Review: The Theory of Everything (2014, James Marsh)

Eddie Redmayne dazzles as Stephen Hawking in the new Oscar-ready film about the genius’ life and relationship with his wife, Jane. But it is really Felicity Jones’ as Jane, Hawking’s young, suffering but trying wife that steals the picture right from under Redmayne that kept me going as I watched James Marsh’s new sappy biopic…

Review: Magic in the Moonlight (2014, Woody Allen)

Woody Allen, the genius that he is, has made both brilliantly good and tediously bad movies in the past forty years or so. However, his “legendary” status is not effected by the quality of work he produces year after year. In all honestly, I was a bit hesitant to the fact that Mr. Allen has…

Review: St. Vincent (2014, Theodore Melfi)

Self aware and a little bit too quirky was my first reaction to Theodore Melfi’s new comedy St. Vincent, starring comedy legend Bill Murray. And over the past few days, as I let my bias subside I can’t help but still feel the same way with the comedy that tried to touch my heart, and yet left…

Review: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 1 (2014, Francis Lawrence)

The first instalment of Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is definitely the most mature film in the entire series so far. The Hunger Games is lucky to have both a technical director with a great eye of making his Mockingjay (Jennifer Lawrence) shine because this franchise has a rare quality to it that doesn’t only make it the best Young…

Review: Big Hero 6 (2014, Don Hall & Chris Williams)

Disney pretty much has a consistent track record then any major studio in Hollywood. And that statement isn’t blowing anything out of proportion because they have dozens of Oscars to prove it (across the board in numerous categories), the box office, and substance in their animated features that’ll give both adults and children enjoyable memories…

Review: Interstellar (2014, Christopher Nolan)

It’s not out of the ordinary to have your mind blow after seeing a Christopher Nolan movie. After his release of Memento (2000) around 15 years ago, he made the stakes higher for brain twisting films that were both smart and truly cinematic. But this was my biggest problem with his newest science fiction endeavour Interstellar, I didn’t want…

Review: Fury (2014, David Ayer)

In one end of the cinematic spectrum, we have people who look down on Steven Spielberg for being over sentimental and generally schmaltzy. I am not one of those people. Unlike David Ayer’s Fury, Spielberg always has a general plot to keep characters and the narrative moving. When comparing this new release to one of Spielberg’s Oscar…

Review: Whiplash (2014, Damien Chazelle)

What makes a movie work? Not a lot, actually. First of all, you don’t need to have perfect acting, direction or writing to make a film work. All you need is a certain air of magic for a film to be special. For Whiplash, this is not the case. Whiplash doesn’t only have the magic that is reminiscent of…

Review: Maps to the Stars (2014, David Cronenberg)

David Cronenberg has always been one of those “great” directors who has never really done it for me. But admittedly, I’ve seen such a limited portion of his filmography that I never really wanted to judge him because I’ve had no grounds to do so. However, it was hard trying to get into Maps to the…

Review: Gone Girl (2014, David Fincher)

Sitting in the theatre, waiting for one of your most anticipated films of the year makes your stomach turn. It did more to me, by making me want to vomit. There’s an air about every David Fincher movie that comes out in theatres that makes me sick because of my high expectations. Fincher’s weird casting…