Monday, June 30, 2014

Nantucket Film Festival 2014


I just returned from my third annual trip to the Nantucket Film Festival, and once again it was everything I could ask for and more.  In around five days I managed to squeeze in 18 films, four filmmaker/writer panels, two Chris Matthews interviews (of Bradley Whitford and Aaron Sorkin), a comedy roundtable (moderated by Michael Ian Black and Ben Stiller, and with panelists Jenny Slate, Billy Eichner, and John C Daly), a staged reading of a TV pilot set in Nantucket, two parties, and a Writers Guild meet and greet.  I accidentally sat next to two great actors (and fantastic guys), Bradley Whitford and Mark Duplass, at a film and a panel, respectively.  There were surprise appearances by Ben Stiller, who wasn't expected to be there this year, and Mark Ruffalo. I met up and bumped into friends from past festivals and made new ones.  I stayed in the same room at the same B&B (The Barnacle Inn) I have for the past two years.  I ate poorly, didn't sleep much, and got more sun than I'm used to.  And, most importantly, I had a ton of fun and miss it already.  Let's do it all again in 51 weeks!

Below is a summary of my grades for the 18 films I saw, as well as a few pictures.  I'll write more about these films once they are available to you in theaters or on Video on Demand.

Boyhood    Grade: A+  (opening in limited theatrical release beginning 7/11)
Gabriel     Grade: A
The One I Love    Grade: A  (opening in limited theatrical release beginning 8/15)
I Origins    Grade: A    (opening in limited theatrical release beginning 7/18)
The Heart Machine    Grade: A
Rich Hill     Grade: A-    (opening in limited theatrical release beginning 8/1)
Break Point     Grade: A-
Life Itself     Grade: B+   (opening in limited theatrical and Video on Demand on 7/4)
Begin Again     Grade: B+  (now in limited theatrical release)
The Skeleton Twins     Grade: B+  (opening in limited theatrical release on 9/19)
Sounding the Alarm     Grade: B
We'll Never Have Paris     Grade: B
Arlo & Julie     Grade: B
Land Ho!     Grade: B    (opening in limited theatrical release beginning 7/11)
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter     Grade: B
10.000 Km     Grade: B
Creep     Grade: B-
Warren    Grade: C-

(I also attempted to watch the documentary Last Days in Vietnam, the audience award winner, but just wasn't in a Vietnam-y kind of mood so I left and had breakfast instead.  There's only so much Henry Kissenger one can take in the morning while on vacation.  I'll have to catch that another time once it's released on 9/5.)

The Dreamland theater, the main venue of the festival, and my second home.
 
Chris Matthews interviews Bradley Whitford
 
Chris Matthews interviews Aaron Sorkin
 
Mark Ruffalo surprises us with a pre-movie Q&A for 'Begin Again'
 
Mark Duplass and Susanna Fogel discussing their films at the Morning Coffee With ... panel
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Second Quarter of 2014



We're half way through 2014 and it's time for my quarter end review.   (And it's also a good time to refresh your memory on the films of the first quarter of 2014.)

Below is a summary of my grades for the 95 films I saw released in the second quarter of 2014.  Many of these (including four of my top 6) are available right now on Video on Demand, so be sure to check out my What to See on VOD post for some lazy days of quality movie watching at home.

As usual, there weren't many wide release movies worth seeing this quarter, but there were certainly a few that got overlooked.  Edge of Tomorrow is easily the best big budget film of 2014 so far.  But it seems people REALLY don't like Tom Cruise anymore, nor are they interested in taking a chance on an unknown non-franchise.  It's a shame, because they are missing out.  A Million Ways to Die in the West is easily the funniest movie of the year so far (despite what other people may say.)  Yet Seth MacFarlane was given the cold shoudler, as audiences seem to prefer the same old shenanigans from Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, and Adam Sandler.  Million Dollar Arm and Draft Day were two pleasant sports dramedy surprises.  And probably the biggest surprise to me was how entertaining Captain America: The Winter Soldier was, being better than its predecessor, and than most Marvel films to date.

