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…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Geraldine James, Joely Richardson, Goran Visnjic, Embeth Davidtz Directed by: David Fincher R. 157 mins. Slightly inferior to it’s Swedish predecessor, Fincher’s version is unique in it’s own right just based on Rooney Mara’s glorious performance. An eerie soundtrack from the brilliant minds…

Melancholia (2011)

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Ramping, John Hurt Directed by: Lars von Trier R. 135 mins A hauntingly original tale of depression and destruction. In this strange apocalyptic fairy tale, Kirsten Dunst brilliantly portrays Justine, a woman who just can’t seem to enjoy her gorgeous husband (Alexander Skarsgård) and her…

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…

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfriend, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd PG-13. 109 mins A musical with bad singers and too much camp, even ABBA couldn’t dance to this. Adapted from the exceedingly better stage production, Mamma Mia! is there story of Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) quest…

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Yun-Fat Chow, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Keith Richards Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 169 mins Devoid of any emotional connection or comprehensible plot, the third in this rollicking series is terribly pointless outside of the predictably flashy action sequences. With Jack Sparrow…

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 151 mins An escapist sequel with mind-blowing effects and an unfortunate onslaught of worn-out gags. Here we see Will and Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightley) about to exchange their wedding vows when Jack Sparrow…

Beowulf & Grendel (2006)

Starring: Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Polley, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Eddie Marsan, Tony Curran Directed by: Sturla Gunnarsson R. 102 mins This semi-mythical retelling of the classic Anglo-Saxon tale offers beautiful Icelandic scenery but robs us of an epic because of a dodgy script and awkward touches of modernity. Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) is a Danish king who murders…

King Arthur (2004)

Starring: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Stellan Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Stephen Dillane Directed by: Antoine Fuqua PG-13. 126 mins. Disappointing and forgettable.  While it provides a pseudo-historical take on the fascinating story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, the action sequences are laborious and the dialogue is exhausting. In…