Romantic, emotional, dramatic. This film is quite a downer, especially upon realizing that it is essentially an elderly lady dying for two hours, but it is made special by the unwavering love and support behind all of her husband’s actions and the elegant dialogue and perspective filming. Recommended? This drama is a bit slow at times, but those who can relate to this story will really appreciate it. (more…)
Moneyball (2011): Slow, insightful, inspiring. The story takes a long time to pick up and could have used some humour to carry it into the second half, but it gives a fascinating perspective into the game behind what baseball spectators see. Recommended? For anyone interested in baseball or a good underdog story.
American Psycho (2000): Gory, confusing, psychological. Christian Bale’s talent is the best part of this movie, which otherwise manages to be unique from other serial killer films by having no tangible ending and a plot that takes so long to develop that viewers must sit through never-ending unintelligible rants and blatant misogyny to get there. Recommended? For those who enjoy films whose explicit content outweighs the overall plot.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010): Humorous, fantastical, quirky. Despite a few minor inconsistencies and a few blunders in the special effects, the story and adventure present Ancient Greece in an accessible and interesting way for young people. Recommended? To people of all ages with a basic knowledge of Greek mythology who wish to indulge in such an interest.
In the Heat of the Night (1967): Slow, mysterious, interesting. While the pace could have used some work, the mystery itself is quite intriguing and the overall tone shows viewers the everyday struggles for Blacks in 1960s USA. Recommended? For those who like classic cinema and/or mystery stories.
The Iron Lady (2011): Insightful, confusing, dark. Meryl Streep does a fantastic job as Margaret Thatcher, but that is the highlight of this monotone and often pessimistic film. Recommended? Not the best, but worth a try.
Jurassic Park (1993): Stunning, imaginative, unintelligible. The bizarre science and stupid decisions comprising the first portion of the movie border disaster film cliché, but the action shots and exemplary special effects make this movie an adventure like no other. Recommended? Don’t watch this for the story, but for the incredible accompanying visuals.
The Black Cauldron (1985): Enchanting, dark, forgettable. Certain elements of this film are signatures of Disney, though some of the characters are exaggerated, and the film is neither as timeless nor memorable as the true Disney classics. Recommended? Not bad, but a complete childhood does not require this film.
Paranorman (2012): Hilarious, unique, entertaining. The variety and depth in the humour and story allows the content to resonate among different generations. Recommended? Even though it’s an animated film, the movie is definitely meant for young adults.
Identity Thief (2013): Funny, interesting, entertaining. Behind the often excessive attempts at humour and sometimes illogical decisions is a good message, loveable characters and lots of laughs. Recommended? Not a 5 star movie, but a good laugh nonetheless.
Psycho (1960): Scary, dramatic, exemplary. Classic films like this show that horror films can have a deep plot and good character development. Recommended? Psycho is like a history lesson for fans of horror movies.
Reservoir Dogs (1992): Mysterious, excessive, violent. The movie has a good premise and structure, but unfortunately, Tarantino’s obsession with cramming as much explicit and unnecessary content as possible into his films elongates the film and makes it irritable at times. Recommended? This film would be most enjoyed by those who share the director’s fetish for explicit content and nonsense.
Rear Window (1954): Witty, mysterious, predictable. Hitchcock manages to maintain tension and suspense without gore and horrific gags, but with clever use of dialogue and implications. Recommended? A very good drama that is also funnier than expected.
Pitch Perfect (2012): Funny, light, entertaining. Despite some plot holes and excessive jokes, the one-liners and some of the musical numbers make this film memorable. Recommended? Good laugh, but this film’s main appeal is to women and music students.
White House Down (2013): Intense, humourous, entertaining. Despite being riddled with clichés associated with “American-action-disaster” films, the humour and action sequences are enjoyable. Recommended? Not the best movie, but the pure escapism makes it fun to watch.
The Impossible (2012): Gripping, emotional, frightening. The reality that this film is based on a true story of recent events takes this tale of disaster and survival to new depths, though beyond the story, viewers are captivated by breathtaking visuals and mature performances. Recommended? A powerful film, not for the faint of heart.
Jaws (1975): Scary, dramatic, engaging. The plot holes do not detract from the film that proves that Stephen Spielberg can make horror movies seem classy. Recommended? Anyone who is not afraid of sharks will be after seeing this.
