Friday, October 30, 2015

In Theaters Now - 10/30/15



(new releases in green)


Room        Grade: A

Sicario        Grade: A

The Martian        Grade: A

Grandma       Grade: A

Black Mass        Grade: A

Experimenter       Grade: A-

Truth       Grade: A-

99 Homes        Grade: A-

Victoria       Grade: A-

Bridge of Spies        Grade: A-

Steve Jobs       Grade: A-

Our Brand is Crisis      Grade: A-

Crimson Peak        Grade: B

Suffragette       Grade: C+

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials        Grade: C




Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Burnt
Everest
Friends and Romans
Goosebumps
He Named Me Malala
Hotel Transylvania 2
The Intern
Jem and the Holograms
The Last Witch Hunter
Meet the Patels
Pan
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
The Perfect Guy
Rock the Kasbah
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The Visit
Woodlawn

Thursday, October 15, 2015

In Theaters Now - 10/16/15




(new releases in green)


Sicario        Grade: A

The Martian        Grade: A

Grandma         Grade: A

Black Mass        Grade: A

99 Homes        Grade: A-

Bridge of Spies        Grade: A-

Steve Jobs       Grade: A-

The Walk       Grade: B+

Goodnight Mommy        Grade: B

Crimson Peak        Grade: B

Learning to Drive        Grade: B-

Freeheld        Grade: B-

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials       Grade: C




Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Beasts of No Nation
Big Stone Gap
The Cut
Everest
Goosebumps
The Green Inferno
He Named Me Malala
Hotel Transylvania 2
The Intern
Meet the Patels
Pan
The Perfect Guy
The Visit
War Room
Woodlawn

Friday, October 9, 2015

In Theaters Now - 10/9/15



(new releases in green)


Sicario        Grade: A

The Martian        Grade: A

Southpaw       Grade: A

Grandma        Grade: A

Sleeping with Other People        Grade: A

Black Mass        Grade: A

99 Homes        Grade: A-

Trainwreck        Grade: A-

A Walk in the Woods        Grade: A-

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation        Grade: B+

The Walk       Grade: B+

Time Out of Mind        Grade: B

Goodnight Mommy        Grade: B

Learning to Drive        Grade: B

Freeheld        Grade: B

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon       Grade: B-





Additional Films Not Reviewed:
Big Stone Gap
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Captive
Everest
The Green Inferno
He Named Me Malala
Hell and Back
Hotel Transylvania 2
The Intern
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Meet the Patels
Pan
Pawn Sacrifice
The Perfect Guy
Straight Outta Compton
The Visit
War Room

Sunday, October 4, 2015

24th Philadelphia Film Festival


The 24th Philadelphia Film Festival is right around the corner, beginning Thursday 10/22 and running through Sunday 11/1, screening around 100 feature films at The Prince, Ritz East, Ritz Bourse, and a few days at The Roxy.  I always look forward to it and although I've already seen about a fifth of the program from other festivals, there are many more I am looking forward to seeing.

Want some suggestions? 

If you want a totally engaging, thrilling, and very emotional film you won't soon forget go see Room, starring Brie Larson in an amazing performance.   It's one of the best movies I've seen all year.  But beware, it's a really hard movie to watch.  And it will be most effective if you avoid the trailers completely.

If you want a great romance drama you won't be sorry if you go see Brooklyn, featuring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson.  It's terrific.

If you want a really funny and enjoyable romantic comedy you can't go wrong with Man Up, featuring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

You can always count on Michael Moore to make an entertaining and thought provoking film, and he doesn't disappoint with his latest, Where to Invade Next.

Some I know have criticized Victoria for its lengthy run time (138 min.) and for being too slowly paced at times, but if you give it a chance this German crime drama shot without a single cut will pull you in and satisfy.

If you grew up loving Raiders of the Lost Ark like many of us did, you will surely appreciate Raiders!, a documentary about a few kids who grew up in the 80's so obsessed with the film that they spent all their free time and money for many years remaking it shot for shot ... all except for one scene.  Thirty years later they set out to finish what they started.

You can always count on Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche New York) to create something original.  Anomalisa isn't as good as his prior work, but it's still pretty original, even despite how utterly mundane its story is.

From the director of the ultra-artsy, beautiful Italian Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, The Great Beauty, comes Youth, a slightly less ultra-artsy film that still provides all the great beauty of its predecessor, but also Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, and a bit more character development and story.  But it's still ultra-artsy, so buyer beware.

Who says film festivals don't do action?  The Wave is the Norwegian equivalent of an American natural disaster summer blockbuster.  And it's pretty fun.  (It's a whole lot better than San Andreas!)

You probably already know Lance Armstrong's story.  (I had already seen the doc, The Armstrong Lie, about him.)  But this narrative film, The Program, featuring Ben Foster is pretty good too.

