2014 has proven to be an exciting and surprising time at the movies! 2013 produced some of my favorite movies of the last couple of years including The Great Gatsby, Spring Breakers and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Films that I have watched more than I would like to admit! But this year gave us some of the best performances and movies that I am sure we will all be watching for years to come. With six perfect 5-star ratings, several 4.5-stars and 4-star ratings, this year took me by surprise.
Of course there are those films that are absolutely gut-wrenching …
There isn’t a movie this year that rocked me to my core more or made me feel more proud to be an American than director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. It’s a story so brutal and shocking and one that everyone should see.
Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the story of Olympian runner Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) beginning at his childhood to his imprisonment in a Japanese prisoners-of-war camp during World War II. After the Olympics, Louie enlisted in the war where he had a near-fatal plane crash that left him and two other …
- Rated: PG
- Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts
- Release Date: 12/25/2014
- Directed by: Rob Marshall
- Starring: Anna Kendrick, Billy Magnussen, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Daniel Huttlestone, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman
Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep all in one movie by Walt Disney Studios? That’s also a musical?? Sign me up!
Considering I wasn’t all that familiar with the musical Into the Woods (I saw a local stage production earlier this year), I had an open mind going into the movie. Stephen Sondheim is not a very melodic composer but a few of his songs from this musical are catchy and fun but nonetheless Kendrick, Blunt and Streep all singing these songs was bound to lift up the music and bring the …
How in the world does Will Gluck, director of the hilarious and memorable Easy A and writer/director of the super charming romantic comedy Friends with Benefits write and direct Annie? It’s just as shocking to me as it is to you. With Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhane Wallis skipping around New York City in a one-note performance and the normally-wonderful Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale butchering my favorite song “Easy Street,” there’s just a lot going on that is wrong about this re-telling of the famous musical about an adorable orphan, er…, excuse me, foster kid and her journey …
The director of Alien and Prometheus, Christian Bale as Moses, Jesse Pinkman as his trusted follower Joshua and Australian actor Joel Edgerton as the Pharaoh Ramses…sounds like an interesting movie to me! Is there a greater and more interesting story in the world than the one of Moses? All of these exciting factors put into one film has to make an interesting one and it’s all of these factors that make the film both engaging and strange.
Exodus: Gods and Kings tells the biblical story of Moses (Christian Bale) and his journey to free over 600,000 slaves from Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses …
“My mother was the love of my life.” -Cheryl Strayed
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Wild tells the story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) and her 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. After Cheryl’s mother (Laura Dern) dies of cancer, Cheryl’s life begins to fall apart. Her marriage with husband Paul (Thomas Sadoski) is the first to fall of the rails as Cheryl cheats on him repeatedly and when that isn’t enough to wash away her pain she turns to drugs. After her friend Aimee (Gaby Hoffman) finds her in a heroin coma, Cheryl realizes …
- Rated: PG-13
- Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Release Date: 11/21/2014
- Directed by: Francis Lawrence
- Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elden Henson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Liam Hemsworth, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Woody Harrelson
“Miss Everdeen, its the things we love most that destroy us.” -President Snow
In one of the most anticipated films of the year, Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as the girl on fire in the third installment of The Hunger Games series. The best-selling novels written by Suzanne Collins and the amazing films brought to life by Gary Ross (2012’s The Hunger Games) and Francis Lawrence (2013’s Catching Fire) have transcended the Young Adult novel world and film franchises.
Mockingjay Part 1 doesn’t miss a beat and picks up right where Catching Fire left off, when Gale (Liam Hemsworth) informs Katniss (Jennifer …