When it comes to limited theatrical releases, Chef is definitely the feel good crowd-pleaser of the year so far.  The Immigrant is the first film that feels like it could be considered for an Oscar, though it won't be as many others didn't feel the same, and it was released way too early in the year.  In addition, The Grand Seduction is a great date movie, Dom Hemingway features a terrific performance by Jude Law, and The Double is just plain bizarre, but in a good way.

If foreign films are your thing, Young & Beautiful, Chinese Puzzle, and Borgman are all totally different and all worth your time.

In the documentary category, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago and The Unknown Known were my two favorites this quarter.

And, as with the first quarter, many of my favorite films were finds on Video On Demand before their very limited (if any) theatrical releases.   Trust Me, Anna, Lucky Them, Blue Ruin, Cold in July, Whitewash, Bachelor Weekend, and The Sacrament were all really enjoyable indie fare.

But my favorite movie of the quarter, and of the year so far, is Rob the Mob, a terrific mafia crime drama with a great cast.  Unfortunately no one saw it in theaters, but you can see it now at home on VOD.  You're welcome.

  1. Rob the Mob        Grade: A+
  2. Edge of Tomorrow       Grade: A+
  3. Trust Me         Grade: A
  4. Chef         Grade: A
  5. Anna       Grade: A
  6. Lucky Them       Grade: A
  7. A Million Ways to Die in the West       Grade: A
  8. The Immigrant        Grade: A
  9. Finding Vivian Maier       Grade: A
  10. Cold in July         Grade: A
  11. Blue Ruin         Grade: A
  12. Million Dollar Arm      Grade: A
  13. Draft Day       Grade: A
  14. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz       Grade: A
  15. Whitewash       Grade: A
  16. Young & Beautiful         Grade: A-
  17. Chinese Puzzle       Grade: A-
  18. The Grand Seduction      Grade: A-
  19. Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago       Grade: A-
  20. Bachelor Weekend      Grade: A-
  21. Captain America: The Winter Soldier        Grade:  A-
  22. The Sacrament     Grade: B+
  23. Dom Hemingway        Grade: B+
  24. The Unknown Known       Grade: B+
  25. Borgman       Grade: B+
  26. The Double        Grade B+
  27. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon       Grade: B+
  28. X-Men: Days of Future Past        Grade: B+
  29. Bright Days Ahead       Grade: B+
  30. NOW: In the WIngs on a World Stage        Grade: B+
  31. A Long Way Down        Grade: B+
  32. Oculus       Grade: B+
  33. Proxy       Grade: B+
  34. Ivory Tower       Grade: B+
  35. Dancing in Jaffa       Grade: B+
  36. The Fault in Our Stars      Grade: B+
  37. The Rover       Grade: B
  38. The Big Ask       Grade: B
  39. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger     Grade: B
  40. Korengal     Grade: B
  41. Joe       Grade: B
  42. Decoding Annie Parker       Grade: B
  43. Devil's Knot       Grade: B
  44. Goodbye World       Grade: B
  45. God's Pocket       Grade: B
  46. Burt's Buzz       Grade: B
  47. The Final Member       Grade: B
  48. Sounding the Alarm       Grade: B
  49. Witching and Bitching       Grade: B
  50. Obvious Child        Grade: B
  51. Mobius     Grade: B
  52. Hellion       Grade: B
  53. Lullaby       Grade: B
  54. The Discoverers     Grade: B-
  55. Jersey Boys       Grade: B-
  56. Cuban Fury       Grade: B-
  57. The Quiet Ones     Grade: B-
  58. Normal Heart     Grade: B-
  59. Filth     Grade: B-
  60. Breathe In     Grade: B-
  61. How to Train Your Dragon 2       Grade: B-
  62. 22 Jump Street      Grade: B-
  63. The Amazing Spider-Man 2     Grade: B-
  64. Neighbors       Grade: C+
  65. Godzilla       Grade: C+
  66. Locke       Grade: C+
  67. All Cheerleaders Die      Grade: C+
  68. Under the Skin       Grade: C+
  69. Gambit       Grade: C+
  70. Fading Gigolo       Grade: C+
  71. The Railway Man       Grade: C+
  72. Tasting Menu       Grade: C+
  73. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia       Grade: C+
  74. Palo Alto       Grade: C+
  75. Only Lovers Left Alive      Grade: C+
  76. Touch of Sin       Grade: C+
  77. Transcendence       Grade: C
  78. Afflicted       Grade: C
  79. Walk of Shame       Grade: C
  80. The Signal       Grade: C-
  81. Way of the Wicked     Grade: C-
  82. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn       Grade: C-
  83. Venus in Fur     Grade: C-
  84. Mr. Jones     Grade: D+
  85. Stage Fright    Grade: D+
  86. Hateship Loveship       Grade: D+
  87. Belle      Grade: D+
  88. A Night in Old Mexico     Grade: D
  89. We Are the Best!       Grade: D
  90. For No Good Reason      Grade: D
  91. Ping Pong Summer      Grade: D
  92. Words and Pictures       Grade: D
  93. I'll Follow You Down      Grade: D
  94. Garnet's Gold       Grade: D-
  95. Ida       Grade:  D-



