Category: 2.5/4

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Unbroken [2014] ★★½

Solidly crafted, impeccably acted and self-important in the way that Oscar loves, Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” is also incredibly close to exploitation. That’ll happen I guess, when your driving plot depicts the incredibly true story of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, from a crash landing of his plane at sea during WWII […]

I Origins [2014] ★★½

Don’t let this low-budget Sci-Fi Drama put you down. “I Origins”, written and directed by Mike Cahill (who did such a good job with “Another Earth” a few years ago), offers imagination and provocation to spare. It may not be as good as his first feature, but it […]

The Babadook [2014] ★★½

You know something is up when an Australian horror movie comes out of nowhere to win several awards at the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival earlier this year. Truth be told, “The Babadook” doesn’t completely live up to its potential, but it does know how to creep you out. Amelia (Essie […]

Laggies [2014] ★★½

“Laggies” is far from innovative, but it’s pleasant enough, and I think that’s the fitting adjective for this coming of age film starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell. Knightley plays Megan, a 20 something woman who is still trying to figure out what to do with her […]

The Drop [2014] ★★½

If you love James Gandolfini (and who doesn’t), this is your last chance to see the late actor on the big screen. And it’s a damn good performance, playing a small-time crook who runs a Brooklyn bar that serves as a money drop for Russian dealers. The bartender, Marv’s cousin […]

John Wick [2014] ★★½

Ok, who’s kidding who? This tense, entertaining action thriller starring Keanu Reeves as a killer seeking revenge against the people who stole his 1969 Mustang and killed his puppy, isn’t new at all. You’ve seen it so many times before. Accept that and you’ll have a fine time at the movies. Reeves […]