Movie Review: Hansel and Gretal (2013)

What it’s about: Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Genre: Action, Fantasy Rating: 15 Director: Tommy Wirkola Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare, …

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Movie Review: The Book Thief (2013)

What it’s about: While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. Genre: Drama Rating: 12A Director: Brian Percival Starring: Sophie Nelissie, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

Movie Review: Frozen (2013)

What it’s about: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Genre: Adventure, Comedy Rating: 12 Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh …

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

What it’s about: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Genre: Biography, Drama, History Rating: 15 Director: Jean-Marc Valleé Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

What it’s about: Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama Rating: PG Director: John Lee Hancock Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson Review: Out of all the amazing films that …

Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

What it’s about: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Genre: Biography, Drama, History Rating: 15 Director: Steve McQueen Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch Lupita Nyong’o, Review: I’ve actually been somewhat worried about typing up this review …

Movie Review: Captain Phillips (2013)

What it’s about: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Genre: Biography, Drama Rating: 12A Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Chernus Director: Paul Greengrass Review: I literally …

Movie Review: Her (2013)

What it’s about: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi Rating: 15 Starring: Jaoquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt Director: Spike Jonze Review: Although this film is up for 2 Oscars, I haven’t really heard much …

Movie Review: The Kings of Summer

What it’s about: Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Genre: Drama Rating: 15 Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Erin Moriarty Review: I actually saw this film featured on someone’s …