Despicable Me 2 (2013): Hilarious, fun, entertaining. If the well-cast voice actors aren’t enough, this comedy is a laugh a minute, focussing on but not overplaying the humourous aspects that audiences loved in the first movie and introducing new ones as well. Recommended? Don’t think, just watch it!
Gandhi (1982): Fascinating, inspiring, slow. Some parts of this 3 hour historical piece seem to drag on, but Ben Kingsley gives an incredible performance and audiences can learn a lot about Gandhi’s unique methods for fighting injustice. Recommended? For anyone interested in learning more about this historical figure.
Back to the Future (1985): Light, entertaining, humourous. Alongside feeding fantasies of time travel, a good crop of characters and a loveable story, this film crosses over into many different genres, allowing a varied audience to appreciate and enjoy it. Recommended? This one is truly a classic and a must see.
The Fifth Element (1997): Strange, dramatic, artsy. This dystopian action drama is quirky and questionable at first, but the eccentric characters prove to be oddly entertaining amongst the vivid visuals and simple story. Recommended? For those interested in an everyday SciFi action film.
Hors de Prix (Priceless) Funny, romantic, hectic. While the beginning involves many plot turns that don’t seem to make sense and the many of the main character’s decisions seem irrational, the story picks up as the main characters learn the real tolls of the rich life, and the light-hearted nature of this film makes it very enjoyable. Recommended? Mostly for those looking to wind down with a good laugh (and also don’t mind reading subtitles if necessary).
X-Men: Fascinating, humorous, entertaining. The plot is very well developed and all aspects of the special effects were executed with class, all showcasing interesting characters never afraid to exhibit a witty one-liner. Recommended? A movie that can be both this much fun and serious at the same time has a little something for everyone.
Shutter Island (2010): Freaky, suspenseful, clever. While certain events towards the beginning of the film seem unintelligible, the plot takes many interesting plot turns and the mysterious and the quirky characters make this film even more entertaining. Recommended? Every minute of this film should be viewed with the utmost attention to details.
Inherit the Wind (1960): Profound, humorous, insightful. The performances of both Spencer Tracy and Fredric March are superb in this film adaptation of the real life Monkey Trial of 1925, a story that brilliantly displays the early stages of the evolutionism vs. creationism debate and the importance of higher thinking. Recommended? This film is an inquisitive journey for atheists, agnostics and believers alike.
Dances with Wolves (1990, Special Edition): Historic, heartfelt, captivating. While the first hour could be greatly condensed as to quicken the pace, the respectable acting and storyline are complimented by stunning visuals and effects. Recommended? While the extended version is quite captivating in itself, the added content may prove unnecessary for some, but this film is definitely worth seeing.
The Green Mile (1999): Dramatic, emotional, tragic. A truly great screenplay complete with memorable characters that will be loved and hated, on their journeys to truth and justice. Recommended? This is one film that definitely should not be overlooked.
Iron Man 3 (2013): Intense, funny, entertaining. As with the previous Iron Man films, the actors fit their roles perfectly and add some spice to boot; but unlike the previous one, the story is full of action, exciting plot turns and a genuinely interesting plot. Recommended? A big improvement over number 2, possibly the best one in the trilogy.
Citizen Kane (1941): Artistic, mysterious, boring. The filmmaking is clearly exemplary for many films to come, but the majority of the film consists of 2 hours chronicling the details of the life of Charles Kane which are indifferent to the purpose and outcome of the film. Recommended? This film would probably only be of interest to fans of classic cinema, as there is not much here for everyone else.
French Immersion (2011): Hilarious, light, disjointed. While the storyline is quite sparse, it produces enough laughs to make up for it, like any good comedy should. Recommended? For anyone with, at the very least, a basic knowledge of Canada, Quebec and the French language.
Saving Private Ryan (1998): Intense, gory, impressive. The effects and visuals that make up this film are of the class that has given Spielberg the positive reputation that he has today, and while a serious and respectful tone is maintained throughout the film, writer Robert Rodat cleverly adds some humour and quirky moments as well. Recommended? This wartime epic is an adventure well-worth the experience.
No Country for Old Men (2007): Violent, slow, unclear. The direction and acting in this film are both well done, but the simple storyline is far too drawn out and, for the most part, lacks cohesion. Recommended? Not the most exciting film out there, but worth a try nonetheless.
