‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Review: Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Feb 12, 2015

The best way to describe director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service is to say its an exciting spy film for the younger generation with the storyline of a James Bond film mixed with the violent but expertly choreographed action sequences of a Raid film. A fun film for lovers of the spy genre, violent action flicks and Colin Firth fans, Kingsman is the most fun to be had in a movie theatre so far this year.

Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service first introduces us to Harry Hart (Colin Firth), an …

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‘Project Almanac’ Review: Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia & Sam Lerner

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 29, 2015

After 1999’s The Blair Witch Project and 2007’s wildly successful Paranormal Activity, followed by 2008’s Cloverfield, found-footage style filmmaking has become a growing trend in movies today. Time-travel has also become a huge topic among movies in recent years. Rian Johnson’s incredible Looper was one of the best of 2012, with the romantic About Time following in 2013 and even Ethan Hawke starring as a time traveler in Predestination, which was released earlier this month.

First-time feature filmmaker Dean Israelite pairs found-footage with time travel and what we get is a story about a lot of dumb teenagers that’s not completely …

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‘Cake’ Review: Starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza & Anna Kendrick

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 22, 2015

A story about tremendous loss, heartbreak, addiction, forgiveness and recovery, Cake is a beautiful and inspiring film driven by a note-worthy performance from Jennifer Aniston.

Director Daniel Barnz’s (2012’s Won’t Back Down) film follows Claire (Jennifer Aniston), a woman who suffers from chronic pain from an injury that happened years ago. Claire attends a weekly support group led by stern yet hopeful Annette (Felicity Huffman), that was recommended by her doctor in order to help her grieve and recover.

Claire’s husband (Chris Messina) left her after her unwillingness to get better and her alienation from the world, so Claire depends on her …

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Passes Giveaway!

Posted in Lauren's Blog by - Jan 21, 2015

I am currently giving away 5 Admit-2 passes run-of-engagement passes to A24 Films’ A Most Violent Year starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. Tweet me at @dcfilmgirl with your favorite Jessica Chastain film and the first 5 people will win the passes! 

The passes are valid starting January 20 at the Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax, VA.

SYNOPSIS:

A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), this …

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‘Still Alice’ Review: Starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin & Kristen Stewart

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 15, 2015

There has not been a film so raw and real about Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the life of the diseased person and their family like directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice.

Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice tells the story of Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a world-renowned linguistics expert and professor at Harvard University. Alice and her husband John (Alec Baldwin) lead a busy but happy life in Manhattan, while their three grown-up children Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish) and Lydia (Kristen Stewart) remain in close contact with them.

When Alice begins to …

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‘Paddington’ Review: Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins & Nicole Kidman

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 14, 2015
‘Paddington’ Review: Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins & Nicole Kidman

There’s not a single soul who grew up with Paddington Bear that didn’t love him. And if you didn’t grow up with the lovable bear, after you watch this film, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the Peruvian bear just like I did. Director Paul King reignites the story of Paddington Bear in his film, keeping with the old-fashioned charm of the beloved story while adding modern elements.

Based on the character by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of an extremely unique bear that once lived in the forests of Peru with his charming bear Aunt and Uncle. …

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‘Predestination’ Review: Starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook & Noah Taylor

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 08, 2015

Led by a powerful Ethan Hawke and a remarkable breakout performance by Sarah Snook, Predestination might be the most interesting movie about time travel in recent years.

Written and directed by The Spierig Brothers (2009’s Daybreakers, which I really enjoyed in theaters), Predestination tells the story of a man (Ethan Hawke), who is a part-time bartender and also a time-traveling Temporal Agent. The Barkeep uses time-travel to keep law enforced, but in his last mission, he must pursue a criminal who has baffled him throughout time.

There are several other elements and plot points in the film, but they won’t be given …

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