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It's Hard to Get Inside Llewyn Davis, but It's Worthwhile

We're used to stories about dreams come true. This folk tale of folk music is the story of one that doesn't which toys with reasons why.

The Book Thief is Pretty but often Painful to Watch

For any who see the film before reading the exceptional novel it's based on, a helpful tip is not to judge the book by the movie.

Homefront Nothing More Than a Momentary Diversion

Takes up the slot for those looking for a bone-breaking, pitchfork-stabbing, explosion-laden spectacle in their moviegoing.

Catching Fire Trumps its Predecessor in Every Possible Way

Under a new director, deeper themes lurk beneath the disturbing surface story of this sequel to offer a surprisingly relevant takeaway.

12 Years a Slave the Definitive Slavery Film

We’ve seen slavery depicted on film before, but not like this, comparable to the depths Spielberg plunged us to in Schindler’s List.

Revenge is Anything but Sweet in Garishly Violent Oldboy

It's like a much darker, grittier Count of Monte Cristo without any pesky food for thought. It's also an apathetic waste of time.

Simple Story, Visual Mastery Mark Mesmerizing Gravity

Your response to this movie will depend on which element of filmmaking—originality, characters, or performances—means the most to you.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 25, 2014 |
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Enjoy Thor: The Dark World for What it is: Mindless Fun

This is not a message movie, not a film that makes us better people. This one is just for fun. And what a lot of fun it is.

  • Susan Ellingburg |
  • February 25, 2014 |
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Black and White Nebraska Manages Colorful Warmth

It's a story about aging, dignity and greed, but it excels most as a simple father/son story.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 25, 2014 |
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Grace Unplugged Hits a Few of the Right Notes

A heartwarming message and strong production values are bogged down by an unnecessary dichotomy between faith and using our talents.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 11, 2014 |
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Ender’s Game is Beautiful, Beguiling and a Bit of a Headscratcher

Despite getting bogged down in details that don't always add up, one can't ignore its greatest strength: plenty of fascinating big ideas.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 11, 2014 |
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Diana Paints a Dreary Portrait of a Disenchanted Princess

The romance between Princess Diana and Dr. Hasnat Khan is the focus of this film, but also its major problem for lacking passion.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 11, 2014 |
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All is Lost is Man vs. Nature Done Spectacularly

Easily the sparsest film of the one-man survival genre, this virtually wordless film pairs intriguingly with current release Gravity.

Christmas Spirit Fights Coarse Dialogue in Best Man Holiday

Faith plays a starring role in the story and dialogue, but the language is so off-putting that believers will have a hard time watching.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 11, 2014 |
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The Counselor a Colossal Waste of A-List Talent

Ultimately a frustrating, cautionary tale on how drug trafficking doesn't pay. Does anyone really need to watch a movie to learn that?

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 11, 2014 |
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About Time Not Bad, but Nothing Special

There are some films you instantly become passionate about – a great romance especially. This wants to be one of those movies. It's not.

Dallas Buyers Club Will Win Acclaim but Lose Viewers

An explicit, intentionally repellent film that earns a very hard-R, but it's also the most arresting AIDS drama since Philadelphia.

Romantic Spark Missing from Otherwise Handsome Romeo and Juliet

Doesn't redefine Shakespeare's tragic love story for a new generation, but it should find a receptive audience among younger viewers.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 04, 2014 |
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Carefree Baggage Claim Showcases Patton's Range

While its formula and tone are excessively simplistic, it carries its canned comedy rather lightly on the shoulders of Paula Patton.

Free Birds is Anything but Family Fun

I was expecting Chicken Run with a Thanksgiving twist. Instead, I got a mean-spirited tale that left a bad aftertaste.

  • Susan Ellingburg |
  • February 04, 2014 |
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