American Beauty (1999): Tragic, emotional, dramatic. Some of the subject matter is a bit unsettling, but the emotions and thematic depth coupled with Kevin Spacey’s amazing performance make for a thoroughly engaging movie experience. Recommended? A must-see film, especially for anyone who believes that their life is empty.
Philadelphia (1993): Engaging, informative, emotional. This movie tackles major issues and prejudices in a unique way, setting it apart from similar attempts, and the main characters are both strong, respectable and well-portrayed. Recommended? This is definitely worth watching.
The Wrestler (2008): Brutal, emotional, mediocre. The story and growth of the main character and Mickey Rourke’s performance are the driving forces behind this film, for despite some depth, the overall story is dry and excessively explicit. Recommended? Not bad, but not great either.
Babel (2006): Mysterious, emotional, profound. While a bit confusing and disjointed at times, the theme of universal connectivity adds to the depth and experiences of the characters in all of the stories. Recommended? Babel has a good moral that can only be truly understood by actually seeing the film.
City of God (2002): Disturbing, intense, insightful. A horrific and gripping look into the ugly side of Brazil, graphically detailing the dangerous lives of young people involved with drugs, war and violence. Recommended? Anyone who enjoys American films exploiting extreme gang violence and drugs should try their hand at this, bearing in mind that the scariest thing about this movie is that it’s based on a true story.
Catch Me If You Can (2002): Clever, fascinating, long. The reputable cast and director make watching this true story that much more enjoyable, though the opening scene should have either been cut or played on more. Recommended? A little dry in spots, but entertaining nonetheless.
Babe (1995): Adorable, heartwarming, entertaining. The touching premise and subtle, but effective visuals bring the film to life, but the ending is a bit of a copout. Recommended? Must be seen by all animal lovers.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): Strange, incoherent, colourful. Somewhere deep down in this film lies a lesson about greed, but it is only reached after peeling through layers of poor storylines, unclear mumbling and the good visuals that hold this film together. Recommended? Beyond the merit of being Heath Ledger’s last film, it is more confusing and questionable than anything else.
Invictus (2009): Interesting, accessible, engaging. An appropriate and insightful look at one aspect of Mandela’s efforts to move his country away from the apartheid, and Morgan Freeman is perfect as Nelson Mandela. Recommended? Definitely worth seeing.
Captain America: The First Avenger: Engaging, inspiring, heartwarming. Action scenes are brilliantly put together, backing up a main character who truly demonstrates what it means to be a hero. Recommended? A worthwhile film for those who love comic book and action movies.
Forrest Gump: Simple, engaging, heartwarming. The touching screenplay is only further brought to life by Tom Hanks’ performance as the lovable lead character on his self-approving journey through life. Recommended? A must see film that will inspire all audiences.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Funny, light-hearted, entertaining. Despite a poor technical effort, certain poorly thought out moments and one particularly grotesque scene, an overall good laugh courtesy of a few reputably hilarious actors. Recommended? As a great source of escapism and a good laugh, but not to be taken too seriously.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Abstract, quirky, entertaining. The unique approach towards creating this film following in style with graphic novels redefines “comic book film”, though certain plot transitions make the story somewhat confusing at first. Recommended? While particularly noteworthy for the style of direction, the romantically based storyline may not appeal to certain audiences.
Hugo: Imaginative, playful, artistic. While the storyline is quite slow in the beginning, the plot takes a more inspiring turn during the second half; the entire film backed up with beautiful art direction that could draw anyone to this simple Parisian train station. Recommended? Despite being labelled a “children’s” film, the meaning is transcendent of age.
The Ides of March: Intriguing, intense, a bit confusing. While the tension and cutthroat nature of the modern political scene is well captured, the heavy and monotonous dialogue makes the film overall slow and a bit confusing, especially the first half. Recommended? Interesting as a political film, but otherwise not worthwhile.
Star Trek: Adventurous, light, entertaining. Although the storyline can be a bit confusing at times, the film sports a lot of action with huge efforts in the special effects department paying off; with a plotline deep enough to be noteworthy, but light enough to be enjoyed casually; and a cast who takes this piece from nerdy guilty pleasure to mainstream blockbuster. Recommended? While this film probably won’t go down in history as a classic, it is still worthwhile checking out.
