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…

American Hustle (2013)

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Louis C.K. Directed by: David O. Russell R. 129 mins A fun, but overrated film that seems to wander back and forth in a monotonous way, repeating situations over and over without truly going somewhere. David O. Russell directs this very…

Man of Steel (2013)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Antje Traue, Laurence Fishburn Directed by: Zack Snyder PG-13. 148 mins Joyless and full of noise; the humanity in this superhero reboot suffers under the immense weight of heavy exposition and oppressive action sequences. The film begins as a young boy named…

Julie & Julia (2009)

Starring: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch Directed by: Nora Ephron PG-13. 123 mins A charming treat that could have used some more salt along with the sweet. Adapted from Julie Powell’s autobiographical book in which she attempts to  cook 524 recipes in one…

Doubt (2008)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis Directed by: John Patrick Shanley PG-13. 104 mins While it’s clear that Doubt translates much better on stage than on film, the performances are nothing short of spectacular. Meryl Streep plays Sister Aloysius, the tough principal of a Catholic high school in 1960s Bronx. When…