Big Hero 6 (2014)

Disney plunges into the animated superhero genre with Big Hero 6, an entertaining but disappointing motion picture from directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. This 2014 film is the first Disney outing to use Marvel Comics characters, with Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau’s creations from 1998 leading to yet another Best Animated Feature Oscar […]

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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

2014 meant a comeback of sorts for the big screen biblical epic. Son of God, Noah and Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings all took viewers back to explore the myths of the Bible in unique ways. The latter deals with events in and around the book of Exodus, which pertains to the tale of […]

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Calendar Girl (1947)

In no way is Allan Dwan’s Calendar Girl a musical classic. This 1947 picture was reissued as Star Dust and Sweet Music and remains kind of a curiosity suitable only for Dwan fans and musical fanatics. For the Toronto-born director, this is certainly no Robin Hood or Heidi. It’s kind of an overlooked entry in […]

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Film Noir Friday: D.O.A. (1950)

One of the more eccentric of the film noirs is D.O.A., a 1950 outing from director Rudolph Maté. This movie can, at times, be jarring and surprisingly comedic despite the black clouds that frequently hover overhead. It’s also a fairly frantic picture, one that spends a lot of time inside the head of the protagonist […]

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No Good Deed (2014)

In the wide world of film, sometimes following a formula can lead to some interesting places if the ingredients are satisfying enough. Sometimes, however, following a formula only serves to reveal an innate lack of innovation and purpose. In the case of No Good Deed, the 2014 thriller, the latter turns out to be true.

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Film Noir Friday: Kiss of Death (1947)

Henry Hathaway’s 1947 film Kiss of Death is notable for a number of reasons. Perhaps most famously, it features the debut of Richard Widmark and he essentially steals the show. It’s also notable for having been captured entirely on location, with the post-credits acknowledgment that “all scenes…were photographed…on the actual locale associated with the story.”

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Sex Tape (2014)

Sex Tape is one of the worst movies of 2014. It’s a terrifyingly bad “comedy,” one constructed without an ounce of artistic merit and without a shred of actual humour. It spends its 94 excruciating minutes tumbling through its own unctuous, clichéd sense of self and winds up landing with an awful and pointless thud.

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Hercules in New York (1969)

The one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Hercules in New York, a 1969 fantasy adventure from director Arthur Allen Seidelman. This is Schwarzenegger’s first starring role in a feature film and it is a doozy. He’s not proud of this picture and for good reason, as it’s essentially a debacle that only has value […]

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Network (1976)

A dazzling, unusually prescient motion picture, Sidney Lumet’s Network is one of those movies everyone has to see at least once. The 1976 satire won four Oscars and is both over the top and remarkably restrained. It highlights a world that is by now broadly known to anyone with cursory knowledge of cable news and […]

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Foxcatcher (2014)

Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is a complex film that traverses through a number of themes, but it’s more importantly a mood piece that evokes more than it confirms. Perhaps more than any other 2014 film, Foxcatcher explores the idea of the rich American white male as relates to privilege and expectation. It does so using true […]

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Seagalmania: A Good Man (2014)

One of the better Steven Seagal films of the last few years is 2014’s A Good Man, a picture that features director Keoni Waxman finally finding his groove and places the protagonist exactly where he needs to be. The flick is kind of a blend of everything Seagal has thrown at audiences over the last […]

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Kong Island (1968)

Known variously as Kong Island or King of Kong Island or even Eve, the Wild Woman, this 1968 exploitation film is a treat for fans of preposterous, moronic cinema. Roberto Mauri directs what is a gratingly stupid but somehow entertaining collection of stock footage, science fiction and jungle babe prancing and turns in about 90 […]

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The Book of Life (2014)

Jorge Gutierrez’s The Book of Life is a frustrating animated picture. It’s more visually inventive than most and it has a solid story at its core, but the plot takes too many turns and there’s an almost insufferable insistence on being “cool” that keeps it down. This is made all the more maddening by the […]

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