Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins Directed by: Alan Taylor PG-13. 112 mins An uneven, yet entertaining sequel that retains the humour of it’s predecessor without skimping on the action. The story of Thor continues as he finds himself pitted against a an…

Thor (2011)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Joshua Dallas, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Antony Hopkins Directed by: Kenneth Branagh PG-13. 115 mins An enjoyable, albeit perfunctory, entry into the Marvel canon. Combining both mythological and modern elements, Thor is a film that takes place both on…

No Strings Attached (2011)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Olivia Thirlby, Lake Bell, Mindy Kaling, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Cary Elwes Directed by: Ivan Reitman R. 108 mins A clever blend of naughty and nice with a formulaic story that greatly benefits from some witty one-liners and Portman’s charm. Emma and Adam (Portman and Kutcher) play…

Black Swan (2010)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied Directed by: Darren Aronofsky R. 108 mins It’s a beautiful and sexy nightmare bolstered by Portman’s committed performance. She plays Nina, a determined ballerina who has finally earned the role as swan queen. As she practices harder and harder, the role seems…

Brothers (2009)

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman Directed by: Jim Sheridan R. 110 mins Sincere but riddled with cliches, Brothers has the intention of being profoundly meaningful but falls into absurd melodrama throughout. Adapted from Susanne Bier’s 2004 film, Sheridan’s take focuses on Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), who must return to Afghanistan for another…

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne Directed by: Justin Chadwick PG-13. 115 mins More of a soap than a history lesson, The Other Boleyn Girl is visually striking but even the dedicated cast can’t save the melodramatic script and confused direction which oversimplifies the Tudor…

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Angelica Huston, Amara Karan, Natalie Portman Directed by: Wes Anderson R. 91 mins A stylish and emotionally honest film from the king of quirky character studies. Wes Anderson takes us on a journey through India as three brothers (Schwartzman, Wilson and Brody) attempt to develop a stronger bond…

V for Vendetta (2006)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith Directed by: James McTeigue R. 145 mins An unforgettable masterpiece that brings Alan Moore’s politically-charged graphic novel to visually impressive life. The story takes place in an alternate vision of Britain – a totalitarian government has taken over secret policeman stalk the…

Closer (2004)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen Directed by: Mike Nichols R. 103mins. Not for the faint of heart, Closer grabs ahold of the viewer and pulls just about every emotional string. Sex appeal and witty remarks balance out this drama which follows beautiful people doing very ugly deeds. Adapted from Patrick Marber’s…

Cold Mountain (2003)

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Kathy Baker, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins Directed by: Anthony Minghella R. 155 mins An (ironically) cold romance during the Civil War – Cold Mountain is beautifully produced and well-acted but flawed narration undermines this supposedly sweeping epic. Based on the far superior…