Below are my grades for what I've seen so far.  Check back during the festival, as I'll try and post grades as I see more.

  • Room      Grade: A
  • Brooklyn     Grade: A
  • Man Up      Grade: A
  • Spotlight      Grade: A
  • King Georges      Grade: A
  • Where to Invade Next      Grade: A
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Live      Grade: A
  • Legend      Grade: A
  • Victoria      Grade: A-
  • Raiders!      Grade: A-
  • Our Brand is Crisis      Grade: A-
  • Remember      Grade: A-
  • Anomalisa      Grade: B+
  • The Lobster      Grade: B+
  • Youth      Grade: B+
  • The Benefactor (formerly Franny)     Grade: B+
  • The Wave      Grade: B+
  • The Program      Grade: B+
  • Emelie      Grade: B+
  • Welcome to Leith      Grade: B
  • (T)ERROR      Grade: B
  • The Survivalist      Grade: B
  • Mia Madre      Grade: B
  • The Invitation       Grade: B
  • James White      Grade: B
  • In Transit     Grade: B
  • Tale of Tales     Grade: B
  • Macbeth     Grade: B
  • Entertainment      Grade: B-
  • Homesick      Grade: B-
  • Demon      Grade: B-
  • Men and Chicken      Grade: B-
  • The Great Alone      Grade: B-
  • Bridgend      Grade: C+
  • Carol      Grade: C+
  • Suffragette      Grade: C+
  • Mavis!      Grade: C+
  • Disorder      Grade: C+
  • Guilty      Grade: C
  • The Treasure      Grade: C
  • Hedi Schneider is Stuck      Grade: C
  • Krisha      Grade: C-
  • Evolution      Grade: C-
  • Rams      Grade: C-
  • The Club      Grade: C-
  • Jafar Panahi's Taxi      Grade: C-
  • Body      Grade: C-
  • Camino      Grade: D
  • Love      Grade: D
  • Just Jim      Grade: D-
  • A Rising Tide      Grade: D-

Thursday, October 1, 2015

In Theaters Now - 10/2/15



(new releases in green)


Sicario        Grade: A

The Martian        Grade: A

Southpaw        Grade: A

Grandma        Grade: A

Sleeping with Other People        Grade: A

Black Mass        Grade: A

Mississippi Grind        Grade: A

The Keeping Room        Grade: A-

Trainwreck        Grade: A-

A Walk in the Woods        Grade: A-

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation        Grade: B+

Mistress America        Grade: B

Time Out of Mind        Grade: B

Goodnight Mommy        Grade: B

Learning to Drive        Grade: B




Additional Films Not Reviewed:
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Captive
Coming Home
Everest
The Green Inferno
Hell and Back
Hotel Transylvania 2
The Intern
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Meet the Patels
Pawn Sacrifice
Peace Officer
The Perfect Guy
Phoenix
Straight Outta Compton
The Visit
The Walk
War Room

Third Quarter of 2015



We're three quarters through 2015 and it's time for my quarter end review.

Below is a summary of my grades for the 109 films I saw that were released in the U.S. this quarter (either in theaters or on Video on Demand). Check them out and then refresh your memory of the films of the first quarter and films of the second quarter

As usual, many of the best movies this quarter were released on Video on Demand at the same time as or even before their limited theatrical runs, so you can see many of them right now without even leaving your home.

As always, I welcome your feedback, whether it be on here, on my Flieder on Film Facebook page, on Twitter @FliederonFilm, shoot me an email at bflieder@gmail.com, or just yell really, really loudly.  If you like what I provide here then positive feedback and sharing with your movie lover friends is always much appreciated.

