Movie Reviews

Selma (2014)

Inspiring, emotional, typical. Ava Duvernay’s envisioning of history offers nothing that has not been seen before in film artistically, but still manages to educate and relay the real struggles and turmoil felt during Martin Luther King’s battle for equality. Recommended? This movie is best suited for students in history classes, as its educational value mildly outweighs its entertainment value.

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The only (but important) area where Selma falls flat is in its delivery and pacing. (more…)

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The Theory of Everything (2014)

Insightful, light, dry. Eddie Redmayne’s performance is by far the most captivating aspect of this movie which also offers a fascinating story and inspiring premise. Recommended? Not the most exciting movie, but an interesting story nonetheless.

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At the centre of this movie is a brilliant performance by Eddie Redmayne that single-handedly makes the whole movie worth watching. (more…)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Strange, clever, unique. This movie perfectly combines strong storytelling with virtuosic filmmaking to bring the strong and colourful characters to life in a vibrant, but elegant fashion. Recommended? Birdman sports both traditional and eccentric elements which could make it enjoyable for a wide variety of audiences.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s directing brings the edge that makes this otherwise overwrought and predictable story come to life in a brilliant way. (more…)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Visual, funny, shallow. The production effort behind this film is magnificent, but the story lacks the big finish that it seems to build up to throughout the movie. Recommended? A fun casual comedy, but not to be taken too seriously.

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There were a few elements to the story that did not seem to fit as well as they should have. (more…)

The Imitation Game (2014)

Dramatic, humorous, eye-opening. Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Alan Turing in this World War II film is breathtaking and the story captures his triumphs, setbacks and the tragic irony of his life and times as a brilliant codebreaker beautifully in this film that screams Oscars in every way. Recommended? This movie captures the elements of a stellar war, social injustice and genius biopic film in one impressive package.

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This movie is driven by the strong screenplay behind it. (more…)

Interstellar (2014)

Complex, dramatic, engaging. Christopher Nolan once again manages to transport his audience to his adventurous worlds outside of our own, complete with beautiful imagery and effects and a heartwarming, though far-fetched and implausible, story. Recommended? Fans of the writer/director’s previous works will be satisfied with this one, as it is fascinating and thought-provoking to the very end.

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The story of Interstellar takes many science fiction and space travel clichés (dystopian future, curing an epidemic, sustaining the human population, coming out of retirement, doing a job that you are not fully qualified for, being the chosen one, getting lost in space, getting stuck in space, machines malfunctioning in space, humans dying on other planets, travelling through wormholes, travelling through time, aging at a different rate, confusing game-changer in the last few minutes) and mashes them with universal themes and Nolan’s unique elements and manages to hold its own. (more…)

John Wick (2014)

Violent, intense, artsy. The fight scenes are choreographed and executed well, but all of the fancy artistic elements added to this movie seem to reiterate the superficial storyline. Recommended? John Wick is a fun action movie where not much thinking is required to watch it.

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For a great deal of time, there is an intense feeling that something great is going to happen. (more…)