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…

Prisoners (2013)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis Directed by: Denis Villeneuve R. 146 mins As relentlessly depressing as it is intensely engaging, Prisoners gives the audience much to ponder – though some of these ideas can’t survive the 153 minute long journey as it loses credibility while…

Looper (2012)

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano Directed by: Rian Johnson R. 118 mins A clever and skillfully-crafted work of science fiction that proves the talented cast and crew are here to stay. In Looper, Johnson has created a world in which time-travel exists, albeit illegally, and run by…

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J O’Connor, Ciarán Hinds Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson R. 158 mins Like nothing you’ve ever seen, this is something very strange and new. The combination of Anderson’s engaging script and Day-Lewis’ terrifyingly masterful performance make this an unforgettable tale of greed and manipulation. Loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s Oil!…

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin Directed by: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris R. 99 mins The impressive screenplay and heartwarming performances give this film the perfect balance between drama and comedy. In their feature debut, Dayton and Faris have adapted Michael Ardnt’s charming script wonderfully. This is…

The Girl Next Door (2004)

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, Christopher Marquette, Paul Dano, James Remar Directed by: Luke Greenfield R. 109 mins A well-acted reboot a-la Risky Business that makes up for illogical plotting and moral contradictions with lots of laughs and some surprisingly sweet moments. Emile Hirsch plays Matthew Kidman, an ambitious high-school senior who dreams…