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Exodus: Gods and Kings

It’s a movie with many problems, like most of Scott’s recent epics (Prometheus, Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven), but Scott has a better story to work with here and adds something of value to the world of Bible cinema.  Read more >

Interstellar (2014)

C+ | **½ | +1-2| Teens & Up

If you love art and science, and in particular if you love astrophysics, space travel and movies about them, it will be hard not to love Interstellar. By this I mean not that you will be bound to love it, but that you will take it hard if you don’t. A film like Interstellar is a rare event, and if such a film falls short, it stings in a way that the day-to-day failures of conventional Hollywood fare don’t.  Read more >

Penguins of Madagascar [video]

Stick a fork in them, they’re done. Or maybe that’s just me.  Read more >

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

C+ | **½ | +1| Teens & Up

What I can say is that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (a title strangely stuffed with too many the’s, at a time when movie titles often dispense with articles) includes — amid overinflated spectacle and cynical fan service — some of the best stuff of any of this prequel trilogy.  Read more >

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

C+ | **½ | +1| Teens & Up*

Propaganda and symbolism have always been a crucial weapon in the arsenal of any campaign, but their value increases exponentially in the information age. This isn’t a particularly radical idea, although this may be the first time it’s trickled down into a blockbuster franchise. Can you imagine Luke Skywalker making subversive videos calling out Darth Vader and coining popular slogans about fighting the Empire?  Read more >

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

A- | ***½ | +2| Kids & Up*

At the intersection of Disney and Marvel, in a pan-Pacific megalopolis spanning San Francisco and Tokyo, in a world with one foot in science fiction and one in superhero adventure, is Big Hero 6. By my lights, this is a very good place to be.  Read more >

Exodus: Gods and Kings

It’s a movie with many problems, like most of Scott’s recent epics (Prometheus, Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven), but Scott has a better story to work with here and adds something of value to the world of Bible cinema.  Read more >

Interstellar (2014)

C+ | **½ | +1-2| Teens & Up

If you love art and science, and in particular if you love astrophysics, space travel and movies about them, it will be hard not to love Interstellar. By this I mean not that you will be bound to love it, but that you will take it hard if you don’t. A film like Interstellar is a rare event, and if such a film falls short, it stings in a way that the day-to-day failures of conventional Hollywood fare don’t.  Read more >

Penguins of Madagascar [video]

Stick a fork in them, they’re done. Or maybe that’s just me.  Read more >

St. Vincent (2014)

B | **½ | +2-2| Teens & Up*

When a Hollywood comedy pairs a dissolute, misanthropic curmudgeon with a cute young kid, you expect a story of redemption — particularly when the movie is called St. Vincent, and the curmudgeon’s name is Vincent. When the curmudgeon played by Bill Murray, it’s a done deal.  Read more >

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

C+ | **½ | +1| Teens & Up

What I can say is that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (a title strangely stuffed with too many the’s, at a time when movie titles often dispense with articles) includes — amid overinflated spectacle and cynical fan service — some of the best stuff of any of this prequel trilogy.  Read more >

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

C+ | **½ | +1| Teens & Up*

Propaganda and symbolism have always been a crucial weapon in the arsenal of any campaign, but their value increases exponentially in the information age. This isn’t a particularly radical idea, although this may be the first time it’s trickled down into a blockbuster franchise. Can you imagine Luke Skywalker making subversive videos calling out Darth Vader and coining popular slogans about fighting the Empire?  Read more >

Theory of Everything, The [video] (2014)

B | Teens & Up

Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s 30-year-marriage gets the Wikipedia treatment, if Wikipedia were prettier, and sanitized.  Read more >

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