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…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch Directed by: Peter Jackson PG-13. 161 mins Slightly better than it’s predecessor, the middle chapter of the Hobbit trilogy still feels just as unnecessary as the first. Moving at a glacial place, the adventure continues as Bilbo Baggins…

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard Directed by: Steve McQueen R. 133 mins Using his signature visual style to create profound moments of near-silence along with a surprisingly delicate and haunting score from Hans Zimmer, Steve McQueen explores the subject of…

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin Directed by: J.J. Abrams PG-13. 123 mins With more laughs and glossier action sequences than it’s predecessor, Into Darkness is a worthy entry into the sci-fi franchise – even if the novelty has worn off slightly….

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Iam Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Rob Kazinsky, Andy Serkis Directed by: Peter Jackson PG-13. 166 mins Majestic visuals and…

Starter for 10 (2006)

Starring: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic Cooper, Catherine Tate Directed by: Tom Vaughan PG-13. 96 mins An enjoyable British comedy with a mature sensibility. The time is 1980s Britain – McAvoy plays Brian Jackson, an average young man who’s above-average smarts get him into a posh university. When he isn’t training…