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 …

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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 …

Movie Review: Spring Breakers

What it’s about: Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying/drinking/taking drugs they are arrested only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. Genre: Crime, Drama Rating: 18 Director: Harmony Korine Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco Review: …

Movie Review: Now You See Me

What it’s about: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. Genre: Crime, Mystery Rating: 12A Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Cane Review: Without …

Movie Review: Bachelorette

What it’s about: Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school. Genre: Comedy, Romance Rating: 15 Director: Leslye Headland Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden Review: If you’re a fan of Bridesmaids type movies then you’ll like …

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

What it’s about: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime Rating: 18 Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal Review: …

Movie Review: The Iron Lady

What it’s about: An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. Genre: Biography, Drama Rating: 12A Director: Phyllidia Lloyd Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, …

Movie Review: Lovelace

What it’s about: The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. Genre: Biography, Drama Rating: 18 Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman Starring: Amanda Seyfrield, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Adam Brody, James Franco. Review: I …

Movie Review: The Breakfast Club

What it’s about: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. Genre: Comedy, Drama Rating: 15 Director: John Hughes Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason, …

Movie Review: A Beautiful Mind

What it’s about: After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish. Genre: Biography, Drama Rating: 12 Director: Ron Howard Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris Review: My initial reaction to this film was, ‘Over 2 hours of Russell Crowe, you’ve got to be …

Movie Review: The Social Network

What it’s about: Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. Genre: Biography, Drama Rating: 12A Director: David Fincher Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, …