Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014)

Director Luc Besson likes to make movies about women who kick butt – Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita (1990), Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element (1997) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). His latest femme fatale is Scarlett Johansson in the very Lucy...
A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

I had been looking forward to this movie for months and I have to admit I’m a little disappointed. First off, things move slooow. I know John LeCarré’s books are all about procedure and details and characters, but I want a little suspense now and then. Outside of one...
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

This movie should have been a lot more fun than The Purge (2013) but somehow wasn’t. The plot of both movies (lifted intact from Star Trek episode “Return of the Archons”) is the same: in the not-too-distant future, smoothly running society has set aside one day a...
Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood (2014)

Richard Linklater’s latest is an odd duck of a movie. Spanning 12 years in the life of a Texas family, and filmed with the same cast for those years, Boyhood feels less like a movie and more like life itself. It meanders aimlessly with seemingly fresh starts that...
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

I didn’t like this movie. There. I said it. Everyone else in the world liked this movie, but I did not. I thought it was earnest and joyless and pretended to be about Serious Issues while not having anything to say about them. Short version: monkeys live in Marin,...