Films Not Reviewed:
Bears
Blended
Brick Mansions
Child's Pose
A Coffee in Berlin
The Dance of Reality
Fed Up
Frankie & Alice
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
A Haunted House 2
Heaven is for Real
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Jinn
Jodorowsky's Dune
La Bare
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Make Your Move
Maleficent
The Missing Picture
Mom's Night Out
On My Way
The Other Woman
The Raid 2: Berandal
Rio 2
Teenage
Think Like a Man Too
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Walking with the Enemy
Wolf Creek 2

Friday, June 27, 2014

In Theaters Now - 6/27/14



(new releases in green)

Chef       Grade: A

Edge of Tomorrow        Grade: A

A Million Ways to Die in the West        Grade: A

The Immigrant        Grade: A-

The Fault in Our Stars        Grade: B+

X-Men: Days of Future Past        Grade: B+

The Rover        Grade: B

Korengal      Grade: B

Obvious Child        Grade: B

The Discoverers      Grade: B-

Jersey Boys        Grade: B-

Neighbors        Grade: C+

Godzilla        Grade: C+

Ida        Grade: C-

The Grand Budapest Hotel        Grade: C-

Belle       Grade: D+

Words and Pictures        Grade: D




Additional Films Not Reviewed:

22 Jump Street
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Blended
A Coffee in Berlin
How to Train Your Dragon 2
La Bare
Maleficent
Think Like a Man Too
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Korengal


In 2010 a documentary called 'Restrepo', featuring interviews and real on location footage of soldiers doing a 15 month tour in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan, went on to receive a lot of critical praise and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.  It was a real look behind the curtain at what it's like being under fire every day for 15 months.  Liked 'Lone Survivor'?  'Restrepo' is the real thing.  And now, we get more interviews and more footage from the same troops in the same dangerous valey of Korengal.  On the upside, it's more of the same.  On the downside, it's more of the same.  It doesn't feel like an additional film, as much as extra footage from 'Restrepo' that might be found in the special features on the DVD.  It's compelling, and if you liked 'Restrepo' by all means go see it while it's in limited release in theaters.  But it's really just more of the same.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Those who liked 'Restrepo' and want more of a look at what our troops have to go through.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Rover


Guy Pearce is one of those actors who is consistently great, and always appearing in interesting roles, but who hasn't gone Hollywood and as a result doesn't get the recognition he should.  Sure, we all loved 'Memento' and 'L.A. Confidential'.  But have you seen 'The Proposition'?  'Animal Kingdom'?  'Death Defying Acts'?  'First Snow'?  'Traitor'?  And he seems most at home, when in his native continent of Australia, and particularly dirty and in the outback, as is the case here.  He's so natural in this role, as a mysterious loner in a post-apocalyptic world in pursuit of the men who stole his car.  His performance is quiet, yet powerful.  And there's a lot more to love here, including the cinematography and tense atmosphere.  I'd love to be able to give it at least an A- but unfortunately I can't because it's simply too slow and with not quite enough payoff to make it a must see.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Those who can handle and appreciate a slow and quiet, but atmospheric, violent, and somewhat tense post apocalyptic Australian outback road film.