Midnight in Paris: Funny, puzzling, thought-provoking. The beauty of Paris is well captured, the cast is stellar, and the story is as enchanting as the city itself; and with a writer/director like Woody Allen, a potentially dry and tedious storyline is more entertaining with subtle humour and mildly absurd dialogue. Recommended? Although this film probably isn’t a must see, it is a fun and worthwhile film to see.
Ce qu’il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life): Emotional, dramatic, eye-opening. The story manages to be both heart-warming and heart wrenching at the same time, and the symbolism portraying Tiivii’s journey to recovery throughout the film manages to remain subtle, yet effective. Recommended? This film is definitely worth checking out, as there is a little something in here for everyone.
A Bug’s Life: Funny, playful, entertaining. Imaginative and punny in the typical Disney Pixar style, as well as the typical great animation and storyline. Recommended? For kids and kids at heart; and anyone who is or once was a fan of Disney Pixar films.
Green Street Hooligans: Unsettling, gripping, emotional. A raw and gritty look into the dark side of the British “football” community; and despite a repulsive first few minutes, this film bears a decent plot and a cinema rarity of well filmed street fighting sequences. Recommended? While viewers outside the soccer community may appreciate this film as well, one would have to be quite sadistic to really enjoy it.
Troy: Emotional, violent, epic. Despite some historical and literary inaccuracies, the new perspective of the Trojan War allows viewers to distinguish for themselves who the good guys are, all the while fascinated with brilliant art direction, effects and soundtrack. Recommended? While this film will not help with a history class, it is still a must see, for there is something here for everyone.
Edward Scissorhands: Whimsical, heartfelt, original. The story of one of the most misunderstood characters shines through mediocre film making and an unsettling suburban setting, with expectant brilliance from the likes of Johnny Depp. Recommended? An overall enjoyable film worthwhile watching.
The Shining: Tense, intriguing, captivating. While slow at times, especially towards the beginning, this film has a building anxiety about it that does not stop until the very end, showcased through the evolving insanity of Jack Torrence, brilliantly portrayed by Jack Nicholson. Recommended? This thriller is unlike most others, which is all the more reason to watch it.
Skyfall: Intense, unpredictable, entertaining. This film combines classic Bond elements with a storyline equally accessible for those watching James Bond for the first time; with an unpredictable opening sequence, fantastic action scenes and a respectably humbling and humanizing side to the iconic character. Recommended? For both those who love Bond and who are unfamiliar with it, this film is enjoyable and impactful all the same.
The Great Escape: Slow, but clever and intriguing. This film can be divided into two parts: the first half dragging on with not much action and, for the most part, forgettable dialogue; and the second part exciting and suspenseful, leaving viewers waiting to see what will become of their favourite characters. Recommended? The last ninety minutes of this film are worthwhile sitting through the gruelling first part.
Pretty Woman: Fun, romantic, hilarious. Despite being branded as a “chick flick” (though to be honest, it is one), this film is very entertaining, thanks to the likes of Julia Roberts’ lovable and humourous spin on the broke prostitute, a catchy and well pieced together soundtrack and the story resembling an 1980’s My Fair Lady. Recommended? A good laugh and a great date night movie.
The Descendants: Slow, tragic, intriguing. What the film lacks in pace, the emotional journey taken by the characters and overall calming beauty of the Hawaiian scenery and soundtrack make up for completely. Recommended? This film is worth seeing at some point in life, but nothing to rush to see.
The Prestige: Clever, mysterious, thought-provoking. Typical of Christopher Nolan, this movie promises a well thought out plot, great filmmaking, and likeable characters, subject only to minor flaws in the plot. Recommended? A good story, probably to be seen more than once.
Cloud Atlas: Intense, confusing, overwhelming. This film is a mix of high class production and unreachable goals, combining inconsistent hair and make-up work and visuals with a plot that boasts interconnectivity throughout human eras, but rarely delivers more connections than actors portraying different characters in different eras; if there is a deeper relevance behind this film, it is not a clear one. Recommended? While this film provides a complete and utter mind-freak, its ultimate impact is more perplexing than explanatory.
