Friday, July 3, 2015

In Theaters Now - 7/3/15



(new releases in green)


The Overnight        Grade: A

Jurassic World        Grade: A

Ex Machina        Grade: A

Dope        Grade: A-

The Avengers: Age of Ultron        Grade: B+

Spy        Grade: B+

The Wolfpack        Grade: B+

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl        Grade: B+

Manglehorn        Grade: B  (also available on Video on Demand)

Stung        Grade: B-  (also available on Video on Demand)

Closer to God        Grade: C+  (also available on Video on Demand)

Tomorrowland        Grade: C

San Andreas        Grade: D





Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Eden
Entourage
Far From the Madding Crowd
Home
I'll See You in My Dreams
Infinitely Polar Bear
Inside Out
Insidious: Chapter 3
Into the Grizzly Maze
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Magic Mike XXL
Max
Pitch Perfect 2
Ted 2
Terminator Genisys
Testament of Youth

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In Theaters Now - 6/26/15



(new releases in green)


The Overnight         Grade: A
   
Jurassic World        Grade: A

Ex Machina        Grade: A

Dope        Grade: A-

The Wolfpack       Grade: A-

The Avengers: Age of Ultron        Grade: B+

Spy        Grade: B+

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl        Grade: B

Tomorrowland        Grade: C

San Andreas        Grade: D





Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Aloha
Big Game
Entourage
Far From the Madding Crowd
Farewell Party
Heaven Knows What
Home
I'll See You in My Dreams
Inside Out
Insidious: Chapter 3
A Little Chaos
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Max
Poltergeist
Pitch Perfect 2
Ted 2
Testament of Youth
Woman in Gold

Friday, June 19, 2015

In Theaters Now - 6/19/15



(new releases in green)


Gabriel         Grade: A+   (also available on Video on Demand)

Jurassic World         Grade: A

Ex Machina         Grade: A

Dope       Grade: A-

The Wolfpack       Grade: A-

The Avengers: Age of Ultron         Grade: B+

Spy        Grade: B+

Live From New York!        Grade: B+

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl       Grade: B

Tomorrowland        Grade: C

San Andreas        Grade: D





Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Aloha
Entourage
Far From the Madding Crowd
Farewell Party
Gemma Bovary
Home
I'll See You in My Dreams
Inside Out
Insidious: Chapter 3
La Sapienza
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Poltergeist
Pitch Perfect 2
Testament of Youth
Woman in Gold

Gabriel



Rory Culkin is Gabriel, a young man who isn't quite right.  While he can seem quite normal at first, it quickly becomes clear he suffers from some emotional problems or mental condition.  At the start of the film we find him on a bus en route to tracking down an ex-girlfriend.  And from there we get deeper insight into him and his family. 

I didn't expect it at all, but there's something so totally captivating about this film, largely due to Culkin's unbelievable and mesmerizing performance.  It is bar none the finest I've seen all year.  Writer/director Lou Howe and Rory Culkin should both be extremely proud of what they created here on undoubtedly a shoe-string budget.  This is dysfunctional family drama at its best.

Now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: A+

Who is this movie for?  It's a must see for fans of dysfunctional family dramas and terrific nuanced performances.  See this at home on VOD this weekend instead of going out to see the overrated Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.  It's my favorite movie of the year so far.