Friday, June 20, 2014

In Theaters Now - 6/20/14



(new releases in green)

Chef       Grade: A

Edge of Tomorrow       Grade: A

A Million Ways to Die in the West        Grade: A

The Immigrant       Grade: A-

The Fault in Our Stars       Grade: B+

X-Men: Days of Future Past       Grade: B+

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon       Grade: B+

The Rover      Grade: B

Obvious Child      Grade: B

Jersey Boys      Grade: B-

Neighbors       Grade: C+

Godzilla       Grade: C+

The Signal       Grade: C-

Ida       Grade: C-

The Grand Budapest Hotel       Grade: C-

Belle      Grade: D+

We Are the Best!       Grade: D

Words and Pictures       Grade: D




Additional Films Not Reviewed:

22 Jump Street
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Blended
A Coffee in Berlin
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Maleficent
Think Like a Man Too

Jersey Boys


Let me begin by saying I haven't seen the Broadway show of which this musical biopic about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is based.  So I won't be able to advise if it's better or worse, or if you should still see it even if you've already seen the show.  (Though a few other critics I polled who had seen the show seemed to think the film was inferior.)  I can only review it the same as I review every other film I go into knowing absolutely nothing about.  And doing so, I can tell you that the strength of the film comes from the writing, the music, and the biographical context.  As someone who knew very little about this group, I found their rags to riches story of interest.  The cast is adequate, but not exceptional, with a fun supporting role by Christopher Walken.  But the weakest aspect, as is the case with every film directed by Clint Eastwood, is the direction by Clint Eastwood.  He is simply one of the most overrated directors (overrated for directing such films as 'Mystic River', 'Million Dollar Baby', and 'Gran Torino') and has a talent for turning films that could be great into movies that are only ok.  At least that's my opinion.  And quite frankly, I think under a more appropriate director (particularly for a musical) this could have been the next great musical.  Instead it's just ok.  'That Thing You Do' is far superior.

Grade: B-

Who is this movie for?  Fans of musicals, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons should be adequately entertained, but not blown away.

Obvious Child


If you're at all plugged into the festival scene you've probably heard about this film already, as it's taken this year's circuit by storm, generating a lot of high praise.  But I, as always, have my own mind and have mixed feelings.

Jenny Slate plays a struggling and extraordinarily immature comic who isn't adapting well to growing up.  In fact she makes one bad decision after another as she struggles with her stand up career and with dating.  She drinks too much, makes poor life decisions, and sabotages her relationships despite coming from a healthy upper middle class background with caring parents.  It's everything I can't stand about a generation of post-college grads, as exemplified by the increasingly deplorable cable show 'Girls'.  However, 'Obvious Child' has something that 'Girls' doesn't, and that is the undeniable charm and appeal of Jenny Slate.  Sure, she walks the line here between annoyingly whiny and adorably cute, but she always manages to stay on the adorable cute side.  Thanks to her, I can't deny 'Obvious Child' is a crowd pleaser, as is the Paul Simon song of the same name which is featured in the film.  (I forgot how much I loved that song.)

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Even though it's indie, it's charming enough to have mass audience appeal for both men and women as a good date film.  Pair it with the overlooked Sleepwalk with Me featuring Mike Birbiglia as another charming stand up comic struggling to make a career and keep his life together.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Final Member


Think you have a pretty weird hobby?  Well compare it to a guy who spent the last 40 years of his life collecting penis specimens from virtually every mammal ... well, all except one: human.  And before he goes, he intends to get the last item on his bucket list for his Icelandic Phallological Museum, the world's only penis museum.  This documentary introduces us to an assortment of odd ducks, including the men who are vying to contribute their member to his collection (one of which who is an American who named his penis Elmo.)  Weird?  Damn right.  And that's how I spent my Wednesday evening.  How about you?

'The Final Member' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Fans of documentaries about unique people with unique hobbies, and who don't mind watching 72 minutes all about penises.

Proxy


I'm really glad to see we're getting a lot more variation in the VOD horror genre than we're seeing in theaters.  I'm so tired of the handheld camera, documentary style, found footage derivative stuff and the haunted house/exorcism repeats we see over and over.  There have been a number of interesting entries this year on VOD, and this one is hard to classify in a genre, as it's just barely horror, but also thriller, mystery, and drama.  It begins with a pregnant woman who is mugged, and her unborn child brutally beaten and killed.  Her understandable depression that follows sets off an interesting chain of events, of which it's impossible to predict what comes.  So as not to oversell it, it's not consistently thrilling or even engaging at all times, but it is interesting and a decent and original film for fans of lower budget yet good quality horror/thriller/mystery/drama.

