Last Batch for 2013 – Quick Review: 12 Years a Slave, Enough Said, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine, August: Osage County, The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, Frances Ha & Inside Llewyn Davis

“12 Years a Slave” (2013, Steve McQueen) RATING: 9/10 Director: Steve McQueen Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch Screenplay: John Ridley (Based on the novel “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup) – The remarkable story of Solomon Northup, a free black man tricked and…

Review: All is Lost (2013, J.C. Chandor)

RATING: 4.5/10 Director: J.C. Chandor Cast: Robert Redford Screenplay: J.C. Chandor I’ll make this short because I don’t really have much to say about this film. Did I miss anything? Because all the rave reviews of “All is Lost” made it seem like a major film to watch this year. It certainly isn’t a bad movie (its technicals…

Review: American Hustle (2013, David O. Russell)

RATING: 9/10 Director: David O. Russell Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jack Houston, Robert De Niro, Michael Pena, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Rohm, Shea Whigham Screenplay: Eric Singer & David O. Russell The highly anticipated film, “American Hustle” surely did not disappoint. Directed by David O. Russell (who co-wrote the screenplay…

Review: Rush (2013, Ron Howard)

RATING: 9/10 Director: Ron Howard Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Olivia Wilde, Pierfrancesso Favino, David Calder, Christian McKay Screenplay: Peter Morgan No matter who the haters are, I’m going to stand behind this film and say that “Rush” is certainly one of Ron Howard’s best films. Maybe at par with “A Beautiful Mind” (2001) and…

Review: Saving Mr. Banks (2013, John Lee Hancock)

RATING: 8/10 Director: John Lee Hancock Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Collin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Shwartzman, B.J. Novak, Ruth Gordon, Annie Rose Buckley Screenplay: Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith It’s hard not to be mesmerised by “Saving Mr. Banks”, when the first few notes of a popular tune plays in the opening scene. And it…

Review: Don Jon (2013, Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

RATING: 6/10 Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, Jeremy Luke Screenplay: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Though “Don Jon” isn’t a bad movie at all, there was just something completely underwhelming with the entire project by first time director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. However, a part of it seems to be quite revolutionary – and…

Happy New Year!!!

2014 is here, but 2013 is not far behind us! With Oscar nominations coming soon, the film season of 2013 is really heating up! I’m trying to catch up on all my movies and I’ll be posting more of my personal choice awards by the end of January. However, by the end of the week…