2014 Film Reviews

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 […]

Birdman (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Riggan Thomson, a washed up movie star best known for playing the superhero, Birdman, attempts to rejuvenate his floundering career by directing and starring in an adaptation of the Broadway play, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” But as a myriad of mounting pre-production disasters pushes Riggan to the […]

Obvious Child (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Donna is an aspiring comedienne who enthusiastically infuses her personal life into her stand-up performances, so after losing her beloved daytime job and being dumped in the same week, Donna’s act has taken a turn to the dark side. Depressed by the uncertainty of her future, Donna sets out to drown her […]

Belle (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy & Michelle Zenor Conceived through a forbidden relationship between a Royal Navy Captain and a beloved former slave, Dido Elizabeth Belle is rescued from a life of penury and hardship by her seafaring father who entrusts his daughter to her aristocratic and benevolent great uncle, Lord Mansfield. Being of mixed race, Dido […]