s at times remarkable.

Using Andrew Hodges’ best-selling book Alan Turing: The Enigma as inspiration, screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) have put together an engrossing, thought-provoking procedural that never quite goes the way you expect it to, allowing the mathematician’s choices and actions to come to life with a rigid, almost anachronistically obtuse matter-of-factness that’s at times remarkable.

Mr. Turner (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 19th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

But this is Leigh’s show, start to finish, and one can’t watch Mr. Turner without coming away feeling as if it is the seven-time Oscar-nominee’s most personal effort in all his four-plus decades behind the camera.

But this is Leigh’s show, start to finish, and one can’t watch Mr. Turner without coming away feeling as if it is the seven-time Oscar-nominee’s most personal effort in all his four-plus decades behind the camera.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 17th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

What is most amazing about Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the director’s final flirtation with the writings of celebrated author J.R.R. Tolkien, is just how inconsequential all of this nonsense feels.

What is most amazing about Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the director’s final flirtation with the writings of celebrated author J.R.R. Tolkien, is just how inconsequential all of this nonsense feels.

Comet (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 12th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Comet isn’t without its faults, the ingeniously and imaginatively crafted delights far outweigh any overall apprehensions about the finished picture I otherwise might have had.

Comet isn’t without its faults, the ingeniously and imaginatively crafted delights far outweigh any overall apprehensions about the finished picture I otherwise might have had.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 12th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t have heart, has trouble establishing an emotional connection with the viewer. On top of that, it doesn’t care to tackle the central questions in regards to faith and religion in ways that could be considered profound or complex.

Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t have heart, has trouble establishing an emotional connection with the viewer. On top of that, it doesn’t care to tackle the central questions in regards to faith and religion in ways that could be considered profound or complex.

Force Majeure (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 12th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Force Majeure is a marvelous dissection of responsibility, communication and love, everything building to a stupendously ephemeral conclusion.

Force Majeure is a marvelous dissection of responsibility, communication and love, everything building to a stupendously ephemeral conclusion.

Top Five (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 12th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

I’m not going to mince words, flaws and all, even with segments that offend, Top Five is incredible, and in many ways is the best comedy released by a major studio in 2014.

I’m not going to mince words, flaws and all, even with segments that offend, Top Five is incredible, and in many ways is the best comedy released by a major studio in 2014.

Wild (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 12th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Wild remains entrancing, always offering up moments of subtle, delicately simple intimacy that struck me right in the heart.

Wild remains entrancing, always offering up moments of subtle, delicately simple intimacy that struck me right in the heart.

The Babadook (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 5th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Unsettling, thought-provoking, filled with startling visuals coming from a place of pure, uncompromising emotional truth, The Babadook is an oftentimes devastating look at loss, death and regret coupled with the responsibilities of parenthood that hits extremely close to the bone. It doesn’t let up, keeping Amelia’s wavering psychological state at the center of things throughout, delivering up a powerfully honest conclusion to this small family’s travails and woes that is instantly unforgettable.

Unsettling, thought-provoking, filled with startling visuals coming from a place of pure, uncompromising emotional truth, The Babadook is an oftentimes devastating look at loss, death and regret coupled with the responsibilities of parenthood that hits extremely close to the bone. It doesn’t let up, keeping Amelia’s wavering psychological state at the center of things throughout, delivering up a powerfully honest conclusion to this small family’s travails and woes that is instantly unforgettable.

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