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…

RED (2010)

Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine Directed by: Robert Schwentke PG-13. 115 mins Riddled with cliches and “clever” gags, Red is far too light in comparison to the dark graphic novel. The story involves a group of former government assassins…

Running with Scissors (2006)

Starring: Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Cross, Evan Rachel Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Jill Clayburgh, Alec Baldwin Directed by: Ryan Murphy R. 122 mins A dysfunctional family memoir chock full of unlikeable characters and smug humour. Based on Augusten Burrough’s memoir of the same name, this film simply can’t decide what message it’s sending…

Match Point (2006)

Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton Directed by: Woody Allen R. 124 mins A sultry drama that seamlessly transforms into a tense thriller; Match Point is some of Woody Allen’s best work. Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a man from a poor background, has made his way…

Troy (2004)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Peter O’Toole, Brendan Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Garrett Hedlund, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean Directed by: Wolfgang Peterson R. 165 mins Falling short of the greatness of its source material, Troy condenses Homer’s 10 year war into a few months and loses much historical accuracy in this Hollywood…

Braveheart (1995)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, Ian Bannen, Brian Cox, Tommy Flanagan Directed by: Mel Gibson R. 177 mins A violent and historically dodgy epic that succeeds thanks to a legendary hero and the story that, while cliched, is undeniably moving. Gibson directs and stars in this tale of medieval…