The Best of 2014

What went into the creation of this list? Mostly strong first impressions, followed by second (or third or fourth opinions) and a second viewing, confirming that there is some “there” there. Because this compilation is made right at the end of the year, it’s a judgment of its time made under at least condition since […]

A Most Violent Year

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor Produced by Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb, and Chandor Released by A24 USA. 124 min. Rated R With Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Albert Brooks, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, and Christopher Abbott A Most Violent Man is not particularly violent, and it only takes […]


Written and Directed by Damiel Chazelle Produced by Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, and Michel Litvak Released by Sony Pictures Classics USA. 105 min. Rated R With Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, and Paul Reiser Possibly the most intense/best film of the year, Whiplash appears to have been made for a niche audience. […]


Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée Written by Nick Hornby, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed Produced by Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Bill Pohlad Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures USA. 119 min. Not rated With Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann, Kevin Rankin, W. Earl Brown, Mo McRae, and Keene McRae […]

Camp X-Ray

Written and Directed by Peter Sattler Produced by Gina Kwon Released by IFC Films USA. 117 min. Not rated With Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, Joseph Julian Soria, Ser’Darius Blain, Cory Michael Smith, Julia Duffy, and John Carroll Lynch Private First Class Officer Cole (Kristen Stewart) remarks about halfway through Camp X-Ray that it’s […]

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

Written and Directed by Ned Benson Produced by Cassandra Kulukundis, Benson, Jessica Chastain, Todd Labarowski, and Emanuel Michael Released by the Weinstein Company USA. 122 min. Rated R. With James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a […]


Directed by Vincent Grashaw Produced by Kris Dorrance, Dave Gare, and Grashaw Written by Grashaw and Mark Penney Released by Breaking Glass Pictures USA. 104 min. Not rated With P. J. Boudousqué, James C. Burns, Chris Petrovski, Octavius J. Johnson, Nicholas Bateman Vincent Grashaw’s debut feature, Coldwater, is the kind of slow-burn thriller that almost […]


Directed by Pieter Gaspersz Written by Sabrina Gennarino Released by Paladin USA. 100 min. Not rated With Kathleen Quinlan, John Doman, Pablo Schreiber, Sabrina Gennarino, Adam Scarimbolo, Diane Neal, Darrin Dewitt Henson Stalin is alleged to have called a single death a tragedy and a million deaths a statistic. Art can whittle the great events […]

A Master Builder

Directed by Jonathan Demme Produced by Rocco Caruso, André Gregory, and Wallace Shawn Written by Shawn, based on Gregory’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s play Master Builder Solness Released by Abramorama USA. 127min. Not rated With Wallace Shawn, Lisa Joyce, Julie Hagerty, André Gregory, Jeff Biehl, Emily Cass McDonnell, and Larry Pine A Master Builder is […]