As much as it pains me to say it, The Wind Rises is a rather lifeless and dull biopic missing Miyazaki's signature sense of wonder and imagination. Read the Review
Under the Skin is an existential experiment of a film in which an alien teaches us a little something about ourselves over the course of her travels in Scotland as she harvest humans and finds compassion for her victims, which will eventually serve as her downfall. Read the Review
David Gordon Green's Joe is another white trash weeper with similar narrative notes akin to Mud and the tonal darkness of Winter's Bone that ultimately finds success in the performances of Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan. Read the Review
To no real surprise, Fading Gigolo is an enjoyable, unassuming little film that feels like something of a bizzaro world Woody Allen film by way of John Turturro. Read the Review
Felony lacks any measure of intrigue as one cop commits a crime, another attempts to cover it up and another attempts to expose it. Problem is, without any evidence it's all a matter of sideways glances and suspicion, leaving little else to be explored. Read the Review
Labor Day is a half-baked melodrama worthy of Nicholas Sparks, not Jason Reitman. Read the Review
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is some of the best filmmaking you'll see all year, but at the same time it will subject you to a story filled with shame, guilt, hatred, anger, rage, torture, anguish and tears. You'll be leaving the theater in a stupor. Read the Review
Denis Villeneuve's Enemy is a confounding piece of cinema that will capture your imagination and challenge you to be more than just an observer. Read the Review
Afflicted is a low concept, found footage thriller that would have been best served rolling credits 30 minutes in, but they went for another hour and everything goes off the rails. Read the Review
If it weren't for a couple of narrative hang-ups, August: Osage County would have been a film I'd quickly call one of the year's best. Nevertheless, I loved almost every minute of the snarling and nasty dialogue with performances from the likes of Streep, Roberts, Martindale, Nicholson and Cooper that actually are some of the year's best. Read the Review
Half courtroom drama, half melodrama, entirely worthless... this sums up Devil's Knot in one sentence. Read the Review
Dom Hemingway is something of a second cousin to Nicolas Winding-Refn's Bronson, in that it's a film about guy that's violent, vulgar and coked out of his mind. Sign me up. Read the Review
Guided by powerful performances and superb screenplay, Philomena is an uplifting, moving, funny and heartfelt story of two people that will capture your heart and a story you won't soon forget. Read the Review
Can a Song Save Your Life? is a soap opera-level melodrama that takes everything good writer/director John Carney achieved with Once seven years ago and flushes it down the toilet. Read the Review
Rush is a fantastically layered story of two opposing sides that clash, neither one hero or villain, simply two human characters that must learn to fight their natural human instincts. Read the Review
There's no denying Gravity is a towering achievement and technological marvel with some of the most impressive filmmaking we've seen in some time, but some of the flaws stand out a little too much upon reflection. Read the Review
Richard Ayoade's The Double is a very Gilliam-esque paranoid drama, relentless in its tiresome approach to the story of a man suffering an identity crisis. Many are going to like it... I didn't. Read the Review
The Railway Man is another traditionally told period piece, but the elegant nature in which it's told and performed elevates this story of revenge, retribution and reconciliation to heightened levels. Read the Review
Dallas Buyers Club is an absolute knockout with a pair of fantastic performances as director Jean-Marc Vallée sells compassion over fear and succeeds in most every way. Read the Review
Prisoners is likely to be one of the darkest films you'll see all year as a kidnapping narrative is taken to some unexpected places and done so with powerful performances, masterful directing and talent from all corners. Read the Review
Sorting through scheduling conflicts, business decisions and personal "must sees" has made planning for this year's Toronto Film Festival much more difficult that previous years, but here are my most anticipated as of now.
A look at the worst and most disappointing movies of 2014 so far including That Awkward Moment, Divergent, Jack Ryan, Maleficent and more.
How often is the sequel better than the original in a film franchise? I've come up with 16 titles, plus 18 others I considered for the list. What would you add?
A look at ten movies (and a few more beyond that) I saw as a child that I still love now as much as I did then.
Who are the most exciting directors working today? What does it mean to be the most "exciting"? Here are my picks with more than a fair share of honorable mentions.
From Tarantino to Soderbergh, Leigh, Fellini, Clouzot, Coppola and Reed, here is my list of the top ten Palme d'Or winners at the Cannes Film Festival.
Four months down and only four movies stand out to me as worthy of being called the "best" of the year so far, so here is my look at the best movies and a few worthy of mention.
A look the best and worst moments of the 2014 Oscars from Ellen DeGeneres, the infamous selfie, Lupita Nyong'o, Jared Leto and "Wind Beneath My Wings".
Martin Scorsese reveals his top ten Criterion Collection titles including Paisan, Red Shoes, 8 1/2, The Leopard, Ashes and Diamonds and more.
A list of 40 books being adapted into movies in 2014 from Gone Girl to Sin City: Dame to Kill For and much more.