'Proxy' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Fans of lower budget yet good quality horror/thriller/mystery/drama.

Ping Pong Summer


I was hesitant to rent this one on VOD, but since it's playing as a free beach screening at the upcoming Nantucket Film Festival, and I won't be able to make it, I decided to watch it before I leave.  But, oh boy, was it a waste of time and money. 

Taking place in the mid-80's, it revolves around an awkward teen who spends the summer with his family in Ocean City, Maryland, lusting after the hot girl, all the while being bullied by the pretty boy.  But things may turn around when the sage Susan Sarandon teaches her protege the ways of ... ping pong.  It's a poor man's 'Karate Kid' meets 'The Way Way Back'.  And even with cameos of Lea Thompson, John Hannah, Amy Sedaris, and Judah Friedlander, don't be fooled.  It's just not worth your time.

'Ping Pong Summer' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: D

Who is this movie for?   No one.  Skip it.

Friday, June 13, 2014

In Theaters Now - 6/13/14



(new releases in green)

Chef      Grade: A

Edge of Tomorrow       Grade: A

The Immigrant       Grade: A-

A Million Ways to Die in the West       Grade: A-

Cold in July       Grade: A-   (also available on VOD)

The Grand Seduction      Grade: A-

Borgman      Grade: B+

The Fault in Our Stars      Grade: B+

Divergent       Grade: B

X-Men: Days of Future Past       Grade: B

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon      Grade: B

Neighbors       Grade: C+

Godzilla       Grade: C+

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia       Grade: C+   (also available on VOD)

The Signal      Grade: C-

Ida      Grade: C-

The Grand Budapest Hotel       Grade: C-

Belle      Grade: D+

We Are the Best!     Grade: D

Words and Pictures      Grade: D





Additional Films Not Reviewed:

22 Jump Street
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Blended
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Maleficent

The Grand Seduction


Ten years ago I saw a charming and original French comedy at the Philadelphia Film Festival called 'Seducing Dr. Lewis'.  (Though its original French title was 'Le Grande Seduction'.)  It was a sweet and funny story of a small fishing village with high unemployment that desperately needs a factory to be built, but to do so they need to find a doctor willing to live there for 5 years.  And thus begins the grand seduction.  It was not only the most unexpected highlight of the festival that year, but also one of my favorite foreign films I had ever seen.  (Of course, I hadn't seen a whole lot of foreign films at that point.)  But ten years later it has remained near and dear to my heart.  But now, the Canadians have remade it in English.  And this concerned me, as English remakes of brilliant foreign language films don't have a great track record.  But the casting of the great Brendan Gleeson in the lead tempered my worries.  And I was happy to see that they didn't change the story much at all.  In fact, many of the scenes seemed like a shot for shot remake of the original.  I guess why mess with perfection?  But with both versions so similar, it's hard for me to say which is better.  Maybe it's for nostalgia purposes only, but there's just something about the original French version that seems to win by a nose.

Grades:
Seducing Dr. Lewis (2004)    Grade: A
The Grand Seduction (2014)     Grade: A-

Who is this movie for?  Anyone and everyone who doesn't need a superhero, monster, or cartoon character to be entertained.  It's light, charming, feel good, original entertainment.

Borgman


I first heard about this film last October, as it was playing in the Philadelphia Film Festival.  But I didn't see it there, as it didn't fit into my schedule, and it appeared like another violent and disturbing home invasion film, of which I'm not a fan.  ('Funny Games' anyone?  I hate that movie.)  But having seen it now, I know I was way off.  Even though the film, mostly in Dutch, but with a little English, is essentially about a mysterious homeless looking man conning his way into a beautiful home, it's so much more than a typical violent and disturbing home invasion film.  It's mysterious, bizarre, and even somewhat surreal.  It keeps you wondering where it's going.  And it reminded me at times of 2012's Holy Motors, though it's not as much of a head scratcher.  All in all, a pleasant surprise.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  It's a bit niche, for the art house, subtitled film crowd who dig the bizarre and surreal.  Though fear not, it's not excessively violent, gory, or disturbing.