  1. The Treatment       Grade: A
  2. Southpaw        Grade: A
  3. Grandma       Grade: A
  4. Batkid Begins       Grade: A
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl       Grade: A
  6. The Stanford Prison Experiment       Grade: A
  7. Sleeping with Other People       Grade: A
  8. Black Mass      Grade: A
  9. No Escape       Grade: A
  10. Mississippi Grind      Grade: A
  11. Break Point       Grade: A
  12. Best of Enemies       Grade: A-
  13. The Keeping Room       Grade: A-
  14. The Gift       Grade: A-
  15. Trainwreck       Grade: A-
  16. Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor       Grade: A-
  17. Boulevard       Grade: A-
  18. Do I Sound Gay?      Grade: A-
  19. A Walk in the Woods      Grade: A-
  20. The Primary Instinct      Grade: A-
  21. Ant-Man      Grade: A-
  22. Cooties      Grade: B+
  23. Vacation       Grade: B+
  24. Paper Towns      Grade: B+
  25. Some Kind of Beautiful     Grade: B+
  26. The Intern      Grade: B+
  27. Zipper      Grade: B+
  28. I Am Chris Farley      Grade: B+
  29. Listen to Me Marlon      Grade: B+
  30. Infinitely Polar Bear      Grade: B+
  31. The Second Mother      Grade: B+
  32. Pawn Sacrifice      Grade: B+
  33. Terminator: Genisys      Grade: B+
  34. Extinction       Grade: B+
  35. Shooting the Warwicks      Grade: B+
  36. She's Funny That Way       Grade: B+
  37. Z for Zachariah       Grade: B+
  38. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation       Grade: B+
  39. Straight Outta Compton      Grade: B+
  40. Everest      Grade: B+
  41. What We Did on Our Holiday      Grade: B
  42. Wildlike      Grade: B
  43. Addicted to Fresno      Grade: B
  44. Mistress America      Grade: B
  45. Being Canadian      Grade: B
  46. Time Out of Mind      Grade: B
  47. Welcome to Leith      Grade: B
  48. Strangerland      Grade: B
  49. Cop Car      Grade: B
  50. Pay the Ghost      Grade: B
  51. Bloodsucking Bastards       Grade: B
  52. Tig        Grade: B
  53. 10,000 KM      Grade: B
  54. A Hard Day      Grade: B
  55. Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary      Grade: B
  56. Suicide Theory      Grade: B
  57. Irrational Man      Grade: B
  58. Goodnight Mommy      Grade: B
  59. Breathe      Grade: B
  60. Mr. Holmes      Grade: B
  61. Lila & Eve      Grade: B
  62. Boy      Grade: B
  63. Dark Places      Grade: B
  64. The End of the Tour      Grade: B
  65. Slow Learners      Grade: B
  66. Learning to Drive      Grade: B
  67. Before We Go      Grade: B
  68. Ten Thousand Saints      Grade: B
  69. Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot      Grade: B
  70. Staten Island Summer      Grade: B
  71. Amy      Grade: B
  72. Cub       Grade: B
  73. Shaun the Sheep Movie      Grade: B
  74. Blind      Grade: B-
  75. Dirty Weekend      Grade: B-
  76. Ashby      Grade: B-
  77. Stung      Grade: B-
  78. Shanghai      Grade: B-
  79. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.     Grade: B-
  80. Call Me Lucky       Grade: B-
  81. Digging for Fire      Grade: B-
  82. Self/Less      Grade: B-
  83. Hitman: Agent 47      Grade: B-
  84. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon     Grade: B-
  85. Turbo Kid      Grade: B-
  86. The Runner      Grade: B-
  87. One & Two      Grade: C+
  88. Closer to God      Grade: C+
  89. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials     Grade: C
  90. Fantastic Four      Grade: C
  91. American Ultra      Grade: C
  92. The Hive      Grade: C
  93. Unexpected      Grade: C
  94. Air      Grade: C
  95. Captive      Grade: C-
  96. The Mend      Grade: D+
  97. Queen of Earth      Grade: D+
  98. The Editor      Grade: D+
  99. Pod      Grade: D
  100. Meru      Grade: D
  101. Cartel Land       Grade: D
  102. The Gallows      Grade: D
  103. Hellions       Grade: D
  104. 7 Chinese Brothers      Grade: D
  105. Uncle John      Grade: D
  106. The Visit      Grade: D-
  107. The Creeping Garden      Grade: D-
  108. Western       Grade: D-
  109. Tangerine      Grade: D-

Films Not Reviewed:
6 Years
10 Cent Pistol
90 Minutes in Heaven
After Words
Awaken
Being Evel
Big Significant Things
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Boiling Pot
A Borrowed Identity
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
Brilliant Young Mind
The Breakup Girl
Burning
Capital C
Checkmate
Chloe and Theo
Contracted: Phase II
The Curse of Downers Grove
Dark Awakening
Dark Was the Night
Dragon Blade
Eden
The Falling
Felt
Final Girl
Five Star
Fort Tilden
GTFO: Get the F&#@ Out
Gloria
The Green Inferno
Harbinger Down
Hotel Transylvania 2
I Dream of Wires
In Stereo
Jackie & Ryan
Jenny's Wedding
Jimmy's Hall
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
Listening
The Look of Silence
Lucky Stiff
Lyle
Magic Mike XXL
Mateo
Meet Me in Montenegro
Meet the Patels
Minions
Misunderstood
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism
The New Girlfriend
North Star
People Places Things
The Perfect Guy
Phoenix
Pixels
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Return to Sender
Ricki and the Flash
Robot Overlords
Rosenwald
Run, Hide, Die
Safelight
Samba
SHRed: The Story of Asher Bradshaw
Sinister 2
Siren
Sneakerheadz
Some Kind of Hate
Spare Change
Station to Station
Steak (R)evolution
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
Stonewall
The Strongest Man
Tom at the Farm
The Transporter Refueled
The Tribe
Unbranded
The Vatican Tapes
War Room
We Are Your Friends
When Animals Dream
Wolf Totem