Into the Woods

Rob Marshall turns a stage musical into a delightfully "stagey" movie


A "triumph of the human spirit" story that forgets the spirit

The Babadook

Jennifer Kent debuts with one of the most psychologically complex thrillers in years

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The end of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit saga mostly comes as a relief
Depending on which versions of the six different movies you have experienced over the years, Peter Jackson has now invited us to spend somewhere between 17 hours and 463 years in Middle Earth.

Exodus: Gods & Kings

Exodus: Gods & Kings fails when it tries to humanize its spectacle
It's ... big. Whatever else you might want to say about Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings, you can't deny that it's big.

The Homesman

A stark, anti-Western approach to the Western
Although as a rule, promotional appearances and interviews have no direct bearing on a film itself and should be disregarded, writer/producer/director/co-star Tommy Lee Jones' comments on The Homesman prior to its release ...

Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2 depends on the most predictable kind of transgressive humor
In the opening scene from Horrible Bosses 2, our returning protagonist trio—Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day)—appear on a happy-talk morning news show ...

The Theory of Everything

Pushing aside Stephen Hawking's achievements for a conventional romantic biopic
I suppose one could be annoyed at James Marsh's The Theory of Everything because it pushes aside Stephen Hawking's titanic achievements in understanding the universe in favor of a conventional romantic biopic material.


Video-on-demand thriller shows Mormons are mainstream enough to be crazy villains
When I learned that there was a film about a Mormon missionary who sleeps with and then stalks a married woman, I thought: "Who stole my diary?"

The Overnighters

City Weekly critics discuss the provocative "documentary"
Director Jesse Moss' nonfiction film The Overnighters examines the controversy in the town of Williston, N.D., where Lutheran pastor Rev. Jay Reinke allowed his church building and its parking lot to serve as a de facto homeless shelter for men ...


Christopher Nolan aims for three solid hours of wide-eyed wonder
Near the midway point in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, there's a simple but remarkable shot that seems to embody everything the always-ambitious filmmaker is aiming for. A NASA spacecraft on a crucial mission is approaching its destination ...

Big Hero 6

Disney sells the cute, but delivers the dark
Disney is getting really good at marketing its animated releases in such a way that you really don't have any idea what they're actually about. Pixar's Brave was sold with the slapstick shenanigans of the red-headed triplets ...


Birdman sacrifices its solid backstage farce for grand gestures
Oh, Alejandro González Iñárritu, well-played. You've practically made Birdman a dare to critics not to roll their eyes at you.


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