A rebel with a pause

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I

Action/Adventure Rated PG-13

"With Mockingjay – Part I, the series becomes a clever commentary on the genre it helped cement."
Behind by a nose

Foxcatcher

Drama Rated R

"Carell's performance is exaggerated, pronounced and so prominent that it obstructs other features."
A brief history of Hawking

The Theory of Everything

Drama Rated PG-13

"...the noble patient, served up with heavy doses of tea and sympathy."
Gravitational lull

Interstellar

Action/Adventure Rated PG-13

"What many had hoped would be Christopher Nolan’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is, instead, 2014: An Exposition Odyssey."
Morbid virtuosity

Nightcrawler

Thriller Rated R

"Jake Gyllenhaal haunts Nightcrawler like a ghost who’s seen a ghost..."
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Manakamana

Documentary Rated NR

“A purifying moviegoing experience…”

Big Hero 6

Family Rated PG

“…awfully weaponized for a movie that’s ostensibly about mercy and caregiving.”

Memphis

Drama Rated NR

“…drifts between the earthy and the celestial, with a scratchily sublime soundtrack to match.”

Birdman

Drama Rated R

“With a glint in his eye and a ‘caw!’ on his lips, Michael Keaton takes the unexpected opportunity that is Birdman and soars with it.”

Whiplash

Drama Rated R

“…a consideration of the potential, value and cost of perfection.”

Dear White People

Comedy Rated R

“…satirizes the fact that our increasingly integrated culture has in some ways only heightened the reliance on dismissive shorthand.”

The Boxtrolls

Family Rated PG

“…looks as if it’s made from materials found in the back closet of an arts-and-crafts class.”

Gone Girl

Thriller Rated R

“A viper’s nest of unreliable narrators.”

The Skeleton Twins

Drama Rated R

“When a film piles on this many problems for its characters, it’s often because it doesn’t really believe in any of them.”

Guardians of the Galaxy

Action/Adventure Rated PG-13

“…so stuffed with pop-culture references that if you removed them the entire movie would likely collapse.”