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…

Elysium (2013)

Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Faran Tahir Directed by: Neill Blomkamp R. 97 mins A mind-numbing blockbuster that asks the audience to find humanity in yet another manufactured spectacle. It’s 2154 and only two classes of people exist: the very wealthy and the rest. The wealthy…

Promised Land (2013)

Starring: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy Directed by: Gus Van Sant R. 106 mins A touching, yet not entirely compelling tale with good intentions. Sadly, it lacks the punchy entertainment and memorable characters of superior tales about the moral complications that arise when a huge corporation meets a…

Contagion (2011)

Starring: Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburn, Katie Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow Directed by: Steven Soderbergh PG-13. 107 mins There is a palpable sense of dread in this realistic pandemic thriller, but lack of characterization and debatable plotting will certainly make audiences think twice about their habits, but it doesn’t exactly provide us with…

True Grit (2010)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper Directed by: Joel & Ethan Coen PG-13. 110 mins The most financially successful film of the Coen’s career is also one of their most accessible – True Grit can be watched by all audiences because it lacks that darker tone so characteristic of their…

The Informant! (2009)

Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Rick Overton, Tom Papa Directed by: Steven Soderbergh R. 108 mins A bizarre and darkly humorous tale of greed and deception that wins us over with some great performances but lacks dramatic clarity. Based on a true story, it stars Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, an…