The Signal


Ambitious failures are hard to watch, and even harder to grade.  Mind you, I love the art house sci-fi and always look forward to them.   Often times what they lack in budget they make up for in creativity.  'The Signal', however, is beyond me.  Confusing right from the start, we jump right into a group of computer nerds on a road trip who decide to take a detour to track down a hacker who has been bothering them. It's 85% painfully dull and 15% intriguing yet unintelligible mess.  On the plus side it has some interesting visuals.  But the storytelling is poor.  And storytelling is always the most key.

Grade: C-

Who is this movie for?  Fans of ambitious art house sci-fi may want to catch it later in the year on VOD/DVD.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon


You may know what a mensch is, but chances are you've never heard of Shep Gordon.  And after seeing this documentary, I can't help but wonder why.  One would think a man who accidentally became friends with such rock stars as Janis Joplin and Jimmie Hendrix, the manager responsible for the careers of many including Alice Cooper and Emeril Lagasse, and the confidant of such A-listers as Michael Douglas and Mike Myers (who directed the film as a labor of love), would be known by more than just celebrities.  But now you too can hear the legend of Shep Gordon right from the horse's mouth.  It's an interesting watch for anyone interested in a look behind the curtain of Hollywood and classic rock.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Fans of documentaries about interesting people who led interesting lives related to classic rock and Hollywood.

Burt's Buzz


Before seeing this doc, I didn't know anything about Burt's Bees.  (But then again I'm not one of the seemingly endless number of women out there who are addicted to lip balms.)  Of course, not knowing anything made this doc about Burt, the bearded symbol and creator of the first products, more interesting.  I prefer the documentaries that highlight interesting people who have led interesting lives.  And this is that.  Burt's a character unlike most if not all people you know.

'Burt's Buzz' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Fans of documentaries about extremely odd people.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Long Way Down


Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, four strangers meet on a rooftop on New Years Eve all with the intention of killing themselves for four very different reasons.  Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and Aaron Paul make up the suicidal ensemble who make a pact to wait it out until Valentine's Day before offing themselves.  What follows is a nice, light drama as these four become friends and help each other through what ails them. 

'A Long Way Down' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  It's not groundbreaking but it's enjoyable for the festival film fans.

The Fault in Our Stars


As a straight middle aged man, there are certain genres of film I have no business reviewing under the guise of being a proper film critic.  This includes movies targeted towards pre-teens, teens, and women.  Nevertheless, I see a lot of movies and always offer my opinion here, regardless if it will represent that of the target demographic for the movie.

I must admit I wasn't expecting to love this movie, though like most of us I do find Shailene Woodley adorable.  (And if you haven't seen both The Descendants and The Spectacular Now and you call yourself a Woodley fan then shame on you.)  And I must say that for the first third of the movie I wasn't really feeling it, seeming like I was too old for this Twilight-esque romance among the terminally ill.  But just when I was about to slap this movie with a mediocre C, it began to win me over.  It took me in directions I wasn't expecting, and yes it even moved me.  While the rest of the audience were digging in their purses for tissues, struggling to hold back an explosion of tears, I actually got mildly choked up.  And that's more than I expected.  So, well done.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Hopeless romantics will love it.

Friday, June 6, 2014

In Theaters Now - 6/6/14



(new releases in green)

Chef       Grade: A

Edge of Tomorrow      Grade: A

The Immigrant       Grade: A-

Million Dollar Arm       Grade: A-

A Million Ways to Die in the West       Grade: A-

Cold in July       Grade: A-   (also available on VOD)

Chinese Puzzle       Grade: A-

Captain America: The Winter Soldier       Grade: B+

The Fault in Our Stars       Grade: B+

Divergent       Grade: B

X-Men: Days of Future Past       Grade: B

Neighbors       Grade: C+

Godzilla       Grade: C+

The Grand Budapest Hotel       Grade: C-

Belle      Grade: D+

Words and Pictures      Grade: D





Additional Films Not Reviewed:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Blended
The Dance of Reality
Fed Up
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Ida
The Lunchbox
Maleficent
The Other Woman
Rio 2