John Wick (2014)

John Wick serves quick, over-stylish CQC “gun-fu” (a term from J. Rothkopf) that marks Keanu Reeves’ audacious come-back to ‘real action’ movie. Although the plot is cliched; John Wick doesn’t care, ’cause he’s a slave of overkill.

We are professional killers—civilized!” cried a crime-lord.

Do I look civilized?” John Wick answered.

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Blue Ruin (2014)

Enticing, poignant, but funny—Blue Ruin is an exhilarating revenge thriller that has extravagant shades of black comedy

Just ’cause my dad loved your mom… we all end up dead,” said Dwight.

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Fury (2014)

With good chemistry between the A-listers in casts led by Brad Pitt’s comeback to Nazi hunting business, Fury convincingly depicts the horror of WW II through well-choreographed tank battle. Although some cliches in plot and over-the-top celebration of the violent bloodshed sometimes bother, the suspense lasts for the whole duration.

Ideals are peaceful. History is violent,” said Don Collier.

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Horns (2014)

You wouldn’t believe the director who brought you gory/funny Haute Tension and Piranha 3D directing the post-Harry Potter lead in a romantic supernatural whodunit with strong biblical metaphor… until you watch Horns.

No one is born evil; the Devil itself is fallen angel,” said Ig Perrish.

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Noah (2014)

With stunning visuals and audacious interpretation of Bible, Noah, indeed, has the shade of Aronofsky. Only the decision to put the flood in the middle makes the movie feel a little too draggy during the third act.

A great flood is coming. The waters of the heavens will meet the waters of earth. We build a vessel to survive the storm. We build an ark.”

— Noah, Noah (2014)

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White Bird In A Blizzard (2014)

Even with the taste of ‘mystery’ that revolves around half of the story, White Bird still finds its heart reflected on the bond between two leading female characters in this movie.

I was 17 when my mother disappeared,” said Kat Connors.

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