Category: Film Reviews

WHIPLASH

DVD review: Whiplash

R, 107 minutes As I’m writing this, the Academy Awards ceremony has not yet happened, but by the time you’re reading it J.K. Simmons will mostly likely have claimed the Oscar for best supporting...

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Film Review by Collin Stroup Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson Rating: 3.75 out of 5 When you are paying homage to a specific kind of genre or a...

Pitchkites

Film thoughts from Max

Film commentary by Max Pitchkites   Fifty Shades of Grey (February 14, 2015) The long-anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling novel was slated for an ambitious Valentine’s Day release, which is rather humorous in...

WEB-DVD review

DVD review: The Homesman

R, 122 minutes If I were to measure “The Homesman” only by its two lead performances, I’d call it a home run deserving of multiple Academy Award nominations. Unfortunately, its story wanders this way...

WEB-DVD review

DVD review: The Judge

R, 141 minutes “The Judge,” a dramatic star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr., has a solid premise and terrific performances by him and Robert Duvall. But the movie is so overloaded with secondary characters...

WEB-DVD review

DVD review: The Boxtrolls

PG, 96 minutes “The Boxtrolls” was easily my favorite animated film of last year – partly because the stop-motion gem is so visually alive and imaginative, but also because there really wasn’t much in...

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If you know film, you know The Guest

Commentary by Collin Stroup Director: Adam Wingard Stars: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe Available on Amazon Instant Streaming, Netflix DVD and DVD and Blu-Ray The Guest is one of those movies that you just keep...

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

DVD review: Men, Women & Children

R, 119 minutes Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” is a noble effort but not a successful film. It’s worth a look on video, because there are a few moments of quiet power in...