The Terminator. Suspenseful, action-packed, entertaining. While somewhat predictable, the visual effects and non-stop action ensures that there is never a dull moment, not to mention expectant brilliance from Scwarzenegger and Cameron. Recommended? A definite must-see.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Action packed, humorous, overall entertaining. Well written screenplay, great characters and incredible visual and sound effects. Recommended? A great adventure film that everyone can enjoy.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Exciting, a bit confusing at times, but engaging. A bit slow at times (not surprising for a 3 hour film) but good action sequences and a more or less comprehensible story. Recommended? Worth giving a shot.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Mysterious, witty, fun. A bit more far-fetched than the original series (yes, it’s possible), but stays true to the general tone, and who knew Harrison Ford still had it? Recommended? For old fans and new ones alike.
Dumbo. Adorable, fun, classic. A bit slow in some parts, but the overall lovable nature of the film and songs make this film enjoyable. Recommended? If deprived of this film as a child who watched Disney movies, this is one to check out.
The Dark Knight. Suspenseful, engaging, entertaining. While the true impact of the storyline does not click until the very end, the tedious wait is filled with phenomenal action sequences and some quirky albeit well-portrayed characters. Recommended? This film is only truly appreciated if seen after Batman Begins. Both are must-sees.
Casablanca. Quite slow, but heartfelt and mysterious. While rich in dialogue (including multiple timeless quotes), not much action and poor sound recording make this film difficult to sit through at times. Recommended? More as a novelty than a must see film that one would take something from.
The Godfather. Slow, but equally interesting and quite brutal. While the main plot is not incited for a while and many of the characters (though well portrayed) lack discernible traits, the film is well produced and still manages to be more or less engaging. Recommended? A worthwhile film, but not to be watched half-heartedly.
Howl’s Moving Castle. Imaginative, inspiring, but confusing. While most of the film includes lovable characters and good adventure, the last half hour involves bleak decisions and, while clearly resolved, leaves much to question. Recommended? For those with a strong imagination and a love for childlike adventure.
Inside Man. Intriguing, clever, engaging. The perfect blend of intense action and thought provoking (though accessible) mystery. Recommended? For sure, especially for fans of hostage movies and cop shows, though most audiences will enjoy this one.
From Paris With Love. Action packed, unpredictable, shocking. What the film lacks in its general dialogue, it makes up for in brilliant fight and chase sequences, as well as John Travolta’s unnecessarily crude but entertaining character. Recommended? For fans of action and explosions, because that’s what makes this film worth watching.
Proof. Funny, thought provoking, heartfelt. Story is flawed at times, but the film has an appealing quirkiness about it that some may find entertaining. Recommended? Not a must see, but worthwhile watching, especially for those who enjoyed A Beautiful Mind.
The Dark Knight Rises. Intriguing, dark (no pun intended), and for the most part unpredictable. Incredible action sequences and well thought out plot line with an outstanding conclusion. Recommended? A worthwhile conclusion for those who enjoyed the first two.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Shocking, tragic, emotional. Terrific acting takes this film with a debatable and often difficult to understand storyline to new heights. Recommended? Doesn’t live up to the hype, but overall worth the time.
Pulp Fiction. Violent, disjointed, profane. Good directing and well produced, but much of the film seems like an attempt to add as much explicit content as possible to one film while maintaining a basic plot line; with a twist that seems like its supposed to be an all revealing truth, but plays out more informative than shocking. Recommended? While this may have been ground-breaking in its time, it is not life-changing.
Se7en. Sadistic, intense, shocking. Climactic ending is incredible, but the plot until then is slow and much like any other insane serial killer flick. Recommended? For those who can stomach brutal crime scenes and testimonies.
Driving Miss Daisy. Wordy, funny, heartwarming. Difficult to understand dialogue at times, but the story shines through with lovable and well portrayed characters. Recommended? A surprisingly entertaining film that anyone can relate to.
Sling Blade. Gripping, emotional, ironically heroic. Story is incredibly heartfelt and acting displays characters in places far beyond the social norm, creating a heart wrenching but brilliant plot. Recommended? This film can be a tearjerker for some, but a must see for everyone.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Graphic, engaging, tragic. Brilliant music and acting bought out the best of the story, though the killing scenes were gory beyond necessity. Recommended? For fans of musicals and horror films alike, though not for the weak of heart.
