Friday, January 30, 2015

In Theaters Now - 1/30/15



(new releases in green)


Whiplash        Grade: A

A Most Violent Year        Grade: A

Wild        Grade: A

The Imitation Game        Grade: A

Birdman        Grade: A-

The Wedding Ringer        Grade: B+

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I       Grade: B+

Foxcatcher        Grade: B+

Unbroken        Grade: B+

Black Sea       Grade: B+

Still Alice       Grade: B+

Cake        Grade: B+

Into the Woods        Grade: B+

American Sniper        Grade: B+

Selma        Grade: B+

Inherent Vice        Grade: B

Two Days, One Night        Grade: B

Mortdecai        Grade: B-

Black or White       Grade: B-

Mommy       Grade: B-

Big Hero 6        Grade: B-

Blackhat        Grade: C

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies        Grade: C

Mr. Turner        Grade: D+

The Theory of Everything        Grade: D




Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Annie
The Boy Next Door
The Loft
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Oscar Nominated Short Films
Paddington
Project Almanac
Strange Magic
Taken 3
Wild Card (also available on Video on Demand)
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death 

Black Sea



Submarine films aren't generally something I look forward to but Black Sea ranks pretty high among the genre.  Jude Law headlines an ensemble as a laid off submarine captain who gathers a team of Russians and Brits to go treasure hunting for a sunken Nazi sub filled with gold.  It's tense.  It's gritty.  It's claustrophobic.  And it'll keep you on the edge of your seat right until the end credits.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  If you want a tense, claustrophobic, gritty submarine thriller, then this is a great choice for you this weekend.

Friday, January 23, 2015

In Theaters Now - 1/23/15



(new releases in green)


Boyhood        Grade: A+   (Also available on Video on Demand)

Whiplash        Grade: A

A Most Violent Year       Grade: A

Wild        Grade: A

The Imitation Game        Grade: A

Birdman        Grade: A-

The Wedding Ringer       Grade: B+

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I       Grade: B+

Foxcatcher        Grade: B+

Unbroken        Grade: B+

Still Alice       Grade: B+

Cake        Grade: B+

Into the Woods        Grade: B+

American Sniper        Grade: B+

Selma       Grade: B+

Big Eyes       Grade: B

Inherent Vice        Grade: B

Two Days, One Night       Grade: B

Mortdecai       Grade: B-

Big Hero 6       Grade: B-

Blackhat        Grade: C

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies        Grade: C

Mr. Turner        Grade: D+

The Theory of Everything        Grade: D




Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Annie
The Boy Next Door 
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Paddington
Song One  (also available on Video on Demand)
Spare Parts
Strange Magic
Taken 3
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death 

Mortdecai


Mortdecai is one of those strange films of which I can't figure out how it ever got greenlighted.  On one hand it's kind of a muddled mess that's clearly destined to be a box office flop.  But on the other hand it's kind of fun and bizarre and different making it a shame that it's destined to be a box office flop.  In fact, my money says this one will be remembered well come next year's Razzies.  But it's really not as bad as all the reviews you're going to see will imply.  I think it might even be worth your time later in the year on VOD.  But you can certainly pass on seeing it in theaters.

Grade: B-

Who is this movie for?  I'm really not sure for whom this movie is targeted.  But it's enjoyable enough, walking the line between idiotic and fun, to be an entertaining watch ... for free once it's on Netflix.