Godzilla (2014)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche Directed by: Gareth Edwards PG-13. 123 mins Advertisements

Oculus (2014)

Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, James Lafferty, Miguel Sandoval Directed by: Mike Flanagan R. 105 mins With an unforgettably unique style, Oculus offers genre-devotees a fresh, unique trip down the rabbit hole, utilizing the reliably cringe-worthy themes of such reality-bending classics as The Shining. Ten years ago, tragedy struck the…

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Andrew Tiernan, Andrew Pleavin, Hans Matheson, Jack O’Connell Directed by: Noam Murro R. 103 mins High on artificial thrills and low on character, this new chapter in the epic 300 saga doesn’t offer anything new and as a result, may only appeal to die-hard fans…

Non-Stop (2014)

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Omar Metwally, Lupita Nyong’o Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra PG-13. 110 mins In yet another needless French-produced action flick, Liam Neeson stars as U.S. Air Marshal, Bill Marks – a rugged man whose personal issues will have to be put on hold while…

The Monuments Men (2014)

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett Directed by: George Clooney PG-13. 112 mins. A frustrating film unsure in it’s tone and wasteful of it’s talents, The Monuments Men has predictably fabulous production but fails at instilling a real sense of passion for the subject…

The LEGO Movie (2014)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller PG. 101 mins. A bright film that boasts vibrant colours and surprisingly thoughtful messages, The LEGO Movie is a triumph that both young and old…

Labor Day (2014)

Starring: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Brooke Smith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, James Van Der Beek, Tobey Maguire Directed by: Jason Reitman PG-13. 110 mins Overly sappy and unconvincing, Jason Reitman’s latest effort takes a strange new direction away from clever witticisms and towards melodrama. Based on Joyce Maynard’s novel and co-written by Reitman,…

Lone Survivor (2014)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig, Ali Suliman Directed by: Peter Berg R. 121 mins A heavy subject and visceral action sequences make for an immersive experience, even if some may find it all too much. Based on the bestselling novel, the film recalls a few fateful days in…

Her (2014)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Olivia Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Brian Cox Directed by: Spike Jonze R. 120 mins Posing some very complex questions involving human consciousness, freedom, limits, and an ever-expanding connection with technology, Her is a film that reminds us that perhaps the most devastatingly simple of all…

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Renee Victor, Gloria Sandoval, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts Directed by: Christopher Landon R. 84 mins The fifth in a dying series – pardon the pun – continues to use the found-footage gimmick in combination with an uninspired plot, making for a highly pedestrian exercise in thriller-by-numbers. This time…

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey, Joanna Lumley Directed by: Martin Scorsese R. 179 mins A marvellously filthy rollercoaster that’s equal parts hilarious and horrific; The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the year’s best films and certainly worth the three-hour…

August: Osage County (2013)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Misty Upham, Sam Shepard Directed by: John Wells R. 130 mins A thespian extravaganza if there ever was one, this is a film that delivers in performance, but lacks the pulsing beat of an…