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One-Man Tour de Force

Jake Gyllenhaal is at his creepy best in Nightcrawler

By Alex Bentley

With both of his parents, not to mention his sister, involved in filmmaking, Jake Gyllenhaal has every reason to live off his name and make easy, unremarkable movies. Instead, except for a couple o ...


Oscar Contenders

Gut-wrenching Whiplash is one of 2014's best films

By Alex Bentley

Jazz is probably not high on many people’s lists when it comes to interesting topics for a movie, but in the hands of writer/director Damien Chazelle, it is the impetus for one of the most in ...


Michael Keaton Flying High

Weird and wild Birdman takes the high wire to movie greatness

By Alex Bentley

There are some films that defy classification, ones that don’t conform to any preconceived notion of what a film should be despite having much in common with their predecessors. Birdman or (T ...


Yet Another War Movie

Fury suffers from war fatigue with same old movie tropes

By Alex Bentley

If someone is going to make a movie about World War II, he had better have a strong reason for doing so. Definitive movies about the Holocaust, military conquests and other aspects have already bee ...


Life in the Internet Age

Internet-obsessed Men, Women & Children will scare parents to death

By Alex Bentley

The Internet age can often be challenging and confusing, and although some films have touched on aspects of this, no mainstream film has made it the sole focus of the story until Men, Women & C ...


David Fincher At His Finest

Sinister Gone Girl makes for a wicked good time

By Alex Bentley

The central mystery in Gone Girl, the new film based on the best-seller written by Gillian Flynn, is one that fits right in with today’s media-saturated culture. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) retu ...


Action Hero Time

Even Denzel Washington can't rescue The Equalizer from cheesy thriller fate

By Alex Bentley

Denzel Washington has taken a long and winding road to becoming an action star. He nearly started out as a perennial Oscar contender in the 1980s, and it wasn’t until 2001’s Training Da ...


Family Quirks

This Is Where I Leave You charms with all-star cast

By Alex Bentley

Since his career revival as the lead in the TV show Arrested Development, Jason Bateman has played many roles that have traded upon his essential goodness. While others commit crimes, moral or actu ...


Horrific Transformation

Tusk proves Kevin Smith should stick to comedy

By Alex Bentley

A good horror comedy has to strike the right balance between two seemingly disparate genres. It needs enough horror to please aficionados, but it also requires the right amount of comedy to draw in ...


Predictable Yet Pleasurable

Frontera's first-rate acting makes up for predictable storyline

By Alex Bentley

There are few new ideas in filmmaking these days, so a movie is often judged not by its originality but by how well it executes a familiar story. That’s certainly the case with Frontera, a fi ...


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