2014 Film Reviews

Citizenfour (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy “We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind.” I wish I could tell you this quotation is from the newest dystopian science fiction blockbuster about to hit the big screen, but, unfortunately, this alarming excerpt is the all too truthful and ominous warning given to us by […]

Selma (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy During the civil rights struggles of the 1960’s, there was no bigger name than Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A man of faith who preached nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, King’s dedication to the furtherance of African-American rights has yet to be surpassed. Set during the spring of 1965, Dr. King, […]

Big Eyes (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Based on a true story, Big Eyes is the intriguing tale of painter Margaret Keane, an artist whose uniquely styled portraits became extremely popular during the 1960’s despite being derided by much of the art establishment as “hack work.” However, instead of this being a time of great joy, Margaret’s life becomes […]

Frank (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Jon Burroughs is a novice songwriter/musician floundering in a dead-end office job. However, after witnessing a suicide attempt, Jon serendipitously finds himself the new keyboardist of the Soronprfbs, an eccentric rock band led by Frank, an enigmatic frontman who dons a giant, papier-mache head. But as Jon quickly discovers, not all is […]

Wish I Was Here (2014)

Review by: Jarrett Leahy Aiden Bloom, a husband and father of two, continues to doggedly pursue his dream of a career in Hollywood thanks to a very supportive wife and a father who is paying for the private education of his grandchildren. But as unexpected news of his father’s illness hits, this struggling actor suddenly […]

Whiplash (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Andrew is a gifted young jazz drummer with aspirations of being one of the greats. After acceptance to Shaffer Conservatory, the finest music school in the country, Andrew is discovered by the school’s most renowned and formidable conductor, Mr. Terrence Fletcher. But as Andrew quickly finds out, Mr. Fletcher’s unorthodox methods for […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy After sabotaging the Capitol’s illustrious Quarter Quell, Katniss is rescued by the rebellion and whisked away to safe confines of the underground fortress of District 13. But as she tries to recover from the latest infliction of physical and emotional scars, Katniss soon learns that the leaders of the rebellion have bigger […]