Archived Flicksided Reviews

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2013:

This is The End

Much Ado About Nothing

White House Down

The Way, Way Back: Best Comedy of 2013

Girl Most Likely

We’re The Millers is a fun road trip

Kick-Ass 2: The Sequel Lives Up To The Hype

Lee Daniels’ The Butler: A Look Back at the Civil Rights Era

Blue Jasmine: Another Best Picture Candidate for Woody Allen

Blackfish: Sea World will never be the same

Gravity: The Best Science-Fiction Thriller in Years

12 Years a Slave

Thor: The Dark World

All is Lost

About Time

Delivery Man

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Frozen is the best animated Disney classic in years

Philomena

Matthew McConaughey shines in Dallas Buyers Club

Saving Mr. Banks honors the legacy of Walt Disney

Plenty of Laughs in Anchorman 2

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

2014:

Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewlyn Davis provides musical fun

Dysfunction shines in August: Osage County

Her is A Beautiful Masterpiece

Brie Larson is phenomenal in Short Term 12

Shailene Woodley shines in Divergent

Noah is a Big-Screen Epic But Has It’s Own Faults

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Draft Day

Transcendence feels like an Indie Sci-Fi film

Neighbors

Mad Men’s Jon Hamm shines in Million Dollar Arm

Adam Sandler not challenged in Blended

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Spoiler-Filled Thoughts

Maleficent: What Was Disney Thinking?

A Million Ways To Die in The West

22 Jump Street: It’s Exactly the Same

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Jenny Slate shines in Obvious Child

They Came Together: A Brilliant Satire of Rom-Com Films

Earth to Echo: The Found Footage Version of E.T.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes improves upon reboot

Begin Again is the Best Musical Film of 2014

Sex Tape

Wish I Was Here is very heartfelt

Scarlett Johansson thrills in Lucy

Guardians of the Galaxy one of the funniest Marvel movies

Let’s Be Cops falls short

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan shine in What If

When the Game Stands Tall

Magic in the Moonlight is not Woody Allen’s finest

Boyhood: One of the Best Movies in 2014

Family Dysfunction shines in This Is Where I Leave You

Gone Girl: David Fincher and Gillian Flynn are a Match

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Men, Women, & Children: A Film for the Information Age

Nightcrawler: The Modern Day Version of Network

Interstellar: A Home Run for director Christopher Nolan

Exodus: Gods and Kings is no Ten Commandments

Chris Rock’s Top Five is a Unique American Comedy

Oscar is calling for Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Ensemble shines in Disney’s Into the Woods

Night at the Museum 3 is A Fitting Conclusion

The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch aims for an Oscar

Unbroken: The Incredible True Story of Louis Zamperini

2015:

Selma distorts truth, but inspirational and powerful

American Sniper: Not Just a War Movie but a Character Study

Inherent Vice: Phoenix stars in Pynchon adaptation

Paddington: A Movie That’s Fun for the Whole Family

Whiplash: J.K. Simmons is the Best Supporting Actor

Birdman: A Unique Achievement in Cinema

Groundhog Day: Still a Classic 22 Years After Its Release

Black Sea: Jude Law headlines Suspenseful Adventure Thriller

A Most Violent Year: Another success for J.C. Chandor

Fanboys: Star Wars Road Trip Comedy Celebrates Six Years

Kingsman: The Secret Service Changes Up the Spy Genre

Laggies: Keira Knightley shines in Coming-of-Age Drama

The DUFF: A Social Media Twist on the High School Comedy

Still Alice: Julianne Moore will win the Oscar

Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, is no Ocean’s

Cinderella: Disney still has the Magic in Live-Action Take

Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris Prior

The Age of Adaline

Danny Collins: John Lennon Songs Fuel the Film

While We’re Young: Two Generations Collide

Woman in Gold: A Remarkable True Story

Avengers: Age of Ultron Sets Stage for Phase 3

Pitch Perfect 2: The Bellas Aim for Worlds

Tomorrowland Inspires Us To Make A Better World

Barely Lethal is Not Your Typical High School Movie

Results: The Crowd-Pleaser is Really Slow-Paced

Aloha: Cameron Crowe Rom-Com Not at Level of Classics

Welcome to Me: Kristen Wiig Continues Strong Indie Streak

Larry Gaye is A Cult Comedy Classic

Spy: Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy Make Comedy Gold Again

The Dramatics (A Comedy) is A Different Kind of Rom-Com

I’ll See You In My Dreams is A Thoughtful Comedy

Love & Mercy displays The Genius of Brian Wilson

Misery Loves Comedy: Kevin Pollack’s Doc is A Must-Watch

Live From New York! spans 40 years of Saturday Night Live

Jurassic World is a Metaphor for Hollywood Business

Another Period: The Sitcom Response to Downton Abbey

The Overnight is A Crazy Experience

Inside Out Takes You Inside The Mind And It’s Awesome

Infinitely Polar Bear: Mark Ruffalo Enters the Oscar Race

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Emotional But Charming

Unexpected: Another Excellent Effort from Cobie Smulders

Trainwreck: Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow have a Hit

Staten Island Summer: An SNL-Heavy Coming-Of-Age Comedy

Walt Before Mickey shows Walt Disney’s Life before the Mouse

Fort Tilden is Hilariously Insightful

The End of the Tour: Brilliant and Unconventional

Digging for Fire: Joe Swanberg Film is Improvised

Grandma: Will Oscar come calling for Lily Tomlin?

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live takes us Behind-The-Scenes

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the Raunchiest Movie of 2015

Sleeping With Other People: A Rom-Com for a New Generation

Indie feature Are You Joking? pays tribute to Comedy

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead Chronicles National Lampoon

Bridge of Spies: Spielberg, Hanks deliver in Cold War drama

Steve Jobs: Aaron Sorkin’s script celebrates Tech Genius

Back In Time: Documentary Celebrates Back to the Future

The Good Dinosaur Hits Sentimental Mark

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – The Force Is Back And Awesome

2016:

Will Race Be Remembered During 2017 Awards Season?

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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