Cabaret. Quirky, slow, but fun. Catchy songs, and a carefree vibe to the film, but perhaps there was too much carelessness when devising a plot for this one, as there really was none. Recommended? Perhaps as background noise at a party, but not worth committing 2 hours of life to.
Precious. Gripping, upsetting, inspiring. Through somewhat trashy dialogue and lackluster cinematography is brilliant direction and storyline. Recommended? Not a family film, but a must see for those who think they are living a troubled life.
Chicago. Feisty, engaging, entertaining. Fantastic story, music and visuals make this more than just another Broadway to film adaptation. Recommended? For all age appropriate audiences, the musical that women want to see and men will still enjoy.
Shakespeare in Love. Comical, amusing and somewhat witty (in a Shakespearean way). Despite a slow pace and an unsettlingly modern look for Shakespeare, a decent film overall. Recommended? A must see for aspiring actors, a red flag for Shakespeare’s haters and a coin toss for everyone else.
Thor. Enchanting, somewhat predictable, but overall enjoyable. More effort could have gone into editing, lighting and cinematography, but a fun film for the most part. Recommended? Purely as a mode of escapism.
Little Shop of Horrors. Cheesy, horrific, somewhat funny. Mix of good and bad special effects, though generally entertaining, with some effective, but only a few catchy, musical numbers. Recommended? Some things were meant more for stage.
North by Northwest. Confusing, suspenseful, very slow. The ending is lazy (albeit clever), there are some big editing blunders, and the plot could have been better executed; nevertheless, there was a decent story overall. Recommended? Only when wide awake cause it will take full attention to follow this one.
Tootsie. Hilarious, eye-opening, entertaining. A comedy with a deep storyline that manages to be enjoyable without unnecessary filler. Recommended? There’s a little something for everyone in this movie.
The Matrix. Clever, intriguing, entrancing. Laurence Fishburne’s sunglasses are just a tiny piece of a well-devised plot and engaging non-stop action. Recommended? 1000x yes, especially for the sci-fi and thriller audiences.
The Blues Brothers. Clever, very funny, overall entertaining. First half was hilarious, second half had nice music. Recommended? For a good laugh from the classic writers from SNL.
Rango. Somewhat funny, decent plot, though quite slow. While an attempt at making classic western films accessible to younger audiences is noble, the outcome is barely entertaining, though as always, Johnny Depp’s quips add some colour. Recommended? If interested, but not worth making an exception for.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Emotional, heartwarming, empathetic. What this film lacks in action, it makes up for in brilliant acting and an intense storyline. Recommended? This film will double anyone’s respect for Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Spirited Away. Enchanting, a bit disjointed, but overall enjoyable. Great story and lovable, but sometimes creepy characters. Recommended? Thoughtful story that will touch people of all ages.
Take the Lead. Intriguing, entertaining, inspiring. Great story and dancing, humbling message, though the ending could have been a bit less open ended. Recommended? A good film for everyone, especially those who love dance movies, poor kids turning their lives around, and anything with Antonio Banderas.
Ben-Hur. Exciting, intriguing, classic. Despite being a bit slow at times and having an open and somewhat confusing ending, the film makes up for in stunning visuals and frequent action sequences (including a now timeless chariot race). Recommended? A true epic well worth the time spent watching it.
When Harry Met Sally. Funny, light, very entertaining. Quirky characters and catchy dialogue make this an all round fun movie for everyone. Recommended? A great film for anyone to help wind down after a long day.
Rocky. Slow in the first half, but nevertheless inspiring and heartwarming. Story could have used more depth, but overall a feel good film with likable characters and a classic soundtrack. Recommended? While often considered a bucket list item, this film would be most enjoyed by sports film fanatics, as there is not much more for everyone else.
Memento. Suspenseful, thought-provoking, but a bit overwhelming. While a fascinating story is put together, the film’s length and information overload become too much to process, especially the twist at the end. Recommended? Only for those who could process the complex and often disjointed storyline.
Closer. Simple, quite crude, monotone. The acting in the film is great, but the overall film lacks a major plot line outside of who’s dating who and when. Recommended? Not really, maybe if there’s nothing else to do.
