Crime

Poker Night (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Poker Night (2014)

The problem with wisdom, we are told by a voiceover the moment Poker Night begins, is that you only get it after you need it. Hindsight, similarly, is like looking into a rear view mirror, unable to see what you’re going through until you’ve already passed it. Now that we know how important those words…

Inherent Vice (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Inherent Vice (2014)

There’s walking in circles and then there’s walking in circles the Paul Thomas Anderson way. Whatever that means. Not that it matters. Who cares, anyway? A flippant attitude for a flippant movie. Except that Inherent Vice, Anderson’s latest and possibly his worst, is 150 minutes of flippancy, a wacky stumble into safe, though awfully off-putting…

Zarra's Law (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Zarra’s Law (2014)

From its first scene of dialogue, older Italian men with permanent scowls etched into their world weary faces mumbling to each other in a Brooklyn bar, Zarra’s Law reads like a mob movie made by someone who wants to imitate the genre but doesn’t speak a word of English. For a significant portion of the…

A Most Violent Year (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: A Most Violent Year (2014)

J. C. Chandor’s New York drama, A Most Violent Year, is a misleadingly titled film, as its timeframe only covers a month and there is very little physical violence. While the title references the exceptionally high crime rate of New York in 1981, the film itself is an intriguing study of different types of violence,…

Nightcrawler (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

Atmospheric, nimble, climactic; these are a few adjectives that appropriately describe Nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis “Lou” Bloom, a creepy and impatient swindler turned stringer, is pleasantly disturbing. On the whole, the film from first-time director Dan Gilroy, is a potent thriller that paints a fluent picture of urban nightlife and the creeps that call…

Movie Trailer:  Furious 7 (2015)
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Movie Trailer: Furious 7 (2015)

“One last job,” Dominic Toretto says in this first trailer Furious 7. And because of the death of series lynchpin Paul Walker late last year, I believe him. Even though in each iteration they do manage to dream up an impressive stunt or two and show off some amazing cars, the series has gone on…

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