Kevin’s picks on DVD this week: The Theory of Everything, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, St. Vincent, Birdman and The Interview
Stinker of the week: Dying of the Light
The releases of 2014 have been a rocky road. When many of them were announced, they were like a kindergarten class of inspiring kids with plenty of ambition and potential. However, as the films matured to release date, we were left in a sea of mediocrity. Films that could have been fantastic blockbusters – like “Godzilla,” “Maleficent” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” – were fraught with problems, making them forgettable at best. Even the end-of-the-year award slate offerings – including “Big Eyes,” “Into the Woods” and “Unbroken” – had such promise but ended up being uninspiring.
Still, in the batch of releases throughout the years, there were some stellar movies to highlight. Like my best-of lists of previous years, I demonstrate my soft spot for animation, and I am happy to see a nice mixture of award-bait movies and blockbuster tent-poles, and even a few lesser-known films that missed out on others’ lists. Anyway, on to my ten favorite of 2014…
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Opens: November 14, 2014
Studio: Focus Features
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Harry Lloyd
Directed by: James Marsh
Kevin says The Theory of Everything ROCKS!
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This Week: This week, Kevin is hanging up his bow and arrow for mightier weapons, and he’s going to war with the Capital… or at least he will start to until next year when things can rightfully conclude. Kevin takes aim at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I, The Theory of Everything, Rosewater and V/H/S: Viral. However, before that commences, he weighs in on some news, particularly the Bill Cosby hullabaloo. Later in the show, Kevin answers a listener question and then makes his hefty box office predictions before rattling through some DVD and Blu-ray recommendations. Then, it’s on to the Hunger Games… next year.