Erin Brockovich. Engaging, clever, funny. The inspiring and easily comprehended story is only further enhanced through its real-life basis, not to mention Julia Roberts as the rash and insistent title character. Recommended? This film has a little something for everyone, mystery, law, a little romance, and even some comedy.
An Officer and a Gentleman. At times funny, at times meaningful, but mostly lighthearted. A military film with more romantic scenes than military ones, but a good love story about characters evolving and changing for each other. Recommended? A good date night or girls night film, but not much appeal outside the rom-com audience.
The Silence of the Lambs. Disturbing, intriguing, brilliant. Greatest closing movie line: I’m having an old friend for dinner. Recommended? Definitely, especially a must-see for the horror audience.
Moulin Rouge! At times confusing, hectic and overly artistic, but a good story and all around entertaining. Worthwhile for the music especially. Recommended? Only if you don’t mind musical cheesiness and pure expressionism.
Rent. A bit slow because of all the songs, but heartfelt and touching. Brilliant soundtrack and memorable characters make this film what it is. Recommended? Yes, but only for the musical audiences who won’t complain about too many songs. A must-see for anyone pursuing a career in the arts.
Black Swan. Psychological, disturbing, and a bit hectic at times. Great story and technical elements with an ending disturbingly relatable to anyone obsessed with perfection. Recommended? Not for the faint or innocent of heart.
The African Queen. Fun and somewhat clever, but climaxes at the beginning, slows down and doesn’t quite pick up again. Recommended? Not for everyone, or most at that, unless you crave an overrated classic.
Bridesmaids. Very funny, decent acting, but that was about it. The opening alone was unnecessarily trashy, as well as many pointless characters. Recommended? Only for a good laugh, not to be taken seriously.
Fight Club. A bit confusing, but surprisingly intriguing and very clever and concise storyline. Surely an ending unpredictable, at least to some extent. Recommended? A definite must-see, possibly more than once.
The Hangover. Funny, crude, and surprisingly suspenseful. Haven’t seen a comedy with this much mystery in a while, and Zach Galafinakis (if I spelled it right) was very entertaining. Recommended? Yes, but to be seen alone or with friends, not family.
How to Train Your Dragon. Fun, inspiring, heartwarming. Minor Hollywood typicalities, but overall well-made and meaningful. Recommended? Definitely great for the whole family.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Somewhat funny, but very slow. A lot of unnecessary and time consuming content and outdated foreign humor (unless you are familiar with British comedy). Recommended? Not unless you crave stupidity and escapism.
Run Lola Run. Mysterious, action packed, thought-provoking. A bit repetitive, but the fascinating premise makes up for it. Recommended? Only if you know German, French, or don’t mind subtitles.
127 Hours. Gruesome, emotional, inspiring. Much more exciting than one may think. A good length as well. Recommended? A definite must see, if you can stand James Franco’s desperate and disgusting measures.
Gone With the Wind. Tragic, enchanting and above all lengthy (almost 4 hours!). Characters are emotionally gripping, but suspense and excitement only kicks in at the last 90 mins. Recommended? A bucket list item, but take a break every half hour.
Inglourious Basterds. Gory, disturbing, but brilliant nonetheless. Three most noteworthy aspects: acting, direction & screenplay. Recommended? Only for those who can stomach blatant genocide and graphic killing.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Suspenseful, dramatic, but a bit slow. Tennessee Williams is a master with words, but leaves little action in this film for an audience to feast their eyes upon. Recommended? As a background film, not one to commit time to sitting and watching.
Tangled. Fun, humorous, clever. Not as enjoyable as the classic Disney films, but despite minor flaws, overall enjoyable. Recommended? For the Disney-obsessed child in all of us.
Country Strong. Tragic, a bit slow, but very heartfelt. Great soundtrack and acting, but somewhat predictable as well. Recommended? Not for the country music haters, but a definite yes for everyone else.
Batman Begins. A bit slow at first, but overall concise, feasible and entertaining. Special acknowledgement for visual effects and fight choreography. Recommended? Definitely worthwhile.
Airplane! Funny, spontaneous, unpredictable. Though the comic effects are outdated and may seem “fake”, the intended outcome prevails. Recommended? If you liked Scary Movie, you’ll love this. If not, you may still like it.
Taken. Brutal, suspenseful, action packed. Short film, but edge of your seat thrills throughout the majority of the film. Recommended? For a definite thrill.