“Fury” is innovative and compelling

World War II is a widely overused staple of the war genre in film. Hollywood has had its struggles finding new angles to show an important part of human history. “Fury” (Rated R; 134 min) finds a unique way to tell the story of the second World War. “Fury” ... Continue Reading →

‘Dracula Untold’ should have been left untold

Original concepts are untested ground to big budget studios. Untested ground is the possibility of losing money. Because of this, film is going through a stage of franchising anything with sequel potential. “Dracula Untold” (PG-13; 92 min) is a casualty ... Continue Reading →

Terrific acting keeps ‘The Judge’ afloat

Even littered with clichés and dropped storylines, it can still win your heart. “The Judge” is a film full of such missteps that is saved by an all-star cast. “The Judge” (Rated R; 141 min.) is directed by David Dobkin and stars Robert Downey ... Continue Reading →

‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is long and purposeless

A good title is very important for a film becauuse it can encompass all of the emotional feelings towards a film, whether good or bad. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” (PG; 81 min) like its title, is long and purposeless. It ... Continue Reading →

‘Left Behind’ is beyond uninteresting

The biggest complaint about movies adapted from books is that the films do not do the books justice. “Left Behind” (Rated PG-13; 110 min) is a reminder that it is OK to deviate away from source material. “Left Behind” is a disaster movie adaptation ... Continue Reading →

‘Gone Girl’ brutal, but in a good way

It is hard to remember amazing movies can come from big budget studios, especially with the mediocre roster of films that have been recently released. “Gone Girl” (Rated R; 149 min) is a helpful reminder that the studio system can make a brilliant ... Continue Reading →

“Annabelle” is another useless prequel

“The Conjuring” rocked the horror world hard in 2013. It was both a critical and financial success, and helped skyrocket director James Wan’s career. It was inevitable that a franchise would start. “Annabelle” (Rated R; 98 min) is another example ... Continue Reading →

‘The Boxtrolls’ entertainment for the whole family

Stop motion animation films transcend the traditional idea of animation and produce something different and unique. Movies like “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Coraline” and “Frankenweenie” all marveled audiences on a technical level, while ... Continue Reading →

‘This Is Where I Leave You’ leaves much to be desired

When a movie features a star cast, one imagines the film has a chance to be good. Somehow, having an amazing line-up will disregard any other problems the film could have. “This Is Where I Leave You” (Rated R; 103 Mins) reminds us that a great cast ... Continue Reading →

‘The Maze Runner’ exceeds expectations

Hollywood likes to get stuck on trends. Its recent trend seems to be adaptations of young adult dystopian novels. With the successes of films like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” it might be a while before this trend ever stops. But even in ... Continue Reading →

‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ is held together by Neeson

Some movies, while not perfect, are elevated by a singular aspect within the film, such as acting or directing. “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (Rated R; 113 min.) is one of those films. “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is a crime film directed by ... Continue Reading →

‘Dolphin Tale 2’ is forgettable

A theatrical sequel usually comes to films people have heard of. This does not mean the film has to be universally loved. Many terrible films are given terrible sequels. But for the most part, those films do not turn people’s heads in surprise when ... Continue Reading →

“No Good Deeds” is no good

No one should leave a movie emotionless. The film’s job is to evoke feelings within you. A lack of feeling means a movie did the bare minimum. “No Good Deeds” (Rated PG- 13; 84 min) is the bare minimum of what it takes to be a film. “No Good ... Continue Reading →

‘The Identical’ fails miserably

A serious drama is not supposed to make you laugh. It feels wrong. “The Identical”(Rated PG; 107 min) is one of those films. Every piece of dialogue, action — and sometimes even the music — all contribute to this unintentional laughter. “The ... Continue Reading →

‘The November Man’ comes way too late

Now is the time of fantastic spy thrillers. A genre once thought a casualty of the Cold War ending has risen from its own ashes and reinvented itself. A genre once thought silly and unrealistic, now is viewed as gritty and exhilarating. “The November ... Continue Reading →
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