Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Leigh Whannell, Barbara Hershey Directed by: James Wan PG-13. 105 mins Despite an interesting journey through space and time, this sequel violates one of the most important rules in horror filmmaking: don’t spend too much time with backstories and mythology; more mystery results in more scares….

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood, Ray Liotta Directed by: Derek Cianfrance R. 140 mins A sweeping, yet ambitious, drama that’s equal parts moody and mesmerizing. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) directs this thematically dense film which explores the consequences of brooding motorcycle rider Luke’s…

Bridesmaids (2011)

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Chris O’Dowd, Jill Clayburgh, Rebel Wilson, Jon Hamm Directed by: Paul Feig R. 125 mins A smart and delightfully raunchy female-driven comedy that serves as a worthy contender to the “bromance” comedies that continue to dominate the box-office. Writers Annie Mumolo and…

Insidious (2011)

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Barbara Hershey Directed by: James Wan PG-13. 102 mins Creating spine-tingling atmosphere and borrowing elements from classic ghost stories, the folks behind Saw and Paranormal Activity have added a slightly spooky entry into the canon of supernatural thrillers. After moving into an…

28 Weeks Later (2007)

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau Jr. Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo R. 99 mins As grim and provocative as it’s predecessor, 28 Weeks Later unfortunately lacks the spirited characters of 28 Days Later. Six months after the rage virus infected the British Isles, America’s military has stepped in and begins the…

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis, Rip Torn, Rose Byrne, Blair Brown Directed by: Sofia Coppola PG-13. 123 mins A visual feast, Marie Antoinette is a perfect case of style over substance. In Sofia Coppola’s modern take, we are treated to comic moments and a rocking soundtrack as she explores how the doomed young…

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…